Embrace the Wait: Using Travel Time to Improve your Photography

Embrace the Wait. This post is about ways to use the waiting time productively both as a traveler and a photographer. We often have this “let’s just get there” mentality and it blinds us to the photographic possibilities around us.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

Photo Florentine Arches

This week, the theme is to: Photograph leading lines. This week's challenge focuses on a compositional technique. For those of you who haven't encountered the term before, a "Leading Line" is a line in the photograph that leads the eye to the main subject. 

All-Time Favs — So Far

The weekly challenge over at The Daily Post is All-Time Favorites. How fun! We should all do this one and choose our favorite photos of all time! But this is a daunting task - I currently have 128,453 photos in my Lightroom catalog. Admittedly, they're not all my favorites, but I have already taken out all the random shots of my feet and the blurry images of my husband running from the camera.  And as a quote attributed to Imogen Cunningham says: Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. — Imogen Cunningham But the challenge is to post my all-time favorites --- so far.

Destination: College

Photo University at Night

Architecture photographers especially may find college campuses to be a great place to visit. Architecture on college campuses ranges from basic utilitarian to olde worlde Europe to modern --- sometimes all on the same campus or even the same building! Older universities mix modern with traditional so especially look for interesting juxtapositions. Interesting things happen on college campuses, so if you have your street photography shoes on, you might find an interesting photograph or two. This post talks about the ins-and-outs of touring and photographing on college campuses.

Be Where You Are: A Trip to Wayne, Illinois

Photo Train Depot in Wayne

Life sometimes takes us to random places. This week it was Wayne, Illinois – west of Chicago. So far west, that it’s not even Chicago (actually, it’s only about 40 miles from Chicago, but with traffic, this equates to about half a world away). I didn’t plan this as a photography trip, it’s just that’s… Continue reading Be Where You Are: A Trip to Wayne, Illinois

My Place: From an Itinerant Photographer

Photo Tower Bridge Sunset

This week over on The Daily Post, the photo prompt is Place in the World. Could a travel photography blogger ask for a better prompt!!?? But this is a deceptively difficult prompt. Do I choose the place that I'm from? The sweeping plains of the midwest United States with the vast skies and minimalist landscape? This is the place… Continue reading My Place: From an Itinerant Photographer

Counting as I Travel: A Numbers Game

Photo Number 49

For years I have been pursuing a little photography game when I travel – counting as I travel. I started, years ago, with a photograph of the number “1” and I’m currently looking for #56. I count when I travel, but there are so many variations of this idea. It doesn’t matter what personal project you choose – it’s your theme after all.

A Day at the Museum

Photo Looking at Contemporary Art

Visiting museums is often a part of the tourist experience – even if I’m only traveling down the road a bit. This article is about photographing in museums and other artistic spaces - making photographic art from the art of others.

Photographing the Everyday

Photo Schoolhouse in the Rain

Recently*, a podcast that I listen to fielded a question about staying photographically motivated. The question was – and I’m paraphrasing – “Help! I’m a photographer living in boring Nebraska. What can I possibly photograph?” The podcasters gave some advice, but I think there is more to say to this photographer who, like me, lives… Continue reading Photographing the Everyday

Competitions: Pros & Cons

Photo Manarola Night

Competitions have upsides and downsides so it’s important to try for a personal balance.  I originally published the gist of this post about competitions back in March of 2017 on my old blog. I have much more experience with competitions, now. I’ve been participating in my local camera club and their weekly competitions as well as a number of local and regional competitions. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t. That’s the way it goes with competitions. I’ve had my share of award winning photographs so I can’t complain – or maybe I can and I will. I'm revisiting my thoughts a year later I find that by and large my views have changed very little in the intervening year. So, let’s talk about some of the upsides and downsides of photography competitions.