Shot on iPhone 6 : Zooming Out and In

Inspired by the new Apple ad campaign around “Shot on iPhone 6”, we look at where an iPhone (or an Android) breaks down in image quality or capability, and when and why a DSLR, any DSLR, or a mid-range compact (such as the Sony RX100 | Panasonic GX7 | Canon G5X) really matters. We have previously looked at Long Exposure Photography and High Dynamic […]

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Itinerary for Traveling to Italy

  Over 13 days in August of 2013, we drove through Italy covering ground from Venice to Rome, traveling through Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence and including a fascinating journey through Tuscany. Three of these towns also made it to the list of Top 5 smallest European towns we have stayed at. Here is our itinerary, touching […]

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Venezia at Dawn

For all the bustling and bursting at the seams that Venice experiences throughout the hot and muggy day and long into the warm yet pleasant nights way past midnight, it is the silent spiritual mornings that stir your soul. With over 22 million visitors a year, the number surges to more than 80,000 visitors a […]

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Medieval Manhattan

Between the 12th and 14th centuries, the town of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy, underwent a Manhattan-style skyscraper building spree, fueled by local family rivalries, resulting in 72 towers that were up to 230 feet tall! Having searched the web beforehand, it was clear that to get a full-frontal view of this Medieval Manhattan would not be […]

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Always look back

A long time ago, I heard a photographer quip that whenever you are standing at a sunrise photo-op, jostling for space amongst entangled tripod legs, with a horde of Nikons and Canons pointed at the obvious, always look back. While the crowd continues to busily snap away, you may end up getting a very different […]

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Luck

Some of the best images in my collection – and I am betting this is true of every photographer – are due to sheer luck. Not to say that we don’t plan – plan for bad weather (not a joke), good sunrises or sunsets, difficult locations, appropriate seasons, and the like – but sometimes its […]

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The case for a little weight

The best guidebooks on Europe stress traveling light as the only way to enjoy Europe. Add to that two kids in Brownian motion, and you get the 11th Commandment – thou shalt pack less in thy backpack. Even so, I ended up packing two camera bodies (the 50D and the 6D) and a whole variety […]

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Rialto Bridge, Venice

  For some surreal images of this well-known icon, I placed a tabletop tripod on the gondola we were on, and snapped away at exposures of 3-5 seconds in length, rendering the boat super-sharp and making the Rialto dance to the shake of the gondola. It’s not the fast lenses, nor the full-frame camera body […]

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