Sunday, March 31, 2013

At The Close

At The Close by James Neeley
At The Close, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

Waiting for darkness to continue our night photography we did a little landscape work. Here, the last light of day illuminates the red rock in Zion National Park. Here's wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Easter Sunday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Filling Up in Nelson

Filling Up in Nelson by James Neeley
Filling Up in Nelson, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

On our third night of photography we went to the ghost town of Nelson for a little full moon light painting. Nelson is quite a place with too many subjects to be explored in one evening. I will definitely have to come back to this place again!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Night Fun at the Boneyard

Night Fun at the Boneyard by James Neeley
Night Fun at the Boneyard, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Continuing our night photography workshop, we spent an evening at the Las Vegas Neon Sign Boneyard. I've been here before during the day but light painting in this location was especially fun!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Intersections by James Neeley
Intersections, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

The intersection of East Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard streams with activity, New York, New York Resort filling in the background.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Coming At You

Coming At You by James Neeley
Coming At You, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

Cars and buses travel down the northbound side of the Strip in Las Vegas as I work on technique, the first night of our night photography workshop.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Anticipation by James Neeley
Anticipation, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

It was cold in Bryce Canyon (11 degrees F) and the wind made it feel colder, but the sliver of light in the east was enough for me to anticipate a beautiful sunrise and another good day.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

As Shadows Fall

As Shadows Fall by James Neeley
As Shadows Fall, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
On my way to Las Vegas for a workshop I decided to make a quick stop at Bryce Canyon. I got there just in time to watch the shadows spread across the canyon as viewed from near Sunset Point.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Climbing to Coit

Climbing to Coit by James Neeley
Climbing to Coit, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Towers are always a great subject when photographing a city. I love Coit tower in San Francisco. The challenge is to find a new perspective.

This is a view of Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower taken a bit ago while on a night photography excusion in San Francisco.

Telegraph Hill

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Primarily Color

Primarily Color by James Neeley
Primarily Color, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

Fort Zoutman, the oldest building in Oranjestad, was restored in 1983 and is now the Historical Museum of Arruba. This shot reminds me of a children's song I used to sing... "The primary colors are 1-2-3, red, yellow, and blue..." It is the large blocks of color that appeal to me in this perspective.

It's About Time

We often don't consider time as an important feature of still photography. Of course, we typically make sure we have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze action but a slow shutter conveys dynamics and movement often in a powerful way.

This shot of ducks landing along the Madison River was one of my favorite shots from the trip even though it was an accident since I had the camera set up for landscape shooting on a tripod.

A similar thing happened to me in Monument Valley when some wild horses ran in front of our van.

Enough water blur can typically be obained by increasing the aperture or decreasing the ISO...
Sometimes for mid-day shots a neutral density filter is needed to get the shutter speed low enough as in this case where an ND400 filter was used.

Dragging the shutter can produce interesting and dynamic effect when combined with camera movement or zoom...
In this forest scene the camera was intentionally moved up and down during the exposure...

Here the shot was taken from a moving vehicle with the shutter speed left intentionally long for an abstract effect...

When you are looking for a creative idea or approach, try playing with time!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Glacial Blues

Glacial Blues by James Neeley
Glacial Blues, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
By the time we reached Norris Geyser Basin in our snow coach it was mid-day and the blue sky, reflecting in the pools along with particulates in the water, produced beautiful blue and cyan tones reminding me of the color of glacier lakes.

Basin Walk

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Essential Elements

Essential Elements by James Neeley
Essential Elements, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

The La Sal Mountains rise above the snow covered red rock foothills around Moab, Utah.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Tail End

The Tail End by James Neeley
The Tail End, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Single RAW hdr processed with Photomatix and finalized with PS CS6.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now by James Neeley
Both Sides Now, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Last month I met some friends and we had beautiful clear winter day shooting the Tetons from about as many angles that we could think of and get to! We didn't want to stroll too far from the vehicles in the -10 degree F. temperatures.

Later in the afternoon, on the way home, I stopped at Cache Bridge to view the peaks from the "Idaho" side. Technically, the mountains are all in Wyoming but I was standing in Idaho taking this shot. It is interesting to me how differently the peaks look from the other side...

Cache Bridge Vista

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ghosts of the Snake

Ghosts of the Snake by James Neeley
Ghosts of the Snake, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Near the outlet of Jackson Lake, "ghost trees" line the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

San Diego Dawn

San Diego Dawn by James Neeley
San Diego Dawn, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Nearing the end our Panama Canal cruise we approach our mooring at Port San Diego See more cruise images...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay by James Neeley
Nothing Gold Can Stay, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

This may be true of a sunset but there is a way that our most cherished, "golden" relationships can be made to last forever!"

Monday, March 11, 2013

Garden View

Garden View by James Neeley
Garden View, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

The hill top garden we visited in Costa Rica presented a sharp contrast with the winter landscapes back home in Idaho!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Take Me Home

Take Me Home by James Neeley
Take Me Home, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

I love the gentle turn of this road and fence line near Ririe, Idaho.

Saturday, March 09, 2013


Remembering by James Neeley
Remembering, a photo by James Neeley on Flickr.

Yesterday is history, Tomorow is a mystery,
Today is a gift ...That's why they call it the present. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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