Shooting Journal

September 22, 2012

This year, wherever we went in Missoula, Montana, people were apologizing for the smoky air. Wildfires around the area, including a huge one southeast in Idaho, were filling the air with haze and ash, making it difficult for people with breathing issues or even just those who enjoy the clear air characteristic of the area.

July 31, 2012

Apologies to Tennessee Williams, but this has been the hottest summer I can remember.

May 5, 2012

Traveling to Charleston, South Carolina early in April seemed like a good idea. The azaleas and camellias would be in full color about then. Unfortunately, we had not counted on the effects of our strange spring this year, with March seeming like April and vice versa. By the time we arrived, the best of the flowering spring plants had faded.

January 30, 2012

Winter in Ohio, unless there is a good snow, can be uninspiring for outdoor photographers.

November 6, 2011

Lacking travel plans until spring, I chose to try out a new Nikon D-90 on local fall scenery.

June 15, 2011

On a recent trip to Richmond, Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we once again combined vacation with photography opportunities. Winter and early spring were cold, wet and dreary in Dayton and much of the Midwest, so the idea of getting out with a camera where sun was actually shining was not to be missed.

February 5, 2011

After months of dealing with holidays, family excitement and the loss of a beloved pet, I decided to gift myself with a new toy, a Photoshop plug-in called Topaz Adjust 4.

October 9, 2010

We had heard for several years that there was a wildlife park somewhere in Ohio that housed exotic species. Since we assumed this was just a big zoo in a wide open space setting, we were interested but not enough to pursue a visit. Three things occurred, however, that changes our outlook.

October 8, 2010

Two days of exploring the Oregon Coast were far too few. For one thing, giving us some sympathy with the Corps of Discovery, we found the Pacific Ocean more difficult to locate than we anticipated.

October 6, 2010

This lively Northwest U.S. city has a really fortunate location. Immediately to the east is the stunning Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood. To the north are Mt. St. Helen's and Mt. Adams, while the coast is a 90 minute drive west.