Decorations – outside 02


I drove to downtown Merced to get an image of the lid Christmas tree. Despite the fact that it was pitch dark the tree was nit lid. Therefor I had to adapt and I decided to look for reflections. Luckily there was no wind blowing and I could use long exposure times (between 20-30 seconds). In this image you see the reflections of Bob Hart Square at night in beautiful downtown Merced,  CA.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Decorations -outside 01

All the decorations for the winter holidays create great opportunities for photography. I challenge you to photograph them at different times of the day. This exercise is a great opportunity not just for photography but also about learning about traditions that are an important part of our lives. On more thing: Stick to outside ornaments. The inside ornaments I want to do later.


I went out this morning to photograph Christmas ornaments. The sun was just up and melted the frost on this one. The street sign created the shadow and I got my image.

Enjoy and as always have fun with this exercise.

The Room 04


I always take my Kenko extension tubes with me and for this photograph I needed them. This image is a close-up of my nightstand in my hotel room. I had to use a tripod and long exposure time since I had no strobes with me and quite frankly I don’t think I would have gotten this image with a strobe.

Happy thanksgiving and create some great images with your family!

The Room

The idea for this exercise I got while I was stuck in a hotel room. I decided to do something creative with my time and started looking for subjects inside the room. I was surprised how many great images I was able to create. So, pick a room of your choice and photograph it and observe what you can create at any ordinary maybe even boring place. Enjoy!


The light was coming in just striking  the edge of the lower part of the tv stand.

The Wheel 05


I photographed this large wheel handheld at ISO 1600. I had to learn that high ISO settings in digital SLR cameras treat noise different that conventional cameras deal with grain. In the beginning I always tried to use the lowest ISO that was possible. Now I am more courageous and try to shoot with higher ISO setting at least once in a while. Since the wheel was moving a longer exposure time would have blurred the image which I did not want in this shot.  

Happy Friday and enjoy your photography with lots of fun and enthusiasm.

The Wheel 03


This is the wheel on the backside of my camera. I used two strobes to make this image. I shot one strobe into the ceiling of my room and the key strobe at about 1:00 o’clock bundling the light right on the wheel.

Again, be creative with any exercise and always try new things. You might surprise yourself!