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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Sugarcreek Metropark, Ohio

Sugarcreek MetroPark is located near the town of Bellbrook, 13 miles southeast of Dayton in southwestern Ohio. This family-friendly nature preserve is part of the Five Rivers MetroParks system of the Greater Dayton area. It surrounds a long stretch of scenic Sugar Creek and consists of several miles of easy to moderately difficult hiking trails along the creek and through the wooded hillsides. Specific trails lead to park features like the Three Sisters (a group of 550-year-old giant oak trees), the Osage Orange Tunnel, Sycamore Ridge, a stand of beechwoods and a tall-grass prairie.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

After Sunset

Nature photographers shooting digital can capture striking scenes after the sun has gone below the horizon

If you haven’t tried shooting after sunset with a digital camera, you might think this is absurd. This fall, I was doing a workshop in Moab, Utah, and after the light had gone from the fall-colored cottonwood in a low area of Arches National Park, some of the group wanted to keep going and head up to Balanced Rock, which wasn’t far away.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A Photographer's Treasure Map

Discover your best outdoor photographs when you learn to use topographic maps

We’re on Island Pass in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada, California. It’s evening. The tripod is locked, the camera is focused, and the 4x5 film holders are in hand. Conditions are perfect; it’s a photographer’s dream. The last of evening light flushes across the foreground, lights up the peaks and the film is exposed. It’s a jump-up-and-down, "high-five!" shot. Photographic paradise was ours, and we were taking it home on film. Easy? With a little research and practice, you too can find and photograph paradise by learning to read a topographical map.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Dodging The Magic Bullet

It's not the number of megapixels in your camera, it's what you do with them

Every time there’s a spate of new releases of the latest and greatest digital camera or software, I’m reminded of a story that famous
Life Magazine
photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt was fond of recounting. Eisenstaedt, whom many considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, was at the opening of a retrospective show of his work at a major museum.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Would you recommend the use of a drop-in polarizer with the Canon 400mm ƒ/2.8 for wildlife or landscape photography?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Reflecting On Reflections

Do you have any suggestions on photographing through glass at museums? I want to capture a dinosaur exhibit.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Do-It-All Telephotos

I can only afford one long telephoto for bird photography. Is there a particular focal length that’s more versatile than others?

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Winter's Grace

The solitude of photography in snow

I love to photograph nature during the winter. Emotionally, the quiet and stillness are calming and meditative to me. Here in the Yosemite area, the tourist traffic slows down and so the atmosphere is less frenetic. Over the years, I’ve made more Yosemite images during winter than any other season.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Denny Creek Area, Central Cascades, Washington

The Cascade Mountains of Washington State form a north-south backbone extending from the Canadian border in the north to the Columbia River in the south. An hour’s drive from the Seattle area brings one to the first of many access points into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, a 360,000-acre preserve of mountain streams, alpine lakes, deep evergreen forests and snow-covered peaks. Fifty miles from the Seattle-Tacoma region on Interstate 90, you’ll find the Denny Creek area, with a well-maintained five-mile trail that follows streams and lush mountain meadows to Melakwa Lake. Another trailhead nearby leads to Granite Mountain and more alpine and subalpine lakes.

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