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The PNW Chronicles: Mountains (Part II)

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PNW Series: Mountains (Part I) Mt. Hood (continued), and Jefferson too While Mt. Hood was the highlight of the trip as far as mountains were concerned, if you only shoot the peak from far below, such as at Trillium Lake, you are missing a hundred more interesting and unique opportunities.  From Government Camp at the base of the south flank, it’s only a short drive up to Timberline Lodge.  If it’s winter time, bring your skis, otherwise, your hiking boots. Situated at almost 6000 ft elevation, not much other than rock and …

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The PNW Chronicles: The Mountains (Part I)

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Welcome to the first of a short series of posts I am embarking on to not only re-kick start my activity here on JonPFischer.com, but also to document some of the spectacular places I visited during my 2014 trip to Oregon and Washington state.  Instead of trying to go through the trip from day-to-day, I thought instead I would focus on the various subjects I aimed my camera at and discuss a little about the challenges each brought, the beauty I was able to witness and capture, and probably a …

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Alliance Airshow 2014

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As anyone who follows my Facebook feed will have noticed, I took a short break from the landscape photography posts a couple of weeks ago and there was a sudden shift to aircraft photography.  The reason for the sudden influx of aircraft related shots was a visit to the Alliance Airshow in Ft. Worth.  The headline performance was the USAF Thunderbirds, who I had been wanting to see fly since a close friend of the family is currently a member of the team.  Always looking for an opportunity to step …

First Congregational Church Los Angeles

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In April my wife and I traveled to Los Angeles for one of her cousin’s wedding.  The wedding was held in a beautiful old church with a magnificent pipe organ.  I’d opted not to bring my DSLR on the trip, a decision I regretted quite quickly after getting a look at the beautiful church.  I did however have my small Canon S90 point and shoot camera in hand, which promptly told me that it was nearly empty of battery.  Bad photographer I know. Thankfully I was able to carefully choose …

Lavon Shore Road

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January in North Texas isn’t the most beautiful time of the year, so I spent some time this weekend going back through the archives from last year looking for a few hidden gems that I had passed over for processing for one reason or another.  This shot from the shores of Lake Lavon was one of those that I have just recently processed, now six months after the photo was originally taken.  I probably passed over it because I both had a good number of nice shots from this morning’s …

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Bass Performance Hall after Dark – Sci Fi Spectacular

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We all know what a sunset typically looks like, we all know what a grassy meadow is supposed to look like and there are only so many colors that mountains and streams come in before the question is raised if the photo is no longer in the realm of realistic.  However, when you move out of the country and into the city, and when daylight turns to night, nearly all bets are off when it comes to what looks ‘realistic’.  This was the lesson in one of the chapters of a book …

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Long Exposure Landscapes

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Photographs have the ability to not only show the world as it is – but also show the world as it would be if the eye was infinitely adaptable and controllable.  After all, that is essentially what a camera is, an eye that the photographer can control in ways to capture the world in ways well beyond what any human eye can.  From capturing the Milky Way in all of its detail and beauty, or freezing the exact moment a Great Blue Heron snatches a fish from the shallows, or …

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Show and Tell: Sopwith Camel

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Full Resolution Image One of the things I enjoy the most about photography is being able to capture a scene in a way that others may not see themselves when looking at the same object or location.  Finding that creative composition for a photo is the first step in going from a simple snap shot to an artistic photograph.  All the fancy post processing in the world can not improve a poor composition, that must start long before the photograph is taken.  I’m sure I’ve said this before, probably most …

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Show and Tell: High-Key Sunflower

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High Resolution Image Sometimes I will head out with the camera for hours on end and come home with only a few decent photos to show for it, and then there are times that I’ll stop by somewhere on the way home from work, or as a quick side stop from another location and I’ll have a dozen photos that seem to just pop once they’re processed. The origins of this photo are firmly in the second category. During the summer several friends contacted me insisting I had to go …

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Show and Tell – Barbed Wire Silhouette

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It was September of 2012, the blistering heat of August had finally started to decline and the evenings still had enough light left for me to sneak out on the bike for a short ride before dark.  On this particular night I slipped my Canon S90 into my jersey pocket and head out down through the Oak Point Nature Preserve and connecting bike trails – sticking to the trails because my wife was out of town and didn’t want to end up getting hit by a car while riding on …

Processing Possibilities

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Something a little different for today’s Show and Tell post.  Instead of talking about one specific finished photo, going to do a little compare and contrast for a number of photos of the same subject.  The subject of the discussion is the historic train depot in Paris, Texas.  I visited Paris, Texas on my drive to Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma earlier in the summer.  Sun was high, not exactly the most ideal time for landscape photography, but determined to make the most of my trip.  Thankfully the sky had …