A Girl and Her Horse

A Girl and Her Horse

                             A Girl and Her Horse

                     Do not miss the opportunity… to take your camera.

A Girl and Her Horse






A girl and her horse is the title I gave to a series of images that I had taken a few years ago.

I had forgotten about these images and it was not until I was looking for something else that I landed on them. (I must be AD because that happens to me a lot)

My cataloging of my photography is not what it should be so I have to hunt far more than I should have too.

I have gotten better the last couple of years of doing that with my recent work but I have been a photographer for 45 years and just have not gotten around to doing that with my older stuff.

The upside to hunting for images is you come across photographs you took some years back and get to spend time with them like a old friend.

Family friends had invited me and my granddaughter out to Apache Junction, which is east of Phoenix, where their daughter rides horses.

Not only did my granddaughter have a chance to ride a horse for the very first time but I was able to take some great images of their daughter riding her horse on a beautiful Saturday afteernoon.

You can see the Superstition Mountains behind her but they look much closer than they really are. “Why?” You might ask is that?

I had chose a long 200mm lens so the image would be compressed because of shallow depth of field and the tall looming mountains seemed much closer. They fell out of focus as I concentrated on the girl.The image has a lot of depth and presence about it. It is very strong.

I also used a fill-in-flash to light up the shadows of her face and the horse. The sun is the main light of course but by bringing in a second light source it added more depth as well as bringing out detail in the shadows.

I promise to do better with my photography cataloging but if I do not, I will find more old gems in the process of looking for something else.


A Girl and Her Horse  A Girl and Her Horse  A Girl and Her Horse

Minnesota Farm Country

Minnesota Farm Country

Minnesota Farm Country photo of umbrella on fence post



A photograph I took in Minnesota farm country a couple of years ago.

I drove right past this going fast and after about 15 seconds it registered in my brain something was funny so I backed up to have a second look.

I could not believe someone had put an umbrella on the fence post.

Very funny and out of place but that is what makes it a great shot!!!

I have found if you keep your eyes open you will find things like this everywhere.

Strange stuff that is out of place.

They make a great images and tell a interesting story.

Minnesota Farm Country has a lot of interesting stories to tell.

You can view more of my photography here: Fine Art America.


10 Quick Landscape Photography Tips

10 Quick Landscape Photography Tips

10 quick landscape photography tips 





10 Quick Landscape Photography Tips

Improve your photos with expert help. Here are 10 quick landscape photography tips to help you give your pictures a breath of fresh air. Whether you’re new to digital photography or just searching for new photo ideas, our quick and easy landscape photography tips and camera tips will help you take better pictures with the minimum of fuss.


1 The magic hour
Beautiful landscape photos are often defined by the quality of light they were taken in. As a consequence, photographers tend to shoot early in the morning or during late afternoons when the sun is lower, less contrasty and often displays a subtle colour palette of moody hues. For this reason, the hours after dawn and before dusk are known as the ‘magic hours’. If rising at dawn doesn’t sit well with your idea of a relaxing weekend, don’t panic – there are plenty of great landscape opportunities throughout the day.
2 Composition
Composition is key to successful landscape photography, and if you don’t know where to start, use the ‘rule of thirds’ to get things going. Perhaps the king of all beginner landscape photography tips, it’s an easy principle to apply – simply divide your frame into imaginary thirds on both the horizontal and vertical axis. Now simply place areas of interest at the points at which the lines intersect or – in the case of a horizon – along one of the lines. However, don’t be afraid to throw away the rule book and totally disregard the conventions of composition. While you might have some awful failures, you might also create an original and striking masterpiece. Be bold and experiment.
3 Get out there
There’s no substitute for putting in a bit of groundwork before embarking on a photographic adventure. Research and find the best photo locations, get a map, a compass and remember that you’ll probably have to get out of the car and walk to get the best shots.
To read about the rest of the tips go here: 10 quick landscape photography tips
Photography Painting

Photography Painting

Photography Painting

Photography Painting, Old Barn and Truck in Field Painting Photograph






Photography Painting is one of my favorite things to do with Photoshop.

It makes me feel like a real artist.

Not that I did not feel that way with my camera in hand but this gives me a chance to use my hands and use strokes like a paint brush.

This Photoshop technique is a bit of a process.

First, you have to start with a photograph that will lend itself to this technique.

Second, you need to know how to use layers in Photoshop.

Third, you will have to learn brushes and strokes in Photoshop.

Its not that hard really. The first time for me was a process but when I got the hang of it, it was a BLAST.

Experimenting is what it was all about.

Using different size brushes and strokes in relation to what was on the image was the challenge at first but as I began to navigate these tools I realized I could do so much fun creative stuff.

I could take my photography to the next level.

I call this technique Photography Painting for lack of a better word. I have been a photographer for 40+ years of my life and being 63 years old I have slowed down.

With this Photoshop style I can now go back and revisit many of my old images and create again.

If you would like to learn this technique, shoot me a email and I will send you a step by step process on how it works.

You can also view and order this image from here at Fine Art America.

How to Photograph the Moon

How to Photograph the Moon

How to photograph the moon: an easy way to shoot moon pictures full of detail.

How to photograph the moon: an easy way to shoot moon pictures full of detail

How to photograph the moon?

Taking pictures of the moon is one of the more popular subjects in night photography – but it’s also quite tricky to get right. In this tutorial we show you how to photograph the moon using a simple tried and tested technique that is certain to give you moon pictures you’ll be proud of.

The moon may be shining big and bright in the night sky, but as anyone who’s tried to shoot moon pictures knows it’s tricky to do justice to with a camera. Pictures of what looks like a huge full moon to the naked eye can often end up showing a tiny white blob dotted on a black background.

Luckily, it’s not complicated to learn how to photograph the moon. It’s very easy to set up your DSLR to take a clear, well-defined picture of the moon like this one, and we’re going to walk you through how to pick the best night photography settings and equipment that you’ll need to get started with learning how to photograph the moon.

Knowing how to photograph the moon starts with getting yourself a long zoom lens to ensure you get close enough to capture detail. We used a Sigma 50-500mm. If you don’t have one in your camera bag, they’re easily rented.

A tripod is also a must to avoid camera shake when taking moon pictures. Also check the weather forecast in advance, as to photograph the moon you’ll need a clear and cloudless sky.

To read the rest of the artical go here: How to photograph the moon: an easy way to shoot moon pictures full of detail