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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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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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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 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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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 …

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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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 …