Our 2015 Iceland workshop was bestowed with wonderful weather, a delightful group of people, and the always incredible landscapes that make this place a photographer’s paradise. For example, take the image above of the often visited and photographed Seljalandsfoss waterfall, this was my first opportunity to see a sunset there and it was spectacular.

The early morning view of the ice on this southern coast beach was just as wonderful.


It is mesmerizing to watch the large (and small) chunks of ice that have broken off the nearby glacier, move slowly through the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on their way to the sea. Their shapes and stripes are always varied and changing.


Another morning on the black sand beach offered a different view of the ice as fog diffused the sunlight above.


Of course, the highlight of a fall trip to Iceland has to be the opportunity to see the northern lights and we were very fortunate to have clear skies and an active aurora during our trip. If you haven’t seen the northern lights in person, it is one of those spectacles that is literally jaw-dropping and I wholeheartedly recommend that you make the effort to see them yourself. I like this image below because the “Big Dipper” makes an appearance in the center of the sky over the Jökulsárlón lagoon.


Our 2016 Iceland workshop will be held Sep. 24 – Oct. 2. Click here for more information.

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Our Bodie and Mono Lake workshop was a great success. We had wonderful skies and special after-hours access to the Bodie ghost town which included going into the old buildings and stamp mill which are normally closed to the public.

The image above was at Mono Lake where large limestone structures, called tufas, stand around the lake as well as in the lake. As Mono Lake’s water level lowered over the years, the tufas became exposed.

The photograph below is in the area of the South Tufas and a little different view than normally seen. There were some very nice, soft grass mounds near the lakeside which contrasted with the hard, sharp tufa structures.


Our after-hours access to Bodie allowed for night sky photography using the abandoned town buildings. The star trail below shows the old town church that still stands. The church windows were lit by a flash. This star trail represents about an hour of time.


In the morning, we had access to the inside of just about any building we wanted to enter. The surviving stamp mill at Bodie is largely intact from its operational days. The picture below shows the machinery that crushed the ore from the mines. They say when these machines were in operation, you had a hard time carrying on a conversation in town due to the noise level.



Usually, mid to late August means summertime flowers covering the landscape in Mount Rainier National Park. This year however, summertime arrived about 8 weeks early and the flowers of summer have mostly departed the fields…mostly. There were still some blooms to be found but not only were there a few summer flowers hanging on, but the colors of an early fall have started appearing.

Both the remaining summer flowers and a little of the early color of fall are captured in the photograph above, taken during a glorious morning at one of the Reflection Lakes. The air was crisp and the fog was rolling through the woods and over the lake.

Fog was a major component of my recent trip to Mount Rainier. It dominated the views and continually changed the landscape.


While fog and clouds obscured the sun, it presented a great opportunity to photograph the streams and waterfalls in the park. Nice, even lighting is perfect for compositions that include running water.



Hiking the trails of the Paradise area of Mount Rainier is a good test of your physical conditioning and it provides breath-taking scenery such as this sunset along the Tatoosh mountain range with the yellows and reds of fall starting to appear on the landscape.


One last sunset image taken at the edge of Tipsoo Lake which sits on the eastern edge of Mount Rainier National Park.



During my recent trip to Yellowstone, I was delighted to witness a wolf passing through a field and later that same day, watch a grizzly cross a body of water. With a 500mm lens attached to my camera in both instances, I attempted to grab some shots. For me, it is rare to see a wolf in the wild at a relatively close distance and I had never witnessed a grizzly swimming before. It was very exciting and I was glad I could document both of these events (btw, both the wolf and bear were wearing tracking collars). It was a long day and I was tired and looking at another very early morning the next day. I thought I would prepare my equipment before heading to bed. Now whether due to extreme tiredness, fuzzy thinking, or just having a senior moment, I actually formatted my SD card in the camera and soon realized I had not downloaded my images first… let’s say I wasn’t very happy with that realization.

After returning home from the trip, I was relaying the story to my nephew, Matt Hazlett, who mentioned he had a photo recovery software app on his computer. He took my SD card and was able to recover many of the images I took that day. The software he used recovered the images in JPEG format so I could not get back raw files but a JPEG is much better than nothing!!

Neither of these images are great shots but I was just trying to document these events and I am very happy to have ‘found’ these shots for my personal archive. The morale of this story, “DOWNLOAD AND BACKUP YOUR IMAGES BEFORE FORMATING YOUR CARD!” However, in the unfortunate event that you accidentally delete images, don’t despair. First, do not use that card to take more photographs, and second, search for a photo recovery software app for your computer system, you just might be able to find your lost images.



Yellowstone National Park has its share of wonderful landscapes in addition to the variety of wildlife. Above are the intense colors of the runoff from the Grand Prismatic Spring which pumps out 566 gallons of water every minute.

Below, early morning fog obscures the background from this grouping of bare trees.


The constant steam coming from the hydrothermal features in Yellowstone always gives the landscape a mystical appearance. Usually, the steam shows off better in the early morning.


I found this section of the vertically straight grass mimicking the trees to be very graphic and interesting. An example of searching for the details in the big picture!


The last image below, taken during another early, fog-covered morning, reminded me of the Smoky Mountains back east.


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