It’s Travel Week on the Blog…
Jul11

It’s Travel Week on the Blog…

While I’m far from the world traveler that I once was, I still enjoy travel photography with a small “T.” This week we’ll travel hither and yon and show you some of the images that I made along the way along with some travel tips about places to go (and eat) that I’ve encountered during my wanderings… If you only learn one new thing from this post and the rest this week is that you should not...

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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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Travel Thursday: El Yunque Rain Forest
Dec31

Travel Thursday: El Yunque Rain Forest

From San Juan the best route to El Yunque rain forest is along the coast road through Loíza, a small town on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico that was named in honor of Yuisa or Luisa, one of the women caciques (chiefs) on the island when Spanish conquerors arrived. Take your time driving through the small towns and watch out for animals, chickens, children and speed bumps in the road. When visiting El Yunque expect it to rain but ...

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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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Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera
Jan16

Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera

Sigma’s ART lens category includes the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN and 19mm f/2.8 DN lenses designed for mirrorless lens cameras. Priced at $199, both lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear auto focusing motor for accurate and quiet focusing for video. They have metal exteriors and a simple focus ring with varying textures to distinguish each part of the lens. The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN is a relatively wide-angle lens...

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Wordy Wednesday #131 “Back to Balboa Park”
Oct22

Wordy Wednesday #131 “Back to Balboa Park”

This photo was one of my earliest attempts at HDR photography. The image a combination of a series of five bracketed exposures made at San Diego’s Balboa Park in the morning. It was made with a Canon EOS 5D Mark I with a EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 41mm) and a nominal exposure of 1/25 sec at f/22 and ISO 200. After some cropping tweaks, this is my first iteration of the Balboa Park image after processing in HDR Efex Pro that...

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Travel Thursday: The Key to Key West
Aug21

Travel Thursday: The Key to Key West

Key West is an island in the Straits of Florida at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. The island is about 90 miles from Cuba so you know that somebody would put up a monument to that and  people who line up for blocks to have their photograph made there. Mary and I were no exception and this photo of us was made by, my cousin, Mike Kutrik. A local told me that this was not the closest point to Cuba and that a solitary pier...

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