Italy is a favorite place of mine for photography. I recently returned from a workshop there which visited the Tuscany region and the five towns of Cinque Terre on the west coast of Italy. The early morning sun lights up the sky over this Tuscany grove of cypress trees in the image above.

Below is a photograph looking down over the rolling Tuscany landscape from the town of Montalcino, also an early morning image.


Cinque Terre is a National Park in the Liguria region of Italy which contains five coastal towns. The photograph below is an evening shot of the town of Riomaggiore. This colorful town is built on the rugged hillside of the coast and is a great substitute for a StairMaster machine!


To sees more images from my visit to Italy, click here.

  • May 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Mike Pillows - Mike you have caught that beautiful light in a magical place… viewed your other pics of this place and they are just a memorable.

  • May 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Mike Walker - Thanks Mike. Yes, there was was wonderful light during this visit.


A weekend photography workshop in St. Augustine, FL provided a ton of activity with busy nest building in the rookery at Alligator Farm Zoological Park. A fantastic opportunity to photograph different types of egrets such as the Little Blue Heron above.

The St. Augustine area also offers some wonderful seascapes like the beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park with its marvelous green covered rocks.


A drive down the coast south of St. Augustine is Flagler Beach featuring a pier that provides a great graphic counterpoint to the early morning sea and sandy beach.


More images from this trip can be found here.


Charleston, SC in springtime, is the place to be. Wildly popular with photographers, the area offers amazing beauty and color. One of my very favorites places to photograph in this area is Botany Bay in the Edisto Island area. This park has a ‘boneyard’ beach where dead trees stand against the ocean waves, until they are knocked down and wash up on the beach. The compositions are plentiful and the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular.

The image below, of the same tree as the image above, demonstrates the variety of compositions available at Botany Bay.


Charleston also features a number of southern plantations with incredible gardens. The scenes really showcase the south and its tranquil environment. This image below was taken at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, famous for its spring beauty.


More photographs from my recent trip to Charleston are located here. For information on the next Charleston workshop, click here.


I returned to the Oregon coast in late February for a JKPW workshop to re-visit Bandon and to photograph around the Brookings area, which I had not visited before. The photo above is from an early morning on Bandon beach where we had great pastel light.

The image below was taken on another morning when I came upon a bright red rock buried in the sand. It’s color stood out among all of the other rocks on the beach.


On the Lone Ranch beach near Brookings, we stayed until well after sunset and I was able to capture this image of the sky reflecting off the beach.


A few more photos from this trip are included here: Oregon


Death Valley is surprising in the variety of color it offers. No matter where you are standing in this National Park, you will be amazed by the landscape. For instance, the sunrise in the image above, over the salt formations of Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level.

Or the sand dunes at Mesquite Flats with their wind blown patterns leading to the mountains in the distance.


The morning sky from Dante’s View is just as spectacular as you look at the ridge lines of the Amargosa Range.


To view more images from my recent trip to Death Valley, click here. For information on the next Death Valley workshop, click here.

  • February 11, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Mike Pillows - Mike.. what a cool place I am still amazed at the race track rocks.

  • February 11, 2014 - 10:05 pm

    Mike Walker - It’s one of my favorite parks to visit. So much variety.

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