Photography and Travel Journal

Welcome to my Photography and Travel Journal.  Here I will take you on my travel adventures as well as share stories of my photography, give tips and tricks and anything else that seems exciting to me.  Newer posts are displayed on this page with links for older posts listed near the bottom of the page.


Beginner's Guide to Infrared Photography

Infrared photography can be a great way to expand your landscape and nature images. More than twenty years ago when I first started out in photography, I was immediately drawn to infrared. I loved black and white and the traditional darkroom, so infrared was a beautiful and ethereal small step from that.  During my time with infrared film, very few photographers were able to produce good images. But with practice and hundreds of rolls of film, I excelled. Unfortunately, in 2009 my film of choice was discontinued by Kodak, so I was reluctantly introduced to digital infrared. Now, ten years later, I am well integrated into the digital infrared world where I teach others the magic of this beautiful medium. 
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3 Highly Effective Exercises for Creative Photography


The most difficult aspect about photography is how to achieve unique images with your own individualized style. As a beginner, it may be necessary to capture it all so that you can figure out what it is you really like to photograph. Once you figure out what you like to photograph, developing an individualized style using creative photography may be the next step. Even seasoned photographers may find themselves wishing to expand on their style due to changing technologies, lifestyles, or just a newfound passion for something different.

Here are three exercises that may help you explore different styles.

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Create a Logo using your Signature

Your Unique Photographs, Your Unique Branding

If you have spent a good deal of time on the internet, you’ve noticed that different photographers use different means of adding a watermark or brand to their images. Some use logos while others use signatures. And many use the most common method of utilizing the Type Tool in Photoshop to type in their name. But what if you want something that is uniquely yours and not something someone else has created for you? 


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Adding a Unique Signature to Your Photographs – a Video Tutorial

In this video, I show you the easiest way to create your own unique signature for any uploaded image. In addition, these signatures can be used for lab-printed images on products such as aluminum or face-mounted acrylics (many pens, even sharpies, can be wiped off using alcohol or acetate). Or maybe you are using a site such as Fine Art America that prints your work and ships it directly to the customer. For each of these situations, a permanent digital signature is a great solution.

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The Creative Block . . . Five Ways to Combat It

Experiencing the Creative Block

Just as writers have writer’s blocks, photographers can have visual blocks. I often hear from my private workshop clients that they feel scattered, can’t find a direction, feel overwhelmed by the choices of post-processing programs, and start looking at the process of being a photographer as a burden. Or, as the professionals say, “photography has become just a job and I have lost some of that passion.”

This is a real concern for many people, novice and professionals alike. But it is comforting to know that most photographers, at some point in their life, experience this. 

Just as emotional thoughts can lead to amazing creativity, it can also be the cause of a block. Here are a couple of ways to face the emotional part of the block.

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Building a Cohesive Landscape Photography Portfolio


Can you imagine if your whole landscape photography portfolio could only be made up of images from one location? Well, that was the challenge that Christine Hauber faced as she embarked on a several-month journey to photograph the Mojave Desert as artist in residence at the Mojave National Preserve. Not only was she challenged by the sheer vastness and desolation of the desert landscape, but she also needed to create a portfolio that was both diverse and cohesive - and that accurately reflected her personal experience and artistic style.

Shooting exclusively in infrared black and white, this 25-year veteran of photography achieved that goal beautifully. We were curious to hear how she did it and what advice she has for other photographers who would like to put together a cohesive gallery show or portfolio of their own. Here’s what she had to say:

This was the first show I’ve done that needed to be site-specific. Every image had to be shot in Mojave National Preserve. That was probably the biggest challenge. I stayed in the Preserve for a total of four weeks (luckily I have an RV, so that was easy to do) and created a portfolio exclusively using images I shot during that time.

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Beginner's Guide to Creative Texture Blending


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As an Art Photographer, I am always looking for ways to display my work in a unique and creative way. The competition is fierce out there for beautiful landscape and nature photographs with awesome sunrises or sunsets.  Often, I am in a beautiful place, but the sky just doesn't cooperate. Regardless, I still photograph the beautiful subjects with the less than compelling skies knowing I can creatively work with the image later by using layers.

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Creative Photography to Overcome Midday Blues

Perfect light with the perfect subject is a desire of all photographers. But what about all of the times of the day when the light is not ideal... such as the times when you go on an outing with friends and they are not interested in getting up early for sunrise and need to be back home in time for dinner? Or how about the family vacations where photography is not the focus of anyone except you? There are also times when you plan a photography adventure, buy your plane tickets and set your travel plans, and get there only to find Mother Nature not cooperating. So, what are you to do with all the times when conditions are not ideal? Heaven forbid you leave your camera behind!


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In this segment, I focus on midday light and how creative photography can help you to capture stunning images.

By watching the light from sunrise to sunset, you'll notice that during sunrise and sunset, colors tend to be warm and calmly subdued. It's beautiful light and, with the right amount of clouds, you can have an award-winning image. As the sun nears midday, the light gets cooler (more bluish) and more contrasted. Highlights and shadows can compete with your subject creating a busy and unappealing scene; it's important to know how best to work within these conditions.....Click Here to Continue Reading


Five Ideas to Develop Your Creative Eye in Photography

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As a society, we're bombarded with images all day long, from billboards to television to social media. As photographers, those images can really influence us. We've all been guilty of seeing an image and wanting to go to that exact spot to capture that same photograph. But when creative photography comes into play, it means stepping back, assessing the scene, and finding a way to present it differently. Often creativity in photography is a personal choice and it's what can can really make it compete in the Fine Art arena.

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First Rim 2 Rim Adventure In the Grand Canyon

My friend, Jessica and I decided to research the idea of hiking Rim2Rim of the Grand Canyon last year after spending countless days and miles hiking the mountains of the Greater Phoenix area. The Rim 2 Rim hike takes hikers from either the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim or vise versa. Being that we are both lifelong athletes, with her enjoying long distance running in the heat of Arizona and me with swimming, yoga and hiking in such places as Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and New Mexico we knew we could tackle this together.

While hiking Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale in February, I mentioned wanting to eventually do the Rim 2 Rim hike in the Grand Canyon. Immediately, she exclaimed, "Me too! I have always wanted to do that!" Well that got the ball rolling! So as artists (she is an amazing for her website), we both looked at our crazy art show and workshop schedules to see when we could possibly fit in the time to do this. We were highly motivated and did not want to just talk about this, we actually wanted to commit to it.

Based on our schedules, we both had a few weeks of June available and a bit of time in October. We had heard how difficult it is to get camping permits in the prime months of spring and fall so we decided we would first put in an application for June and if we were denied, we would try again for October.  So, I put in the application for multiple days throughout the month of June and low and behold, we got chosen for June 22-25, which also turns out to be historically the hottest week of the year. What were we thinking? We received the acceptance letter from the Grand Canyon National Park Forest Rangers with strong advice to reconsider because of the heat. But, they did include information about staying safe in the heat. I also joined a Facebook page, Grand Canyon Hikers and Backpackers where many seasoned summer GC hikers were very helpful in giving sound advice. 



Grand Canyon - First ViewIt was hard to believe we were going to be entering into this massive canyon. We would be crossing the Colorado River (seen in the middle of the frame). It was all so daunting!

Grand Canyon - First View

It was hard to believe we were going to be entering into this massive canyon.

We would be crossing the Colorado River (seen in the middle of the frame). It was all so daunting!


So skip forward to June 21.

Jessica and I met on the South Rim near the Backcountry Office. Luckily, we had to use the bathroom so while there, we asked the Ranger a few last minute questions. He proceeded to inform us that a pipe had just burst on the North Kaibab trail, essentially shutting down all fresh drinking water for the fourteen mile hike. He also let us know that the temperature at the bottom was expected to be 120 degrees.  We were completely prepared for the hot temperatures but the lack of fresh water put a bit of anxiety into our minds. We had backup iodine tabs just in case, but didn't want to have to rely on the unknown (for us).  We had originally planned to do most of our hiking with a 3:00am start time, so the added weight of additional water was something to consider.

We left my car parked in the South Rim lot and drove her truck to the North Rim. During the four hour drive we considered our options. We had reservations that night at the Demotte campground and talked about setting up camp knowing we would have to break it all down at 2am so we could start hiking at 3am.  We then discussed the idea of not sleeping but instead starting out soon after our arrival to the North Rim. I had already spent eight hours driving from Santa Fe, NM and then the additional four hours driving from the South Rim to the North Rim. Who really needed sleep? Funny thing, I had adrenaline rushing through my veins so I don't think I could have slept even if I wanted to, so the decision was made to "get rolling".


North Rim - Grand Canyon

North Rim - Grand Canyon

We arrived at the North Rim just after sunset and took a few photographs of the vanishing light. We then found the North Kaibab parking lot, ate cold leftover Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti and loaded our backpacks with water and four days of camping necessities. (my camera and tripod being part of those necessities!) We turned on our headlamps, lifted our heavy 40lb backpacks on our backs, grabbed our hiking poles and headed out into the cool 80 degree night.  Our first campground would be at Bright Angel, a fourteen mile hike.


Walking downhill in the dark with a heavy backpack was a slow and tedious process but we enjoyed the moonlight and the dark outlines of the canyon walls. I had a fascination with the glittering eyes of the hundreds of spiders who crossed our paths. I also had to stop and examine the huge scorpions while avoiding the tiny ones that scampered much too quickly.  Every time I would see some cool critter, I would exclaim, "Look Jessica...look at the size of that!" Or "Look Jessica...look how many legs it has!" Or "Look Jessica at how that huge spider's eyes glow in the light of the headlamp!"  Her response was always a nonchalant, unconcerned and somewhat bored, "Yea."  Hmm...unbeknownst to me at the time, Jessica was silently getting annoyed with me, especially when one scorpion ran towards her.


As much as we enjoyed the North Kaibab trail in the cool darkness,  we did not get to see what the landscape looked like. If someone asks me what I thought of that leg of the trip, I would only be able to say, "the spiders and scorpions were cool." Someday, I will return to experience it during cooler daytime temperatures when I can really see the beauty of the North Rim area. 

Sometime during the middle of the night, we happened upon some benches. We stopped to rest, eat some salty snacks and use the restroom. While sitting there, we realized how tired we had become and decided to take a short catnap. I am not one who can sleep anywhere but I soon learned that Jessica has the ability to fall asleep anywhere and at any time. She was soon fast asleep while I struggled to get comfortable on the hard bench all the while thinking about the critters running about.  I may have fallen asleep for a short while but its hard to say, because in reality, it felt like I was awake the whole time having somewhat crazy visions. If they were dreams, they were vivid and incomprehensible. 

At some point, a noise alerted me. In the darkness, I could sense it was coming from the bathrooms that our benches were near. But after about ten minutes, the person was banging around and not actually exiting the facility. Many thoughts went through my sleep deprived head and after about five minutes more, I awakened Jessica. In her daze, she listened for a moment and then quickly became fully awake, throwing on her backpack and starting down the hill ahead of me. She was truly afraid we would be dismembered and stuffed down the compostable toilets, never to be heard from again. Once we had our wits about us,  we concluded that it must have been a Forest Ranger cleaning the bathrooms. But we still wondered if 3am was the time to do such a task. I figured with the heat of the day, nighttime was probably the best time to take care of such a task. 

We hiked on with an occasional hiker(s) passing in the opposite direction. As the sun began to light up the landscape, we stopped and enjoyed the beauty around us. We had missed so much in the dark. It was amazingly beautiful as the sun began to light up the distant plateaus. 


Sunrise on the North Kaibab Trail

Sunrise on the North Kaibab Trail


Looking Back

Looking Back

Sunrise on North Kaibab Trail, looking back in the direction from which we came.




It appeared that we were near the bottom but we also knew that we still had the infamous Box to hike through. The Box is the area where the canyon walls become closer and closer together, retaining all the heat from the sun's direct hit. No one wants to get stuck in the Box during the heat of the day. Luckily, we were getting to there at a perfect time. It was still all in shade since it was still just past sunrise. We could feel the heat in the rock and the humidity in the air. At some point we came upon a wonderfully nice gentleman named Bill Linderman who let us know that we only had about 2 miles to go. We were ecstatic!  Bill was even nice enough to offer to carry my now 80lb backpack. ( just felt that way...with my right hip aching and my shoulder muscles tightening) I declined his offer. For myself, this was my burden to bear and my Rim2Rim to conquer. 


Soon after exiting the Box, we arrived at Phantom Ranch. We were almost out of water and luckily, fresh drinking water was still available there. They had restricted all other water usage so anyone staying at Phantom Ranch expecting a cooling shower to clean up was in for a rude awakening.  After a quick bathroom stop, we hoisted our backpacks back on and continued the short hike to Bright Angel Campground. We had arrived at around 8am. We found a site on the river side, got out our sleeping pads, hung our backpacks on the tall poles provided and laid down in the quickly diminishing shade.  Jessica promptly fell asleep, while I struggled to get comfortable on the hard sand. Eventually, I may have gotten about 30 minutes of sleep.

We spent the remainder of the day around camp, eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches, watching the silly ground squirrels and sitting in the cool creek that ran along side the campground. We walked back to Phantom Ranch to get more drinking water, listen to the Ranger talk and indulge in a cup of Phantom Ranch's wonderful lemonade. It was well worth the $3. 



Little Stinker

Sneaky Ground Squirrel 

We had to hoist our backpacks up onto tall polls. But the Ravens could figure out how to unzip the packs!

My neighbor had a granola bar stolen.


We returned to camp and set up the 2lb Tarptent Jessica had borrowed from her uncle. After our nighttime experience seeing so many spiders and scorpions on the trails, we were reluctant to sleep out under the stars. We had two nights reserved at this campground, so it made sense to set it up. That night, I finally slept like a log. Jessica, on the other hand, finally had some issues with getting a good night sleep.

The next day, we both awoke with very sore calf muscles. Again, the temperatures were predicted to be around 120 degrees. We each packed a small day pack and headed the two miles back through the Box to find the small falls and creek that we could hang out in and stay cool. We ended up spending most of the day there talking to various hikers and Ranger Marty, who hikes down to the Phantom Ranch ranger station where he works eight days on and then has six days off. It was a perfect way to spend the day, with our feet in the cool water with little tadpoles and fish swimming about nibbling on our toes. 

That night the wind picked up and because we may not have secured our Tarptent correctly, it started to cave in on us. Twice we attempted to fix it, but we were so tired and knew we had to get up at 2am so we could start hiking the next leg of the trip by 3am. We spent the night with the foot end of the tent flapping around on us. Luckily the head-end of the tent stayed erect so we were safe from being asphyxiated.  So, I tried imagining that I was getting a specialty massage but then anytime the wind stopped blowing, the tent fabric would settle down on my legs making me sweat. As soon as I would get used to that feeling, the wind would pick up and the flapping would begin again. Jessica managed to sleep through most of it (holy cow!) while I tossed and turned all night. 

We awoke to the smell of a skunk. Then as we were getting ready, I exclaimed, "Oh my gosh Jessica...a Ringtail Cat!!!" "Hmmm", she responded without an inkling of enthusiasm. We set out at 3am, headlamps glowing. We had lightened our loads a bit by donating some of our packaged food to the emergency hiker box in front of the Ranger Station. Our next destination for overnight camping was Indian Garden Campground. Being that it is located in a canopy of trees, the temperatures would be a bit lower but our five mile hike was to be all uphill.  We felt great, energetic and the hike seemed easier than either of us expected. (we had crazy expectations, especially after our first day and the 14 mile hike)


Devil's Corkscrew

Devil's Corkscrew

This section of Bright Angel Trail took us from the Colorado River up to Indian Garden Campground


Upon arrival at the campground, we quickly found a nice shady spot. I again found the critters fascinating..."Look Jessica, a deer!" "Yea", she responded. "Jessica...look at the ravens trying to get in those camper's backpacks!" "Uh huh." Finally, I told her my story of wanting to be a veterinarian growing up and my enchantment with animals, birds and critters. If I wasn't a photographer, I could have been happy working with animals or being a biologist studying animals.  She told me that she was good with dogs, but beyond that, animals didn't interest her. (gee, like I couldn't figure that one out)  We ended up spending the remainder of the day napping, reading, watching the entertaining animals (actually only I did this), talking to other hikers and hanging out in the creek there.  


View from Indian Garden Campground

Indian Garden - View from the Campground


Juvenile Raven

Juvenile Raven

Right before this photo was taken, his mother was teaching him all about backpacks and the great food that could be found inside, if they 

could just figure out how to pull those zipper open.


Just Passing Through Just Passing Through



Plateau Point

Plateau Point

That evening we did a 1.5 mile hike to Plateau Point to watch the sunset over the canyon.​



After talking with other hikers and the Ranger, we chose to forego the Tarpent that night and instead sleep out under the stars. As we were getting ready, I heard an odd sound. I looked up with my headlamp and saw the cutest Screech Owl sitting in the tree. "Jessica!  A Screech Owl!" Without looking, she attempted for my benefit, "Oh wow!"  Luckily for her, I think that was the last unique creature I had the pleasure of seeing on that trip.

That night, Jessica quickly fell asleep while I tossed and turned half the night. I swore I was feeling things crawling over my hands and arms. Needless to say, I was ready to begin hiking at 3am.  We headed out into the night to hike the final leg of the Bright Angel Trail.

We did well for the first three miles but I could completely feel my body running out of steam. I had not really paid attention to what I ate that morning but knew I drank a bunch of water.  The electrolytes I had brought had previously given me bad headaches on two occasions during this hike so I did not want to drink any that morning. I was starting to feel a bit nauseous but continued to drink bits of water. I had to stop and rest every five minutes because my legs did not want to go any further. My mouth was dry.   Finally, Jessica forced us both to sit down on the edge of the path, open our packs and pull out the food we had remaining. She gave me her salty pretzels that just stuck to the inside of my dry mouth. I swallowed them down with difficulty with the last remaining but amazingly delicious orange I had carried around. I ate some salty nut mix and drank a bit more water. Jessica then lightened my load a bit more by taking my now very heavy sleeping pad. 

I rose and put on my backpack that now felt a bit more comfortable and we continued up the trail. Within minutes, I had regained my strength and the dryness in my mouth disappeared.  As prepared as we were, not having an appetite during this whole trip was something I was not used to. I had been warned about the lack of appetite and how forcing yourself to eat was important. We had eaten so much the day before, so I thought that would hold me. But, also getting up at 3am after very little sleep did affect my ability to think straight. It was great that there were two of us so that we could hold each other accountable especially when it came to eating enough salt and potassium along with water and calories. 


Bright Angel Trail

Almost at the Top

Bright Angel Trail. Getting so close to finishing this adventure!


As we climbed towards the top, we were met with many, many tourists and day hikers who smelled great and looked fresh and lively. They rooted us on, letting us know that we were almost there.  I felt a sense of relief and a tear came to my eye.   After four days, I can't imagine how we looked but we didn't care....





***Follow-up.  It has been two weeks since this amazing adventure! I don't regret anything we did.  What I learned and want to do differently next time is...I would like to do this hike in one long day or get reservations at Phantom Ranch so that I only have to carry a day pack. We had four days of food, extra water because of the water pipe break and camping necessities that really added a lot of weight to our packs. As a photographer, I felt I needed my camera, but in reality, the weight may not have been worth it.  All the above images were taken with my iPhone, so I was able to get nice photos.   Anyway, granted, hind site is 20/20 and everything we took felt like a necessity even to this day. I just would like to be able to hike more quickly and enjoy the beauty of the Grand Canyon rather than having aching shoulders. 



Vik, IcelandOcean and black sand beach at Vik, Iceland.

I had the incredible pleasure of being asked to go to Iceland this year with one of my workshop clients, turned friend, Kathy. Iceland had been on my radar for a number of years so when she brought up the idea I was positively responsive!  This was exciting because it was not only Iceland, it was also a one-on-one workshop!  

I don't believe there is a bad time to visit Iceland, it was just a matter of what we wanted to focus our attention on. It is very well known for its waterfalls and luckily they flow all year round. With Iceland being just the size of Kentucky,  massive lava fields, mountains and glaciers gobble up a large majority of the island. The winters are very cold and daylight hours are short but we had the Northern Lights and Ice Caves to consider. Summers are best know for the extended daylight hours but the wildflowers are growing, waterfalls running full force and the cute Puffin birds have migrated there and are nesting. With spring and fall, there is a possibility to get a taste of any of those things.

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Creative Path

I am often do you find your creativity?  I can honestly say that I was born this introvert with a deep interest in seeing things more closely than what is presented on the surface. As a child, I would spend hours outside alone looking up into trees and seeing the little crevices the critters made, the flickering of the light on a backlit leaf and how the shadows and light created depth.  Even now as an adult, I find solace in being able to absorb the natural world around me. But taking those feelings and translating them onto a two dimensional surface becomes less about creativity and more about talent and experience. Learning visually what is most appealing in compositions, how light affects mood and how to use the equipment whether it be a set of oil paints, a camera and darkroom or pen and ink is of upmost importance.

I have spent my life constantly learning about different forms of art and although most are very appealing to me, my talent seems to reside more with being able to capture what I see rather than what I can create in my mind. I tried my hand at oil painting and was fairly good at it, but I didn't feel extremely passionate about it mainly because it wasn't spontaneous enough for me. I also have enjoyed ceramics but have enjoyed it more as a hobby. When my chance to learn more about photography came about, it seemed as if everything clicked. I could capture in a split second, exactly what I was seeing and then take the film into the darkroom and experience what I thought was true magic. Now with computer software and digital cameras, I am able to extend my creative vision a bit further. 

My creativity is constantly changing and evolving.  I have learned to just enjoy the process because the few times I have forced a creative path that I don't have passion about, my work suffers and in turn, I start feeling empty. 


Some of my newest work takes my love of the past and combines it with a touch of color. 

Forever Broken DownForever Broken DownTruck and Trailer photographed in infrared and post processed using texture layers.

Years Gone ByYears Gone ByInfrared photograph with colored texture layers that make up the colors within the photograph. Colorized Vintage GasColorized Vintage GasVintage Gas pumps photographed in infrared and colorized using texture layers with On1 Photo.



Summer Fun!

I am finally back in Santa Fe, New Mexico for more than just a few weeks.  This summer has been a crazy one. First, I had a two week photography trip to Texas where I photographed a wedding, had a couple of private one-on-one workshops, a mini workshop in Big Bend National Park and photographed family portraits. Then I had a ten day photography trip to Grand Teton National Park where I taught a five-day landscape workshop with Matt Suess and a ten day trip to Colorado where I had a couple of private one-on-one workshops in addition to a busy family reunion.

During my time in Colorado, I was able to photograph a hawk in a state park that just seemed as curious about us and our cameras as we were of him. This turned out to be an exciting private photography session.  As I told them, "Expect the unexpected"!  

Here are some of my favorite images from my time traveling:

Eye on the PrizeEye on the PrizeThis hawk was photographed in Colorado. This image combines the original photograph combined with texture layers for a beautiful fine art piece.

Eye on the Prize


The Stare DownThe Stare DownA bison in Grand Teton National Park stare me down. Texture layers are added for color.

The Stare Down


The TangoThe TangoLive Oak Trees in Texas that appear to be dancing.

The Tango


Watching Over the LandWatching Over the LandBison in Grand Teton National Park

Watching Over the Land




Treasure Hunter

From Working in the USA - Behind the Scenes -

I left Strasburg, Colorado and continued east to Byers where I found my first Working in the U.S.A subject. Craig, who refers to himself as a treasure hunter, was selling goods from his beat up van at a corner in town. With everything from clothes to jewelry, he was basically a garage sale on wheels. Long hair held back with bands, black sunglasses, tattoos, and t-shirt with a naked woman artistically rendered as a motorcycle spoke of a man rough around the edges. But he was friendly. Craig had had some mishaps in life, which made selling used goods one of his best money making options. He said he wanted to stay out of trouble and spend more time with his children. He seemed content with this choice and commented that the biggest problem with is job is finding enough stuff for all the people out there looking for more stuff. Though he didn’t appear excited about me taking his picture, he told everyone coming to the van who I was, what I was doing, and that he would be part of my Project.


Junk SalesmanTreasure HunterThis is one of the first images I captured during my three and a half year photography project about the people of America and the work they do.


Texas Trip



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An Exciting Adventures, Exciting Encounters

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Saving a Seemingly Doomed Photograph

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Simple Tips to Great Photos

FiddlerFiddlerSometimes the most important part of a photograph needs to be selectively focused upon. In this shot, I loved the end of the violin so with selective focus, I am still able to convey what the total image is.




Creating a Painterly Effect




On The Road Again




Watch the Weather

Thunderstorm and WindmillsThunderstorm and WindmillsThunderstorm and Windmills




Birds in a Tree

Birds in the Tree IIBirds in the Tree IIBirds in the Tree was photographed on a blue sky morning. It is with skies that are cloudless that I enjoy finding minimalistic images. When I first arrived, this tree was full of birds and slowly each one started to fly away. I waited until I felt the overall image had a nice balance between the branches and the number of birds. This image was the one I captured. I then added texture overlays and did some final processing within Nik Color Efex 4.
Autumn Aspen GroveAutumn Aspen GroveI photographed this image in the mountains outside of Crested Butte, Colorado, where the groves are large and strong with thick undergrowth of ferns and other plants that change with the dropping temperature.

I finally had a chance to visit my local Aspen grove this year outside of Santa Fe, NM in preparation for our Santa Fe Digital Boot-Camp Workshop. The groves are beautiful but are much younger than the groves in Crested Butte. The trees are tall and thin with many small pine trees growing amongst them.

Aspen trees have become one of my favorite trees to photograph. They are striking in glistening green color during the summer and vibrant yellows and red during the fall.

This photograph is part of my Boutique Collection and thus is limited in edition size. Once it is sold out, this particular piece will no longer be available for purchase.

To see available sizes and prices and to purchase, click on the small photo below, then click on the "Buy" link.

The Making of the Birds




Infrared Film



Traditional Silver Gelatin Photographs