Why The National Parks are Closing

When states and counties first ordered everyone to stay home, many in America decided to visit our parks as opposed to obeying the shut-in orders. Instead of practicing social distancing visitors swarmed into parks, overcrowding campgrounds, gathered at visitor centers, congregated at rock climbing sites and generally failed to do their part …

Do I need Photoshop?

Thus creating an image that communicates with viewers beyond what is in front of the lens is more challenging and difficult workflow, one that requires visualization, composition, capture craft and patience.  While all photographs arise from some level of reality our post production tools— Lightroom and Photoshop— allows us to alter that reality to invoke perceptions…

The Rocky Trail of Thankfulness

I recently returned from teaching the Grand Staircase Escalante Master Class, with the help of two great assistants, Ted Rigoni and Mike Titus. As always, nothing is more rewarding than guiding workshop photographers to achieve creative breakthroughs as they create landscape art that is personal, significant, and ‘photography beyond the lens.’ But this Grand Staircase…

The National Park Angels

Sharp pain in my left hip, unable to move my left leg, unable to sit up, labored breathing were all indicators of something broken or severely bruised. Jonathan, who has many years of experience leading Outward-Bound Classes and Cross-Country Bike Tours took all the appropriate actions— back pack removal, position stabilization, situational awareness checks, and water, were all critical tasks as we were many miles from help.

Conceptualizing the Hoodoos

The American Landscape is a vast array of interlinked details and immense wide-open spaces compressed into a web of real and imagined suggestions. Every location is its own special vision or nightmare, filled with all of those huge, clear and unique details that are exquisite and crystal clear while you are in it.

Why I Journal & You Should Too

If you want to increase the creative and emotional range of your photography, then you need to keep a journal. Creative leaders in the photographic field such as Adams, White, Szarkowski, Stieglitz, as well as contemporary artists all keep or kept journals, many of them quite detailed. However, journaling is not limited to those pursuing…

Visualization, the Key to Photographic Art Photography

Within the visual arts, we define Visualization as the practice of seeing in the mind’s eye a finished piece of artwork before it is created. It is a particularly important skill for Art Photographers to learn, and Ansel Adams described the process as follows:

“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.” — Ansel Adams