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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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Dinosaur Valley State Park – Spring Trip Review

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Overview As eluded to in the first post (Cleburne State Park) in this series covering my spring photo trip, Dinosaur Valley State Park was my actual intended target for my first stop along my route through Texas.  Unfortunately I was unable to get a camping site at the park, however I did do a quick drive through the camping area and found the area to be quite nice and certainly on my list for a future weekend or longer camping trip.  If you’re looking for a State Park to visit …

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Cleburne State Park – Spring Trip Review

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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 …

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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 …

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 …