Car against the massive red rock formations approaching Monument Valley

When should you upgrade your camera?

What we have heard time and again – camera doesn’t matter, the photographer does. duChemin does this with stunning proof. But like all claims, there are constraints, assumptions, and boundary conditions. Yes, one can make stunning photographs even with a pinhole camera if one desires, but boy, will it make your life difficult. The state of the art […]

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Eastern Sierras

One of the most fascinating drives in the continental United States (and possibly the whole world) is Highway 395 that runs along the length of California, on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Whereas there is a gradual slope all the way from sea level to 15,000 feet on the western side, […]

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy: Quick but Good Photographs, Part 1

Sometimes you need the best equipment in the world. Sometimes you need to be lucky in capturing a moment. Other times you need to travel to far away places. Sometimes you chase bad weather, and at other times you wait patiently for a specific beam of sunlight. But there are certain kinds of photographs that turn out good, no […]

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The Hunt for White February

  Back in March 2006, as the (then) typical mid-winter storm hit the Sierra Nevada mountains one Saturday morning, we decided to quickly pack up our camera gear and head out to Yosemite Valley to capture it. Route 140 being an all-season highway into the park made things easier, and the singular cop near Mariposa didn’t […]

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