LAKE TAHOE DAY 2…

•June 20, 2016 • 4 Comments

Day two saw us hiking the Cascade Falls Trail, which is just south of Emerald Bay.  It was a beautiful hike, but I must question the “easy” designation.  Though the hike had only minimal elevation gain,  it was consistently uphill and then back downhill.  It was also extremely rocky and much of the trail was on the side of the mountain.  This is a popular trail and I can see why.  It provides amazing vistas and a close-up of the waterfall.  This view is from the early part of the trail and overlooks Cascade Lake.

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And, I thought I would include the previous images to give you an idea of the totally of the Lake Tahoe experience.

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TAHOE SETTING SUN

THIS WAS DAY 3 IN LAKE TAHOE…

•June 16, 2016 • 4 Comments

Or, was it day 2?  All good days just seem to meld into one great time!  This would be an image taken from the east banks of Lake Tahoe, looking toward the northwest.  It always amazes me how deep blue this lake is.  And then, how the color can change as you approach the shore.  Beautiful…

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This previous image is from South Lake Tahoe, looking west.

TAHOE SETTING SUN

WE BEGIN WITH THE END

•June 13, 2016 • 2 Comments

What’s that they say?  A great time was had by all!!  Yes, that’s it.

But, just as all good things must come to an end – so it was with our stay at Lake Tahoe.  The weather on this final full day was incredibly corporative.  Clouds as the dawn of a new day was upon us, mountain snow in the late morning hours, breaking sun in the early afternoon, more clouds later in the afternoon, then came the light rain, then the hail, and then finally…this:

TAHOE SETTING SUN

There was a mash-up of my images from this trip, so we begin with the end.  But, there will be more to come.

 

DON’T FORGET THE FILTER

•June 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Not long after I began my photography journey I attended a workshop where I was introduced to camera filters.  Up to this point (which was only a few months) I had only used a UV filter.  And I only used it because the guy at the camera store told me to put this on my lens and never take it off.  It was his idea of lens protection – and it does make sense.  I would certainly rather replace a scratched UV filter than a scratched Canon lens.  Truth is, he could have sold me a few other filters that I have since purchased if he would have taken a moment to educate me on the advantage of filters.  Now, I carry a number of filters which allow me to create so many shots I could never capture without them.

But to me, the most important filter I carry is the polarizing filter.  This filter is like magic!  It can turn a pale blue sky into a masterpiece.  Oh sure, you can achieve a similar effect in your editing process.  But I have learned that it is far better to draw as much out of the raw camera image as possible.  The less I use Photoshop – the better for me!

Here is a primary example of what a polarizing filter can do for a normal shot.

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PERHAPS…

•June 6, 2016 • 2 Comments

Perhaps you can guess where we are headed this week…

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SOMETIMES PHOTOGRAPHY ISN’T PHOTOGRAPHY

•June 2, 2016 • 2 Comments

This is an image that came to me in desperate need of restoration.  The image was faded, wrinkled, and spotted with age.  Even in that condition, the family wanted to know if it could be restored.  Having never done that, I dove in and gave it my best shot.  After some painstaking effort, the family was very happy with the results.

Named after that great World War I General, John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, this young Jack Pershing also served in the armed forces.  Three years in the South Pacific Islands during the peak of the war with Japan – with no leave.  Air raids and bombings common to those areas.  You see the USA was fighting to protect our dear freedoms, and that meant true sacrifice.  Three years without seeing the young wife he left behind in the states.  Two full years without any contact with civilization.  Two years where his only human contact was with the enemy and the men of his unit.  Medals for service – sure.  Commendations for bravery – yes.  Proud to serve his country – absolutely!  This is a true hero!

Let me introduce you to Jack Pershing Thomas.  My father…

JACK PERSHING THOMAS

UNEXPECTED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

•June 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

There are many different people in need of a portrait photographer.  And sometimes, they aren’t necessarily looking for their best side.  But, your approach will be the same…well, except on this shoot I wasn’t looking for the perfect smile!

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