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How I Got the Shot: 50′ Above Main Street

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Working as a successful travel photographer is not at all as easy as most people think. In fact, despite running my own business and setting my own hours, I work harder and longer than any 9 to 5 job. But my job does come with certain advantages I truly enjoy, one of those being access [...]




How I Got the Shot: Light Trails at the Barter Theatre

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Any time I visit a town to shoot travel photography, my first stop is the visitors center. At the very least I can find brochures, maps, and a list of places I need to visit. But when I stopped at the Abingdon Visitors Center I got much more! Along with loads of brochures, contact information, [...]




How I Got the Shot: Silky Water on the Appalachian Trail

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Normally if I wanted to get a photo of silky water on a river or creek it would be a simple matter. But when you have to hike 8 miles to get there along the Appalachian Trail, it’s a whole different story. That is what I did one afternoon in Tennessee after coming across the [...]




How I Got the Shot: A Grill as Large as a Mountain

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A long time ago I learned the focal length of a shot is more complex than just using a telephoto lens to shoot an object far in the distance. Focal length is a tool and you must determine the right tool for the job. When I found this lakeside picnic area at Watauga Lake near [...]




How I Got the Shot: Dancing at Night Without Flash

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Shooting interior photos at night is tricky at the very best of times. People with cellphones and P&S cameras will leave the flash turned on, which blinds your eyes since they are dialed to the low ambient light. Your irises contract for a few moments after the flash, making it difficult to see anything. So [...]




How I Got the Shot: Woman on Bicycle in Park

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Sometimes to get the right shot takes more than equipment, light, knowledge, and location: it takes patience. I had this particular shot planned in my mind all day while shooting photos in Conway, South Carolina, but it wasn’t until 20 minutes before the sun set that I was actually able to get it. But now [...]




How I Got the Shot: Star Trails Over Galivants Ferry, SC

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Ever since the first time I came across Galivants Ferry, South Carolina I had wanted to shoot star trails here. The small community is populated with old tobacco barns dating back about a hundred years and sits a good distance from any major population center. The latter provides nice, dark skies for shooting star trails. [...]




How I Got the Shot: Stormy Skies Over the Pier

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My camera gear is always in my Explorer. Don’t think you can steal it though! I have a giant metal lock box bolted to the floor of my Explorer that holds all of my gear. That way I can keep it with me when I go to the movies, head to the beach for a [...]