Horseshoe Bend at sunset

I’m about 10 minutes away from boarding a flight to Amsterdam and then to Hamburg and wanted to get a photo shared out before we take off. I’ll be working out of the Nik office in Lübeck, so it’s time to get funky with some jet lag. In the meantime, here’s a photo I took wayyyyyyyyyy back when of Horseshoe Bend, near […]

By |Oct 20th, 2014|

Embrace obstacles to improve photo composition

Obstacles. They’re everywhere, aren’t they. In most cases, I usually do my damnedest to avoid them or remove them (either in real life or in post) but it’s not that often that I embrace them. And that’s the funny thing. When I do look for ways to include obstacles in creative ways, not only do I find myself really enjoy […]

By |Oct 19th, 2014|

Photo Tip: Making Your Old Images Feel New Again

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I’ve been thinking about this photo tip for a while, mostly because I make it a habit to review my archive from years ago. As photographers who constantly practice and learn new things, it is natural for our sensibilities to evolve. What we thought looked good before may not today. This can […]

By |Oct 15th, 2014|

The Sony FE 16-35mm F4 vs Delicate Arch

The last time I visited Arches National Park was just about 10 years ago. I was 10 years younger and… many pounds lighter. I made the hike to Delicate Arch last time and remember it being a fun one. Not so much yesterday. If there ever was a reason to really start shedding to extra loving pounds, it was the […]

By |Oct 11th, 2014|

The Unreleased Sony FE 16-35mm Lens vs the Tower of Babel

Last night, we drove out to the Courthouse Towers View in Arches National Park and spent a few hours light painting the surrounding formations in the area. While the actual temperature was exceptionally comfortable (you didn’t even need a jacket or gloves), the sky was totally socked over with thick clouds, preventing even the full moon from shining its light down. […]

By |Oct 9th, 2014|

The Elegance of a Juniper Tree

When we first arrived at Dead Horse Point outside of Moab, Utah, I walked right by this picturesque juniper tree. I guess I was more focused on the massive expanse of contouring earth to my left as I meandered down the rim trail. It wasn’t until my fellow photographer, Randy Van Duinen, kindly pointed it out by showing me his […]

By |Oct 8th, 2014|