"Photography helps people to see." ~ Berenice Abbott



Rewards Of The Day




“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.”

~ Jay Maisel




Vineyard, Sunset, Landscape, Nikon,

Vineyards, Napa




“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”

~ Yousuf Karsh




Landscape, Black and White, Big Sur, California

Appreciation, Big Sur




“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”

~Sam Abell





Sunset, Silhouette, Landscape, Nikon,

Grasses, Big Sur





“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

~ George Eastman





Sunset, San Francisco, Landscape

Clouds, San Francisco




 The Weekly Photo Challenge is Reward.

Portraits And The Rule of Thirds

In portraiture, rather than centering your subjects, imagine a tic-tac-toe board and place them where the imaginary lines intersect.





Monochrome, San Francisco, Portrait, Nikon, Black and White





Portrait, Child, Beach, Ocean

Hug the Ocean




Thailand, Portrait, Nikon, Travel

Going Fishing




“There is no better time to crop a bad composition than just before you press the shutter release.”

~ Bryan Peterson





Thailand, Travel, Mahout, Portrait





Portrait, , Nikon, Child







“I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don’t like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.”

~ Diane Arbus





Cat, Portrait, Nikon, Black and White

Here Kitty






Thailand, Portrait, Man, Nikon

At Rest, Chiang Mai 




Portrait, Child, Nikon, Black and White, Monochrome






“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson





The Weekly Photo Challenge is “Rule of Thirds”. 





What makes a photograph compelling? This is a question I ask myself whenever I am shooting. Creating balance in a composition is the trick and there are times when it really pays off to center the subject symmetrically. 





The bow of the boat leads your eye to the fascinating limestone karst formations on Halong Bay in Vietnam. 

Black and White, Vietnam, Landscape, Nikon

Ship’s Bow, Halong Bay




Staring into the eyes of a Great Horned Owl is mesmerizing and choosing a centered close-up accentuates his intense gaze. 

Owl, Close-Up, Bird, Wildlife

Look Into My Eyes




Subjects in threes create a pleasing symmetry. 

Doors, Architecture, New Orleans

French Quarter Blues






Textures and colors are the focal point in this image of a wrought iron gate. 

Recoleta Iron,  Buenos Aires

Recoleta Iron, Buenos Aires






Columns are an interesting challenge in composition. 

Architecture, Black and White,

Columns and Door, Legion of Honor






Shooting a mirrored landscape reflection is a great way to use symmetry.  

Maroon Bells, Aspen

Maroon Bells, Aspen






This church door in Sydney called for a centered composition that made the lines, details and colors stand out.

Architecture, Door, Sydney

Church Door, Sydney




“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” ~ Annie Leibovitz






The Weekly Photo Challenge is Symmetry.


Scale: National Parks



Have you ever visited the National Parks at peak season? 

The good news– including a well-placed person in your frame provides the needed perspective to appreciate the landscape.



Monument Valley is a spectacular place. I loved the touring trucks coming up from the valley at sunset giving a true sense of the massive size of the iconic “Mitten” Buttes. 

Nature, National Park, Landscape, Sunset, Monument Valley

Day Is Done, Monument Valley




Thanks to this hiker, the image has some scale. 

National Park, Nature, Landscape, Nikon, Color, Nature

A Perfect View, Bryce Canyon





The colors and formations are otherworldly in this scene. The small slice of road and the car help contribute to a sense of scale in this Badlands landscape.

Nature, Landscape, National Park, Nikon

Yellow Mounds and Road, Badlands





The Badlands National Park is one of the most interesting places I have ever photographed. I often push the human form toward the edges in landscapes creating visual tension and interest. 

Nature, Landscape, National Park, Nikon

Two, Badlands




It’s an amazing experience photographing the Grand Canyon, however, the images often lack scale because the landscapes are immense. The people on the rocks across the canyon give a sense of the enormity of the scene. It’s a little bit scary, too.

Nature, Landscape, National Park, Nikon

Vast and Tiny, Grand Canyon





This image is an interesting combination of human form, man-made trails and the natural beauty of the hoodoos and pines. 

National Park, Nature, Landscape, Nikon, Color, Nature

Trails and Hoodoos. Bryce Canyon




“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”  

~ Gustave Flaubert






The Weekly Photo Challenge is Scale.

Urban Nature



“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”  

~ Peter Adams, Sydney






When I analyze a scene to frame in my lens, I often see nature’s colors and patterns in black and white. The details and tones of these leaves were a great example of a monochrome moment.

Monochrome, Close Up. Nature,

Leaves, Russian Hill




I have admired these rugged trees at Baker Beach in San Francisco for years. The unique shapes, the texture of the bark and the linear patterns on the hillside make for a captivating landscape. 

Trees, Nature, Landscape

Tree Grove, Baker Beach




I found this Bougainvillea brightening my walk on city block in San Francisco. A quiet nature scene coupled with a little urban grit. 

Urban, Nature, Macro, Flower

Red Flower and Fence




San Francisco’s crown of natural beauty within an urban environment is The Presidio. An early morning walk among the trees is a peaceful escape. I can smell the Eucalyptus when I look at this image.

Sunlight, Trees, Nature, Landscape

Eucalyptus and Morning Sun







The Weekly Photo Challenge is Depth.

Moonset at Sunrise, Golden Gate





Photography is a unique form of expression. Capturing a moment in time which reflects your vision in making the image is the creative challenge. 

When I shot this photograph on a stunning San Francisco morning, I was thrilled by the soft light on the city and bridge at daybreak and moonset. 



Landscape, Nikon, San Franciso, Golden Gate, California

Golden Gate at Moonset and Sunrise




The Weekly Photo Challenge is Express Yourself.

Napa Valley Serenity



Photographing Napa in the winter months is a very different experience compared to the summer when the vines are loaded with grapes and the roads are crowded with tourists. Now, the vines are bare, the understory is green and enjoying the quiet vineyards is extremely serene.




 Leading lines play a large role in photographing vineyards with an abundance of compositional choices. 

Napa, Vineyard, Landscape

Under the Vines



Vineyards, California, Landscape, Fog,

Napa Vineyards and Early Morning Fog



Napa, Vineyard, Wine, Nature

Vineyard Rows




From the hilltop, the patterns and colors of the vineyards are amazing. A long telephoto gave me a tight crop on the linear details and the pop of red from the last of the grape leaves. 

Landscape, Vineyard, Wine, Nature

Vineyard Patterns



Vineyard, California, Wine, Landscape

Napa Vineyard Rows




I love shooting nature’s details. 

Napa, Vineyard, Grape, Nature, Close-up

Last Cascade



Nature, Grape, Leaves, Close Up

Grape Leaves and Sun



Napa, Nature, Vineyards, Close-Up

Late Day Sun and Grape Leaves





 I found some rows of early mustard seed blooming in one vineyard. I’ll be going back soon when the mustard is in its full glory.

Napa Vineyard and Mustard Seed

Vineyard and Mustard Seed




Late afternoon sun and the simple detail of the vines. A promise of the summer’s harvest. 

VIneyard, Napa, Californa

Afternoon Sunlight Under the Vines





 The textures in the fence post and gnarled vines called out to me to convert this image to monochrome.

Napa, Vineyard, Black and White

Row 20, Napa





For more images of Napa Valley, please click here.





The Weekly Photo Challenge is Serenity… now. 



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