Photo Of The Day – Yosemite Valley Aerial

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Title: Yosemite Valley Aerial

Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America

Description: Taken from an Alaska Air flight that thankfully was further West of the park than normal. I love when the weather cooperates and never grow tired of this view, no matter how many times I fly over. I still at like a little kid (with a big camera).

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 120mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 37,000 ft

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Photo Of The Day – Heron And Rainier Very, Very Still

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Title: Heron And Rainier Very, Very Still

Location: Double Bluff Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: I was out playing at a local beach with a camera that was new to me. I wanted to push it a little and I also wanted to try that wispy water look. It was new to me back then. And then there was a heron…..and it wasn’t moving…

I set up the tripod quickly and luckily got the bird to freeze for a full two point five seconds. Long enough for me.

Lacking a neutral density filter at the time I had to stop the lens down all the way to f/40. But it all worked for me.

Originally shot in 2009, it wasn’t until recently that Lightroom could handle this image to my liking. Another reason to shoot in RAW when practical and to return to images as technology improves.

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Camera Canon EOS Revel T1i
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 190mm
Aperture f/40
Shutter Speed 2.5 seconds
Altitude Sea Level

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Photo Of The Day – Mt. Baker After Sunset – Panorama

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Title: Mt. Baker After Sunset

Location: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

Description: It took until nearly before sunset, but having the mountain come out was worth the wait.

Mt. Baker is a favorite of mine. It’s more often seen from Canada than the US it seems, as it can be spotted from Vancouver, BC. It was the first glaciated peak I ever scaled and have subsequently returned to four times.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 200
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/30
Altitude unknown

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Photo Of The Day – Mt. Baker And The Full Moon

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Title: Mt. Baker And The Full Moon

Location: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA, North America

Description: A late night, cold hike up to Mt. Baker proved rewarding after the clouds disappeared.

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Lens Canon EF 10-22mm
ISO 800
Focal Length 10mm
Aperture f/4.5
Shutter Speed 1/4
Altitude unknown

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Photo Of The Day – L.A. And The Moon From Griffith Observatory

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Title: L.A. And The Moon From Griffith Observatory

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America

Description: I’ve only been to the observatory twice and each time has had a special treat. The first time, while dating the woman whom I would joyfully marry two years later, was a last minute jaunt just before everything closed, so we were quick to try to see it all.

This time, with my wife and one child, was a little slower and we went for sunset plus a show. There were too many people to feel calm and I had to jostle for locations to take photos. And yet, I enjoyed it all the same.

In this photo there are a couple of things going on. First, the moon is out on the right side and that is what I was framing around. I took a number of portrait orientation shots to capture the scene this way. Second, you can see the shadow of the earth because of the smog and clouds.

West is to the left as this images looks south. The sloping line of light, commonly called the Belt of Venus, shows daylight above and the shadow of Earth below. It’s a pretty neat effect to view from this angle.

Downtown LA is to the left and a few buildings of Santa Monica can be seen to the right.

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Lens Canon EF 10-22mm
ISO 200
Focal Length 10mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/10
Altitude 1134′

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Photo Of The Day – Breaching Whale At Sunset

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Title:Breaching Whale At Sunset

Location: Gulf of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Description: While the rest of the guests aboard our UnCruise Adventures sailing were facinated with breaching whales off the bow, I took the time to look behind us as I have a thing for layered mountains. It just happened a group of whales was playing in the late-day light.

Hands down, this is one of my favorite images.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Altitude Sea Level

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Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of A Glacier

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Title: Kayakers In Front Of A Glacier

Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Description: I love using size to put things in perspective. While the glacier face reaching the water is massive, it’s not until the kayakers came into frame that I was able to show their blue majesty properly.

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Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/6.3
Shutter Speed 1/640
Altitude Sea Level

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Photo Of The Day – Seattle And Mount Rainier Before Sunrise

Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

Title: Seattle And Mount Rainier Before Sunrise

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Description: A panorama created from over 15 images while waiting for the sun to rise.

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Camera Pentax 645D
Lens Pentax 55mm
ISO 100
Focal Length  55mm
Aperture  f/5
Shutter Speed  1 second
Altitude 300′

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Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

 

Photo Of The Day – Climbers At Joshua Tree National Park

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Title: Climbers At Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

Description: A group of climbers attempt a sideways bouldering problem, over and over again, while I decided to take a climb up the rocks to get a wider view of the park.

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Lens Canon EF 10-22mm
ISO 100
Focal Length
Aperture
Shutter Speed
Altitude

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Photo Of The Day – Halawa Valley

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Title: Halawa Valley

Location: Halawa Valley, Moloka’i, Hawai’i, USA

Description: Visited while on a shore excursion while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures, Halawa Valley is a quintessentially picturesque Hawaii landscape with one access road leading in and out.

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Camera Canon 10D
Lens Canon 16-35mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 16mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/250
Altitude Unknown

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Photo Of The Day – Bryce Canyon National Park – Sunrise Point

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Title: Bryce Canyon National Park – Sunrise Point

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: While it is named Sunrise Point, the view is excellent any time of day. Looking to the East the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon stretch toward the steps of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the distance.

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Lens Canon 16-35mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 16mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/250
Altitude Unknown

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

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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 format allows for greater exploration of the landscapes and cityscapes contained within the book and the edge to edge, lay-flat stitching makes for an incredible viewing experience.

The book will ship on August 26, 2014 but you can order it today with the special pre-sale offer on this page. If you order before the 26th, you will receive the book, containing 20 gorgeous 8″x24″ full-bleed panoramic images, for $15 off the list price plus a digital version with bonus images and text describing each photo in more detail.

Roam The World From Your Coffee Table

This book covers a diverse array of landscapes and subjects; from the ancient sandstone deserts of Utah to the thin air of the Nepali Himalayas. From a cave carved by a waterfall in Australia to an amazing sunset in Jordan’s Wadi Rum. The subjects run a range of colors, moods and even orientation as a few of the images are unique vertical panoramas. The countries covered in this book include: Morocco, Australia, Nepal, Bhutan, Mexico, Peru, USA, India, Jordan, Oman, and Tanzania and was shot in a variety of national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

It’s What’s Inside That Matters

I love beautiful imagery and have selected a printer who allows my large images to shine. This book contains a number of special features.

Lay-Flat Pages

The beauty of this book is there is no gutter, the dip between pages in traditional printing processes. This means the panoramic prints are as flat as if they are hanging on your wall. No distortion, no interference.iPhotoBooks_layflat

Archival Photo Paper, Not Off-Set Printing

Each image is printed on silver-halide, archival photographic paper with a luster finish, not in an off-set press where color balancing and definition are compromised. If you so desired, you could cut out individual images, frame them, and hang them on your walls.

Each Copy Hand Signed

If you would like a specific inscription in the front of the book, I can capture that information on the checkout page. Otherwise, I will include a note of my sincere thanks for purchasing this fine book. And if the book is a gift for someone, just let me know what you would like added for them.

Printed In The USA

The book will be printed in small batches to keep costs relatively low and is proudly printed in the USA.

A Bonus For You

When you order during the special pre-sale period, I will include a digital version of the book, when released, for free! While not as illustrious as the printed book held in your hands, the digital version will include bonus images not included in the print book. It will also contain the stories behind the images to work as a companion to the printed version.

Order Before August 26, 2014 To Receive Special Pricing And The Bonus Offer

Use the appropriate buttons below to place your order. The only difference between the buttons is shipping cost. All orders are shipped via US Postal Service Priority Mail to arrive in 1-3 days for USA orders and a bit longer for international orders.

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Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset, Gulf Of Mexico, Baja Califor

Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger's Nest), Paro, Paro District,

Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

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Wadi Rum At Sunset, Jordan

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Delicate Arch, Utah, USA

 

Join Me Aboard The UnCruise Adventures Safari Endeavour To Learn Photography In Remote Alaska

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I am honored and thrilled to announce I will be once again joining forces with UnCruise Adventures to teach photography aboard the Safari Endeavour. This is not the hard-core trekking in the mountains trip I have run in Nepal in the past, this is a luxury small boat cruise through some of the most drop-dead gorgeous landscape you can enjoy.

I will be teaching aboard the Endeavour on the July 5th sailing in 2015. The 7 night cruise covers the wonders of Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm and quite possibly FORDS TERROR!! I just love saying FORDS TERROR!! In truth, it is a mystical place arrived at through a very narrow channel (tides permitting) that opens into an amphitheater of a fjord with waterfalls cascading in every direction.

But why I really love the Alaska cruises with UnCruise is summed in one word: WHALES!  I’ve always ‘liked; whales but it was on my first UnCruise trip that I fell in LOVE with whales. In this case, humpback whales.

Being a smaller boat that carries a maximum of 84 guest and is only 232′ in length, the Endeavour is highly maneuverable and that allows us to follow whales until our hearts are content. It also means we get into places the 3000 passenger boats can’t (like FORDS TERROR!). There are days when we will spend almost all hours of daylight searching for whales and then marveling over and over at their grandeur. They’re kind of addicting that way.

This is not hardcore photography school, by the way. I’m there to help guests learn at their own pace and to give some inspirational as well as instructional talks. And if you’re not into photography you can just ignore me altogether. :) I’m there as a resource for those who want to bring back stellar travel photos.

Won’t you join me? If not July 5th, take a look at their sailing schedule to see if a different trip might work better for you. But really, just sign up for the 5th. :)

Below is a slideshow from past trips to Alaska with UnCruise, to whet your appetite.

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

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Title: Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Location: Clackamas County, Oregon, USA, North America (45°16’3″ N  121°44’26” W)

Description: When the sun is shining in the Pacific Northwest, it is a wonderland.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/60
Altitude 3,601.0 ft

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Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake, Clackamas County, Oregon,

Guest Post: Overland Journey Through Canada’s Western National Parks

Sunset on Long Beach near Tofino. Vancouver Island. After nearly two weeks of being dwarfed by massive mountains and forests of Alberta and BC, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean seems otherworldly.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a first for me. This post is a guest post from my friend Genevieve Hathaway. I  write regularly for the G Adventure’s Looptail blog and was offered a chance to explore Canada on one of G Adventure’s trips. The timing wasn’t right for me so I suggested my friend Gen as a replacement due to her writing and photography and social media skills. To help Gen with her social media ‘reach’, I offered to let her write a guest post about her experiences and post it here because I know it would be relevant to my readers (holy cats! There are 2300 of you!).

When I think of the great wildernesses of Alberta and British Columbia three words come to mind: big, bold, beautiful. Soaring peaks, high alpine lakes, glacier-carved valleys, abundant wildlife and seemingly endless adventure opportunities make Canada’s western provinces an exciting region to explore. To experience the national parks in Alberta and British Columbia I joined G Adventures on their National Parks Of The Canadian Rockies (Westbound) tour in mid-June. A 12-day journey by vehicle from Alberta’s Calgary, also known as the “Heart of the New West,” to British Columbia’s metropolitan Vancouver; we passed through many iconic national and provincial parks including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Mt. Robson, Kootenay, Wells Gray, Pacific Rim, Green Lake, and MacMillan.

We traveled the 1600km journey overland, exploring western Canada’s natural beauty, seeing much of its iconic wildlife and having plenty of adventures along the way. Caribou, bison, moose and elk inhabited much of the meadowlands we passed through. Since it was spring, mother bears with their cubs were easy to spot. Gray Whales were migrating off the coast of Tofino. And we had the opportunity to visit seal and sea lion colonies along the coast.

In addition to spotting wildlife, we also had opportunities to walk with giants in the towering old-growth forests, hike above slot canyons, whitewater raft the powerful Wild Horse River, fly through the trees on ziplines, canoe the remote waterways of Wells Park, spot migrating gray whales off the coast of Tofino, get off-road with ATVs, hike near glaciers in Icefields Parkway, soak in mineral hot springs, and explore western Canada’s culture in its vibrant cities.

We began our journey in Calgary, located on the Bow River, is in the foothills of the great Canadian Rockies mountain range. It is also the largest city in Alberta and has a vibrant and colorful cowboy culture. From Calgary, it didn’t take long to get deep into the Canadian Rockies. A few hours drive and we were in Banff National Park exploring Icefields Parkway; from there traveling through Jasper National Park.

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View of downtown Calgary and Prince’s Island.

View over Peyto Lake. One of Icefields Parkway's many stunning turquoise lakes situated amongst the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

View over Peyto Lake. One of Icefields Parkway’s many stunning turquoise lakes situated amongst the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Hiking Maligne Canyon in Alberta's Canadian Rockies provides a lifetime of laughs and memories.

Hiking Maligne Canyon in Alberta’s Canadian Rockies provides a lifetime of laughs and memories.

Caribou inhabitant Alberta’s grasslands and often can be seen close to the road.

Caribou inhabitant Alberta’s grasslands and often can be seen close to the road.

Exploring the Columbia Icefield in Icefields Parkway. A chance to get up close and personal with a glacier.

Exploring the Columbia Icefield in Icefields Parkway. A chance to get up close and personal with a glacier.

Mt. Robson stands as a lone sentinel on the border between British Columbia and Alberta provinces. This mammoth mountain is a sign that soon the forests will be changing from high alpine pines to thick, lush old-growth forests. We continued on through British Columbia’s Rockies, soon reaching the Columbia Mountains and then the Pacific coast.

Mt Robson, at 3,954 m, is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Mt Robson, at 3,954 m, is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Canoeing in Wells Gray Provincial Park provides a unique perspective on British Columbia towering mountains and peaks.

Canoeing in Wells Gray Provincial Park provides a unique perspective on British Columbia towering mountains and peaks.

Ziplining through the trees and between the peaks in Whistler, one of the many summer adventure sports opportunities in the area.

Ziplining through the trees and between the peaks in Whistler, one of the many summer adventure sports opportunities in the area.

The ziplines in Whistler take adventurers both peak to peak and through the forest canopy.

The ziplines in Whistler take adventurers both peak to peak and through the forest canopy.

Sunset on Long Beach near Tofino. Vancouver Island. After nearly two weeks of being dwarfed by massive mountains and forests of Alberta and BC, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean seems otherworldly.

Sunset on Long Beach near Tofino. Vancouver Island. After nearly two weeks of being dwarfed by massive mountains and forests of Alberta and BC, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean seems otherworldly.

Plan Your Own Adventure:

To thoroughly explore western Canada drive overland through the national parks. There are a few options for renting a car and planning your own roadtrip. You can drive from the United States into Canada or rent a car in Calgary or Vancouver and drop it at the other end of your trip. Grab a group of friends and make a memorable roadtrip out of exploring the best of western Canada’s stunning wilderness! Or let G Adventures do the driving and hop on one of their independent-style small group tours.

Gen’s travel during this trip was covered by G Adventures. The photos and words are all hers, please do not reuse without written permission.

Photo Of The Day – Utah And John Muir

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 Title: Utah And John Muir

Location: Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA, North America

Description: I have no special reason for this “quote on picture” Photo Of The Day post today. Unlike yesterday, with the birthday of Yosemite National Park being celebrated, there is no such occasion for Arches National Park. I just felt like adding something to the image and as a partial social experiment to see if images are shared more when they have words that when they don’t. I suppose I ruin the experiment by stating it is an experiment, but it is also an experiment to see if people actually read all this text down below when it is one big mass like this, unending, with comma after comma after comma and not an Oxford one to be found.

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Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/125
Altitude Unknown

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Photo Of The Day – Just Two

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Title: Just Two

Location: Mukilteo, Washington, USA, North America

Description: What I like about this image is it reminds me of my wife.

When this photo was taken we had been dating for about three months and the relationship still had the wondrous newness to it. You know the feeling. I was crossing between the mainland and Whidbey Island and noticed these two pilings alone in the morning fog. In the summer there is a dock lashed between the pilings, but the in the winter they stand alone.

I snapped a quick photo and sent it to my girlfriend, who eventually warmed my soul by marrying me a couple of years later. For me the photo had that feeling of new love, where you two feel inside your own world sometimes and all else seems like a fog.

And yes, she does read these posts. Hello Nimmi, I love you! :)

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/125
Altitude Sea Level

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Photo Of The Day – Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture

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Title: Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture

Location: Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, USA, North America

Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 160
Focal Length 190mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/50
Altitude Unknown

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) Bark Detail, Devils Tower Natio

Photo Of The Day – Morning on the Columbia River

Morning on the Columbia River

Title: Morning on the Columbia River

Location: Columbia River between Washington & Oregon, USA, North America

Description: A beautiful morning on the lower section of the Columbia River, just before it abruptly greets the Pacific Ocean, is punctuated with perfect light.

This photo wasn’t hard to take and fairly straight forward. I love looking for ‘layer’ shots like this as they are visually pleasing. The processing I used, via Adobe Lightroom, involved adjusting the curves in order to use the whole dynamic range afforded by my camera which added some depth.

Shot while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 210mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude Almost Sea Level

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Morning on the Columbia River

Photo Of The Day – Possibilities

Possibilities

Title: Possibilities

Location: California Coast

Description: Shot on film in 1998 and then scanned to digital a few years later, I still love the calmness of this image.

Camera Minolta Maxxum 7xi
Lens I can’t remember
ISO 50 – Fuji Velvia Film
Focal Length unknown
Aperture unknown
Shutter Speed unknown
Altitude Sea Level

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Possibilities

Photo Of The Day – Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Title: Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America (33°59’46” N  118°8’56” W)

Description: I really like that the FAA has removed the restriction on use of electronics below 10,000’. This has opened up new opportunities for photographs on approach and take off.

Notably, I like being able to take photos of Seattle and LA and other cities without ‘breaking the law’. It has lead to some wonderful options, such as this sunset on approach to LAX.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 250
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture f/4
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Altitude 3000ft

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Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Photo Of The Day – The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

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 Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America ( 38°28’8.86″N  109°44’24.25″W)

Description: Layer after layer of rock is timelessly worn away by the mighty Colorado River as it enters Canyonlands National Park where it will join with the Green River on its route South.

Camera Nikon D800
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/6.3
Shutter Speed 30 seconds
Altitude 5,560.0 ft

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The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Poi

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

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Title: Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse State Park, Utah

Location: Dead Horse State Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Looking down on the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park, Utah from Dead Horse Point State Park is like looking down through time. Eons of bedrock has been worn away by time, wind and water to expose a beautiful landscape rich in history and color.

Camera Nikon D800
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/13
Altitude High

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Daybreak, The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead

Glory Effect As Seen Out Alaska Airlines 737 Window

Full Rainbow ‘Glory’ And Plane Shadow On Clouds from Peter West Carey on Vimeo.
Breaking through the marine layer on departure from John Wayne Airport in Southern California, the shadow of our Boeing 737, operated by Alaska Airlines, can be seen on the clouds below. Around the plane is a ‘glory‘, a full rainbow created when the sun is directly behind the viewer and light hits moisture, in this case the clouds.
If you look closely you will notice this glory is a double; there are two bans of each color (the orange ring is the easiest to notice on both the inside and the outside).

Do you have any shots of a glory from a plane or mountain or building?

Photo Of The Day – Mobula Rays In Formation

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Title: Mobula Rays In Formation

Location: Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’50” N 110°24’12” W)

Description: Swimming with mobula rays in the Gulf Of California is an unforgettable experience. The majesty and grace these huge fish demonstrate in their natural environment is humbling and awe inspiring. I had to swim down about 15 feet just to get close enough for an image while attempting, in vain, to keep up with the school. Given the opportunity, I would gladly do this all day long, with or without a camera.

Shot while on assignment for UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Go Pro Hero 3+ Black
Lens Standard
ISO 160
Focal Length 2.77mm
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/60
Altitude -15.0 ft

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Photo Of The Day – California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn

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Title: California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn

Location:  Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’53” N 110°23’60” W)

Description: California sea lions sit on shore, resting, before the sun hits the horizon. Sometimes called the Belt of Venus, the colorful phenomena in the background is caused when looking away from the sun just before it rises, or just before it sets. Below the dark pink layer is the color of dusk which is actually the Earth’s shadow, or in photographic parlance, the Blue Hour. Above that line is the less filtered direct light from the sun. Posed as they are, the sea lions make nice silhouettes against the Belt.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 800
Focal Length 90mm
Aperture f/5
Shutter Speed 1/100
Altitude Sea Level

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California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn, Gu

 

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset

Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset, Gulf Of Mexico, Baja Califor

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset

Location: Gulf Of Mexico, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (23°7’1″ N 109°25’15” W)

Description: The golden light from a setting sun captures the spray thrown off by a breaching humpback whale off the coast of Baja California Sur in the Gulf Of California, Mexico.

Shot while on assignment for UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Altitude Sea Level

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Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset, Gulf Of Mexico, Baja Califor

 

Photo Of The Day – Curious California Sea Lions

Curious California Sea Lions, Isla Los Islotes, Baja California

Title: Curious California Sea Lions

Location:  Isla Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’58” N  110°24’4″ W)

Description: Safe from predators and located in the middle of nutrient rich waters, a trio of California sea lions gives me a curious eye just after sunrise in the Gulf Of California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 1000
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture f/5
Shutter Speed 1/80
Altitude Sea Level

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Curious California Sea Lions, Isla Los Islotes, Baja California

 

Photo Of The Day – Four Hay Rolls

Four Hay Rolls, South Dakota, USA

Title: Four Hay Rolls

Location: South Dakota, USA, North America

Description: Somewhere in South Dakota, on the way to the Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore, is a field like just about every other hay field in the States. The simplicity and timelessness are what drew me in.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 50
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/250
Altitude unknown

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

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Four Hay Rolls, South Dakota, USA

Photo Of The Day – South Dakota Cloud Burst

South Dakota Cloud Burst

Title: South Dakota Cloud Burst

Location: South Dakota, USA, North America

Description: Living the Pacific Northwest most of my life, this was one of my first experiences with the visual beauty of a cloud burst. The drama is obvious and can be bumped up a little with editing techniques.

Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 50
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/10
Shutter Speed 1/200
Altitude unknown

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South Dakota Cloud Burst

Photo Of The Day – Half Moon Over Half Dome

Half Moon Over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, US

Title: Half Moon Over Half Dome

Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America (37°44’49” N  119°36’10” W)

Description: On a cloudless day in April the a half moon hangs over Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 5125.0 ft

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Half Moon Over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, US

Riviera Maya Caves And Cenotes Worth Returning To

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The place was called Indiana Joe’s and yes, they used the same font at the Indiana Jones franchise, so I knew there was a good chance of cheesiness involved. Joe’s was made up around two central, natural features, a pretty cool cave system and a cenote, which is a naturally occurring underground pool.

My daughter and I were visiting Indiana Joe’s along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico on a press trip and dang it was hot. Melting-my-brain hot. Or at least, frying-my-patience-for-a-heat-weary-kid hot. We were luxuriated with an air conditioned van, a driver and a local guide, so it seems odd to complain, but we’re from the Pacific Northwest and this kind of heat saps our strength.

Once outside of the van at Joe’s the temperature could be felt and we were eager for the caves, knowing they would be naturally air conditioned. Later we would find the cenote to be frigid, but in a good way. I have no pictures of the cenote and that is a shame, because it is a cool swim-around cave.

The funny thing about tourist attractions in this part of Mexico is they often have to make stuff up to gain tourists and Indiana Joe’s is no different. We not only visited the cave and cenote, but also the ‘zoo’ they have there. We passed on the ziplines, opting to do those another day at another place. It’s a little cheesy, but understandable since most tourists in this area want to sit on the beach and maybe see some Mayan ruins at Tulum. Maybe.

The cave system was a leisurely 50 minute walk as I remember it and quite fascinating. In places they have to chisel new paths, but 80% of the cave is natural formations and passages. It’s not a ‘true’ caving experience as there are lights-a-plenty, but it is pretty cool to look at all the same. Kids will love it and if they don’t, just mention, “Where do you think the dragons sleep?” and you will have them hooked. It’s that kind of awesome.

I love places like this, honestly. The fact that thousands of people have been through the caves and they have been blasted in places to make passage does not take away from the awe and childish wonder in me. I love the formations and marveling at what time and water can do.

Take a look for yourself at the images above. (If you can’t see the images, click here to see the post online)

Oh wait! Obligatory, but useful, links to our hosts: Indiana Joe’s & Riviera Maya.

This is one place I would visit again on my own. It was cool (and refreshing!) and I love caves. If anyone else wants me to take pictures of their caves, drop me a line.

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

Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri, Sagarmatha Na

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 – Sunrise On The Olympics

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Title: Sunrise On The Olympics

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Taken this morning, the sun did a wonderful job lighting up the Olympic Mountains.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 275mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/160
Altitude 60 ft

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