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Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Arrowhead Region Of Minnesota

The Minnesota "Arrowhead" starts at Duluth and stretches north to the Canadian border. The southern edge of the region follows the north shore of Lake Superior, much of it part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The remainder of the region is part of the Superior National Forest, established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909. The Arrowhead offers spectacular views of the cliffs of the north shore, beautiful vistas across broad valleys and many rivers and waterfalls that tumble toward Superior.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

It's A Small(er) World, After All

The voyage of discovery requires seeing with new eyes

I’ve just returned from six weeks of travel on three different continents, and one thing I’ve noticed for sure: The world is getting smaller. I don’t mean that global warming is actually shrinking the planet (although it may be, for all I know), but that more people are traveling, and once-exotic locations are now becoming as tourist-frequented as Disneyland during President’s Week. Part of this is due to the phenomenon described in Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. As the tiger economies of India, China and other once-developing nations are swelling their ranks with educated middle-class consumers, those consumers want to get out and travel, just like us.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


When a creative slump happens, change your visual diet

All of us have those moments in photography where we face a creative block. The subject matter that we love and have always found interesting to shoot now suddenly seems boring and uninspiring. For both the working pro as well as the weekend warrior, you can’t risk having these dry spells.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Playing Ansel

New possibilities for the classic craft of black-and-white

I was very fortunate early in my career to have known Ansel Adams and worked for The Ansel Adams Gallery (www.anseladams.com) in Yosemite Valley. For five years, I was exposed to all things Ansel, including showing his fine-art prints, visiting with him at his home and attending many sessions at his famous workshops. 

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


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