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February 27th, 2012

B&W to the Rescue

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Red Mangroves, Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic
Not every landscape picture can (or should) be taken at sunset or sunrise, or in dreamy perfect light.  Sometimes you may find yourself in a remarkable place at a less-than-ideal time of day, or with weather conditions that simply aren’t going to give you stunning light. This was the case with my visit to Los … 
July 1st, 2011

Pilgrimage

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Moss-covered Spruces, Olympic National Park
I can see the Olympic Peninsula from my house. To get there, however, especially to the misty west-side rainforest valleys, is a 5-hour trip.  Yet every spring I make the journey, a pilgrimage to one of the most beautiful, if soggy, corners of the world. And when I say soggy, I mean it. The Hoh … 
April 13th, 2011

Spring Is In The Air

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Lake Crescent, WA
Spring is coming late this year to the Pacific Northwest after a long winter. But it’s on it’s way. So if you’re thinking of making a photo trip to Washington and Oregon, May and June are two of the best months of the year, when the Northwest is filled with every shade of green.  For … 
March 1st, 2011

Midnight Magic

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Auroral Loop
The aurora forecasts for Monday night were for “Moderate” activity. In aurora lingo that’s code for a sleepless night that began just after 9 and went on more or less continuously until after 2 am. For hour after hour, the entire sky was filled with swirling bands of light, sometimes bright enough to throw a … 
February 17th, 2011

West Virginia Winter Wonderland

Posted By Joseph Rossbach
Morning Light at Blackwater Falls
Winter wonderland in West Virginia, well not this winter for me. I have been visiting and photographing this area of the Allegheny Mountains in eastern West Virginia for over ten years in every season. Winter being a favorite time for me. The conditions are more challenging than the other three seasons, and with most photographers … 
December 13th, 2010

Palm Pilgrimage

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Licuala Palm (Licuala ramsayi) Australia
Many years ago, I saw a photograph of Australia’s remarkable round-leaved Licuala Palm, which grows in a very restricted part of the Queensland rainforest.  I was so struck by their marvelous shape, and the stunning patterns of light and shadow they create, that I cut the picture out of a magazine and stuck it up … 
July 31st, 2010

Having Fun

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Palm Trees at night, California
Pictures are everywhere…even in parking lots.  I was in California this past week, learning to cook Thai food (even photographers need a hobby) but that doesn’t mean I didn’t bring a camera along. Here, in the middle of the city, I still found myself looking for natural subjects.. and one evening stumbled onto these palm … 
May 18th, 2010

Avoiding Icons… and Discovering Your Own

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Covered with moss and ferns, L
Photography is, in its essence, an acquisitive art form. It is a creative process, to be sure, but it is also an extractive one. Images are like visual trophies, something to bring home from the hunt. I don’t mean to disparage that notion – that visceral sense of accomplishment and pride is part of photography’s irresistible charm. …