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Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Colors vary from year to year depending on the weather. It’s only a couple of months away depending on where you are located in the United States. 

Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. 

The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colors or autumn foliage in British English and fall colorsfall foliage or simply foliage in American English.


Sometimes you can have glowing aspens and then have a dusting of snow at night that covers the mountain peaks. This photo was taken at the top of the flat tops outside of Steamboat Springs Colorado in late September. 

Hang around and be patient, you never know what type of landscape photograph you might get. Patience pays off. 



Driving up and down some farm roads you never know what type of landscape photos might await. Be sure to carry a wide angle lens for these types of photographs. Use between F11-F22 to get great depth of field and sharpness from front of photo to back. 

Tripods are a must to be able to have a low ISO, something like 100. That will allow for less noise, and your shutter speed will be lower depending on the light. 

I typically photograph with a polarizer for the fall. It brightens the colors, takes glare away, especially around water. 






There’s something about being out in nature, next to wild animals and capturing the moment with them through photographs



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Long ago all horses were wild animals. They ran free in large herds, or bands across the vast grasslands all over the world. 

In 1971 a federal law was passed that banned capturing, harming or killing free-roaming horses or burros on public land. The care and management of the wild horse herds on federal land was turned over to the Bureau of Land Management. Today about 50,000 wild horses live on private ranches, wildlife refuges, Native American reservations, federal land and in sanctuaries. Nearly all of the ranges are rugged and dry environments where the wild horses must work hard to survive. The future of wild horses on federal ranges is now in transition as the court system battles the status of the ban on wild horse slaughter.


You’ve had your fill of hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade. You’ve prepared yourself to fight the crowds and get into position to capture some great fireworks photos.

As the 4th of July approaches, the highlight of the day is the display of fireworks when the sun goes down. Photographing them requires some preparation beforehand.


Please remember that if you’ve never tried fireworks before it’s all trial and error and I’ve made a lot of mistakes myself before I got any images that I was happy to show anyone.  Each time I photograph fireworks there’s always some element that’s unpredictable so you have to learn to adapt and learn from your own mistakes, correct for next time and do it again. So take these tips to help you get started.

How to take awesome fireworks photos.

Memphis Photograph of Fireworks

This photograph was taken in downtown Memphis Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi

Capture awesome firework photographs using these following tips.

  1. Set your ISO to 100, the lower the better to avoid noise in your digital photograph.
  2. A wide angle lens if you are trying to capture a larger view, like including water, bridge, or building. A 24mm would work.
  3. A zoom lens if you are trying to capture a close up of just the fireworks. A 70-200 or 70-300 would work.
  4. A sturdy tripod to set your camera on because of the long exposure. This will help to avoid your photograph being wavy.
  5. Have a cable release which minimizes shutter vibration, making it a sharper image.
  6. Use manual focus, go all the way to infinity and back off just a slight bit.
  7. Use an F stop of F8 – F11.
  8. Set your camera to B, for BULB. This controls your shutter speed.
  9. When you hear the fireworks shooting off, release the cable and hold for 3-6 seconds until the display is gone. Look at your LCD to see how it is looking. You may have to adjust your F stop or how long you hold the shutter open. This is trial and error, but is a good starting point!
  10. Where to Stand: An unobstructed view with a landmark. Fireworks blazing against the profile of a well-known (and hopefully well-lit) building or natural landmark can add a point of interest to your image.
  11. Compact Flash Cameras – Some have settings for fireworks. If not set it to landscape, and hold down the shutter release slightly because of the lag, and then click right before the burst. Disable your flash.
  12. BONUS – If you have a black cloth or cardboard square to cover your lens you can use that to leave the shutter open and then have multiple bursts fill the frame.

Memphis fireworks photograph

Memphis fourth of July Fireworks Photograh

Memphis photograph of fireworks Hernando Desoto Bridge

These Memphis Photographs were taken in Tom Lee park along the Mississippi. Tried to get as close as I could to the water to get the reflection and Hernando Desoto Bridge in the background.

Let me know your photographic plans for the fourth!

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