Roadside Lily Orange
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Photo Tip: "Shooting Through" to Paint Color

In early Summer, many ditches alongside the country roads near my home are filled with patches of orange lilies. I look forward to seeing them every year knowing that other wildflowers will soon follow. Anyway, I spent some quality time in a…
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The "3-D Effect" in Landscape Photography

A friend commented to me this past week that my photographs look "3-D" and asked how I achieved the look. We were inside a loud, crowded basketball gym and it was hard to talk to each other. I know I didn't explain it well under those circumstances…
Clingman's Dome Sunset Smoky Mountain National Park Tennessee

Classic Appalachian Mountain Scene Smoky Mountains Tennessee

A classic Smoky Mountain photograph... the layers of the mountain ridges display a variety of colors. This image was captured from Clingman's Dome, 6000+ feet above sea level. Notice how the horizon line blends with the mountain ridges to create…
Wave Feather and Sunlight Lake Superior Michigan
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Photo Tip: Great Light and Simple Composition Yields Artistic Photographs

Photography Tip: If you are looking strictly for exceptional light, you can more often than not find a good photograph. Likewise, if you teach yourself to look strictly for the simplest of compositions, you can frequently find a compelling…
Winding River San Juan Mountains Colorado
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Photo Tip: Never Pass Up An 'S' Curve!

I couldn't pass up this scene in Colorado's San Juan Mountains because it offered one of the best compositional features in landscape photography - an 'S' curve. Never pass up an 'S' curve when you see one in a landscape scene. It's value is…
Common Chicory and Butterfly Cichorium intybus

Roadside Flowers: the Common Chicory

Last Summer, I made it a point to notice the season's emergence of overlooked wildflowers along country roads including the common Chicory (Cichorium intybus). Don't know about you, but I enjoy seeing the different varieties of wildflowers emerge…
Autumn Foliage Reflection and Leaf Smoky Mountain National Park Tennessee

The Best Images of 2016: Autumn Foliage Reflection and Leaf Smoky Mountain National Park Tennessee

I remark to my wife, Deb, quite often about the desire to take photographs that are uniquely different ways of presenting scenes in Nature. Images most folks might not see. When I capture one that I think is successful, I rave to her about it.…
Black Eyed Susan Cluster

The Best Images of 2016: Black Eyed Susan Cluster

One of my goals this past year was to photograph more flowers and continue working to create a soft, colorful, totally unique style of photographing them. I've been referring to the collection as "Floral Expressions." I captured so many images…
McDonald Creek Glacier National Park Montana

The Best Images of 2016: McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park, Montana

Well, another year has come and gone and what I like to do in January of the new year is to look back through my portfolio to find my ten favorite images from the previous year. I'm happy to report I did find ten I liked! The first is an…
Golden Light Cades Cove Smoky Mountain National Park Tennessee

The Best Images of 2016: Golden Light Cades Cove Smoky Mountain National Park Tennessee

Here's another image from a recent photo trek I took to the Smoky Mountains. The light in Cades Cove, where this image was created, can be utterly amazing on most mornings. Because of the lay of the land, a mist is common. If there are minimal…