Try a Landscape Workshop - It Will Be a Lifechanger

I have advocated for Landscape Workshops for some time. I went on one in 2008 to Vermont (with Moose Peterson), one in 2009 to Acadia National Park (with Robert Rodriguez, Jr.), one in 2015 to West Virginia (with Ed Heaton) and this year I choose to go to Rocky Mountain National Park with Kevin Gourley.

Kevin was thorough - he had us meet at his studio three times in advance - once just to socialize and see images of his that we were likely to shoot.  We met closer to the actual dates of the workshop to get information on the geography, receive a packet of info that included discounts and perks, and got a review of the exposure triangle, what we'd need to bring and reminders of the importance of settings, schedules and just about anything you could possibly need for preparation.

When we finally arrived, he provided us with another packet, this one filled with power bars, chocolate, packets of bug repellent and an official map of Rocky Mountain National Park.  I had been there twi…

While Vacationing, Try Something Different

We recently went for a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Teton National Park, largely for me to enjoy my landscape photography. And I did. Tremendously.  But I noticed that White Water Rafting Trips were being offered by a few vendors. We chose to give it a try with "Dave Hansen Whitewater Trips".  It was definitely the hit of our vacation!  Especially since I brought my water-sealed case and enjoyed photography as well as bouncing in the beautiful water of the Snake River.  The day was PERFECT with 75 degree temperatures and beautiful Fall colors all around us.

Right off we saw an eagle.  Can you spot him? Try capturing him from a bouncing, splashing raft filled with 10 other people!  While my husband and several others paddled madly, I just sat there feeling like I'd discovered heaven. 

We had never met our fellow passengers before but we immediately all felt like old friends. I'm very proud of our paddlers for keeping us afloat.  I really didn't…

Beautiful Untermyer Park

I grew up in Yonkers, NY and yet I only discovered this park last year. Samuel Untermyer was a wealthy lawyer and prominent citizen in New York after the Civil War. His passion was his gardening and he set out to create one "that it be not less than the finest garden in the world." For more information about this amazing set of beautiful gardens, check out Untermyer Garden Conservancy.  

Recently I visited family in New York and after a long, tiring day, my sister Kath came and said "want to go visit Untermyer at sunset?" Suddenly I had an abundance of energy. Nothing sounded better than to see these marvelous gardens at the golden hour.

They did not disappoint.  The light hitting the abundance of unique flowers (at least, I don't see these varieties living in Texas) was just dazzling.  Everywhere we walked seemed to have new treasures to discover.  

And we only stayed in one area - The Walled Garden. I have been there before and there's another section called…

Growing With a Personal Project

I've often heard the suggestion of taking on a personal project - something different than what you are currently working on - something that will challenge you as a photographer and help you to grow.  A few years back I did a "365" project - that was posting a photo a day for a full year. I really believe that I become more creative that year - it forced me to think outside the box to try and come up with new images that might entertain my followers... and I did gain some new followers.

Last October, a speaker at one of the photo clubs I attend, North Austin Pfotographic Society (NAPFs), spoke about and shared his composite images which were totally awesome. So much so that the speaker, Kirk Marsh, just won the Photoshop User Guru of the Year 2018
award.  (check him out, his work is awesome!) I was intrigued and set out to try learning more about composites and portraying myself differently in "selfies" since I am the only model I have readily available.

I h…

Nine Tips to Taking More Interesting Photos

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! I'm starting a new job - working for a brand new organization called Seekr

Seekr is a place where you can book an experience with a "Local" here in Austin.  There are some great experiences being offered. In my case, I offer two different kinds of experiences:

1. A 2-3 hour trip around Austin to discover some of the fun spots that can only be found here in Austin, Texas, such as Hope Gallery, Barton Creek, South 1st Street and perhaps SoCo or Mayfield Park, depending on what exactly you like and I'll take professional quality images of you enjoying those places. 

2. The other opportunity I am offering, through Seekr is the chance to work one-on-one with you improving your photography, using some great Austin sights as your focus. 

When speaking with Seekr's Founders the other day, they asked me what tips I'd offer to take meaningful images of people who are purchasing experiences.  You want to say a lot in one still…