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Just One Day, Part 2 | April 29th, 2014

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Otho Arch Buy This Print

With all those factors in place I started my day visiting the well-known reflecting pools in Arches National Park before dawn. Although it hadn't rained enough to fill them all, I found a few shallow rainwater  pockets to use with my camera placed low on the ground to exaggerate their size.  The morning clouds disappeared almost as fast as I shot, and I thought my shooting day was over...

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 Just One Day, Part 1 | March 5th, 2014

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New England Reflections Buy This Print

Beyond the yellow prickly pear blooms a rainbow appeared near sunset--the ending to a very productive photographic day for me.  Had the stars aligned just right, had I been lucky all day, had I thrown all my plans out the window and followed my instincts?  Yes. Had the long summer day from sunrise to sunset seemed like mere moments? Yes. Did I have any inkling that the day would be so much photographic fun? No....

 

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Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun | July 15, 2013

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Most of my blogs have been about ideas and field techniques, but this time I want to get technical. I must admit immediately that I am not a tech geek, and I know just enough to get the images I want.  I also want to bring this up because I have found that workshop participants were coming to me with lots of conflicting information.  I've had people tell me they were told to always meter the sky??  In another workshop the instructor told everyone to use the program setting! I don't just want to say they are wrong; I'm just going to tell you how I do it.  Most of what I do is also consistent with the techniques of my workshop teaching partner Jon Fuller, who is an technical maven (and also a great photographer). 

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A Photographer to Match the Mountains | June 12, 2013

 

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Painted Wall in Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Colorado Buy This Print

It was a treat to see my buddy John Fielder at the recent Moab Photo Symposium.  Both I and people who love Colorado owe him a high debt of gratitude. For me personally, a chance meeting with John and his family in Yankee Boy Basin in 1985 led to his company, Westcliffe Publishers, publishing nine books with me as sole photographer over a 15 year period, and a very successful Utah calendar during this period...

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Finders Keepers | May 12, 2013


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Personal exploration, researching old documents, looking for locations in movies and on tv, networking with friends and fans are just a few of the ways I come up with new locations. How this can work is best demonstrated by an example. A friend and I had been hiking in Canyonlands and were driving home when I noticed an area with a huge number of south-facing alcoves thousands of feet above us...

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