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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.
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Top Crop

Today’s post is on a photographic technique – cropping. Cropping an image – deciding what to include and what to exclude – is one of the most important decisions photographers make which effects the impact and interest of the image. 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

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. 

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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.

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Destination: College

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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Looking In

This week, the theme is to: Photograph looking in This slightly voyeuristic theme can be taken many different ways. We look into all sorts of things with our cameras – and if you haven’t poked your camera lens into anything lately, than here’s your opportunity! Maybe it’s just a sneak peak of someplace with your…

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Stairs with a Bit of a Twist

This week’s photo challenge over on The Daily Post is Twisted. This is an easy one for me this week – I love the twists and turns of a spiral staircase and am always on the hunt. I scour museums, shops, hotels, and even the darkest parking garage in search of these wonders of architecture.

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Be Where You Are: A Trip to Wayne, Illinois

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…

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Water, Water Everywhere…

The folks over at The Daily Post have set LIQUID as this week’s photo challenge. Water is a basic element of life and even though I don’t live by the sea, water is everywhere. It’s in the smallest dewdrops….   …And in vast oceans. Water can be calm and tranquil… …or a turbulent force of…

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