Yosemite Waterfalls

August 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm (California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

Upper Yosemite Falls, early May

Upper Yosemite Falls, early May

I’m still playing catch-up on editing photographs I took earlier this year, and this series of Yosemite National Park’s waterfalls is from early May. That’s a great time for waterfalls fueled by snowmelt, and before the summer crowds of tourists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Harriers at Kern NWR

August 4, 2015 at 7:13 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Male Harrier in a dive

Male Harrier in a dive

At the end of January I visited the Kern National Wildlife Refuge near Bakersfield, California.  I saw a male northern harrier doing many swoops and dives, and I assumed he was displaying for a female who may have been perched on a tree.


Sometimes he would break away as if hunting for a rodent, flying low over the grassy fields as harriers do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Simple Tips to Better Photography

August 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm (Bird photography, Black-and-White Photography, Colorado, Colorado birds, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, Infrared Photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Time-lapse, Video, Wildflowers, Wildlife) (, , , )

Sunset at Mid-Hills campground

Visual Poetry

When I was an interpretive park ranger at Dinosaur National Monument last summer, I created a photography program to give amateur photographers ideas on how to improve their vacation photos.  The “Simple Tips to Better Photography” was a non-technical tutorial on the art of seeing. With today’s do-it-all-for-you digital cameras, most of the technical stuff is already done by the camera, and often done quite well.

But what snapshooters need to learn most is what I call visual poetry.  They need to learn how to make a compelling photograph.  Too many people don’t use their telephoto lenses to their best advantage, and that is one of the most important tools they have to capture the compelling part of the photograph.

Although this presentation is focused on landscape and nature photography, the same can be said about photographing people.

I began my presentation with a discussion about visual poetry, adapted for general audiences: Read the rest of this entry »

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