Technique Episode #3: Creating Graphic Images

When lining up a background for a subject, make sure to give it a clean background to create a more graphic image. In this example I am trying to shoot a Chinstrap penguin in Antarctica where the snowy backdrop isn’t working to make the white belly of my subject pop.

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#OPTIC2015 Talk

BHlogoThank you to everyone who turned out for the #OPTIC2015 event in New York City this past weekend, I had a great time working with the folks at B&H Photo Video. If you missed the live show you can still watch the presentations anytime on the web, I believe I was the fourth one in the line up, my talk is titled “The Inspirational Traveler: The World Beyond the Lens” but don’t stop there as there are a lot of great talks you can stream and learn and be inspired from.

The streams are live at OPTIC2015 Livestream, click the “watch again” button in the Livestream box and navigate to the talk using the arrows.

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Tales By Light Premiering May 24th!


Last year I traveled extensively with cinematographer Abraham Joffe and the Untitled Films Works crew, filming in East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Alaska and here in Seattle. This work has come to fruition in “Tales By Light” produced by Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel.

I am a featured photographer along with Darren Jew, Richard I’Anson, Peter Eastway and Krystle Wright.

The series premiers May 24th in Australia on National Geographic Channel. (See the media release for more information.)

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Double Header in Fort Lauderdale

February 20, 2015 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Earth Is My Witness Presentation; free with admission and museum members

February 21, 2015 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Art of Composition Seminar

Museum members and current AutoNation Academy of Art + Design students $155 ; Non- members $185 (includes Artist level Museum membership). Participants will also receive FREE admission to Art Wolfe’s lecture at the Museum Friday, February 20 at 6 pm.

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The Ngorongoro Crater

No trip to east Africa is complete without a visit to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. It is the largest unfilled, inactive volcanic caldera in the world. Various hominids have lived here for 3 million years and currently about 25000 large mammals from rhinos to hippos to zebras make this area home.

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Over Tanzania

Nothing is more exciting than flying for 8 hours above herds of wildebeest and other critters of the Serengeti, above Lake Natron’s spectacular mineral deposits and lesser flamingos, and finally around the summit of “Ol Doinyo Lengai” volcano the Maasais call the home of the gods. The surface of Natron is surreal, colorful, and geometric, seemingly made for me. In some of the flamingo images you will see both reflections and shadows from the same birds resulting in beautifully complex compositions.

See the First and Second videos in the series of East Africa Video Journals.

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DPReview Interview

As part of DPReview’s Live event earlier this month, I sat down with Barnaby so he could ask me some questions about my work, vision and philosophy. They’ve posted the video, taped at CreativeLive, for those who didn’t catch it live.

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Missed the CreativeLive presentation?


That’s ok, you can download it now on!

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Award winning Documentary Maikaru

I never forget that my staff is talented and creative, and yet sometimes I am caught off guard with the great stuff they work on outside of my office! My multimedia producer Amanda Harryman has directed a wonderful documentary- and I’m not the only one who thinks so. The film has already won three awards, but I am writing here to try and help her with another!


Congratulations to Amanda and her team for creating a very inspiring film. She met the subject of the film because he too used to work for me, although now he is on to bigger and better things- he has just started graduate school studies at Seattle Pacific University. Apparently lunch conversations when I am traveling garner interesting subjects! I had no knowledge of Maikaru’s (pronounced My-ka-rue) past with human trafficking. He is an extraordinary young man, and I know he will go on to do great things. Visit The Audience Awards to view the movie (7 minutes) and vote for the film.

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Discover The Palouse this Summer

Pullman, Washington

August 15-17, 2014, with an evening reception on August 14th at The Hilltop Hotel.

This three-day course will change the way you look through the lens as well as how you look at your photographs. Art will share the finer points of maximizing early morning and late afternoon light. Field shoots will be at some of the most beautiful locations around the beautiful wheat fields of eastern Washington.

All aspects of outdoor photography will be covered including composition, field techniques, technology, and the unique philosophy of this highly specialized profession. There will be informative lectures, rigorous critiques and portfolio reviews.

Want to do aerial photography?  Flight add-on available.  Please email

For more info, or to register for the workshop click HERE.


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