Anyone with a DSLR can take pictures of the Milky Way at night and of a waterfall during the day with a milky, flowing effect created by long exposures. Here are a few things to know about long exposures to help get you started...Read More
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I was privileged to cover a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass last Monday, November 2, on Fort Hood. Now the Latin Mass has returned to Fort Hood, TX after more than 40 years, due to the unfortunate changes because of the 2nd Vatican Council which concluded in 1965. Below is a description of events as well as a couple of my photos:Read More
I came across some stunning pictures of an aqua-blue waterfall called Havasu Falls a while back and was determined to go there. Long story short, I located it, made it happen, survived it and made it home triumphant. There's a lot of planning involved involved pulling off a trip to such a remote place, so my hope is to make it easier for anyone planning to make this a reality.Read More
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The loop that runs through White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is 8 miles total. It's 4 miles to the top or end of the loop before it circles back. I recorded this video with my GoPro Silver 3+ attached to their powerful suction cup mount on the hood of my car. This is what the drive looks like in under 2 minutes. Enjoy!
I've owned a GoPro for three months now. Holy Cow is it shaky! No matter how still I try to hold the GoPro, by hand or on a mount, it is SHAKY. I've investigated several no-shake software products made to stabilize GoPro videos. The one I believe is the best is ProDrenaline. SEE THE SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON BELOWRead More
Do you know about the wonderful Interpretive Programs offered by White Sands National Monument? Sunset strolls, camping under the stars after the park closes, full moon orchestras amongst the gypsum dunes... they're amazing! Even if you're not a local, you can plan your trip to coincide with one of the fascinating events at White Sands that really gives you an intimate experience at the park. Can you imagine snacking on a blanket surrounded by white dunes and serenaded by a classical orchestra? My travel article this week explores the many unique options at White Sands.... they're amazing! Here's a link to the online version of my article in the Fort Bliss Bugle.Read More
Here's my travel guide to Monument Valley, Arizona, that was published in last week's paper at Fort Bliss. There's a little bit of historic background that really gets to the heart of why this place is so special and epic. Hope you like it!Read More
I'm linking to my travel article from last week titled Travel can enhance life for Fort Bliss families. The target audience is military families, but really this applies to everyone, everywhere. I've been a big believer my entire life that families that play together, stay together. I hope you enjoy this!Read More
There are many things that lure me to travel and keep the passion flaming inside to see more of God's beautiful green earth. I love the planning, the getting there, the road trips, the seeing remarkable things with my own eyes, the process of photographing them and the way it deepens my faith. But one thing I'm really growing to appreciate is the people I meet and see along the way.Read More
I was a bit surprised on my last bit of travel how downright rude some professional photographers were about people being in their shots. I was surprised because my experience with other professional photographers has always been very positive. They are nature lovers, appreciators of creation, and most seem to have such respect for the scene they are photographing that they understand the desire of anyone wanting to share in it. In fact, we want to share it... that's why we're photographers in the first place.Read More
My latest travel article for the Fort Bliss Bugle is now up. HERE is the online version and the paper copy will be available throughout El Paso tomorrow morning. The bolded, italicized, indented paragraphs are from my original draft and NOT included in the online or hard copy version in The Bugle. Hope you enjoy it!Read More
I'm just back from photographing Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon. It was amazing and painful. More on that another time. Havasu Falls are just one in a series of falls in this remote area, but this one is the most famous. Here's a picture, one among many....
At the end of every mission I undertake, I'm somewhat surprised at my gall. Or maybe I'm just impressed with my inhibition to reject constraints from traveling alone. I mean, I'm a 48 year old woman with responsibilities.... 4 children and a husband, for example. But I never let the fact that I may have to explore alone prevent me from doing it. Sometimes it feels incredibly lonely, other times it feels incredibly liberating, but at the end of the day it always feels incredibly right........Read More
I've been away on another adventure so I'm late in posting my travel article for the Fort Bliss Bugle in El Paso, Texas. My last article was published over a week ago on the El Paso Holocaust Museum. It's an excellent exhibit, free to the public. Here's a link to the copy online since the paper copy is now out of print. Hope you like it!Read More