Photography is "painting with light". In our digital generation, the lines can sometimes be blurred between realism and creativity. Tools like Lightroom and Photoshop are indispensable but as a photographer, I think it is important to be let a viewer know if the image has been manipulated so that it is best seen as photo-art rather than an accurate image capture of the subject.
My photographic eye continues to evolve as I move beyond "shooting (with a camera) anything with a heartbeat" to looking at nature with new eyes. I seek to make images that capture a moment, a feeling, a sense of the wild in the natural world.
My gear consists of Canon bodies the EOS 7D Mark II and 70D, and lens ranging from 10mm to 500mm. I finally sold the last of the film cameras, but still have my light box and thousands of slides to sort through.
Enjoy my images of nature.
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a phenomena of nature, visible in the northern latitudes. One of the best places to see the Northern Lights is Fairbanks, Alaska. There is a normal cycle and this year is one of the best for seeing the lights. The months of March and August provide the best chance for seeing the lights. So I decided on a weekend in Fairbanks in hopes of seeing the lights.
Chena Hot Springs is probably one of the best known places to stay and see the northern lights. Other places near Fairbanks, in particular Skiland, are easily accessible and provide outstanding views of the horizon.
So the promise of a clear night sent me to Skiland with the hope of northern lights. A little bit of preparation paid off and I was prepared to see and photograph an amazing display of northern lights.
A trip to Scottsdale allowed me the chance to see the fabulous glass works of Dale Chihuly exhibited throughout the park. Seeing the sculptures during the day and then making a trip back for the night time while the glass was illuminated was a highlight of the brief trip to the south.
Desert Botanical Garden began in 1939 covers over 145 acres and has more than 50,000 plants in the collection. Five thematic trails exhibit cactus and succulent species from around the world. This is the only garden whose mission is to focus on desert plants.
He has work in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He began is Garden Cycle in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago.
© Denise Dupras