It was a great day for some spring skiing at nearby resort, Bogus Basin.  Mostly sunny with spring type snow.  I had my Canon 40D DSLR with me today, but took this particular image with my iPhone using the new panorama feature.  It does an amazing job.  From the far left edge to the far right edge was about 100 degrees of azimuth.

This image was captured on the cat track heading south from the top of the Superior chairlift near the top of Shafer Butte.  You can see Dear Point with the TV transmitter antennas in the distance.



On probably the last nice day of the season for a sunny and warm photo shoot, I had the great pleasure of capturing some amazing images of Kenzie.  There were a couple of new locations to try out and Kenzie and her dog, Koda were my willing subjects of the day.

Here they are next to a pond near Eagle, Idaho.

I forgot to mention what a nice and natural smile she has.

After an outfit change we moved to a second spot that I’ve wanted to shoot at for quite a while.  It was an awesome day for light and the location was magic from a photographer’s point of view.  I’ll be back.

I’m not sure how many times I said, “One more shot” to Kenzie, but I think she quit believing me after about my 10th time.  The following was nearly my last shot showing a totally different mood.  It is one of my favorites.

Thanks for a fun photo shoot, Kenzie.  Hope you enjoy your images.


While visiting my parents today my dad showed me what he had been up to.  Talk about a lot of work chopping all of this wood, but it will be nice when the cold of Winter hits.  This photo tells a story with the fact that a lot of work was performed and it was performed by hand.

I hope that when I am my dad’s age that I am able to work as hard as he does.

Here is a photograph of some Aspen trees after an autumn rain taken just north of Ketchum, Idaho. The rain really brings out the vibrancy of the colors.

It used too be that I would leave the camera at home on a rainy day, but a little rain can help to make a great looking image.

Keep on shootiing… even if it looks like rain! 🙂

Vivid Fall ColorsI love taking pictures in the fall season.  You can usually count on getting some very nice colors off of the changing foliage of trees and bushes.  The same day that I photographed the fall picture of the foot bridge (see March 27, 2008 post), we were driving toward Galena summit north of Sun Valley, Idaho and saw these nice colors.  It was also a rainy day which helped to bring out some of the richness of the leaves.

Someday, I would like to travel to the east coast of the country in the fall to see the thousands of square miles of trees all showing off their autumn colors.  It would be a photographer’s dream.

Winter BridgeWe were able to stop by “the foot bridge” to take the winter version of the image that was shown in my last post. I tried to remember just where I was standing and where I had the center of the photo. It was close, but may have to try again next year. 🙂

It’s amazing to see the difference between the 2 shots with no leaves on the trees and the wood planks covered in snow.

Find the location for your 4 season shots and remember the details. Things such as time of day, focal length of the lens, aperture, focus point and where you were standing will help with constancy.





The Foot BridgeIdaho is a great place to live. One of the best parts about living here is that the seasons are all very well defined.

Sun Valley, in the south central part of Idaho is a favorite spot of ours in the winter season due to the great cross country ski trials in the area. As I write this, my wife and I are in Sun Valley enjoying the snow and our time together.

So, what does Sun Valley and snow have to do with this photo? Well, on a prior trip up here this last fall we took a little hike on a rainy day, venturing across a foot bridge that we normally ski across. The trees were just beginning to change colors and the dampness of the day enhanced their richness.

Just because it is raining, or snowing, or whatever “non-sunny” thing might be happening, take some photos anyway. If the location is someplace you frequently visit, take a photograph of the same subject from the same angle during each season of the year.  It could make a great 4 photo collection.

I’ll see about taking a photo of the same bridge with snow on it tomorrow.  That will be 2 of the 4 seasons complete for this subject.  🙂

Pelindaba PondAs in the prior post, we are at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island. Instead of photographing the nice lavender plants, I decided to photograph this rowboat next to their pond.

The water was like glass and it gave us a sense of calmness. Maybe it was still the scent of the lavender helping with that.

The time of day we were there is great for photography. It is what is referred to as the “Golden Hour” in which the light is softer and warmer than at other times of the day. This golden (or magic) hour is the first and last sunlight of the day.

Pick a familiar place and take a series of the same photo at various times of day. Be sure to get several during the golden hour. You will be amazed at the difference a few hours will make to the look of your photograph.