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The PNW Chronicles – Seattle Cityscapes

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Seattle is a photographer’s paradise, within a short drive of SeaTac airport, one can find everything from stunning cityscapes, epic mountain landscapes, beautiful gardens, tranquil island hideaways, commercial fishing docks, the list is endless.  While I have not had the opportunity to do more than scratch the surface for what this city has to offer, I have had the luck to shoot from some its most iconic locations and find a few unique ones as well along the way. One of the great aspects about the city of Seattle is …

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Pedernales Star Trails

In Astrophotography, Learning Center, Show and Tell, Tips and tricks, Travel by jfischer1 Comment

While I have been lucky enough to have a couple opportunities to photograph the Milky Way during my photographic travels over the last couple years, there was one type of wide field Astrophotography which I had yet to try.  Capturing the movement of the stars requires more planning and a lot more time to photograph than a still of the Milky Way, though the requirements for equipment can actually be a bit lower.  For the Milky Way, every second that passes causes the undesired effect of star movement, meaning that …

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Thistles in Monochrome

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Flowers are not usually the first subject one would think about converting to black & white or another monochrome look.  I mean, they are full of color, bursting with beautiful hues of red and yellows, purples, blues, almost any color under the sun.  So why would you ever strip away the color.  Simply because without the color, it becomes the lines and shapes of the flower that now becomes the art.  Often suggested as a way to help improve a photographer’s composition skills, but I like to take to the monochrome options …

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Cleburne State Park – Spring Trip Review

In General, Show and Tell, Texas State Parks, Travel by jfischer1 Comment

On April 9th I departed on my spring photo tour which I discussed in a number of my earlier posts.  During the following 9 days, I visited a half-dozen different State Parks and numerous other photographic locations through the state.  To make the ensure that the review of the trip is as helpful to those who may read it, I’ll be covering them by location instead of by the timeline of the trip.  I will however start with the first park I visited – Cleburne State Park. Overview My first …

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is best known as a wildlife destination.  It’s seasonal migrations of birds ranging from thousands of snow geese to flights of song birds are the real reason the Refuge exists.  And for a wildlife photographer in the North Texas area, it is one of the best locations to shoot.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am not much of a wildlife photographer, not that I won’t try when the opportunity comes up, but it is by far not my primary focus nor an area …

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The PNW Chronicles: Waterfalls (Part II)

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In the last post, Waterfalls Part I, I centered the conversation around the challenges that come with photographing the unique beauty of waterfalls.  In this part I will go into more detail on the specific waterfalls I visited during my 2014 trip to the Pacific Northwest, why I chose those falls, and information on those specific locations.  While my trip started out in Seattle, the majority of my time was spent in Oregon and that is where all the waterfalls I visited are located.  While Washington has its own share of beautiful …

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The PNW Chronicles: Waterfalls (Part I)

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The Pacific Northwest is known for many natural wonders, and its abundance of flowing, cascading, and plummeting columns of water is right near the top of that list.  Any Google query for “Waterfalls” and “Pacific Northwest” is going to come up with an endless number of photos and lists of locations and descriptions.  One such list that I used when starting to put together my itinerary was “The 100 best waterfalls of the Northwest“, also relying on print material such as “Photographing Oregon” available on Amazon.  as well as specifically …