2014 Favorites

January 1st, 2015

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Once again, it is time say a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of you who have viewed and commented on my photographs both here and on Facebook. As I look back on 2014, it has been a great year in so many ways. We have traveled to some of our favorite places (including Hawaii and an extended stay in Crested Butte) and visited family in Iowa, Minnesota and Oregon. I am truly grateful for all of the opportunities that 2014 has brought me.

As usual, I have posted a selection of my favorite images from the past year. The collection includes images from our travels as well as some from closer to home. To view them, click here.

The photo above is of a wave at Papohaku beach on Moloka’i, Hawaii. To me, this abstract image evokes the delicately balanced order versus chaos exhibited by waves as they break along the shore.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Grasses and Reflections

November 21st, 2014

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 While Bob Cole and I were in Yosemite for a private workshop with William Neill, we enjoyed playing with longer exposures and camera movement to produce impressionist-style images. This one was taken along the Merced River late in the day with warm light reflecting off El Capitan.

Maple Leaves Along the Merced River

November 14th, 2014

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Last week, Bob Cole and I traveled to Yosemite National Park for a private workshop with William Neill. It was a fantastic workshop. We worked with Bill on many aspects of photographing the park. One of my favorites was intimate landscapes; in particular, strategies for cutting through the clutter in complex scenes. For this image, I used a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field to blur the background and focus the eye on the leaves. The wide aperture had the added advantage of allowing a high enough shutter speed to stop the motion of the gently blowing leaves.