Behind the Shot: Firefall

Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. In early 2016, an eruption sent lava flowing slowly towards the ocean, the first time in three years. Since August 2016, lava has been dribbling into the ocean, but after a collapse of the cliff at the ocean entry… Read more »

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… Read more »

Behind the Shot: Gallatin Canyon

On a cold winter day after a snow storm had passed through Gallatin Canyon, I decided to get out and photograph the Gallatin River and Castle Rock. I had been waiting for just the right conditions for the image to come together. The Gallatin River is a small river flowing out of Yellowstone National Park… Read more »

Behind the Shot: Quoddy Lighthouse

Earlier this year in May, I was co-leading a night photography workshop in Acadia National Park with Adam Woodworth. Acadia National Park is amazing in May. The weather is still crisp, the park isn’t crowded at all, and there are still plenty of things to photograph during the day. This workshop in particular was one… Read more »

Behind the Shot: Maasai Mara

Wow, this Photo Challenge has been great so far, we’ve seen so many incredible images from participants! Now we’ve come to one of my favorite assignments: motion. We live in a world that is constantly in motion, but when we take a picture, that motion is frozen in a static two-dimensional representation. Our job is… Read more »

Behind the Shot: Flotsam and Jetsam

Foreground is very important for many types of photography, especially landscape photography. Photographers often spend a lot of time looking for interesting foreground elements – ones that help lead the viewer’s eye into the background. In other words, not any foreground will do and you cannot simply use any old thing that gets washed up… Read more »

Behind the Shot: The Watchers

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the Photo Challenge so far. This week’s theme is “Reflections,” and it is a personal favorite of mine (okay, I guess they are all personal favorites of mine, but this one is a favorite favorite). Here’s a shot of mine to get your reflection creative juices flowing…. Read more »

Behind the Shot: Self Portrait at Lake Superior

Hi everyone, this week’s assignment for the Outdoor Photography Guide Photo Challenge is something I like to call “Shooting Through.” You can learn more about the challenge and participate in this week’s assignment by signing up here. In the meantime, I just wanted to add a few more thoughts on the subject, and share a… Read more »