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Posts from the ‘Impressions’ Category

Oak Creek Reflections

I’m especially looking forward to photographing reflections because you never know what you’ll get! I tend to like shooting a very slow shutterspeeds for swipes of color. This was taken in between giving it just a slight painterly look. 1/50th second at f/13.

The Watchman and Virgin River

Photographers who go to Zion National Park probably end up with dozens (or even hundreds!) of this quintessential view of the Watchman. How can we resist?! It was overcast and drizzling when I got this shot but I added a few textures to age it a bit and I ended up with something a little different.

Rainy Days

We have very few rainy days here so when one comes along, I enjoy every moment 🙂

Slow Motion River Reflections

Photographing reflections is so much fun because you never know what you’ll get. At first, you probably won’t even see them but once you shoot a few, your eye becomes trained to recognize reflections immediately and you’ll start looking for them everywhere. The colors here are from the blue sky and green trees with a slight bit of orange from the canyon walls. I like shooting both to freeze the motion, which gives a glass-like look, and using a slow shutter speed such as this one. Tip: The best time to get good reflections is very early or very late in the day. This is a hand held shot of Virgin River at .5 second and f/22.

Zion Cottonwood Impression

Of course I had to include at least one intentional camera movement image 🙂
Very old Cottonwood along Virgin River.


My meetup group has an at home assignment related to experimenting with shutterspeed. Especially long exposures can give some interesting results such as this image. It’s water splashing over rocks in a creek. The green is grass on the banks. Pretty cool.


I had a very disappointing visit to the Phoenix Zoo this morning….photographically, that is. It’s been many years since I’ve been and many of the exhibits have changed making them no longer photography friendly. The animals probably love their new enclosures but there are many more barriers putting them farther away and worse is that many exhibits are now behind heavily fingerprinted and scratched plexiglass. I should say, though, that the majority of the visitors were families with young children who had no absolutely no complaints!

Sky in Motion

Achieving impressionistic images with a compact is much more difficult than with an SLR but it can be done. Just wait for an overcast day or very low light such as early morning or late afternoon. This image is early morning. I pointed my camera up and metered on the tree branches knowing it would give me a silhouette.