I was feeling rather melancholic as I took this photo–which I think comes through in the frame.

I’ll be visiting Colorado soon, it is one of my favorite places to take photos, and where I got started with some of my first HDR shots! Expect to see some montagnias here in the near future!

Plus five points to the person who can identify where this was taken (it is in Illinois, I’m looking for a specific location).

As Young as Springtime

As Young as Springtime

There is a beautiful wooded area not far from where I live. For a few weeks in the spring the undergrowth is dominated by beautiful blue flowers. I try to go for a walk through this sea of azure when they are blooming every year.

This year I took the ‘ole camera with me. I find it challenging to photograph the woods, and this shot might not have enough of a focal point.

It leaves the door open for improvement!

I do like how the tree trunks to the left and right of the image frame the shot, and the sun.


Don’t forget, if you want to learn to take HDR photos like this, I have a free HDR tutorial.


St. Patrick’s in Decatur

St. Patrick's in DecaturSt. Patrick’s in Decatur

Finding Subjects to Photograph

One challenge I face as a photographer is finding interesting subject matter.

If you go to Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, or other “tourist” type destinations, there are by definition, lots of interesting things to see and photograph around every turn.

Some photographers have a genuine talent for turning the ordinary into a work of art. I’m continually amazed by the photographs that some street photographers can create.

So that’s something I strive for, at the same time I try to look for those “hidden gems”. I think that this Church in Decatur, Illinois, the “Soy Capital” is an example of a beautiful building amidst the industrial-agricultural machine of Decatur.

In the processing of this shot, I’m also experimenting with a lomophotography-esque look.

Psst!: If you haven’t already checked it out, give my HDR Tutorial a thumbs up on YouTube.