Your Camera Takes Better Photos Than Mine

“Your camera takes better photos than mine.” Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean? If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t every photographer buy …

The Evolution of a Landscape Photo

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams Ansel Adams’ most famous prints were printed many different ways over the course of his lifetime. You can see the evolution of his artistic vision (not necessarily better nor worse) over the course of his lifetime by how …

Tadoussac

I’ve had a lifelong connection to Canada and Quebec had been a place I’d been wanting to visit for several years now so I had an opportunity to travel there last week via Backroads. We spent the first evening in Tadoussac which was a three-hour drive north of Quebec City. This was a very small town but …

Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang …

Getting to Know a Place

As a landscape photographer, I can totally relate to the desire to travel around and see as much as we can fit into our time on this planet. The drawback to the scattershot type of approach is that it’s nearly impossible to come away with great images at every place you visit if it consists of a “one and done” …

Passion

Fuji XE-1 Velvia

For those who aren’t aware, Fuji Velvia was the slide film of choice for many landscape photographers throughout the 90’s until about the mid-2000’s when digital SLR’s started coming of age. Velvia was characterized by it’s super saturated colors along with contrasty highlights and inky black shadows (or lack thereof). It is only fitting that …

Unplug Your Life

I have a confession: I do not own a smartphone anymore. I work in front of a computer enough as is, both out of necessity to earn a living but also for fun.  The side effect of this is that it makes me value my real life even more so I don’t want to waste …

Budget Travel Magazine Cover

I was at the grocery store yesterday and noticed my front cover for Budget Travel Magazine on the newsstand. Budget Travel is a first-class publication to work with; very professional and thorough. After the photo editor selected the McWay Falls photo, their caption copywriter interviewed me over the phone for about a half hour to …