Discovering remarkable pictures where you live

Rockledge Gardens - Rockledge, FL

Rockledge Gardens – Rockledge, FL

In her book, Extraordinary Everyday Photography,  Brenda Tharp challenges photographers to develop a “fresh approach and vision” by going someplace where you have been before but try to see it differently. Her point is that you can find interesting things to photograph anywhere if you develop a new approach to seeing with new vision. Even in those places we have been many times before.    Continue reading

Share the beauty of our natural resources . . .

Perfect view - Indian River, Indian Harbour Beach, FL

Perfect view – Indian River, Indian Harbour Beach, FL

One of the most important environmental challenges we face as a nation is the protection of our natural waterways. And in Florida, it doesn’t get any more challenging than restoring the 156 mile long Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s East coast.  The Indian River Lagoon is one of North America’s most diverse estuaries with more than 4000 species of plants and animals, including 35 that are listed as threatened or endangered — more than any other estuary in North America.    Continue reading

Amelia Island – A beautiful escape. . . over and over again

Amelia Island Sunrise

Amelia Island Sunrise

I have traveled to many places all over the world, but there are only a few I like to return to over and over again. I am not sure how to describe these places. They just feel right. You never get tired of them. They are most interesting, filled with many things to do, yet uncrowded and relaxing. One of these favorite places is Amelia Island, Florida.   Continue reading

Pack your shot list along with your underwear

Fishing Boats - Lake Bled, Slovenia

Fishing Boats – Lake Bled, Slovenia

Let’s see, what am I forgetting?  Packing is not my favorite thing to do in the whole world, but traveling may be. Of course camera gear is the second priority right after underwear and socks. I love photographing almost everything, but travel photography is probably the most enjoyable, especially when it’s a new destination.  So I tolerate the packing chore to make sure I am ready to explore a new world.   Continue reading

A remarkable image is a remarkable story

Nancy, Indian Harbour Beach

Nancy, Indian Harbour Beach, FL

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”  ― Ansel Adams

This Ansel Adams quote echoed in my mind for days after reading it several years ago. I always loved photography even as a young boy but I had never thought of photography as an expression of how I feel in the “deepest” sense. As I looked through an old photo album, I began to realize that every photo I have ever saved in an album or shared with others were photos expressing feelings about what was being photographed. Continue reading