Photo Of The Day – Kittitas At Dock

Title: Kittitas At Dock Location: Clinton, Washington, USA, North America (47°58’30” N 122°21’6″ W) Description: It was a good day to fly the drone. Camera DJI Phantom 4 Lens 3.6mm ISO 100 Focal Length 3.6mm Aperture f/2.8 Shutter Speed 1/170 sec Altitude 50′ Photograph Copyright 2017 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Iceberg Maker + 5 More

Title: Iceberg Maker Location: Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm Fjord, Alaska, USA, North America (57°30’9.43″N 132°49’5.15″W) Description: Located along a long arm of a fjord in Alaska, the Dawes Glacier is a beautiful site (as you can see in the Bonus Images below). The images were shot on my last trip with Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mong La Morning Panorama

Title: Mong La Morning Panorama Location: Mong La, Solukhumbu, Nepal, Asia Description: This image is stitched together from 117 images shot just as the sun was breaking over the Himalayas in Nepal. Click on the image for a larger version. Shot in HDR to compensate for the extremes between Continue Reading →

31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – Light Trails

Wandered here from somewhere else? Check out all the 31+ Days of Photography Experiments. Today’s experiment is a fun one and I hope it gets you thinking of light differently, because there are a lot of things that can be done with this one. Just to be clear, Continue Reading →

Photos Of The Day – Four Images, 32 Hours Apart

Title: Four Images, 32 Hours Apart Location: Langley, Washington, USA, North America Description: Today’s Photo Of The Day is a little different. I often drive by the same place in my weekly travels and I’m often bored with the scene. You know how it goes? Same old, same Continue Reading →

31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – Slow Shutter Speed And Bracing Your Camera

Raise your hand if you carry a tripod with you wherever you go? Okay, the five of you who do can ignore this post. The rest of you, here’s a chance to get more from your camera by bluring things in a good way, without a tripod. There Continue Reading →

31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – Candle Light

With yesterday’s topic being Shoot In Mid-Day Sun, let’s tone things down and go the opposite direction for today’s experiment. Candles have been around for centuries and they have been providing the light by which we see the world at night for just as long. Many starting photographers Continue Reading →

Good Times With A Camera – 2014 Retrospective

When looking for my favorite images of 2014 for this post, I realize most were thankfully tied into great times. Some were commercial work but the challenge was what made me smile. Let’s get to them. Starting at the end of the year first, this shot of Point Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tent Camp In Front Of Cloud Shrouded Thamserku And Kangtega

Title: Tent Camp In Front Of Cloud Shrouded Thamserku And Kangtega Location: Dole, Nepal, Asia Description: A step up from roughing it but not quite glamping, these tents have a very commanding view in all directions from the town of Dole. More image from Dole are here. Like Continue Reading →

Be An Exceptional Photographer: Buy Other Photogs’ Work

When you read a lot of “Best Business Practices For Photographers” posts you will notice a number of reoccurring messages. The one that stands out most to me is this: Don’t market to other photographers, they don’t buy photographs. And it’s true for the most part, from my Continue Reading →

An Open Reply To The Royalty Free Companies Who Email Professional Photographers

I call myself a professional photographer not in the sense that I am way above anyone else, only that I make my living from photos. Selling them, shooting them, teaching about them, leading people on tours to go get them. I also receive emails from people wanting my Continue Reading →

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

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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Ancient Homes

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 Continue Reading →

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

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, Continue Reading →

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

   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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Trekkers

  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 Continue Reading →

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 Continue Reading →

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

  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 Continue Reading →

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

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 Continue Reading →

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

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

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

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

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

 

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier

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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Ngozumpa Glacier

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 Continue Reading →

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. While I love the mountains and travel, there are a lot of subject matter that interest me that will never get the “oooohhh” and “ahhhhh”s that those picture garner. But that’s what photography is for me, endless exploration and experimentation to present a view of what is in front of me.

Some of these images made the cut because they are stand-alone pretty. Some made the cut because they hold memories for me and my family (and I know my wife will be reading this post so I want to help jog her memory of the happy times we have shared). And then some….well, I’ll group these images by style to make it easier. Let’s start with the pretty stuff and then move into family memories (there were too many to show them all) and then the odd stuff you might not know me for.

This post will be gathered in a compilation my friend Jim Goldstein puts together of various photographers’ “Best of 2013” lists. If you would like to join in, check out this link. I’m wondering if this list will be included as Jim suggests (rightly so) narrowing your list to five or ten images. I have 32 in this list. I don’t follow direction well.

How To Use This Slideshow For Best Effect

If you are reading this in a RSS viewer or on email, I suggest you click on over to a web browser (Here’s a link to make it easier for you). It works on your phone (probably), tablet or computer and the bigger the screen the better the images.

Now do you see that x in the upper right corner above this text? Once you click that, you’ll have a full browser view of the images. You can then use the control arrows at the bottom of the image or your mouse’s scroll wheel. Or just flick them aside on your tablet like you would other pictures.

Image Descriptions

1. Cho Oyu and Photographers, Nepal

2. Sunset from 39,000′, somewhere over California, USA

3. Machermo Range And Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Nepal

4. Himalayas and stars through a windows, Machermo, Nepal

5. Yak and Kangtega, Nepal

6. Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

7. Mt. Baker at sunset, Washington, USA

8. Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

9. Photographer and the Moon, near Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

10. Sun through the trees, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

11. Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains from Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

12. Sunset on the Washington Coast, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

13. Temple Of The Mad Man, Bhutan

14. Monks at ceremony, Jakar, Bhutan

15. Blossoms and field, Jakar, Bhutan

16. My daughter and her friend exploring trees, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

17. SMORES!!!! Sequoia National Park, California, USA

18. Looking up, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

19. My wife and daughter at a Papohaku Beach, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

20. My daughter flying a kite, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

21. Sunrise over Maui aboard the UnCruise Adventures Safari Explorer, Hawaii, USA

22. Jessie breaks open coconuts, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

23. A mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of California, USA

24. Military gravestones, Medical Lake, Washington, USA

25. Playing with LEDs, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

26. Rust and waves, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada

27. Moths to a flame (look closely and you’ll see the repeating pattern as the light hit them), Clinton, Washington, USA

28. Spinning dancer, Paro, Bhutan

29. Nature’s ladder, Washington, USA

30. Keeping pace with the falls, Oregon, USA

31. How to make an okay sunset even better (panning blur), Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

32. Sunset on our second to last night on our honeymoon 🙂

Photo Of The Day – Cho Oyu And The Photographers

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 Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

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

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

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

Traveling Through Colors: Orange

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

Photo Of The Day – Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

    Title: Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Getting a good spot at Mesa Arch can be tricky and require a lack of sleep. Here, photographers are lined up for the classic ‘front-on’ Continue Reading →

Top 10 Photos Of 2012

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day Bonus – Delicate Arch At Sunrise

Title: Delicate Arch At Sunrise Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Delicate Arch is one of the most photographed arches in the world. But on this morning, fellow photographer Michael Riffle and I had the entire basin to ourselves for over two hours. Sunrise is Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Daybreak, Canyonlands National Park

Title: Daybreak, Canyonlands National Park Location: Dead Horse Point 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, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park

Title: Sunset Over Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: Watching the sun set from the rim of Canyonlands National Park, overlooking the Green River, is a calm time. The slowness of the landscape seeps in and we realize just how little time Continue Reading →

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

Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America 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 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Just Past Sunset

Title: Just Past Sunset Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America Description: The world looks a little different from 9000′ just after the sun sets on Mauna Kea. Because of the altitude, when looking away from the sun after it dips past the horizon, a Continue Reading →