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Seattle Visitor Guide, 2015

One of my photos made the cover of the 2015 Seattle Visitor Guide. Please check it out. Gary

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Photographer Kayak: Necky Elias ____ 2014/04

I’ve been paddling a fiberglass Necky Elias for a year now and I’m constantly reminded of its suitability for photographers. Our needs are a bit different from other paddlers; those needs include ample stowage, ample hatch and cockpit openings, and

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A Most Important Thing ____ 2014/02

Early on, nature photographers are taught the necessity of using a tripod. The great teacher John Shaw calls the tripod a crucial, best single accessory. Pros use tripods. With a tripod you slow down, take control and become a better

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2013 Favorite Images Critique ____ 2014/01

I wasn’t thinking I had many favorites when I created a 2013_best_images Collection in Lightroom from the filtered three-star-or-better images of 2013. But I found many I was quite fond of, and in a couple short sessions whittled those to

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GoPro Hero3 Video/Stills Modes Illustrated ____ 2013/10

I’ve been a GoPro fan since they introduced their fish-eye lens—and particularly since the Hero2 intro—when I thought the quality was good enough to actually buy one. The wide-angle, distorted view of the GoPro perfectly captures the essence of the

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Photo Tip: Bird Photography Month ____ 2013/06

For serious enthusiasts, bird photography is an all year endeavor. Always there’s something to photograph. Opportunities change with the seasons, local weather, bird plumage and migration. In the north, though, a particular month stands out. It’s a month when bird

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Photo Tip: Reflected Light in Outdoor Photography ___ 2013/05

Bounce light into shadows to add fill or extend the photographic day I’m not much of a fan of outdoor flash photography. I find it cumbersome to carry a multiple flash system, and I’m generally unhappy with results from a

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Photo Tip: Road Less Traveled ____ 2013/04

Gooseneck Barnacles, Tongue Point, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington State.

A good route to success in outdoor photography is finding a niche that you love. Find your passion; focus like a laser. Be a big fish in small pond. My particular niche is sea kayaking. As a vehicle, the sea

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Photo Tip: Foreground Elements _____ 2013/03

Image 6. Here the leaf provides an anchor, adds depth and leads the eye into

In the field, I often stalk through a potential photo op with the viewfinder glued to my eye, seeking just the right composition or perspective. If I plan well, I’m scouting before the light gets good—in the afternoon for a

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Gopro Hero2 and WiFi Remote Review, Sea Kayaker, December, 2012

GoPro Hero2, Sea Kayaker, Dec 2012

I review the GoPro Hero2 camera and WiFi Combo Kit (Backpack plus Remote) in the December, 2012 issue of Sea Kayaker magazine. The GoPro Hero2 is a tiny, waterproof videocam, the market leader in POV cameras. The wrist-mount WiFi Remote

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