Aug 302014
Hiking Salmon Lakes Trail in the Oregon Cascades

Mention any place in Oregon you visited with “Waldo” in the name and anyone who knows the central Cascades will ask, “How bad were the mosquitos?” Waldo Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Pacific Northwest, with water purity matched only by Crater Lake, is notorious for the hordes of mosquitos that have spoiled many a summer camping trip or hike at the lake. Naturally, the mosquitos don’t limit themselves to Waldo Lake, and are thick throughout any [read more …]

Jun 042014
Photographing Washington Wins IBPA Award

I am very happy to announce that my book Photographing Washington won Silver in the Travel category in the Independent Book Publishers Association annual Benjamin Franklin Awards. The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes fifty-two categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. This makes the sixth time that my publisher, PhotoTripUSA, has been honored by the IBPA in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, including my Gold award in Travel for [read more …]

Mar 082014
Mount Rainier National Park Road Construction

If your photography plans include a trip to Mount Rainier National Park anytime in the next several months, you may encounter delays due to construction on Washington State Highway 706. Reconstruction and improvements to the section of the highway from the Nisqually Entrance, through Longmire, and up to the Paradise Meadows area began this month and work will continue through summer and into early autumn. Traveling on this section of the road Monday through Friday, you’ll need to allow an [read more …]

Feb 142014

Oregon became the 33rd of the United States on February 14th, 1859. To celebrate the day I’ve put up a little slideshow on my website with photographs that show some of the reasons that I love living here. Click on that link for a better, larger view of the photos. If you’re an Oregon lover too, please share the show, and leave a Comment with your favorite thing about this great state.

Dec 172013
Holiday Photo Book Sale

 Still looking for a Christmas present for a photographer friend, or maybe a little something for yourself? My travel guidebooks Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington make excellent gifts. For nature and landscape photographers, they are a gift that will keep on giving for years to come, with excellent advice on where (and when) to go for the best nature photography opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. From now until December 20th, I’m offering free shipping within the USA on both of [read more …]

Nov 062013
Digital Photography Sensors and Software

The current generation of digital camera sensors have an amazing dynamic range. Coupled with the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, the available technology now gives photographers the ability to render contrasty scenes in a way that were next to impossible when shooting film. I was able to pull this image of Ponytail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge out of a single capture on a Nikon D600. No HDR apps, no time-consuming multiple frame blending. The scene looking out [read more …]

Oct 112013
Oregon Fall Color Report: Willamette National Forest

Yesterday I drove Oregon Highway 58 up into the central western Cascade Mountains and found that the fall color is fantastic right now. Plenty of golden bigleaf maple and vine maples with foliage ranging from lemony yellow to reddish-orange. The autumn color is great all the way from Lookout Point Reservoir up to Salt Creek Tunnel, just west of Willamette Pass. Google Map This part of the Willamette National Forest ranges from about 1000′ to 4000′ elevation, and based on [read more …]

Oct 072013
Columbia River Gorge Fall Color Report

Fall color is just starting to happen in the Columbia River Gorge. The bigleaf maple and vine maple leaves are taking on autumn hues, but right now there is as much brown as there is the golden yellow that nature and landscape photographers are hoping for. Two weeks from now, it should be looking a lot better and conditions will be prime for photography – peak time for fall color in the Gorge is typically the last week of October [read more …]

Sep 162013
Photographing Washington guidebook is here!

It’s finally here! Photographing Washington has arrived and I can now sell and ship autographed copies. This travel guidebook for photographers covers the best places for landscape, scenic and nature photography in The Evergreen State. I logged countless miles on roads and on trails over the past few years doing field research and photography for this book, as well as spending untold hours researching locations on the internet and reading other books about Washington. I also got some great tips from [read more …]

Jun 292013

  Washington’s Olympic National Park is one of the premier destinations for nature and landscape photography in the Pacific Northwest. The park’s 922,651 acres include three different ecosystems – glaciated mountain peaks, old-growth temperate rainforest and the rugged Pacific coast. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Olympic National Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill establishing the park on June 29, 1938. The natural beauty and environmental importance of the area is further recognized with [read more …]