Out of Her Element: A Landscape Photographer Goes to Sea

“Let’s go to Europe this Summer! We’ll travel England and Germany, then head to Spain and spend a week on a yacht, cruising the Mediterranean!” Alas, my husband Gary’s enthusiasm was not received and returned by me with equal measure. Under any other circumstances, I have would jumped at the opportunity to go. We have […]

Fundamentals for the Landscape Photographer

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 […]

Japan: Part Four — Eagles

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 […]

Japan: Part Three — Japanese Cranes

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 […]

Japan: Part Two — Whooper Swans

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]