Weekly Photo Challenge: Under Cloudy Skies

Weekly Photo Challenge: Under Cloudy Skies

It’s winter where I am and we’ve had quite a few cloudy sky days. It’s gotten me thinking of all the photographs I can make under cloudy skies. This week’s challenge is to: Photograph Under Cloudy Skies

Weekly Photo Challenge: Four-legged Friends

Weekly Photo Challenge: Four-legged Friends

I just returned from a week of photographing wild* horses in Missouri Ozarks – yes, there are! – so as I was standing in a field for four hours yesterday I decided that this week the theme is to:

Photograph Four-legged Friends

It doesn’t matter if you’re photographing domestically or in the wild….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Drops of Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Drops of Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Drops of Water

It’s raining as I write making this week’s challenge particularly apt.

This week, the theme is to:
 
Photograph Drops of Water

As I look out the window, there are drops of water dripping from the leaves which are just turning color for the autumn. If I’m lucky, the sun will come out soon and I’ll get a little sparkle

Making the Invisible, Visible

Making the Invisible, Visible

Flow and the Art of Photography. Flow is the theory of enjoyment. I’ll talk about what aspects of flow theory are probably at work when you’re really enjoying the experience of photography.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightlife

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightlife

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nightlife
This week, it’s time to get off our respective sofas, turn off the TV, and head out after dark. If you’re not a natural night stalker, you might be surprised at how different everything at night.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peace

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peace

This week, the theme is to:

Photograph peace

It’s a conceptual challenge this week. Discover what does peace look like in a photograph.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

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. 

Water, Water Everywhere…

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 […]

Creating WOW Sunset Photos

Creating WOW Sunset Photos

The light and color in the sky at sunrise and sunset can add a lot to your travel shots. In this post, I’ll talk about what goes into making that great sunrise or sunset photo – the type of photos that people love to like!

In this post, I’ll talk about the “wheres”, “whens”, and “hows” of taking quality sunrise and sunset photos.

Photographing the Everyday

Photographing the Everyday

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 […]

Light, Light, Light

Light, Light, Light

It’s no accident that most of the epic photos are taken around sunrise or sunset. It’s not just the colors of the sky, but the angle of the light. Shadows are enhanced. I listen to the Improve Photography podcasts a lot and I want to acknowledge how influential Nick Page has been in my understanding […]

Making the Real, Surreal

Making the Real, Surreal

I recently noticed that one of my photos could very easily tip from the real to the surreal with just a few clicks in Photoshop. The scene was already almost unbelieveable in the original – the sky was too blue, the reflection too perfect. The landscape along the horizon was the only thing rooting this photo […]