I’ve been taking photos for more than a half-century.

When I was in high school, my grandmother gave me my first 35-mm camera, an “Auto S” rangefinder model made by the Japanese firm, Konica. I would later use it to shoot images for a photography class while pursuing a degree at the University of Washington.

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As I recall, the Konica did not have interchangeable lenses, nor could you zoom in or out with the one built into the camera.

You could shoot in fully automatic mode, or manually adjust the aperture (lens opening) and (I think) the shutter speed.

It was more or less a “point-and-shoot” camera. Easy enough to use, but limited in what you could so with it.

But that would all change six years later when I purchased my first “SLR” (single lens reflex) camera.

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Making It to Mars

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After reading Robert Heinlein’s 1949 sci-fi novel, Red Planet, more than a half-century ago, I was convinced that someday I would be living on Planet Mars, not Planet Earth. After seeing the 1956 film, Forbidden Planet, in the theaters, I had no doubt that since interstellar travel was technologically feasible (at least in Hollywood) flying […]

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Head to the Canadian Rockies!

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A travel writer colleague of mine plans to be in the Canadian Rockies in October. My advice to her: Take a Saint Bernard dog with a little barrel of brandy around its neck. When is the best time to head to the mountains of Canada’s province? From right now and through September the weather will […]

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Tales Told From The Road Weekly Travel News Update

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(This edition of the Tales Told From The Road Weekly newspaper features a wide-range of travel-related stories.) Get more travel news! Subscribe to our e-mail updates! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan Republish This Article

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A Trio of Road Trip Apps

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It’s mid-summer and many Americans are just starting to load up the family car and hit the road. But what’s the best way to find places to stay, eat, and have fun at, and put them altogether in a road trip plan? Well, you could buy printed guidebooks, consult online sources of information, and type […]

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A Monument to “Selfies”

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A “selfie” is a photo one takes of one’s self. Back in the days of film cameras, we put a camera on a tripod or balanced it on a level surface, and then rushed to strike a pose before camera’s built-in timer had counted down 10 seconds, engaged the shutter, and captured our self-portrait. Today, […]

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World Cup, Your “Football” Isn’t My “Football”

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Unless you were vacationing on the far side of the moon last weekend and were disconnected from the Internet, you know that Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the quadrennial World Cup of soccer. But if you were just “up in the air,” flying around Planet Earth on a commercial jetliner, you may have been […]

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Making Your Way to Barcelona

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Five years ago I knew I was going to spend all of September in Europe. But all I had booked were round-trip flights from San Francisco to London. I hadn’t made a decision about which places to visit. So many interesting choices, so little time. I came up with several possible itineraries, and one would […]

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How to Make Photo Collages

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For quite some time I’ve noticed that many Facebook users don’t just post single photos, but rather a combination of a few to several shots made into a collage. It fact, so many photo collages are posted to Facebook, that one would think a collage-maker is built into that social media site. But as far […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: The Problem with People in Photos

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In  “Travel Photo Thursday: ‘People-ing’ Your Trip Photos” I stressed the importance of having people appear in the photos that you take when traveling. And in “Travel Photo Thursday: ‘Scaling’ Your Shots with People” I showed you how having people appear in a photo can help the viewer visualize the size of hills, trees, and […]

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Traveling In Columbus’ Wake

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“In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” When I was growing up back in the last century, every American school kid learned the opening lines of that ditty about Christopher Columbus’ voyage of discovery. And the rest, as they say, is history. Columbus made three trips to the “New World” in the 1490’s […]

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Finding Art and Architecture in the Napa Valley

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California’s Napa Valley is renowned for the wine it produces from over 45,000 acres of vineyards and 400-odd wineries. But when visiting Napa, don’t just enjoy the fine wine. Take time to check out intriguing art and architecture at these locations. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan Republish This Article

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Breaking News: Will TSA Take Away Your Electronic Device?

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In the past, airline passengers were sometimes asked to not only take their laptops out of a bag when passing through airport security, but to turn them on to demonstrate that they were indeed working computers and not explosive devices. This hasn’t been a problem for me recently since I now travel with an iPad […]

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Remembering America’s Birth: A Capitol Fourth

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Hot dogs. and beer. It could be any summer day. But today is the Fourth of July, when we not only wash down those quintessential America wieners with copious quantities of the hop-laced brew, but celebrate the birth of the U.S.A. Here’s PBS television’s visual remembrance of the country’s roots. Enjoy your Fourth, readers. Tales […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Topping Out

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Moro Rock is one of the most prominent natural features in Sequoia National Park. It’s a bit like Yosemite’s Half Dome: Everyone wants to climb it. You don’t need technical mountaineer skills to climb Half Dome, just a permit and the willingness to risk your life hanging in a long line with a multitude of […]

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Great Summer “Reads”

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Summer. It’s a great time to kick back and read all of those books that have been sitting, untouched, in big piles around your house or apartment. Although summer arrived over a week ago, like all procrastinating writers, I’m just getting around to publishing this year’s list of suggested summer “reads,” compiled with the help […]

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A Snowy Spring Surprise

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Mother Nature is fickle. One week she blows hot. The next week, she blows not just cold, but cold and snowy. That’s what happened in late April and May at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the California’s “Range of Light,” the Sierra Nevada mountains. As luck would have it, my visit to the […]

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Making Trip Photos into Movies

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You return from vacation determined this time to come up with a way to turn the photos you took into a visually compelling story of your journey. Last Friday, I explained how Google+, the free Storehouse app for iPad, and the Website Exposure.co can do that job for you. But all of them do so […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Perspectives

Travel Photo Thursday
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Merriam-Webster offers the following definitions of “perspective”: The technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance. A […]

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“Droning” Over National Parks

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Since I shoot video when I travel and have produced a few TV travel “shorts,” I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using a miniature helicopter, such as the Phantom 2 Vision Drone, to make my own version of  travelogues like “Over Hawaii.” But there’s one set of places where I won’t be able to […]

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Big Spiders, Big Trees, and Mr. Muir’s Big Rock

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Spiders. Not just one or two. Hundreds, maybe thousands. Huge, hairy, scary ones. Crossing the road, headed toward us. Runnnnnnnnn! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan Republish This Article

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How to Tell a Travel Story Visually with Photos

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Storytelling, whether done orally such as in the passing of traditional folklore from one generation to another, through pictures scratched on cave walls, or the printed word, has gone on for thousands of years. Things started to get complicated once everyone could afford a box camera, and yet more complicated when 8mm movie and 35mm […]

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