Choosing your subject for a remarkable photograph.

Who is it? - Eguisheim, France

Who is it? – Eguisheim, France

Why do we shoot what we shoot?  Our personal preferences and interests most likely defines what images we capture. We probably saw something that caught our eye and our interest. But do our viewers have the same interest? Maybe, maybe not. We can’t please everyone, but our goal for remarkable photographs is for a majority of our viewers to find our images interesting to look at. So how do we pick a subject that pleases most of our viewers?    Continue reading

Reflecting on 2015 – My Top Ten of the year.

Archie Smith's Wholesale Fish House Est. 1932 - Sebastian, FL

Archie Smith’s Wholesale Fish House Est. 1932 – Sebastian, FL

2015 was a good year for new experiences, new friendships, new challenges, and photography. Now it’s time to look to the new year for all that it may bring. I’ve been told that the time honored tradition of new year resolutions are best set by first reflecting on where we have been. I don’t know about you but I can’t remember what I did last month much less last year!     Continue reading

Exploring Madeline Island – A unique travel destination

Big Bay Town Park - Madeline Island, WI

Big Bay Town Park – Madeline Island, WI

Travel offers so many opportunities to enrich your life. Being open to the opportunities to experience the culture, eat the food, and talk to people can change the way you see the world. The rewards come from acting like a native. Stay off the beaten tourist paths and look for opportunities to talk to people and experience the lifestyle.  Of course along the way we can fuel our passion for photography by capturing the landscapes, culture, food, and people.    Continue reading

Exploring The Netherlands and Belgium by Bike and Barge

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Evening Cruise – Amsterdam, Netherlands

There may be no better way to explore the lifestyle and culture of a country than biking your way along the “roads less traveled” while your lodging and restaurant catches up to you for a night’s rest. My wife and I explored the Netherlands and Northern Belgium by Bike and Barge this past summer. Our days were filled with new sights while riding along bike paths, narrow roads through farmers’ fields, and in lovely quaint little towns. At night our barge, the Sailing Home, would catch up to our bike group where we enjoyed a gourmet meal and a good night’s rest. Our Barge was pretty small as cruise ships go, only 13 cabins. So avoiding the tourist crowds was never a problem and it was fun getting to know our small private group while on board. What a way to travel!   Continue reading

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