Spring in Death Valley

Wildflowers in Death Valley

It has been a long time since we last drove to Death Valley National Park. The long drive and the huge park require a great investment in time, money and effort to visit. I took the chance the easter weekend gave me for another drive down. For the first time I got to practice Zen Photography. By slowing down and looking at every moment with fresh eyes, I was was able to completely unwind and relax while creating some nice images.

This photograph of wildflowers along the highway would normally have escaped me and considering that I was the only person who stopped at this place on a one of the busiest weekends of the year, I think it escaped most others too.

I didn't think much of it at the time, but this photograph turned out to be one of my favorite images of the entire trip. I love how the cloudscape mirrors the landscape and how the yellow and the blue complement each other.

 

Unified Color HDR PhotoStudio Review

Aztec Butte HDR Photograph processed with HDR PhotoStudio

The successor to HDR Photostudio has arrived. Read my reviews of HDR Expose to find out what has changed and learn more about the new software.

In the fascinating world of technology, nothing is ever static. Once more, a company from the San Francisco Bay area set out to change the world forever.

Unified Color have just released new software, HDR PhotoStudio, which promises to satisfy color fanatics and bring HDR to the masses. Unified Color invited me to review the software and write an honest review.

As always, I will update this page as new updates become available and I will try to answer your questions if I can.

Zen photographer - Part 1

Read about a secret I discovered.

Enjoy the momentWhen I listened to an audio book on mindfulness, I discovered new secrets to better photography. The person reading the book talked about what mindfulness means and suddenly it occurred to me how we all can benefit from this to create more beautiful photographs and to open our eyes and mind to really see things and capture them.

As a technical person, I had a very pragmatic approach to photography and while my photographs were technically correct, I found that photography is much more than capturing light with a digital camera.

A photographer must achieve a state of mind that allows him to see the world like nobody else does, cutting right through the clutter in our minds and our environment.

Anza Borrego Desert Wildflowers 2009

Anza Borrego Wildflowers

I just returned from a 3 day trip to Anza Borrego. From my home in Northern California this means driving for two days to photograph for one day.

I drove down there since it has been quite some time since my last visit and since I never visited during the wildflower season. I was shocked by the amount of people at the visitor center. The campground parking for the Palm Canyon hike was full, so I decided to explore in other places.

Glorieta Canyon was nice, but even in this remote wilderness I was far from being alone. Many of the designated "wildflower" hikes turned out the same. For instance the claim of blooming cacti near Tamarisk Grove was wrong, as it was too early in the season.

Overall I had a good time and on my way to and from the Desert I managed to get some good photographs of Los Angeles.

I wrote a detailed report on Wildflower Photography in Anza Borrego Desert on the Photo Scout Site.

How to become a professional photographer - Part Two

Photography Business.

New York Library

In Part One of this series, I wrote about ways to make money besides by selling photographs.

Tough business

The photography business is tough. Many people dream of being photographers. It surely must be wonderful to make a living traveling the world with our camera and having others pay the bill while we snap a few pictures along the way.

You are dead wrong. Photography is a tough business.

Time well spent

It may come as a shock to some of you, but pro photographers do not spend most of their time taking photographs. Running a successful photography business requires a lot more than taking pretty pictures. You need to find the right balance that works for you and find out what you want to do with your time.

Netbooks for Photographers Asus Eee PC and others

I found a better way to back up my photographs in the field.

Asus Eee PC 1000HESince laptops are too heavy to carry around all day, I used to rely on image tanks for backup outdoors. That strategy works very well for me, but it did lack the capability of viewing images. That is where expensive image tanks with RAW viewer such as the Epson P6000 come in. Since the P6000 costs about $600 at the time of this writing and this photographer is always looking for better deals, I never bought one.

I ended up carrying my laptop on many trips so that I could connect to the internet and manage my websites. Outside, I simply swapped flash memory cards and back in the hotel room, I ran backups to my laptop and my image tank. I carry the image tank into the field, in case I run out of memory.

How to become a professional photographer - Part One

Answers to your questions.

White Mountains

I receive many emails through my website(s) and I love helping whenever I can. One popular theme is career advice sought by high school students, some college students and people switching careers.

The Million Dollar Display – Cluster Based Visualization in Hiperspace

Learn how we will appreciate photos in the future.

How I got into HiperSpace and how it looks there.

Update :

I got the pictures from San Diego and since their display is still a bit larger, I decided to update this article.

Hector send me a nice email. It turns out that the photographer had screwed up and forgot to notify Hector, so it wasn't his fault.

So here is how my San Francisco Panorama looks on the Hiperspace Display:

My picture on Hiperspace

This is how I should display all my Panoramas.