• Photo Of The Day – Safari Scene In Ngorongoro Crater

    Peter-West-Carey-Inside 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 Scene In Ngorongoro Crater Location: Ngorongoro National […]

  • Panoramic Photos At 40% Off

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    With yesterday’s release of A World of Panoramas photo book I took the time to upload all the photos in the book, including a few of the bonus images only available in the digital version (releasing next week). They are now on sale on at Peter West Carey Photography. To celebrate the release of the […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Taj Mahal At Sunrise

    Taj Mahal At Sunrise

    Title: Taj Mahal At Sunrise Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia Description: It’s the view everyone knows and there is good reason for it. It’s a cliche as well, but I still love it. The symmetry is something best enjoyed in a photo because when you are there, the whole thing is a little overwhelming. […]

  • A World Of Panoramas Photo Book Now On Sale

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    I am pleased to announce the debut of my first photo book, A World of Panoramas. The book is on sale now at Peter West Carey Photography. When you order from the site you will not only receive a hand signed copy of the 8″x 24″ (open size) book, but you will also receive a […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Layers Of Oman

    Layers, Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

    Title: Layers Of Oman Location: Oman Description: As the sun was setting and the desert haze stuck to the hills, I felt a calm and happiness inside. And then panic as I realized my wife and I still didn’t know where we were going to camp. This image is included in A World of Panoramas, […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Wadi Rum At Sunset

    Wadi Rum At Sunset, Jordan

    Title: Wadi Rum At Sunset Location: Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Jordan Description: With a quick scramble up an exposed rock face, Sabrina and I were able to catch the fleeting sunset light and beautiful colors of Wadi Rum, Jordan’s largest valley. This image is included in A World of Panoramas, now available for pre-order. Camera Canon […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Breaching Whale At Sunset

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

    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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Golden Temple

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    Title: Golden Temple Location: Amritsar, Punjab, India Description: The Golden Temple, or formally Harmandir Sahib, is the most holy of Sikh gurdwaras as it contains the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and is a site of pilgrimage. This image is included in A World of Panoramas, now available for pre-order. Camera Canon 7D […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Ama Dablam And High Altitude Lake

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    Title: Ama Dablam And High Altitude Lake Location: Dingboche, Solukhumbu, Himalayas, Nepal Description: A climb that took my breath away as we went up a steep slope during a “rest day’, which is an oxymoron for a day spent hiking higher but returning to your original start in order to help acclimatize. The reward of […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of A Glacier

    Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

    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. This image is included […]

  • 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. This image is included in A World of Panoramas, now available for pre-order. Camera Pentax 645D Lens Pentax 55mm ISO 100 Focal Length  55mm Aperture  f/5 Shutter Speed  1 […]

  • 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. This image is included in A World of Panoramas, […]

  • 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. This image is included in A World of Panoramas, now available for pre-order. Camera Canon 10D Lens […]

  • 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. This image […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The View From Gokyo Ri

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    Title: The View From Gokyo Ri, Solukhumbu Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: High up in the Himalayas, at about 17,500′, you can see forever. Here, from the summit of Gokyo Ri at daybreak, four of the six highest mountains in the world are visible, including Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) to the left of the sun. […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Gliding Along

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    Title: Gliding Along Location: Barbados, Caribbean Sea Description: A hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) glides above the sea floor off the coast of Barbados. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 10-22mm ISO 200 Focal Length 22mm Aperture f/22 Shutter Speed 1/400 Altitude -1 ft Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. […]

  • 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 format allows for greater exploration of the […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Dzokyos and Kantega

    Dzokyos and Kantega, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia

    Title: Dzokyos and Kantega Location: On the route to Everest Basecamp near Dughla, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Dzokyos are a cross between high altitude (and shaggy) yaks and lower elevation cows (not so shaggy). They bridge the gap in a need for a pack animal that can operate at lower climates where the yaks will […]

  • Coming Soon: Panorama Experience Book

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    I’ve been shooting and enjoying panoramas for as long as I’ve been shooting digital and even before then (thanks to a handy feature in my old Minolta film camera). In my quest to put more of my images out there in the world for others to enjoy, and hopefully to inspire more people to travel […]

  • 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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Taktsang Palphug Monastery Panorama Exploration

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

    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 12MB large, so give it time to fully download. […]

  • We Do It For The Love Of Photography And …

    As some of you know I started a little program to help sell more prints here on the site and on Peter West Carey Photography. It’s one effort in many to make income from photography, something I have been doing as a full time job (along with writing) for the past six years since quitting […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Ancient Homes

    Ancient Homes, Machu Picchu, Peru

    Title: Ancient Homes Location: Machu Picchu, Peru Description: A maze of ancient homes covers the hills of Machu Picchu. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 50 Focal Length 275mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/160 Altitude Unknown Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Night Market

    Night Market, Kathmandu, Nepal

     Title: Night Market Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia Description: When the work day is done and just before dinner, markets spring up in Kathmandu. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 7D Lens Tamron 18-270mm ISO 2500 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed .3 seconds Altitude Unknown Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Moon Over The Machermo Range

    The Moon Over The Machermo Range

    Title: The Moon Over The Machermo Range Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°54’12″ N 86°42’55″ E) Description: On its way to setting, the moon strikes a pose high above the Machermo Range in Nepal’s Himalayas. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 50 Focal Length 150mm Aperture f/8 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

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

    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. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 28mm Aperture f/7.1 Shutter Speed 1/60 […]

  • Introducing The Limited Edition Print Collector’s Club

    Cho Oyu And The Photographers, Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhu

    I am happy to announce the start of something new. For those interested in signed, limited edition prints of my images, crafted with archival quality paper and ink to last a lifetime, I have started the Peter West Carey Photography Limited Edition Print Collector’s Club. For an annual membership fee, priced below my open edition […]

  • 31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – Shoot In Mid-Day Sun

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    You have probably heard of the Golden Hour or the Blue Hour and maybe some other hours. These are the “best times to shoot” according to most photographers, which usually means most landscape photographers. They advise, often strongly, against shooting in mid-day sun. And for the most part, for grand landscapes, I often agree. I […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Two Himalayan Peaks In Morning Sun Light

    Two Himalayan Peaks In Morning Sun Light, Machermo, Solukhumbu,

    Title: Two Himalayan Peaks In Morning Sun Light Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°54’6″ N 86°42’59″ E) Description: Located near the town of Machermo, early morning light is always worth the (very) early start in the Himalayas. Even if the clouds are out, there’s a chance of something beautiful. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Desert Minaret

    Desert Minaret, Oman

    Title: Desert Minaret Location: Haddis, Al Batinah North, Oman, Arabian Peninsula, Asia (23°11’12″ N  57°37’20″ E) Description: One fact I learned quickly in traveling through Oman, the minarets are usually quite colorful and unique. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 110mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/640 Altitude 2737.8 ft Photograph […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Just Two

    Just Two

    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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture

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

      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 Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). You can copy, share and print this image as long […]

  • A Free Gift To Help You Say Thank You

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    Thank you. Simple. Effective. Appreciated. Telling someone Thank You can have a profound impact, especially when it is out of the blue. I don’t profess to being an expert (I start “Thank You” projects and they seem to fizzle out because of bright, shiny distractions) but I do know receiving a Thank You note in […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Dzokyos With Loads Of Kerosene

    Dzokyos With Loads Of Kerosene, Solukhumbu, Nepali Himalayas, Ne

    Title: Dzokyos With Loads Of Kerosene Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°47’24″ N  86°43’8″ E) Description: Dzokyos are a hybrid cross between higher elevation-tolerant yaks and lower elevation-loving cows. They carry loads for trekkers and mountain climbers in the Himalayas in a range where the moderate temperatures would overheat a typical, furry yak. Camera Canon 7D […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Light And Dark

    Light And Dark, Himalayas, Nepal

    Title: Light And Dark Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°52’5″ N  86°43’45″ E) Description: Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 270mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/1250 Altitude 13,264.1 ft Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). You can copy, share and print this image as long as […]

  • 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’ […]

  • 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 Photograph Copyright […]

  • 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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Hole In The Ceiling Of Al Karak Castle

    Hole In The Ceiling Of Al Karak Castle, Karak, Jordan

       Title: Hole In The Ceiling Of Al Karak Castle Location: Karak, Jordan (32°18’40″ N 35°44’6″ E) Description: Sabrina stares up at a hole, intentional or not, in the ceiling of Karak Castle. Even when the temperature was over 100F outside, areas of the castle were nice in cool in the dark corners. Camera Canon […]

  • Photo Of The Day – On The Dais At The Taj Mahal

    On The Dias At The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

       Title: On The Dais At The Taj Mahal Location: Agra, India, Asia (27°10’28″ N  78°2’33″ E) Description: A close up the Taj Mahal from the dais surrounding the main tomb. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon EF 10-22mm ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/4000 Altitude 561.0 ft Photograph Copyright Peter West […]

  • An Inspirational Landscape Photo Book

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    I have had the good fortune of befriending a number of amazing photographers over the 23 years I have been shooting. This week a number of them released a landscape photography book I couldn’t pass up, titled: The Insightful Landscape. Mind you, the price tag for the hardbound book is higher than I am used […]

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

    The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Poi

       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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cruising The Tambopata River

    Cruising The Tambopata River, Peru

       Title: Cruising The Tambopata River, Location: Tambopata River, Peru Description: In the Peruvian Amazon Basin, about the only way to get around is in river boats as the dense jungle in impenetrable in places. Leaving the shutter of my camera open a little longer than normal created this blurred effect. Camera Canon 7D Lens […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Nepali Himalayas Before Sunset

    Nepali Himalayas Before Sunset

      Title: Nepali Himalayas Before Sunset Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’14″  N 86°41’37″ E) Description: Simplicity in the mountains. Shot near Gokyo. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 250 Focal Length 180mm Aperture f/18 Shutter Speed 1/50 Altitude 15,624.8 ft Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). You can […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Trekkers

    Cho Oyu And The Trekkers, Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhumbu,

      Title: Cho Oyu And The Trekkers Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’13″  N 86°41’37″ E) Description: Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa glacier, which can barely be spotted in the bottom […]

  • 31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – When You Change Your Focus, You Change Your Light Metering

    You might not know this, but your camera is a little neurotic. Trust me. Or don’t, and try this little experiment so I can prove it to you. The premiss here is your camera has a bunch of light metering points. These points don’t cover your entire field of view when looking through the viewfinder […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sunshine On The Treasury At Petra

    Sunshine On The Treasury At Petra, Jordan

       Title: Sunshine On The Treasury At Petra Location: Petra, Jordan (30°19’20″ N 35°27’6″ E) Description: The Treasury At Petra is one of the most widely recognized images from the country of Jordan, thanks in no small part to the film Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade. The structure is impressive in its art work […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Photographer Silhouetted Against Cho Oyu

    Photographer Silhouetted Against Cho Oyu, Nepal

      Title: Photographer Silhouetted Against Cho Oyu Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’14″ N 86°41’37″ E) Description: I spotted this lone photographer racing across a ridge, his model left behind to be framed by the massive mountains as he picked a higher vantage point. When he stopped and posed for me, I couldn’t resist the silhouette […]

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

    Daybreak, The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead

      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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Capturing Beautiful Cityscape Images – 31+ Days To Better Photography

    For today’s 31+ Days To Better Photography post I want to talk about cityscape photos. For those who might not be familiar with the phrase, a cityscape is like a landscape except you replace the land with all kinds of man-made things, mainly, a city. I used to not be a fan of these images […]

  • What It’s Like To Stand There – Destination: Taj Mahal

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    Welcome to Part 1 in a new series at The Carey Adventures, What It’s Like To Stand There. This series will be a group of irregular posts highlighting what is missing in photos from famous landmarks, such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Petra and other well known locations. I will not only show you […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mobula Rays In Formation

    Mobula Rays In Formation, Gulf Of California, Baja California Su

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Stupa Against The Mountains

    Stupa Against The Mountains, Nepal

    Title: Stupa Against The Mountains Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: A Buddhist stupa sits atop a ridge in order to command a view from all over the surrounding valley while sheer cliffs thrust upward through the fog and clouds. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 110mm Aperture f/10 Shutter Speed […]

  • A Simple Trick For Better Mobile Photos: Use Your Other Hand – 31+ Days To Better Photography

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    This trick is simple and effective. Mobile phones suffer when their cameras are pointed near a light source. You might have seen this happen. The image ends up being washed out with a bright white all over. Here’s an example: The open sliding glass door at the left is letting in a lot of light […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Candle Lighting

    Candle Lighting, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

    Title: Candle Lighting Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia (27°42’58″ N  85°17’3″ E) Description: Devotional butter lamps are lit at the foot of Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 800 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/30 Altitude 4,344.6 ft Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

    Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

       Title: Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds Location: Washington, USA, North America Description: Catching this view of Mount Rainier looming above a sea of clouds was mostly luck but also planning. The luck was in the timing of the flight to Seattle, but the planning was knowing which side to be on. And […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Himalayas Through The Clouds

    Himalayas Through The Clouds

      Title: Himalayas Through The Clouds Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: Mountain photography in the Himalayas is a practice in patience when things aren’t going how you would like. It helps to already know how to relax, but if not, the mountains will be glad to teach you as you wait for them to appear […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Intimacy With An Arch

    Intimacy With An Arch

       Title: Intimacy With An Arch Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’38″ N  109°29’59″ W) Description: One of the most iconic arches in Utah, that of Delicate Arch, is seen here in partial view while the rising sun lights the La Sal mountains behind. While this arch in Arches National Park, just […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

    Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

     Title: Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°48’52″ N  134°56’43″ W) Description: Along the inside waters of Southeast Alaska each summer there congregates large numbers of humpback whales looking to fatten up before heading south in the winter for breeding and calving groups in warmer climates. One method for feeding […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Machermo Range And The Moon

    The Machermo Range And The Moon, Nepal

     Title: The Machermo Range And The Moon, Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°54’12″ N  86°42’55″ E) Description: Knowing a little about the cycle and timing of the moon can help to bring a new dimension to your landscape photography. Planning a trip with the moon in mind will not only help night time photos (shoot close […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Alaska Rainforest Floor

    Alaska Rainforest Floor, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

     Title: Alaska Rainforest Floor Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA, North America (58°27’26″ N  135°51’54″ W) Description: Walking the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and getting down low brings into view a whole other world of plants. The canopy and sky overhead are reflected in the drops if you look very […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Knife Edge Of Thamserku, Nepal

    The Knife Edge Of Thamserku, Nepal

     Title: The Knife Edge Of Thamserku Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°51’45″ N  86°43’60″ E) Description: Cutting 21,680′ into the Himalayan sky, Thamserku strikes a sharp edge chiseled by time and wind. The mountain is a prominent figure in Sherpa life as it can be seen from many of the popular routes used for trade and tourism. […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch

    Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch, Arches National Park,

    Title: Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’36″ N  109°29’58″ W) Description: Utilizing a fisheye lens and then correcting the distortion in Lightroom when I got home, this shot of Delicate Arch offers a different perspective to the iconic landscape features which adorns Utah’s license plates. Camera […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Calm Wild Cats

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     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 and hunt in the cooler times of […]

  • Photo Of The Day – What’s In That Slot Canyon?

    What's In That Slot Canyon?

    Title: What’s In That Slot Canyon? Location: Al B??inah Region, Oman, Middle East (23°12’33″ N  57°23’28″ E) Description: In the Al Hajar Mountains of Oman are a number of slot canyons carved into the ancient rock. This monolith caught my eye not only for the swirl of rock forming the bulk, but for the canyon carved […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

    Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

    Title: Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°58’5″ N  134°54’59″ W) Description: Southeast Alaska, the area around the capital of Juneau, sees its fair share of gray weather. During a one week whale watching cruise with UnCruise Adventures, I witnessed not only the gray, but also the beauty that […]

  • Winter/Spring Photography Workshops In Washington, Oregon and California Open For Enrollment

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    I am happy to announce I am have set dates for Level 1 Photography Workshops in Washington, Oregon and California. The dates and locations are as follows (click on a link for more info and to register): Seattle, WA – March 2nd, 2014 Seattle, WA – March 26, 2014 Seattle, WA – April 26, 2014 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Smile! Now Show Me Your Shoes

    Smile! Now Show Me Your Shoes

     Title: Smile! Now Show Me Your Shoes Location: Thame, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°49’49″ N  86°38’56″ E) Description: The Sherpas I met in Nepal were, by and large, nice people who are easy to smile. As long as you aren’t pointing a camera at them. At that point, most will turn serious for their portrait and it’s […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Standing In the Light

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    Title: Standing In the Light Location: Lake County, Oregon, USA, North America (43°31’23″ N 120°52’21″ W) Description: At the beginning of Derek Cave, an evacuated lava tube in central Oregon, USA, there are a few spots where the ceiling has caved in due to proximity to the ground above. After exploring the cave for an […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Roadside Stand Along The Dead Sea

    Roadside Stand Along The Dead Sea, Jordan

    Title: Roadside Stand Along The Dead Sea Location: Dead Sea, Jordan, Middle East (31°35’54″ N  35°33’39″ E) Description: A roadside stand just above the Dead Sea sells the basics for locals and tourists alike. Officially the lowest point on the face of the Earth, the Dead Sea has been losing ground at the rate of […]

  • Photo Of The Day – El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight

    El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight, Yosemite Natio

     Title: El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight Location:  Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America (37°43’26″ N  119°37’52″ W) Description: I was set to arrive at my cabin on time when I first glimpsed El Capitan. I told my friend Sheri, who was working on a construction project at the Ahwahnee® Hotel in […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Chiseled By Ice And Wind

    Chiseled By Ice And Wind

    Title: Chiseled By Ice And Wind Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: The Himalayas in Nepal have existed longer than man has been on this planet, giving the elements plenty of time to shape and carve. While some mountain ranges are cut by rain, the Himalayas, towering as grand as they are, can only be reached […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

    Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

    Title: Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle Location: Kerry Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, North America (47°37’46″ N  122°21’38″ W) Description: Summer mornings are near perfection in Seattle. We don’t get warmth all year round so when Summer finally begins (some time around the end of July, usually) and the days are long, getting up early for […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Nearly Deserted Beach, Hawaii

    Nearly Deserted Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

    Title: Nearly Deserted Beach Location: Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii, USA (21°33’12″ N  158°14’47″ W) Description: Who says you can’t find a nearly deserted beach on Oahu? I asked my wife what image she would like for the photo of the day and she asked for a sandy beach. We had visited one today to watch […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sunshine In The Wadi Rum Desert

    Sunshine In The Wadi Rum Desert, Aqaba, Jordan

     Title: Sunshine In The Wadi Rum Desert, Aqaba, Jordan Location: Aqaba, Jordan, Middle East (29°37’32″ N  35°28’59″ E) Description: One of the most easily accessible and dramatic landscapes in Jordan is Wadi Rum. No special expertise is needed to reach the desert other than a car and once there, locals will help show you around the […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier

    Prayer Flags And Cho Oyu, Gokyo, Nepal, Asia

    Title: Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’17″ N 86°41’45″ E) Description: Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is shown on the right side of […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier

    Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal

    Title: Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’17″ N  86°41’45″ E) Description:  Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is shown on the right side of […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Looking Up In The Rinpung Dzong

    Looking Up In The Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, Asia

    Title: Looking Up In The Rinpung Dzong Location: Paro, Bhutan, Asia (27°25’35″ N  89°25’22″ E) Description: Fisheye lens photography lends itself naturally to tight areas with subjects all around. In this case, the image is taken looking up at the temple inside the Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan. Dzongs were once the fortresses that housed local […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Edge Of Morning

    The Edge Of Morning

    Title: The Edge Of Morning Location: Tengboche, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°50’8″ N  86°45’49″ E) Description: Watching the sunrise in the Himalayas is often an exercise in looking anywhere but East. Because of the depth of the valleys, the golden effect of the sun is seen on the high peaks all around long before it warms […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park

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    Title: Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park Location: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA, North America (43°44’42″ N 102°29’25″ W) Description: We didn’t spend much time in Badlands National Park, but you should. Hell, I should too. I want to go back but it always seems so far from anywhere. Anywhere I typically go, that […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Winter’s Hold

    Winter's Hold

    Title: Winter’s Hold Location: Mission Ridge, Washington, USA, North America (47°16’31″ N 120°25’35″ W) Description: Frozen trees wait for warmer weather as the depth of the cold seasons holds tight to the ski slopes of Mission Ridge, just outside of Wenatchee, Washington. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 130mm Aperture […]

  • The Local Market In Punakha, Bhutan

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    Markets like this one are still very much the typical way locals find their fresh groceries in rural Bhutan. Most anything for the home can be found, from the just-picked fruits and roots to clothes and kids toys. If you are reading this in a RSS viewer or on email, I suggest you click on […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Jagged Against The Sky

    Jagged Against The Sky

    Title: Jagged Against The Sky Location: Half way between Dole and Luza, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°52’44″ N  86°43’26″ E) Description: The endless features of the Himalayas always amaze me. No matter how many times I visit nearly the same stretch of peaks, the swirl of clouds and the dance of sunlight bring about new features […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Moon And The Rockies

    Moon And The Rockies

     Title: Moon And The Rockies Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada, North America (51°4’55″ N  115°19’20″ W) Description: Because the soaring flanks of the Canadian Rockies jut so abruptly into the sky from valleys below, catching the moon ‘setting’ requires advanced planning. This shot was taken about two hours before the astronomical moonset time and was captured by […]

  • Faces Of Amritsar

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    I found Amritsar to be one of the more friendly areas I have visited in India. Most of these images are taken around the Golden Temple and include some ‘behind the scenes’ shots in the kitchens during Baisakhi. If you are reading this in a RSS viewer or on email, I suggest you click on […]

  • My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013

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    I am presenting these images from 2013 in the hopes that you find something you like. That being said, there are some images here only I might like, and I’m good with that. I started taking more “odd” photos in 2013, experimenting with blue and playing with colored tonic water poured over fruit and vegetables. […]

  • Photo Of The Day – After Sunset From 39,000′

    After Sunset From 39,000', California, USA, North America

    Title: After Sunset From 39,000′ Location: Above California, USA, North America Description: High above the clouds, this image is what happens when you look away from the sunset while in a plane. I fly between Seattle and California weekly and I tend to pick my window seat based on when the sun is setting or […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On Cho Oyu

    Sunrise On Cho Oyu, Nepal, Asia

    Title: Sunrise On Cho Oyu Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°57’13″ N 86°41’36″ E) Description:Like whipped topping from a tub of Miracle Whip(R), morning clouds are formed and pull away from the summit of Cho Oyu on the Nepal/Tibet border. This is one of the great aspects about shooting in the Himalayas; the nearly endless […]

  • Blog Update: HUGE Photos And A New Look

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    Hi Everyone, I’ve made some big updates to the look and feel of the blog and I want to give you a quick intro to help you get the most from this site. First of all, if you are viewing this in a RSS reader or email, you’ll need to click on over to a […]

  • Experiencing The Final, Fire-Laden Ceremony Of The Kharchu Dratshang Drupcheen in Jakar, Bhutan

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    I love good fortune. While we had some days with rain for our 2013 Bhutan Photo Tour, we had some good fortune as well. Having previously been to the Namkhe Nyingpo Goemba (Monastery) above the town of Jakar in Central Bhutan, I knew it as a great spot for sunset photos. After a day of […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Durbar Square Wall Details

    Durbar Square Wall Details, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia

     Title: Durbar Square Wall Details Location: Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia (27°40’20″ N  85°25’40″ E) Description: Known commonly as Bhaktapur Durbar Square, to differentiate it from the other two Durbar Square’s in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, this small maze of buildings and open spaces contains a rich architectural heritage. […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Blossoms And Plowed Field

    Blossoms And Plowed Field, Jakar, Bhutan, Asia

    Title: Blossoms And Plowed Field Location: Jakar, Bumthang, Bhutan, Asia (27°32'55" N  90°44'40" E) Description:This is one of those images I keep coming back to. I knew when I shot it I would have to crop it, and I have, plus I balanced out the distortion left by my angle to the field (necessitated by [...]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

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    Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°23'18" N  109°51'50" W) Description:Mesa Arch, located in Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah, USA, is a natural wonder that encompasses all that is beautiful about this area of the county. Utah has always been a place for me to return [...]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise

    Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Washington, USA,

    Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise Location: Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America (46°46’7″ N  121°43’51″ W) Description: One aspect I like about digital photography is that I have had a lot of opportunities to shoot in amazing places. But often little time to edit. Winter is a good time to […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Ama Dablam, Solukhumbu

    Ama Dablam, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia

     Title: Ama Dablam, Solukhumbu Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°50’33″ N  86°44’20″ E) Description: Ama Dalam’s features are classic. From the steep sides to the chiseled peak at 6,856 meters (22,493 ft), this mountain exudes mountainness. I chose a black and white rendition for this image because I feel it helps carve the mountain better and lets […]

  • Sunset Tonight

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    I know shooting photos of the sunset is mostly considered a cliche by the establishment of accomplished photographers, but I don’t care. It was gorgeous tonight. I hope you have a great day. Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email). Image may be reproduced for personal, non-commercial use (details) under Creative […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Village Of Dole Sits Below A Bank Of Clouds And Kangtega

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    Title: The Village Of Dole Sits Below A Bank Of Clouds And Kangtega Location: Dole, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia (27°52’5″ N  86°43’45″ E) Description: The small village of Dole (pronounced dough-lay) is perched along a sloping hill in the Ngozumpa glacier valley. This viewpoint is obtained after about a week of trekking and another day to […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu Reflected In Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Lake)

    Cho Oyu Reflected In Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Lake)

    Title: Cho Oyu Reflected In Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Lake) Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia (27°57’12″ N  86°41’36″ E) Description: Early mornings when the sun is shining in the Himalayas can’t be beat. Sure, it’s cold (note the frozen lake water around the rocks) and early, but the views are spectacular. This shot was taken […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sun Through The Minaret, Taj Mahal

    Sun Through The Minaret, Taj Mahal, India

    Title: Sun Through The Minaret, Taj Mahal Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia (27°10’31″ N  78°2’28″ E) Description:  We’ve all seen the classic view of the Taj Mahal from the reflecting pools in front. I have taken that photo myself. It is fun and very beautiful, yet still I always look for the non-classic shot when […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree Bark

    Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) Tree Bark, Hawaii, USA

    Title: Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) Tree Bark Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, USA (19°42’27″ N  155°56’48″ W) Description: What I love about digital photography is it makes the process of memory easier. In this case, I thought the photo represented here was taken in Australia. It’s an eucalyptus tree and those are famous for being […]

  • Three Thankful Things, Try It

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    My family has a new tradition I forced on them since July. I can’t remember where I read about it, but the idea is simple; each night we each share three things we are thankful for from that day. We have added some simple rules as time has gone on (you can’t repeat someone, you […]

  • This Morning

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    This morning I urged those in Seattle, via Twitter,  to get outside and see the sunrise, or at least the pink clouds and sky. I can’t see to the East from my house, but when my daughter and I walked out to our car with ice covered windows, we were greeted with beautiful colors. I […]

  • Shifting

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    I look at photographers’ streams of social media output and I am glad I am not in that groove any more. The same goes for travel writing. If you are ‘in the biz’ you probably know the game, or maybe you are in it too deep to realize it is going on as it seems […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Peak And The Prayer Flags

    The Peak And The Prayer Flags

    Title: The Peak And The Prayer Flags Location: Khumjung, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°49’30″ N  86°43’12″ E) Description: Give me a slightly cloudy morning any day of the week and as a photographer I am happy. I get excited when the forecast calls for “partly sunny” because I know there is a chance for dramatic light. While […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri

    Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri, Nepal

    Title: Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri Location: Gokyo Ri, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’22″ N  86°41’15″ E) Description: At around 5,357m, or 17,575 ft, Gokyo Ri affords tremendous views of the Himalayas. In this image I highlighted some of the near peaks which are so clear and punctual, it feels like you can […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Jagged Himalayas At Sunrise

    Jagged Himalayas At Sunrise, Nepal

    Title: Jagged Himalayas At Sunrise Location: Machermo, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°54’6″ N   86°42’59″ E) Description: When the monsoons have moved on and the days are shortening, few views in the world beat the crystal clarity of the Himalayas at sunrise. This photo was taken on a ridge just before entering the town of Machermo at […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Machermo Range Reflected In Dudh Pokhari

    The Machermo Range Reflected In Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Solukhumbu,

    Title: The Machermo Range Reflected In Dudh Pokhari Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’12″ N   86°41’36″ E) Description: Early morning light and a near perfectly still Dudh Pokhari (Milk Lake, also known as Third Lake) make for a stunning setting for this shot of the Machermo Range. The lake is 15,600′ above sea level and is […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Sunset On Cho Oyu And Clouds

    Sunset On Cho Oyu And Clouds, Nepal

    Title: Sunset On Cho Oyu And Clouds Location: Gokyo, Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’18″ N   86°41’24″ E) Description: As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Cho Oyu, standing 8201m (26,906′), juts into the atmosphere so much, it creates its own weather. Of the times I’ve seen the mountain while visiting Nepal, it regularly has lenticular clouds or other formations […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Photographers

    Cho Oyu And The Photographers, Nepal

    Title: Cho Oyu And The Photographers Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°57’13″ N   86°41’37″ E) Description: Cho Oyu, like Mount Everest, towers over 8000m and straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The peak is first seen far down the valley of the Ngozumpa glacier, which can barely be spotted in the bottom right corner of […]

  • Learning To Share

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    I’m going through a phase. This phase can best be described as “Create Art, Share It”. While I still have capitalistic intents, they aren’t as strong as they used to be. I fell in love with a beautiful woman in the last two years (truth be known, I fell in love with her from the […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Yak And Porter In Front Of Kangtega, Nepal

    Yak (Bos grunniens) and Porter In Front Of Kangtega. Solukhumbu,

    Title: Yak And Porter In Front Of Kangtega, Nepal Location: Solukhumbu, Nepal (27°52’13″ N 86°43’47″ E) Description: A porter carries the kitchen kit for a trekking group below a pair of domesticated yaks on the trail to Gokyo in Nepal. Kangtega can be seen in the distance in a swirl of clouds that quickly shift and […]

  • Stepping Back From The Photo Output Machine

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    Hi Everyone, My posting schedule, if I can even joke that I have one, is going to take a nap for a couple of months. It’s not that I’m less interested in photography (I’m not, I still love it), but I am about to head to Nepal to teach photography in the Himalayas with six […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams

    Title: Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams Location: Washington, USA, North America Description: One of the benefits of flying out of Seattle in almost any direction is the chance to spy the beautiful mountains in the Cascade or Olympic ranges. Here Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams show off their new wintery coats in a […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes

    Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes Location: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America Description: Mount Rainier in Washington state is reflected in appropriately named Reflection Lakes. Part of the larger and active volcanic range known as the Cascade Mountains, the peak is the highest in the state with 25 major glaciers clinging to […]

  • What The Heck Is That Light? Please Take A Guess.

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    I can’t figure this one out and I need your help. While photographing Mt. Rainier and the stars overhead this last weekend (September 7th, to be exact), I noticed an odd light you can see in the image below. I say some goofy things but this, this at first looked like a flare because it […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park

    Title: Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: A small but growing juniper tree takes root in the most unlikely of places. Here the tree enjoys an excellent view of Canyonlands National Park and the Green River below at sunset. Camera Nikon D800 Lens […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Beauty In The Desolation

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    Title: Beauty In The Desolation Location: Oman, Asia Description: Oman is a little of what Westerners might expect; dry, hot and some areas quite remote. While the Al Hajar Mountains receive little rain, there are palm trees and grasses in the valleys between the hills where enough water flows to grow a small crop for subsistence […]

  • Above The Ocean

    The rain is starting but I am dry in my car for now. Perched 40′ above the beach on a tiny pull-off, occasional cars zoom by, but for the most part all I hear is the roar of surf. This is the Oregon Coast I think of: gray sky melts with gray seas and comes […]

  • Photo Of The Day – The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls

    Title: The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America Description: Crashing over the edge for centuries while etching a deep valley, Lower Yellowstone Falls is an impressive site not to be overlooked in this park full of wonders known as Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone River rolls over the falls […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Harsh Country Sunset

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    Title: Harsh Country Sunset Location: New South Wales, Australia Description: The sun wasn’t cooperating for a ‘pretty’ Australian sunset as I made my way around the countryside in New South Wales, Australia. I was honestly lost when I stopped to take this photo, trying to find my way to the coast before dark. I didn’t make […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Following The Falls

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    Title: Following The Falls Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: By panning down with the falling water of Triple Falls in Oregon, interesting patterns emerge. It’s a simple technique and with the advantage of nearly unlimited storage in digital cameras, it doesn’t take long to gain dramatic images. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

    Mt. Hood And Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

    Title: Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake Location: Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA, USA, North America Description: Mt. Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon state, stands above Trillium Lake as a couple glides gently across the surface of the lake in their canoe. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 28mm Aperture […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Polaris Over Balanced Rock

    Polaris Over Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

    Title: Polaris Over Balanced Rock Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: In this 20 minute exposure taken on a night when the moon was still hanging above the Utah horizon with a pale, muted glow, Polaris, the North Star, can be seen in the far upper left corner. As it is a pole […]

  • Nepal Trek Packing List – Photography Edition

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    In just over 1.5 months I will be leading a photo trekking tour in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This area, known outside of Nepal as the Everest region, is special to me and I am excited to be making my fourth trip there this year. Currently I have five guests coming with me and […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs

    Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs, Hawai'i, The Big Island, USA

    Title: Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs Location: Hawai’i, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA Description: Along the North shore of Hawai’i, The Big Island, there appears and endless string of high and beautiful waterfalls carving the volcanic island for eons. With no road to the shore, I was thankful for a lift from Paradise Helicopters to experience the […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Distant Buttes

    Title: Distant Buttes Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: As the sun sets over Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA, haze catches fire and mimics the orange sandstone of the cliffs all around. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/7.1 Shutter Speed 1/640   Photograph […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Taktsang Monastery – Tiger’s Nest

    Title: Taktsang Monastery – Tiger’s Nest Location: Paro, Bhutan, Asia Description: Perched hundreds of feet above the valley below, Taktsang Monastery is steeped in legend and lore of the Guru Rinpoche’s time spent here meditating in the 8th century. The structure is built into and of the rock with the only flat sections being those of […]

  • 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 is part of those grasslands as seen […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Khumbi Yul Lha – Sacred Sherpa Mountain

    Title: Khumbi Yul Lha – Sacred Sherpa Mountain, Nepal Location: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal Description: Reflected in a the eddy of a nearly frozen stream on the bed of a hanging valley at 14,500′, Khumbi Yul Lha stands gracefully against the stark, blue sky. The mountain is sacred to the Sherpa people and is said to […]

  • 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 were becoming a little sore from the […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Wild Lions On A Knoll

    Wild Lions (Panthera leo) On A Knoll, Serengeti National Park, T

    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 100 Focal Length 220mm Aperture f/6.3 Shutter […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Taking Photos Of Machu Picchu

    Title: Taking Photos Of Machu Picchu Location: Machu Picchu, Peru Description: Taking in the overview of Machu Picchu from the upper terraces outside the city, a lone woman uses her camera to capture the ancient ruins. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm EF Shutter Speed 1/400 Aperture f/9 ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm   Photograph Copyright […]

  • One Of The Biggest Differences Between An iPhone Camera And A ‘Regular’ Camera – 31+ Days To Better Photography

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    There is a fundamental difference between the camera imbedded in an iPhone and a ‘regular’ DSLR or point and shoot camera. That difference can be boiled down to this: iPhones don’t have traditional shutter curtains. If you have been reading along in this series, you know from the post on shutter speed that most cameras […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Red-Eyed Tree Frog

    Title: Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Location: Costa Rica, Central America Description: One of the more obviously named amphibians, red-eye tree frogs blend remarkably well with their background when their radiant eyes are closed. Camera Canon 10D (look it up ) Lens Canon 28-135mm EF Shutter Speed 1/250 Aperture f/8 ISO 800 Focal Length 135mm   […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Stars Over Balanced Rock

    Title: Stars Over Balanced Rock Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Timeless as the heavens, but slowly weathering away, Balanced Rock is lit by the reflection off a setting moon in this 10 minute exposure in Arches National Park, Utah. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm EF Shutter Speed 10 minutes Aperture f/5 […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Tibetan Prayer Pole On The Inside, Bhutan

    Tibetian Prayer Pole On The Inside, Bhutan

    Title: Tibetan Prayer Pole On The Inside, Bhutan Location: Phobjika Valley, Bhutan Description: Prayer flags are strung around a central pole in the Phobjika Valley of Bhutan. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 10-22mm EF Shutter Speed 1/30 Aperture f/6.3 ISO 100 Focal Length 10mm   Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Licensing (email). Would […]

  • Photo Of The Day – Library Catalog, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Title: Library Catalog Location: Thimphu, Bhutan Description: A card catalog is pulled open in the central library in Thimphu, Bhutan. Not normally a tourist destination, libraries fascinate me as it shows the importance of education and history in a society. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/50 Aperture f/4 ISO 125 Focal Length […]

  • My Kingdom For A Map

    I should have downloaded some maps before this trip on the Victoria Clipper began. Not that I need to. But I love maps. I love knowing where I am and then taking a god-like view of what’s around me. When on the water, everything is flat, except the mountains which rise like a wall on […]