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Clicking With Intent

January 25, 2024 - While there are many benefits associated with digital photography, the fact that the number of shots we can take is esse...
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Self-Doubt

January 11, 2024 - Self-doubt: the photographer's companion. I don't know anyone who, if they're being honest, doesn't struggle with it fr...
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Light It Up

November 30, 2023 - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. (Tip of the hat to Meredith Willson: legendary composer...
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Looking Versus Seeing

November 02, 2023 - It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau Fortunately, you don't need exotic loc...
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Go Where You Wanna Go

June 15, 2023 - If you're familiar with pop music of the mid- to late-1960s, you might recognize that as the title of a song written and...
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Validation

May 18, 2023 - During his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh was an unsuccessful painter. He sold very little of his work; his style was consid...
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Capture What You Feel

May 11, 2023 - The other day DeWitt Jones, a world-class photographer whom I have admired for years, posted one of his images along wit...
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I've Got the Music in Me

May 04, 2023 - I heard that song the other day for the first time in a long time. Don't know it? The Kiki Dee Band: you can find it onl...
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Getting Better All the Time

April 20, 2023 - As your skill as a photographer improves, you'll probably look at your earlier images and realize some of them haven't h...
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Being There

April 13, 2023 - To the non-photographer, landscape and/or nature photography might seem somewhat confounding. Photographers keep weird...
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Just Fooling

March 30, 2023 - Spring is here; the landscape is waking up from its winter slumber. Flowering trees and shrubs put on a show that, for m...
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Go Local

March 23, 2023 - There is beauty everywhere in nature. It doesn't matter where you live. Admittedly, some places tug at the heart a litt...
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Buying Happiness

March 16, 2023 - Money cannot buy happiness, so the saying goes. But it can put a national park pass in your wallet. Next best thing. Th...
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To Everything There is a Season

March 02, 2023 - And so it's March. Just like that. It's been a long winter here in the Tetons: lots of snow and quite cold. Still it se...
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Bad Behavior

February 16, 2023 - There was a time when common courtesy really was common, and people paid attention to etiquette. That ship has sailed -...
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The Little Things

February 02, 2023 - The devil is in the details. This is certainly true when it comes to photography. There are many details that can impac...
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Can't Get There From Here

January 19, 2023 - In Teton Country, you can count on the fact that winter driving will be challenging: it's just a question of how bad the...
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Mistakes

January 12, 2023 - "And bad mistakes, I've made a few..." So sings Freddie Mercury in We Are the Champions. Mistakes? All photographers m...
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Get the Reps

December 15, 2022 - While I've been interested in photographs and cameras since childhood, I didn't set out to pursue photography as a vocat...
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Too Easy?

December 01, 2022 - A few years ago I went to see a photography exhibit featuring the work of Alfred Stieglitz at the Art Institute of Chica...
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Shades of Gray

November 17, 2022 - Though I work primarily in color, I prefer black and white for various situations and scenes. Sometimes I know I'm going...
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It's About Time

November 10, 2022 - I was happy to say hello to standard time over the weekend. All is not right with my morning when the clock strikes eigh...
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No Apology Necessary

October 26, 2022 - The nature photography community can be very opinionated, which is fine - but some of the things people have to say come...
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A Little Goes a Long Way

September 28, 2022 - My father was an accomplished civil engineer and site planner whose body of work includes high-profile projects like the...
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The Idea List

September 21, 2022 - It's impossible for a location to become "worn out." Just the opposite: the more time you spend in a place, the more pos...
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Less Can Be More

September 14, 2022 - When I take newcomers to New Hampshire's White Mountains to view and photograph the autumnal foliage extravaganza, the i...
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Que Sera, Sera

September 08, 2022 - A late-season heat wave has been baking Eastern Idaho for the past few weeks: much of the Snake River Plain has seen hig...
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Waiting in the Wings

August 31, 2022 - I don't know about you but I'm certainly not thinking a lot about autumn in mid- to late-August, or even the first few d...
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Prepared for Luck

August 10, 2022 - Does luck play a part in nature photography? Sure - but not as much as you might think. It isn't happenstance that makes...
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No Restrictions

August 03, 2022 - I wonder if you can figure out what the images posted below have in common (aside from the fact that I was the photograp...
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The North Face

July 27, 2022 - Everyone knows Grand Teton is - well, grand. The tallest mountain in the Teton Range, it demands attention. There's no d...
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Blink and You Might Miss It

June 29, 2022 - You may be under the impression there are four seasons. Au contraire. There are so many more! Mud Season. Green Season...
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Before You Go

June 22, 2022 - More than one of my friends who've come to Teton Country from back East to make photographs has experienced a few surpri...
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Toss the Plan

April 13, 2022 - Planning and photography go hand-in-hand. The odds for a productive outing are improved if you've got a plan. All sorts...
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Get Lost

April 06, 2022 - A great way to get to know a new area is to explore side roads. Back roads. Off-the-beaten-path roads. Get lost. Maybe...
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Hiding in Plain Sight

March 23, 2022 - Photographs are everywhere. Whether or not we can recognize the nearly limitless potential is another matter. One of th...
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Familiarity

February 10, 2022 - Cats have an uncanny ability to notice - almost immediately - when there's something new in a familiar space. Nothing is...
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The Essentials

January 20, 2022 - There’s always some shiny object to tempt photographers. The latest accessory. The state-of-the-art body, just released.
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The Road Less Traveled

January 13, 2022 - If you've visited any national parks within the last year or so, you know how crowded many of them have become. More and...
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Lessons Learned

November 18, 2021 - Anyone who owns an SLR camera knows there's a lot to learn if the goal is to produce something more than snapshots. Beyo...
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Don't Leave Home Without It

November 11, 2021 - There are a few tools in my camera bag that are indispensable. Among them are a charger, spare batteries, flashlight, an...
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The Time of Your Life

August 11, 2021 - Photography is all about light (literally translated, photography means "drawing with light") but it's just as much abou...
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Redefining Success

July 07, 2021 - Nobody wants to come back from a photo shoot empty-handed, but it happens. Nature photographers can't control the condi...
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In Black and White

July 01, 2021 - Imagine the mountains of New England in early October at the height of foliage season. It's a cacophony of spectacular c...
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Be The Best

June 02, 2021 - Photographers are their own best curators. They're also their own worst. As the creator of the images, you know what yo...
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There's No Place Like Home

May 19, 2021 - As the crow flies, I live 60 miles from Grand Teton National Park. The Teton Valley is even closer. This proximity isn'...
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Jump Out of the Box

April 14, 2021 - Back in the pre-digital days I used Kodak E-6 Professional Ektachrome transparency film. The photograph above (impressio...
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Seeing Differently

April 07, 2021 - Whether it's a phone, professional-grade photographic gear or anything in between, all cameras have something fundamenta...
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You Can't Always Get What You Want

January 28, 2021 - The Oregon coast is beautiful but often mercurial. If you're going there to photograph the magnificent sea stacks, timi...
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Who Makes the Photograph?

January 21, 2021 - I’ve got good news for everyone whose bag doesn’t contain the latest flagship pro body and hottest new accessories. Your...
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A Different Experience

January 06, 2021 - More than one monthly attendance record was shattered in Grand Teton National Park during 2020. September's year-over-ye...
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Feeling Crowded?

December 10, 2020 - Last week's Christmas Project post prompted a few questions about navigating around crowds. In short, how can you make t...
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Familiar Ground

November 19, 2020 - Can a location become "worn out" with nothing left to photograph? I don't think so. To be sure, shooting somewhere new...
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A Mere Photograph

August 19, 2020 - Sometimes intended praise falls a little bit flat. Case in point: in a recent letter to the editor of a magazine to whi...
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This Wonderful World

August 05, 2020 - Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, What a Wonderful World was recorded by the great Louis Armstrong and first...
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You're the Artist

July 22, 2020 - Way back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to teach yourself how to become a photographer you probably did so with...
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Bloom Where You're Planted

July 01, 2020 - Don't live in close proximity to a national park or other iconic natural location? Don't have the budget - or time - to...
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Finding Inspiration Locally

June 17, 2020 - As the crow flies, Grand Teton National Park is only 65 miles from my home. Unlike Mr. Crow, however, I have to drive fr...
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Trying Times

March 19, 2020 - The speed with which the world has been turned upside down over COVID-19 has been astonishing. It's not the first pande...
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The Thrill of Victory...

March 05, 2020 - ....and the Agony of Defeat. If you're of a certain age, enjoy sports and grew up in the United States, you probably wa...
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Enjoy the Experience

January 16, 2020 - Walking away from a shoot empty-handed can be discouraging. Especially when you've invested significant travel time and/...
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