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Orange Beach Glow

Carlsbad Sunset Almost Missed

For every gorgeous sunset, I have been lucky enough to capture on film there are scores of others that get away from me. Sometimes I’m a few minutes too late. Sometimes too many clouds muscle in, obscuring my view. And, sometimes, admittedly, a particular sunset just doesn’t look as spectacular when photographed.

But waiting and watching to see what Mother Nature decides to display is one of my favorite parts of sunset

Orange Carlsbad Glow
A “missed” sunset on the beach in Carlsbad, California.

photography. I snapped this image of a beach drenched in deep orangey-reds during a family visit to Carlsbad, California. My sister, her family, and I had just finished dinner when I looked at the clouds, decided to grab my gear and go hunt the sunset.

We briskly headed to the beach and ran into some friends along the way. Insisting we’d already missed the sunset, our friends walked away from the beach, but we pressed on. The sun itself may have disappeared, but in its place, these fiery, orange clouds materialized. I may not always be able to shoot a perfect sunset, but I think watching what’s left of the sun as it colors the surrounding clouds is certainly beautiful in its own way.

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Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

X Does Mark the Spot Try as I might, I couldn’t capture the grandeur of White Pocket right away. I would have to head back to this special spot again and again at various times to watch the textures and colors that made up this sedimentary “X” shift in the light.   White Pocket is… Continue Reading

Spring Clouds Over Red Rock

Spring Clouds Art Prints Available A friend of mine was visiting from out of town recently, so we hatched a plan to catch a desert sunrise. I was a little hesitant to go, as I was all set to fly out for a family trip later that afternoon, but I figured I could squeeze in… Continue Reading

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset on Abraham Lake at Preacher’s Point Browse my Full Canadian Winter Landscape Gallery! Preacher’s Point is the beginning of Abraham Lake. It’s where the river enters the lake, which means this area is quite a bit shallower than other parts of the lake. There are cracks and ice breaks and even a few spots… Continue Reading

Iceland Glacier Lagoon Reflections

Iceland Glacier Lagoon Reflections

More Reflections at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon As I wrote recently here about the calm water at the lagoon on my summer visit, this is another image that captures the glassy water and iceberg reflections! I like the blue hues and tones and imagine floating through the ‘bergs on a paddleboard! I have been to the… Continue Reading

Ask Doug: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens?

Q: Do you have any special tricks for photographing flowers and gardens? My garden is starting to wind down, but I still want to get some close-up shots of my squash blossoms, interesting butterfly visitors, and that sort of thing.  Above-Left: This water lily image is a great depth-of-field-example. Above-right: Floral close-ups are best shot…

Orange Beach Glow

Carlsbad Sunset Almost Missed For every gorgeous sunset, I have been lucky enough to capture on film there are scores of others that get away from me. Sometimes I’m a few minutes too late. Sometimes too many clouds muscle in, obscuring my view. And, sometimes, admittedly, a particular sunset just doesn’t look as spectacular when…

Why You Should Make Prints of your Photos and How

Q: I take a lot of digital photos, but I think I’d like to convert some of them into physical prints. What are some good options for printing my photos?   A: With a smartphone in nearly every pocket, it seems as if we are all taking more photos than ever before. Even so, many…

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

Sandstone X Marking the Spot!

X Does Mark the Spot Try as I might, I couldn’t capture the grandeur of White Pocket right away. I would have to head back to this special spot again and again at various times to watch the textures and colors that made up this sedimentary “X” shift in the light.   White Pocket is…

Spring Clouds Over Red Rock

Spring Clouds Art Prints Available A friend of mine was visiting from out of town recently, so we hatched a plan to catch a desert sunrise. I was a little hesitant to go, as I was all set to fly out for a family trip later that afternoon, but I figured I could squeeze in…

Best Camera for A Family Vacation?

Q: What’s the Best Camera to Take on Our Family Vacation? Want to get this content first? Join my monthly Newsletter!  A: This may seem counterintuitive, but you don’t need to haul a lot of fancy photography equipment with you, in order to take beautiful pictures on your next vacation. Instead, the answer today is almost…

Gargoyles in the Desert

Gargoyles in the Desert

Fun exploring the Gargoyles made of Sandstone PURCHASE THIS PRINT Little Finland is a unique spot on the Gold Butte of Southern Nevada. It’s a bit of a dusty ride through the desert in a high clearance 4WD vehicle. There are many unique compositions to consider, here’s a gallery of various images from the area. I…

Sunrise Canmore

Beautiful Canmore! Purchase a print of Canmore Sunrise!

Water Reflections at Badwater, Death Valley NP

Water Reflections at Badwater, Death Valley NP

Not quite a lake, but still quite a bit of water in Badwater Browse the Death Valley Gallery for print options!  The water level in the Badwater salt flats was dropping fast from recent rains but still offered interesting reflections amongst the salt lines. I’m also pleased to announce that I have a new store front…

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset at Preacher’s Point-Abraham Lake

Sunset on Abraham Lake at Preacher’s Point Browse my Full Canadian Winter Landscape Gallery! Preacher’s Point is the beginning of Abraham Lake. It’s where the river enters the lake, which means this area is quite a bit shallower than other parts of the lake. There are cracks and ice breaks and even a few spots…

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