Travel Photography: Have a Checklist
Feb07

Travel Photography: Have a Checklist

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”— Paul Strand If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta...

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Even More Hot Air – Ballooning Part 2
Aug26

Even More Hot Air – Ballooning Part 2

Today’s Post by John Larsen After the initial awe of witnessing crews assemble, inflate and launch their balloons wears off you will begin to notice smaller details, instead of their magnitude and bright colors. That’s when you will uncover interesting subjects at any ballooning event. They could be people, shadows, patterns or even a unique chase vehicle. To make these shots my favorite lens is an 18-135mm zoom as it allows me to...

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A Visit to Denmark
Aug09

A Visit to Denmark

Today’s Post by John Larsen Recently my partner and I visited family throughout my homeland, Denmark. While I’ve visited previously, our 20-day schedule was filled with numerous events in various parts of the country including two birthdays, a confirmation in perhaps the most historic Cathedral of Denmark, and a “Golden” anniversary for my Aunt and Uncle. I actually attended their wedding fifty years ago! As we prepared for this trip...

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After a Trip: Keeping it Clean
Jul15

After a Trip: Keeping it Clean

My philosophy about photo gear is simple: If you take care of it and it will take care of you. That’s why whenever I return from a trip or location shoot, I clean my equipment immediately. Why? Because that way I’ll always know that the next time I pick up my equipment —even if it’s a spur of the moment event—that it’s clean and ready to go. Having just returned from a three-day photo shoot where my gear was used in several outdoor...

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What’s in My Travel Backpack?
Jul14

What’s in My Travel Backpack?

It’s been my experience that, for the professional photographer, there is little difference between personal or business travel. This, one of my best selling stock photographs, and was made on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Too many miles in too many airplane seats and too much time spent in too many airports has left me with a fondness for traveling with as few pieces of photo gear as possible. This was brought home to me many...

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It’s Monday, It Must be Berlin
May23

It’s Monday, It Must be Berlin

Today’s Post by John Larsen During a recent vacation to Denmark my partner and I made a quick visit to Berlin, Germany to visit friends. Prior to departing for our trip I purchased a used Canon EF 18-200mm f/5.6 lens. While I already had a Canon EF 70-200mom f/2.8L series lens I felt that it was too large and valuable to take on such excursions. I also brought along an extra wide-angle zoom lens (11-18mm) but found the Canon 18-200mm...

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Wordy Wednesday #167 “ The Artist Within”
Jul08

Wordy Wednesday #167 “ The Artist Within”

While they might not want to admit it, photographers have always envied artists. When we drive 300 miles over back roads to find the perfect sunset and the weather doesn’t cooperate, we can only reach into our backpack and try various filter combinations to approximate what that sunset might have looked liked look. An artist can make that same trek and stay inside their car making black and white sketches before finishing the painting...

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