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Travel Photo Thursday: “Reader Photos”

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Many U.S. newspapers publish trip photos submitted by readers after they’ve returned from vacation. In fact, my career as travel writer was launched when a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about glacier touring in Southeast Alaska was published a few months after this photos of two dogs eye-balling tourists in Ketchikan ran in the […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Is Black & White “The New Color”?

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Orange Is The New Black is a popular TV series. But except for the phrasing of its name and the title of this story, the show has nothing to do with photography. When photographers used film cameras they had to make an important decision before going on a “shoot”: Load the camera with color or […]

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Images of “Mystery Women”

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The subject of a straightforward, “realistic” painting will temporarily hold the viewer’s attention. But the viewer won’t be able to stop staring at one whose subject is enveloped in an air of mystery. The woman in Leonardo da Vinci ‘s painting,”The Mona Lisa,” is just such a subject. Who is she, and is she actually […]

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Riding Into Inner Mongolia

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“Travel Photo Thursday” usually feature my own photographic images. But occasionally I encounter the work of others that is so profoundly good that I feel compelled to share it with you, particularly if it documents an aspect of a place I’ve never visited myself. Inner Mongolia is such a place.

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Shooting” Europe

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In you are headed to Hungary, be aware that in mid-March that country imposed a law requiring photographers (presumably that includes tourists) from taking anyone’s photo, even in public, without permission. You shouldn’t face that problem elsewhere in Europe, but that doesn’t mean you can or should poke your lens in someone else’s face or […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Overly Complicated Cameras

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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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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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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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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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Travel Photo Thursday: Perspectives

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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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Travel Photo Thursday: Storytelling With Photos

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Around 30,000 years ago, the “French” developed a way of telling a story visually. But over thousands of years, we became less skilled at combining multiple images into a story. Then in this century, we came up with imaginative ways to create and share visual stories.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Lassen, A Hidden Gem of a Park

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While growing up in Seattle, I made my first visit to a national park: Mount Rainier. In winter, we’d go sledding by the Paradise Inn. During one summer after college was out for the year, I climbed part way up the mountain from Paradise with a fraternity brother and we skied back down to the […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: 150 Years of Yosemite

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With the stroke of a pen, President Abraham Lincoln singed the “Yosemite Grant Act” on June 30, 1864, protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove. Twenty-six years later, on October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park was born. And seventy-eight years after that, I’d make the first of many visits to Yosemite. A good way to […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Yellow-Bellied Varmints

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“Go ahead, make my day. “See what happens if you bite that radiator hose. “Just try gnawing on my car’s wiring. “Go ahead, make my day, you yellow-bellied varmint!” Those lines could have been spoken by Clint Eastwood if he had starred in a movie filmed in a Western U.S national park, playing a character […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Panoramas

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According to Wikipedia, “Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio.” One of the most dramatic “panos” […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Spring Snow in the Sierra

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May. Snow in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range should be melting, not falling. But as I discovered last week when I walked from my room to my car the morning after arriving at Sequoia National Park, Mother Nature can be very fickle when deciding if winter should end once and for all and spring begin. […]

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