Poppy Park

i. My daughter and I were looking out over the patchwork landscape of the California high desert, green and gold and orange…all quickly turning brown in the hot early spring. “One thing just rolls into the next,” she said, observing the way the colors and textures shifted from one slope to the next, with no clear lines…

Wonder and Delight

i. I loved this photo that I shot with my iPhone last week; you can’t even tell that it wasn’t supposed to be blurry, thanks to the grunge textures I put on it. (I use Snapseed for most of my in-camera photo editing.) The composition seemed to call for a quote, so here you go….

California Green

  i. Green is something special in California. Oh,sure, we have “green all year” because people can water their lawns and gardens to keep them vibrant, and there’s no white blanket of snow to cover them up. But in the wild hills that frame our developed landscape, green is a rare and fleeting thing, dependent…

Welcome 2015

I can’t let the new year begin without a quick look over the one just ended. It was not a very active year here on the blog, with only 11 posts the entire year – less than one per month! The most popular post of the year was A Contemplative Photography Lesson Plan, from January,…

Such a Winter’s Day

  Wildlife on the trail: One rabbit. Three squirrels. Maybe four. A hawk, overhead. Crows, ditto. A myriad of songbirds.   Joggers. Dogs, with their people. The maintenance team. A pack of young men who don’t seem like they’re up to any trouble, but are followed out by the park ranger. A pack of young…

Capturing Light: An Overview of the Exposure Triangle in Easy Terms

Photography is, by definition, the art of drawing with light. So it’s not surprising that a great part of learning how to to take good photos is learning how to control light. In this section of my contemplative photography lesson plan, I’m going to discuss the three ways your camera helps you to do that….

What You Need to Know About Your Camera

I’ll admit, I’m starting with the topic “Know Your Camera” in my Contemplative Photography Lesson Plan because it’s the easiest. Teaching you about your camera isn’t something I can do it a blog post, or even on location during a workshop, unless you happen to be using an Olympus 410-R just like mine. There are…