Jul 242015
Stuff that works: Topaz Adjust photo editing plugin

Topaz Labs, makers of photo editing software for Lightroom and Photoshop, announced a few days ago that they’re running a special on the newest version of their Adjust plugin. I’m a fan of plugins in general, and have found other Topaz products to be pretty cool, so I downloaded Adjust and have been exploring and testing. Here are some examples of what the plugin can do, using a photo of an old church from my recent visit to San Blas [read more …]

Jul 182015
Summer Sale on Photography Guidebooks

Trying to decide where to go and what to photograph in the Pacific Northwest? Here’s a great deal: through the end of July, I’m selling my award-winning guidebooks with no charge for shipping. That’s the equivalent of more than 20% off for a personally autographed copy of Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington. Note:  This deal is only for orders placed via the “Add to Cart” buttons on this page http://www.gregvaughn.com/books.html and it is only good for books to be shipped to U.S. addresses [read more …]

Jan 072015
My Top Ten Nature Photos of 2014

Like many of my photographer friends and colleagues, I find it fun, interesting and informative to review the photographs I made in the past year. In 2014, I concentrated on locations in western North America, with trips to California, British Columbia, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and of course lots of wandering around Oregon. Here are my personal favorites from the year, in chronological order: The year started very well for me, leading a private photo workshop in Bosque del Apache [read more …]

Dec 022014
Wandering Wins Again

Last Spring, after extensive research, hours of planning and an eye on the weather forecast, I visited the Columbia River Gorge, hoping to make some really great photographs of glorious wildflowers with a backdrop of gorgeous Gorge scenery. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, or visit as a photographer or nature lover, you probably know just the images I was after. I envisioned a sunrise composition of a perfect clump of lupine or balsamroot, at the edge of Rowena [read more …]

Sep 132014
Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington now available as ebooks

For those who have been asking if my books Photographing Oregon and Photographing Washington are available as ebooks, I’m happy to announce that complete versions of both are now available in Kindle and iBook formats. Both books have won honors for editorial and design excellence in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, and both continue to receive very positive reviews at Amazon.com, as well as on a number of websites and in print publications. For more information about the books, including links to order or [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 …]

Apr 302014
Sierra Skies

Landscape photographers love the Sierra Nevada range not just for the majestic mountains but also because the skies are often filled with dramatic cirrus and cumulous clouds. I drove for miles on US Highway 395 in the Owens Valley looking for a great foreground subject that would lead the eye to the mountain peaks, then suddenly realized the sky and clouds needed to have prominence in my photo for this vista. The Sierras in general and skies like this in particular [read more …]

Apr 192014
Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Report

Want to photograph wildflowers at their peak in the Columbia River Gorge? Now’s the time. I’ve been wandering the Oregon side of The Gorge between Hood River and the Deschutes River the past few days, and just about all the regular known locations for wildflowers are looking very good right now. In Hood River Valley, the apple trees in the orchards are covered with delicate white blossoms. The view from Panorama Point is quite striking with the trees in the [read more …]

Mar 102014
Top 10 Places on the Big Island for Nature Photography

For a number of years I had the good fortune to live on the Big Island of Hawaii. The largest in size (but not population) of all the Hawaiian Islands, it also has the most diversity of climate and terrain. Within a few hours you can travel from palm-fringed tropical beaches to lush rainforest to arid desert to a live volcano and to the top of 13,796-foot Mauna Kea. The Big Island is rich in opportunities for any kind of [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 …]