Photo Of The Day – An Ele-gant Portrait

Title: An Ele-gant Portrait Location: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: I’m sure it is national pun day somewhere in the world. Camera Canon EOS 7D Lens Canon EF 28-300mm L ISO 320 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/320 sec Altitude unknown Photograph Copyright 2017 Peter West Carey. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Oman’s Desert + 5 More

Title: Oman’s Desert Location: Outside Mehiah, Dima Wattayeen, Oman, Middle East  (23°1’21” N 58°36’30” E) Description: Layers are easy to find in Oman, especially the sharply cut mountains inland. Camera Canon EOS 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 250mm Aperture f/9 Shutter Speed 1/250 sec Altitude 1251′ Photograph Copyright Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Royal Palace Of Fes + 5 More

Title: The Royal Palace Of Fes Location: Fes, Fès-Meknès, Morocco, Africa  (34°3’10” N 4°59’38” W) Description: The doors were all we could see of this Royal Palace so that’s what I photographed. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 16-35mm L ISO 50 Focal Length 16mm Aperture f/5 Shutter Speed 1/250 sec Altitude Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – African Elephant Profile

Title: African Elephant Profile Location: Lake Manyara National Park, Babati, Manyara, Tanzania (3°31’33.98″S 35°45’46.64″E) Description: Elephants have a solid way of helping people appreciate and hopefully respect nature. ——————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 320 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/320 Altitude 3835′ Photograph Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tangier at Night

Title: Tangier at Night Location: Tangier, Morocco, Africa Description: 11pm at night and Tangier is still lively. ———————- Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 16-35mm L ISO 124 Focal Length 16 Aperture f/2.8 Shutter Speed 1/5 Altitude 189′ ——————- Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Continue Reading →

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). The subjects of each calendar are : US National Parks Sunrise & Sunset Himalayas in Color Himalayas in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Serengeti Sunset

Title: Serengeti Sunset Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Getting the shot sometimes means speaking up. In this case, we had been driving with our guide and driver for a few days and they knew I was on the trip not only to share it with my Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Hiding In Plain Sight, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Title: Hiding In Plain Sight Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Taking another look at Africa images, this concept was given to me from a fellow guide. Jack up the exposure and go black & white with it. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 7D Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Safari Scene In Ngorongoro Crater

For today’s Photo of the Day I was inspired by fellow photographer Susan Portnoy’s safari shot. It made me return to my own collection of images. Here’s her photo first: Superb photography and travel writing by photographer @susanportnoypic.twitter.com/d7M8ZfToaB — Christopher Michel (@chrismichel) August 27, 2014 —————- Title: Safari Continue Reading →

A World Of Panoramas Now Available With Pre-Sale Discount & Bonus Item

A World of Panoramas I am excited to announce the pre-sale of my upcoming photobook A World of Panoramas. This book is a compilation of images crafted over the past nine years from images shot on five continents and is a favorite subject matter of mine. The panoramic Continue Reading →

An Easy Path To Great Landscape Photos – Visit A National Park

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Time after time when I view my own photos and gravitate to what I enjoy the most, 70% of those images are shot in a national park some place on this planet (with UNESCO World Heritage Sites coming in a near the top as well). It’s no coincidence that they are also one of the places I like most to visit.

If you are starting out in landscape photography and struggling to find subject matter, consider finding a nearby national park. And this goes for those of you outside the USA as well. In Australia they are all over the place while other countries might have a scarcity, but they are almost always worth the travel.

Sure, ‘everyone’ has been there before you, but if you are looking for experience and almost surefire shooting material, what better place to practice. After all, for all of us, every shot is practice for the future. Every shot hopefully teaches us something or helps us appreciate light and nature in some way. National parks will help you soak up that experience while helping you improve you skills.

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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

 

Photo Of The Day – Calm Wild Cats

 Title: Calm Wild Cats Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A cheetah mother and her growing cubs rest out of the sun in the heat of the African Savannah. Smarter than the humans surrounding them, these cats know to nap during the day when the temperatures rise Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Clouds Over Ngorongoro Conservation Area Pastures

Title: Clouds Over Ngorongoro Conservation Area Pastures Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region, Tanzania Description: Located just outside of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, the Ngorongoro National Conservation Area encompasses not only the impressive Ngorongoro Crater, but also traditional grazing lands of the Masai people. The area in this image Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Clouds Over Acacia Trees On The African Savanna

Title: Clouds Over Acacia Trees On The African Savanna Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Description: As the sun approaches the horizon to the West, two lone trees mimic the clouds above during our first night camping in the Serengeti. We had driven for hours along bumpy dirt roads and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Wild Lions On A Knoll

Title: Wild Lions (Panthera leo) On A Knoll Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Description: A pride of lions ignores the throng of tourist vehicles at the base of their knoll while the female members search the horizon for their next meal. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO Continue Reading →

Air Travel Amazes Me

To say air travel amazes me is like saying the Pope is kind of Catholic. Have you ever considered what it takes to get a plane off the ground or why it flies? Have you thought about how easy it is to get from Point A to Point Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Orange

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Baby Elephant Being Cute

Title: Baby Elephant Being Cute Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Cute as can be, but well protected by its mother, this baby elephant was very interested in checking us out. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/200 Aperture f/5.6 ISO 100 Focal Length Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Gazing leopard (Panthera pardus), Tanzania

Title: Gazing leopard (Panthera pardus), Tanzania Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A leopard waits out the last of the savanna’s heat just before sunset in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/500 Aperture f/7.1 ISO 100 Focal Length 285mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lioness Surveying The Savanna

Title: Lioness Surveying The Savanna Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: A lone lioness, part of a larger pride numbering 17, surveys the savanna for their next meal. The pride this lioness belongs to is unusual as there are two male lions co-existing. Camera Canon 7D Lens Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Burj Khalifa, World’s Tallest Building, High Resolution Exploration

To use this image, simply click and drag to move around. Use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out, or use [Shift] to zoom in and [CTRL] to zoom out. And if you want to turn things up a notch, choose “Fullscreen”. The image is 107MB large, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Hyena On The Run

Title: Hyena On The Run Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Scavengers of the Serengeti, hyenas shy from most visitors to the savannah opting instead for an opportune moment to steal a lunch felled by larger predators. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/6 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lazy Lions

Title: Lazy Lions Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Lounging on a sunny morning, a few female members of a 17 lion pride laze for the cameras as they are surrounded by tourists eager to snap a photo. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Speedy Hippo

Title: Speedy Hippo Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, Africa Description: Hippos are amazingly fast animals, deceptively so. I had heard about this before heading to Africa in 2010, but once I witnessed just how fast they can run, and how mean they can be, I made Continue Reading →

Worldwide Sunrises And Sunsets Calendar Now Available

My next calendar with images from around the world is now available for sale. Going with an ever popular theme, Worldwide Sunrise And Sunsets takes you on a journey around the world every month with images from Jordan, Nepal, India, UAE, Mexico, Tanzania, Canada and the USA. The Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Elephant At Watering Hole – Michael Hodson

Title: Elephant at watering hole Description: This was taken in one of my favorite countries, Namibia. Etoshia National Park is a huge, excellent and underrated park in that country for seeing all the big African animals. This shot was taken at one of the watering holes, right next Continue Reading →

Sunsets From Around The World

Sunsets are a subject that never grow old for me. Maybe it is because I live in Seattle and don’t see them every day (or sometimes, for a month or more). Or maybe it is just the riot of colors and saturation, the calmness, that comes at the Continue Reading →