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Travel Photo Thursday: The “RAW” Truth

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Ever since I bought my first digital point-and-shoot camera several years ago, professional photographers have been urging me to record my digital images in “RAW” rather than JPEG format. Their argument was that RAW photo files contained more “information” and, therefore, would produce much better final images. Better photos sounds, well, better than no-as-good-as photos. […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: The “Colorless” City of Light

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Fifty Shades of Grey might be a great title for a book or a movie, but in photography, unless one is shooting in color, it’s best if everything is shown in shades of black and white, not grey (or gray). And while the French Impressionists painted Paris in color, the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, is […]

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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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