Photo Technique

Exploring Fort Worden Bunkers with the Fujifilm X100T

Rusty steel door latch, Artillery Hill, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

With its industry-unique X-Trans sensor promising super-sharp images, I though the old abandoned bunkers of Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend would make a great testing ground for my new Fujifilm X100T camera (get one here bundled with a free Audio Technica microphone).  Would it render the much touted sharpness and rich colors?   Not […]


10 Simple Steps to Sharper Photographs

10 Steps to Sharper Images

Looking for more sharpness in your photos?  Here are 10 Simple Steps to Sharper Photographs I recently published for the travel website Matador Network.


Home Turf Advantage

Dawn breaks over a field of blue irises, Skagit Valley, Washington

Where is the best place to focus your travel photographic energies, exotic locals or near your home? Carsten Krieger’s article Theme and Variations on Digital Photography Review got me thinking about that last week.  Carsten argues that “many of the iconic landscape images we admire are often made in the photographer’s backyard – places that […]


Map Addiction

maps of Ireland

After confessing my addiction to camera bags, I have yet one more thing to fess up to:  I’m also addicted to maps. I spent last May traveling through Ireland and bought … uh … 14 maps and guides in preparation for the trip.  I had a 109 page Ordnance Survey road atlas, a Rick Steves’ […]


Camera Bags Part 1: The Addiction

photographer and many camera bags

Hi … my name is Brad, and I am a camera bag addict. No less than 16 camera bags are loosely stacked in my closet, accumulated over the last 18 years.  And this is something my wife reminds me about whenever I contemplate yet another bag. So, exactly how many camera bags does a photographer […]


Camera Bags Part 2: Think Tank SpeedRacer for Travel and Everyday Shooting

Think Tank SpeedRacer with camera gear for travel photography

The Think Tank SpeedRacer is my favorite camera bag at the moment.  My basic SLR camera kit calls this bag home probably 90% of the time.  The SpeedRacer is my go-to camera bag for travel, hiking, short backpacking trips and shooting around town. What sold me on this bag is that it has both a […]


Camera Bags Part 3: Lowepro Photo Trekker AW for Nature Photography

Lowepro Photo Trekker AW full of camera gear for nature photography

The Lowepro Photo Trekker AW is my bag of choice for “serious” nature photography, when I want to be ready for anything with a lot of gear. I also have Lowepro’s largest back pack camera bag, the Super Trekker AW, but that bag is actually larger than I really need. The Photo Trekker AW is […]


Camera Bags Part 4: Lowepro TLZ1 Toploader for Long Backcountry Shooting

lowpro-tlz1-toploader

For long backpacking trips or more technically oriented outdoor adventure where weight is critical, I’ll use the Lowepro TLZ 1 Toploader supported by a Lowepro TLZ Chest Harness.  This system puts a Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS right on my chest ready for immediate access, even while still wearing a […]


Making of ’37 Chevy Coupe

MC219 - 1937 Chevrolet master deluxe coupe, Bodie State Historic Park

1937 Chevrolet master deluxe coupe abandoned in Bodie ghost town I usually limit my photo manipulation to simple curves and layers adjustments to fine-tune exposure, subtle contrast and saturation enhancements, and sensor dust cleanup.  Although I have also started experimenting with subtle HDR. However, I did take some liberties with this shot of a 1937 […]


5 Simple Tips for Improving Your Point-and-Shoot Photography

SH228 - Baby girl in backpack

Young child riding in backpack in the outdoors Are you new to digital photography?  Perhaps you’re getting your first digital camera for Christmas?  Just get one of those camera-enabled smart phones? I offer 5 basic tips for new point-and-shooters that could make substantial improvements in photographing your daily life. Tip #1.  Turn Flash Off by […]


8-Day Backcountry Photo Journey on the Bailey Range Traverse

Mountain Goat in Bailey Range, Olympic National Park

Us mountaineers laugh about the rigors of hauling “65 pounds of ultra-light-weight climbing gear” through the mountains.  Sure, each piece of equipment is optimized for performance and weight, but sometimes there sure is a lot of it!  Of course this laughing usually takes place as part of the post-trip storytelling, not while the load is […]