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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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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 …

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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 …

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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: 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 …