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21 Aug 2021

Iceland always lives up to the hype

I just got back from another exciting workshop in Iceland. It was my seventh trip there and it never gets old. Covid cancelled my last two planned workshops there and a lot had changed since Feb. 2020. Some roads had moved, more roundabouts were created and access had been made easier to a couple of my favorite locations.  I had hoped to watch the newest volcano flow down through the valley but it wasn’t as active as it was earlier […]

13 Aug 2021

Seeing Fagradalsfjall gurgle in Iceland

I’ve been watching Fagradalsfjall, Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption for the past few months, hoping it would still be flowing for my trip this week. It is one of the more unique volcano flows, it started in a valley and the lava flowed down between small mountains. That meant people could hike right up to the edge of the flow or climb higher and look down into the bubbling crater. Some magnificent photos and videos have been created and I was […]

01 Jan 2021

Favorites from 2020

Yea, 2020 was a strange year. There was way too much loss but there was much to celebrate. I was able to go to Iceland and get a couple of shots I had wanted for a long time, a great ice cave image and the Aurora Borealis. I was in Cuba when the pandemic hit hardest in the U.S. and we had to cut the trip short for concern we wouldn’t be able to get back into the country. The […]

01 Nov 2020

Video: Chimping, Blinkies and Histograms

Getting the proper exposure is a constant challenge for photographers. In this seminar I talked about Chimping, Blinkies and Histograms..

19 Jun 2020

Milky Way fun in New Hampshire

I decided to head over to New Hampshire last night for some Milky Way photos. The state is only 15 miles from my house in Vermont and has a very different look than where I live. Finding good places to shoot the Milky Way is tough, I always want to have something interesting in the foreground and not just stars overhead. Getting away from light pollution is very hard and I use a couple of websites and apps to help […]

07 Jun 2020

Woodstock vigil for justice

There was a vigil for justice today in Woodstock, VT, where about 300 people gathered on the green. That’s a pretty good crowd considering the village has fewer than 1000 residents. Vermonters tend pretty community involved and there was plenty of solidarity shown, some tears shed and it ended with the crowd taking a knee for nearly nine minutes to honor the death of George Floyd.

27 May 2020

I need your feedback

Like many businesses, mine is in total disarray. I love taking photographers in my 12-passenger Sprinter van and going to great locations in the Northeast or taking people to exciting International scenes. But I’m having a hard time planning the next year and your feedback can greatly help. Please take a couple of minutes to answer 10 questions. (Scroll down to see all 10 questions)   Create your own user feedback survey

22 May 2020

An evening in a sculpture park

  If I wasn’t a photographer I might be a sculptor. I wouldn’t be carving things out of rock, although that would be fun too. I met a guy in Iceland who I visit every summer who does some great stone carving but it is tough work. I’d be the kind of sculptor who makes big things out of scrap metal. I think that would be a lot of fun and pretty satisfying to see a big something come from […]

21 May 2020

Video: Digital Work Flow and Image Storage

Finding your digital photos, knowing where they are stored and making sure you have backups is every photographer’s conundrum. In this free one-hour seminar I show you what works for me starting with ingesting photos to my computer from my camera, deciding where they should be stored, plus options for storing, cataloging and backing up the files.

19 May 2020

International Space Station meet Polaris

I love when when great planning comes together to create a good picture. I love even more when dumb planning and incredible luck combine to create a special image. I was out shooting star trails over a pond last night and lined up a cool looking shot. I planned on getting some good reflections from the trees I was lighting with my flashlight in the water. Star trails are essentially very long exposures and the stars blur due to the […]

15 May 2020

Will Iceland be the safest place this summer?

It looks like Iceland will be one of the safest places to be this summer. As of Tuesday there were only 15 active cases in the whole country with one person in the hospital and no new cases in five days. https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2020/05/12/fifth_day_of_no_new_covid_19_cases_in_iceland/. The country has been testing people even before the virus was in the country and has been a model for dealing with the virus. Check out this CNN interview with the Prime Minister https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2020/05/12/katrin-jakobsdottir-amanpour-iceland-coronavirus-testing-tourism.cnn.   They also announced they are […]

07 May 2020

Video: Light Painting Objects Small and Large seminar

One of my favorite things to do in photography is use a flash light to light paint objects. They can be small objects like flowers or big things like bridges or waterfalls. In this one hour seminar, I show the techniques I use and how the results can be rather surprising.

30 Apr 2020

Video: Eliminating objects in Photoshop

There are times when we just can’t get rid of obstacles in our photos and that is when Photoshop comes to the rescue. In this online seminar I show some basic ways to use Photoshop to eliminate things that just don’t belong in our photos. 

17 Apr 2020

Focus stacking photos in Photoshop

There are times when you can get everything in focus that you want, especially when shooting macro, you can’t get the depth of field that you want. Photoshop to the rescue. Make a set of photos focusing on different areas within the scene. Bring your images into your computer. It is easiest if you put all your images to be stacked in a separate folder. In Photoshop on the “File” menu, go to “Automate” and then choose “Photomerge.” This opens […]

16 Apr 2020

Video: Pixels, Resolution and Your Digital Files seminar

There doesn’t seem to much more confusing when dealing with digital files than image resolution and pixel sizes. When you are posting, sharing or printing your photos the proper resolution is key to getting the look you want and speedy transmission. In this online seminar I talked about image resolution, knowing how big your files are, what size they should be and how to make them that size. Enjoy the video.