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 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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