I’ve been covering quite a bit of ground lately. Here are a few photos from places I’ve been:
That’s me tooting my own horn ’cause one of my very recent photos taken at Badlands National Park just won 1st Place in South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “Picture South Dakota” Photo Contest. That photo appears above. A link to the contest page is here.
I haven’t written a great deal lately–I’ve been very mobile. As I post I am just a few miles outside Arches National Park in Utah. I made a beeline here from Badlands National Park in South Dakota, stopping briefly at Mount Rushmore, followed by a few one-nighters on my way here.
This photo gallery includes pics from Omaha, NE, Badlands Nat’l Park and Mt. Rushmore in SD, and Arches Nat’l Park and vicinity in UT. While you should be able to view images in the gallery on a mobile device they will be too small to appreciate, so, if you can I suggest using a desktop or laptop computer. The bigger the screen the better. One click on a thumbnail should show caption or part of it, and a second click should bring you into the slide show where clicking on the left or right will enble going forward or backward… I hope. LOL.
Today I meandered around the rocky coast of Maine at Acadia National Park. I waited until the height of low tide. (See what I did there? Hahah.) It is then that the tide-pools can be explored, and in my case photographed.
Unlike others who were looking for the animal inhabitants, I was in search of color and patterns–nature’s abstract art if you will. This is one of the shots I came away with and I’m rather pleased with it. I hope you like it too.
It seems like yesterday that I was at the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t that long ago however. Was it about mid March I left the desert? It’s all a swirl in my head.
Since then I’ve been through Arizona, New Mexico, the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and now I find myself rather completely across the USA from my desert wintering grounds–I write this post from the fair city of Savannah, Georgia. Oh wait, that was a couple days ago when I started this post. I’m now in South Carolina. Phew…
I have not written in my blog nearly as much as I would like in order to tell you of the experiences I’ve had along the way, but it’s really, really hard to find the time and the energy to write as much as I’d like. In my defense, I think I’ve done a pretty good job reporting on some of the campgrounds I’ve stayed at along the way.
Today I’m going to leave you with a few photos I’ve taken recently on my cross continental cruise hoping they will to some measure substitute for my recent lack of verbiage to which I hope to add soon.
The skies of the desert here in Arizona are friggin’ amazing! Sunset after sunrise after sunset after sunrise. They just keep coming and I’ll be coming back just for the joy of seeing them!
It’s not uncommon for people interested in improving their photography to ask me about the equipment I use to shoot my photos once they’ve seen them. Nikon? Canon? Some other brand? The thought is that with the right equipment their photography will improve.
While there is some truth to the thought that good equipment will help make better photos, I’m here to tell you that the equipment used has a lot less to do with it than you might think. It’s understandable that people ask about equipment in pursuit of making better photos. There are better, more important questions to ask, however, but people often don’t ask these questions because they don’t know what questions to ask.
It is far more important to understand photography than to have the best camera. A skilled and knowledgeable photographer can make better photos with less than the best equipment than can be made by a person with a $5,000 camera but inadequate skills. I offer in evidence the photos accompanying this article. The equipment used to shoot these photos was none other than an iPhone, and not even one of the newer ones. It has no aperture or shutter speed controls, no white balance settings, no automatic modes for close-ups, portraits or landscapes. It has absolutely none of the bells and whistles of even the cheapest Nikon yet here you some examples of what you can do with it… IF you know what and how to do it.
I’m fond of saying that for just two letters “if” is a very big word. If you understand something about lighting, composition, color theory, using a histogram and post processing you can do a lot with little in terms of camera gear. Beyond that, a lot of the bells and whistles camera manufacturers include are nothing more than crutches for people lacking basic photographic knowledge and they stand in the way of making better photos! For example, some cameras have a close-up setting.Well, what does that do, exactly? How about the landscape setting, or the sport setting? If you don’t know you need to learn. Do you think pros use those settings? Not hardly. They can do a better job than the automatic settings.
So, if you are wanting to improve your photography it might be better to ask yourself what you can do to learn about the subject rather than what equipment you should have. Have you taken any classes? Read any books? Joined any clubs? Taken any lessons? Ask not what a fancier camera can do for you but what you can learn to do with the camera you have.
More of my photos are here.