Bucket Lists & Travel Blogs

On the PhotoTraces.com blog today, I was featured in an article called “Top Travel Photographers Reveal Their Favorite Photo Locations Around The World – Part 2”.

I’ll admit it… I read every single one of the other photographer’s favorite spots and even made some notes!

My said my fave place (so far) is New Zealand. Dear lord, how could it NOT be?? I loved it so much I couldn’t take it off my bucket list, even after I’d been there! No, it stays pinned to the top of the list. I mean, when you can just pull your car over (then stand in the middle of the road) and photograph Mt. Cook in all his/her glory… honey, I’m sold! It would take a lifetime to find all the awesome nooks and crannies to photograph there. I can’t wait to go back!

It IS, after all, still on my bucket list. Did I mention that? Heh.

What’s on yours?

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Valley of Fire

Coming home from our Southwest photo vacation, we drove through Valley of Fire in Nevada. Our re-planned trip (the one we made up after the national parks closed, erasing our original Plan A) had us staying over night at VOF so we could do sunrise/sunset there. But when the parks opened in time to visit Bryce National Park, well… there was no discussion. That’s where we went for 2 nights.

And still.. we managed to hit a Valley of Fire sunset as we headed back to Las Vegas to return our RV. It was absolutely splendid! A girl does love to have her cake and eat it too. 😉

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On the Layup Road to Mt. Cook

I learned a new term on my trip to New Zealand. A “layup”. Trey Ratcliff taught it to me. In the photography context, it means “an easy shot”. One where you don’t have to work really hard to make an amazing photograph.

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It seemed to me that all of New Zealand is one big layup! Everything you lay your eyes upon is blessed with beauty, both primal and ethereal. The colors, the textures, the shapes and the combinations of elements are so incredibly breathtaking at every turn. Like this moment on a fabulous road trip to Mt. Cook I took with Trey, Curtis Simmons and Scott Kublin after our big workshop was over. Total layup! Trey pulled over so we could get a good look at this sight and I literally gasped. Continue reading “On the Layup Road to Mt. Cook”