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Choosing the Best Lens for Landscape Photography

One of the most common questions I get is, “What’s the best lens for landscape photography?” From my perspective and experience, that may not be the right question to ask. It assumes that the “landscape” is a distinct thing that requires a certain focal length or perspective. I understand that assumption, and I respect the question and the photographer asking…

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Photo Journal: Fishkill Creek, Hudson River

Olympus E-M1, f/8@ 1/60 sec, ISO 400, 24mm, no filters It’s always exciting when I discover a new perspective or way to photograph a familiar location. Just when I think I’ve exhausted all possibilities, I’m reminded of the endless potential available when you allow your self to remain curious and nonjudgmental. Such is the case with this image, which can…

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Photo Journal: Snow and Trees, Hudson Valley

Olympus E-M1,  f/5.6 @1/100th sec, ISO 640, 80mm (35mm format), no filters We've had some significant snow fall in the Hudson Valley recently, and wth the forecast calling for more during the morning hours, it was an invitation I couldn't resist. Hiking in the snow is one of my favorite activities, and if it's snowing, its all the more special.…

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Less, But Better-Why I’ve Decided to Limit Students

In the absolutely fantastic book “Essentialism” by Greg Mckeown, the fundamental concept is the idea that if you focus on what matters, you’ll lead a more meaningful and happier life. He uses the phrase, “less, but better,” which I absolutely love. In fact it’s an idea that I’ve tried to adopt in my life for quite a while, though I…

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Photo Journal: Fall Light, Maine

Olympus E-M1, 96mm, f/11 @1/250, ISO 200, no filters In my previous article, Photographing the Familiar with Fresh Eyes, I provided some suggestions for photographing familar landscapes that have work for me as I return to favorite locations over and over again. I thought I would share some of what that looks like in practice on a recent outing to Eagle…

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