This is a print that I just finished this week, it features a very wide angle panoramic view off of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. This is oceanside about mile marker 88 behind one of my favorite restaurants The Lazy Days. The original had some boats in it, but I thought they were kind of distracting so I cloned them out. I also used some textures, overlays and brushes to make it a unique piece. Let me know what you think about it.
New print featuring a beautiful young white Egret against a textured background. I photographed this beauty a few years ago in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. I love these birds, they are so graceful and so elegant. Let me know what you think
I am posting a couple of shots from Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. I was there a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was like a kid in a candy store, I didn’t know which way to look first. The park is laid out pretty nicely, very easily accessible from main roads that wind through it. Although, some of the formations are a bit of a hike, nothing there requires any advanced hiking skills. The formations are huge and very abundant. The first main formation is an area called Broadway, it is a valley with very tall formations on about 3 sides. While I was there, a group of yogi (plural of yoga, not the bear.. hahaa) doing their thing. It was very cool to watch, they were even getting people from the crowd to join in and give it a shot. My girlfriend at first politely refused, but 10 minutes later she was balanced up in the air on one of the yogi’s extended legs. Meeting people from all over the world, seeing a google earth photographer with the 360 degree camera mounted on top of his helmet and a brief snow shower made the day go by way too quick. We were on our way to Los Angeles, so we only had half a day. Carve out a whole day at least to really enjoy all the park has to offer. The park has programs throughout the seasons to get visitors involved. I would definitely recommend this park to everyone.
I shot this one at the St Louis Zoo in Missouri a few years ago. I was struck by not only how powerful this guy was, but how calm he was. He just sat there for a bit looking at the other gorilla’s moving around, then he laid back and scratched his head as if in deep thought. I was torn viewing this magnificent beast. On one hand, I fully appreciate the importance of the research and educational benefits provided by zoo’s. By now, most of them have been born in captivity and live a life of luxury. And I love being able to see them and watch them, something that I might never be able to do otherwise. On the other hand, I feel like they should be free in their native habitat, doing the things that gorillas do in the wild. But, if he was free, would he live a long healthy life. Poaching is so rampant that the poachers are wiping out many species to endangered levels. I am not torn on what to do with poachers, shoot them on sight. Sounds rough, but how much respect do people that slaughter endangered rhino’s, cut off their horn and leave them to rot? I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
Since I am trying to fight off the winter doldrums with colorful photos, how about some beautiful birds? I have a lot of respect for birders and bird photographers. Such patience, such dedication.. both of which I am too short of to be good at birding. Although I really never set out to take photos of birds, I do enjoy it when the opportunity pops up. These are a few of the ones I have shot through the years. First one was taken on a boat off of Key Largo in the Florida Keys. The second was taken on Santa Monica beach in California (more shots from Santa Monica to come soon). And the last one was taken in St Louis, Mo at the zoo there. We have a lot of hawks, owls and even bald eagles in my area, so keep following for some raptor pics. I hope you enjoy these that I have posted.
This shot was taken on a trip to the south rim of the Grand Canyon a few years ago. This was early morning right after sun rose in the distance. No matter how many times I visit the Grand Canyon, it always amazes me and I see new things.