• More Than Pushing A Button
  • Fundamentals for the Landscape Photographer

    Haystack Solitude

    I was recently asked to judge an international landscape photography competition, USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, and they asked me to write a piece that would provide some tips and inspire participants as they prepare to enter the competition. If you are a photographer, I hope you will consider entering the competition. If you are not a […]

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  • Japan: Part Four — Eagles

    Sea-Eagle-Portrait

    Every winter some very special guests from Russia visit the island of Hokkaido, Japan — magnificent sea eagles. These gigantic birds migrate south from Siberia to spend their winters in a relatively warmer climate along the shores of the northeastern region of the island. While the Sea of Okhotsk becomes packed with sea ice, the Sea […]

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  • Japan: Part Three — Japanese Cranes

    Song

    Symbolizing luck, longevity, and fidelity, the Red-Crowned Crane, commonly called the Japanese Crane, is beloved in Japan, and other Asian nations. Immortalized in Japanese culture as tanchōzuru (red mountain), it is a prominent theme in logos, paintings, sculptures, and poems. The Japanese have drawn metaphors from its habits and mimicked its dances. They have festivals honoring it and fold thousands […]

  • Animals and Birds
  • Japan: Part Two — Whooper Swans

    "Angel's Wings" — A Whooper Swan (pronounced "hooper swan") stretches its wings as it rests along the misty shore of Lake Kussharo on the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

    After several days of  photographing and observing the fascinating Snow Monkeys on Japan’s mainland, which I wrote about in the first part of this blog series, our small band of photographers flew from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido, where we expected to see a variety of wildlife, including Whooper Swans, Japanese Cranes, foxes, deer and sea […]

  • Animals and Birds
  • Japan: Part One — Snow Monkeys

    I can’t tell you exactly what I was thinking at the time when I decided to sign up to go on a wildlife tour of Japan. My brother, Tom Hamilton, also a nature photographer, suggested that we go, and although I’ve never really considered myself to be a “wildlife” photographer, the chance to photograph what was left of Japan’s wilderness appealed to […]

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  • Photography and Social Media…

    My friend Charlotte Gibb has honored me with an invitation to write a post about photography for her blog. Although I have been involved in the photographic arts since childhood, having personally known and studied under a couple of the great photographic artists, I simply remain an amateur who pursues photography as a form of […]

  • More Than Pushing A Button
  • Yosemite in Winter

    Like many others, my love affair with Yosemite has been lifelong. As such, I’ve spent quite a lot of time there, observing the changes of the seasons, revisiting my favorite sites to see how the current conditions have changed the landscape. Of course, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan are inspiring landmarks that instantly identify any […]

  • Animals and Birds
  • Grace

    My followers often ask me about why my photographs have a certain distinctive quality to them. It is a hard question to answer. My first thought is to say, they look the way they do simply because that is how I see, which is true, but only to a certain extent. Let me explain. Each […]

  • Annual Review
  • Best of 2015: A Year of Photography

    Happy New Year! It’s time again to look back, take stock, learn from mistakes, and look forward. I am so incredibly blessed that I have been able to make space in my life to seriously pursue photography again. Reflecting on 2015, I’ve made some progress in my craft, and going forward I am looking to take […]

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  • Mono Lake all dressed up in Pink!

      Mono Lake is famous for its dramatic sunrises, sunsets and weird tufa formations that rise spookily from the lake bottom. It is an enormous lake, covering more than 43,000 acres, and is highly saline and alkaline since it has no outlet, allowing minerals and salts to accumulate. Resting at the foot of the Eastern […]