Behind the Shot: Mojave Desert Mud Cracks

Death Valley National Park, which lies in California’s vast Mojave Desert, is often thought of as a desolate, unforgiving place. This perception does not tell the full story of this place since this desert is actually quite full of life. Still, Death Valley’s landscape is harsh and sometimes unforgiving. In developing a portfolio of this…

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How to Use a Polarizer for Landscape Photography

When I first took up landscape photography, I carried around a big, bulky pouch of filters that were constantly getting scratched, being dropped, or accidentally getting left behind. As digital technology and file quality has improved, the need for most of those filters faded away. Using a polarizer helped reduce the glare on the wet…

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Behind the Shot: Zion National Park’s Temple of Sinawava

With towering sandstone pinnacles, deciduous trees that turn vibrant colors in the fall, and an extensive network of canyons, Utah’s Zion National Park holds an endless range of opportunities for landscape photography. Since I took up photography in 2009, I have visited the Zion area on many occasions over different seasons and have been fortunate…

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