Journal

Photographing birds in Florida
March 31, 2024  |  West Palm Beach, FL

I just finished my workshop photographing birds in Florida. We were blessed with great weather and the birds were pretty cooperative in most places.

One of the main reasons I live in Vermont is that I love to get out and photograph a good snowfall...

How to photograph the 2024 total solar eclipse
February 2, 2024

There is nothing that excites me more than a total solar eclipse. I've photographed eclipses in the Oregon desert and up in the Chilean mountains. Most things are fairly easy to photograph, you can point and shoot and get something, although it might not be great...

When all the elements come together
January 25, 2024  |  Woodstock, VT

I’ve photographed these barns many times, during morning and evening light, in spring, summer and fall but on this winter day they stood out in the snowstorm. There is something about the stark white of the barns and the falling snow all around them...

Battling a squall
January 14, 2024  |  Quechee, VT

While out with my annual Vermont Winter workshop, we were blessed with a heavy snow squall. We knew it was coming, the weather alerts on our phones went nuts. I took the group over to a cool nearby barn as the snow was flying...

Chillin in a snow storm
January 7, 2024  |  West Windsor, VT

We had a pretty nice snowfall today so I went out on a mission to find a white horse to photograph in the snow. It is a shot I've been trying to get for several years, I have this vision that may be impossible to get but I thought today might be the day...

My favorite photos from 2023
January 1, 2024

2023 was a strange year and I'm looking forward to 2024. I crashed my bicycle while bouncing down a Vermont dirt road in June and broke my ankle. I'm still hobbling around and it highly affected my mobility and getting to places I wanted to photograph...

My new book featured in local newspaper
December 9, 2023  |  Woodstock, VT

The Vermont Standard ran a lovely story about me and my new book. It even started on the front page! Managing Editor Tess Hunter did a wonderful job interviewing me and writing. You can read it online at https://thevermontstandard...

It's a drone miracle
Nov. 18, 2023  |  Woodstock, VT

I have a lot of fun flying my drone, I love the unique angles and perspective that I can get for photos. In early October I was using it to make some photos of fall foliage in the little town of Peacham, VT, which is about 90 minutes north of where I live...

Colorful day in Florida
Nov. 6, 2023  |  Stuart, FL

There was plenty of color to see today around sunrise and sunset. I didn't get out of the house for sunrise so I shot it from the balcony of our place. We have a direct view to the east across the St...

Florida is for the birds
Nov. 5, 2023  |  Stuart, FL

I finally got away for a week to our place in Stuart, Florida. I needed some time away, to just rest a bit and get out and make some photos just for fun.

I timed my trip so I'd catch the end of daylight savings time, it is much easier shooting sunrise at 7:30 a...

My new book Vermont Barns & Covered Bridges is now available
Oct. 7, 2023

I've been working for several months to put together some of my favorite photos of Vermont's old barns and covered bridges. They have always been special to me, my little town of 300 in Indiana where I grew up had the only covered bridge for 150 miles...

A Namibia Adventure
Sept. 17, 2023  |  Nambia

I just got back from an exciting adventure in Namibia, Africa.

It is a special place and one that frequently gets overlooked in Africa. It is just north of South Africa and only got their independence from that country in 1990...

A different kind of Icelandic adventure
Aug. 19, 2023  |  Reykjavik, Iceland

Every trip to Iceland has special adventures and my August workshop was no exception. I was hobbling around on crutches after breaking my ankle in June when I crashed my bicycle in Vermont.

Introduction to Photoshop AI beta
July 21, 2023

If you haven't seen what Photoshop is doing with Generative Artificial Intelligence, you'll be shocked. I'm not easily impressed but this technology is a game changer. It could change the way I shoot pictures in the future and how I edit. It isn't quite ready for full release, which is why it is in beta stage now, but when it is ready it will make the believability of every photo come into question. That will be quite the discussion when it happens.

Travel insurance
July 12, 2023

I can't think of many things I hate paying money for than insurance. I'm nuts enough to think that I'll never need it but as I grow older and wiser I know there are times when it is good protection. And travel insurance is one of them. Travel insurance can protect against two major things: a cancelled trip and medical problems.

Loving the lupines in Vermont
June 12, 2023  |  Woodstock, VT

Flower photography is not my great passion but I've alway been attracted to lupines, those wonderful wildflowers that appear around Vermont in early June. Each year I look forward to seeing the lupines since I know that summer is close at hand.

The making of a tulip trilogy
May 21, 2023  |  Woodstock, VT

One of the sure signs of spring in Vermont is tulips popping up. They are beautiful to see and fun to photograph.

Doing the
May 17, 2023  |  Dallas, TX

Today Brian Horton and I spent the day finding some great locations for my workshop to photograph the total solar eclipse next April. Downtown Dallas is interesting, there are more tall buildings than people on the street.

Wrangling Longhorns in Fort Worth
May 16, 2023  |  Fort Worth, TX

I went to checkout the Fort Worth Stockyards this afternoon. It is a bit touristy but rather cool. Twice a day they walk some Longhorn steers about three blocks down the street.

Sunset at Rockwall
May 16, 2023  |  Rockwall, TX

I'm not a huge fan of sunset pictures, maybe it is because I now live in a narrow Vermont valley that runs north and south and I don't see the setting sun and it's colors very often.

Scouting Dallas and Dealey Plaza
May 15, 2023  |  Dallas, TX

I came to Dallas to scout locations for next year's total solar eclipse workshop. Even though the eclipse will be within 40 miles of my Vermont home, I'm coming to Dallas where there is a much more likely chance of having a clear sky.

A day of waterfalls
May 7, 2023

I had a nice weekend visit from New Jersey friends Brian Horton and Nancy Lewis. Brian was here to talk some business but it was a good excuse to go out and shoot some waterfalls.

Welcome to my new website
3/25/2023

I'm excited to finally launch a new website! It runs much faster than the old one and makes finding, selecting and purchasing photos and workshops much easier.

Tripod and head buying guide
What to think about when buying a tripod

I think a tripod is one of the most important pieces of equipment a photographer has. I shoot over 95% of my photos with my camera on a tripod. Yes, even street photography...

My Favorite Photos of 2022
12/31/2022

I don’t particularly like year-in-review stuff, especially on TV news where they are just filling time with cheap content. But I think it is a good exercise to go back and see what I shot and see what I can learn from it...

Who doesn't love a good snowstorm?
Dec. 22, 2022

Not much makes me happier than knowing a good snowstorm is coming. It is my favorite time to get out and make some photos. I love what happens during a snowstorm, most people stay inside, so they aren’t in my way. The world is quiet and peaceful, at least on Vermont’s backroads. And my creativity kicks into high gear.

So Long Neighbor
Dec. 7, 2022  |  Woodstock, VT

When we bought our house in Woodstock, one of the first people to greet us was neighbor Ducky Freeman.

Getting to know the people of Peru
Nov. 12, 2022

I just finished a wonderful 10 days in Peru. Lima is a cool city, it is modern and hectic but there is plenty of ancient history. Even though the city is surrounded by desert, it is cloudy most of the year and a light mist could fall at any time...

Machu Picchu and Pachamama
Nov. 8, 2022

I’ve always heard about Machu Picchu and how incredible it is and how amazing Incas built it high in the mountains by hand and how it was lost for hundreds of years. It is all of that and much more.

Visiting true Inca descendents
Nov. 6, 2022

Today we made a special trip, winding through a narrow mountain ride, climbing until we got to the village of Willoq. The community, it is thought, maintains a direct line of the last Incas and consequently is one of the last towns where you can see the living culture of Peruvian ancestries...

Guinea pig diplomacy
Nov. 5, 2022

Guinea pigs are a bit of a delicacy in Peru and they didn’t seem too appetizing to me. As we were driving in a small village, Fernando pulled our van over in front of a little restaurant that had guinea pigs roasting on skewers outside...