My favorite vacation pictures

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Our view from our cabin aboard the Alaskan cruise ship. Gabriel would wake up each morning and peer out to see the view. July 2004

Gabriel and Julie posed with this donkey in Puerto Vallarta for a wonderful souvenir picture.

Gabriel and Julie posed with this donkey in Puerto Vallarta for a wonderful souvenir picture.

Summer is generally speaking the time when folks with children use their cameras the most.

Without exception, I believe that’s also the time when camera sales go up because photography is such a fun and rewarding past time, even for the professional photographer.

So I invite you all to share with me your favorite summer pictures by commenting and adding a picture. Continue reading

I shot multiple frames of this situation because I was looking for something beyond the picture of this kid trying out the mask. I liked this one best because he appeared to make a face when he realized how heavy these paper mache masks are.

2nd Annual Tlahualilies & Tallwowlillies Festival in Riverside

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Without a speedlite to control the extremely contrasty situation, I had to ask this boy to move his face so I could capture his eyes. Shooting raw helped a lot of course.

Using one lens was how generations of film photographers learned.

Back then it was a known as the standard 50mm lens.

That was the focal length which approximates what the human eye sees in its angle of view.

That was the kit lens.

Not to sound like a fuddy duddy, if you wanted a wide angle zoom the likes of a 18mm-55mm or 18mm-135mm back then, you had to pay extra.
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That forced camera users to walk either closer or to step back all the time keeping an eye in the viewfinder to see how their composition changed. Continue reading

Best friends on the beach--While walking on a stretch of coast which I can't call a beach in Penang, I came across these Indian boys. Original was shot on Ektachrome 64. I surprised them as you can see.

Tips for the vacationing photographer

A trishaw ride in Penang, Malaysia—Mode of transportation is a big consideration when traveling with your gear. If you’re flying then you need to pack even more carefully. Ask yourself if you’re willing to be without your clothes or your gear.

We’ve all been there.

We’re on a trip with our family.

They have their own agendas with their own plans.

They might want to hang out by the pool or stroll downtown and window shop, but not you.

You want to take pictures. Continue reading

Jessica photographed against the 3 windows of the Art Alliance Gallery inside Riverside Art Museum. I used a Honl Grid spot attached to my Canon 600-EX-RT Speedlite. The Speedlite was on a boom.

Portraiture with 1 Speedlite demo at Riverside Art Museum

Dramatic light--Using 1 Speedlite on a boom, I carefully lit just Jessica. I moved her as far away as I could from th e windows to minimize light spill from my gridded Speedlite.

Dramatic light–Using 1 Speedlite on a boom, I carefully lit just Jessica. I moved her as far away as I could from th e windows to minimize light spill from my gridded Speedlite.

Gear can make all the difference.

But it took a while before I realized I could get by if I only thought carefully about my approach when it comes to portraiture.

One Speedlite used off-camera can give good results.

The key is not to over light. Continue reading

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