Exploring Cumberland Island Georgia – A step back in time

Cumberland Island, GA

You have the beach all to yourselves on Cumberland Island

If you ever want to drop out from the real world and get away from it all, a visit to Cumberland Island Georgia should be on your bucket list. Exploring this remote island’s beautiful landscape and history will transport you back to a time and place when life was probably a little more difficult, but at the same time far less stressful.   Continue reading

Images and Stories from 2016

I hope your 2016 was happy and healthy. I left the year feeling truly blessed.

Several years ago, I found selecting my “Top Ten” photos of the year is a great way to relive those special places you visited, remember the people you met, and rediscover a few new things you learned. . . or relearned. Selecting ten favorite photos in years past reflected those images that were most recognized by publications, photo contests, or social media. Don’t get me wrong, I like the recognition as much as anyone. But this year, I decided to share a few of my 2016 photos I personally like where I have a story to tell about the image.

I read somewhere that every photograph has three stories. The story about how you came about to capture the image, the story the photographer intended to tell their viewers, and the story the viewer of the image sees in the image. Obviously, all three stories are not always the same. I will try to convey the experiences and stories behind my favorite 2016 images, but I would love to hear about the story you see in any of the images too!

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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

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

Seven tips for remarkable smart phone photography

Cristin and Kristin - iPhone Photo, Natural Light, Rule of Thirds, Effects added in Camera +

Cristin and Kristin – iPhone Photo, Natural Light, Rule of Thirds, Effects added in Camera+

According to Yahoo!, 880 billion photos will be uploaded to the Internet in 2014. Facebook suggests that over 6 billion photos are posted every month on this popular social media site. With all this photography going on, all of us should be experts by now!  But have you seen some of these images?  Not always a pretty picture.   Continue reading