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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking Inventory

This Spring, I made my first trip to the Southwest United States, where I spent a week exploring and photographing in and around some of the most famous  landscapes in the country. Having been more accustomed to the landscapes of California, where the trees were the key visual elements, and where moving water is displayed in cool tones, this landscape was the opposite — […]

Voted The Best of 2014 by my Readers

All of the votes are in! Here are the final images that my readers selected from my best images of 2014. Interesting that some of my favorites didn’t make the cut, and some that did were just as surprising to me. Thanks so much for participating! I’m looking forward to another year of photography in 2015! […]

2014: A Year of Photography

Happy New Year! For the third year in a row, I’ve compiled a collection of my favorite images taken over the course of the previous 12 months. I have found this annual review to be a useful exercise — an opportunity to look back at where I’ve been, observe emerging patterns in my work, and gauge my artistic […]

Tips for Photographing Trees and Forests

As a nature and landscape photographer, trees are often the central focus of my images or at least play a significant role in the composition. They contain many of the components that make up a good photo — line, texture, shape, light, color.  They are powerful symbols and illicit strong emotions in us. They change from season […]