Landscape

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City Canyons: When Perspective Matters

pl_manhattan_0010Photographs taken at extreme angles—particularly up at tall structures—often look awkward and can make the buildings appear as if they are falling over. This is because when we are part of the scene our eyes and brain correct for the odd perspective and “see” the buildings with their natural shape. But once we are looking at a photograph we don’t have that frame of reference and the buildings and other structures simply appear tilted or mis-shapen. Expensive Perspective Control (PC) and Tilt/Shift lenses have been created to help. However, in addition to being large and expensive PC lenses are usually of limited functionality, without zoom capabilities or stabilization in many cases.

Hurricane Irene—Two Weeks Later

We had a chance to spend some time in central New Jersey this week, an area which has suffered heavy flooding due to repeated storms topped off by Hurricane Irene. There were plenty of downed trees still being removed and lots of flood damaged properties but everywhere we went most businesses had been able to re-open. The very high water made for some interesting photographs. This one is the historic Princeton Mill building located on the bank of the Millstone River.

Luncheon Talk on "Take Photographs Like a Pro" by David Cardinal Next Wednesday

I'm speaking at the local Princeton Club next week on Wednesday about "Taking Better Photographs." It's open to the public--you just need to pay $15 for lunch in advance. I'll show some photos (of course) and give everyone some tips on better vacation photography as well as always popular kid's sports tips and ideas on photo trips. If you live near Palo Alto, California I hope to see you there! You can read more about the talk as well as sign up online at the PCNC website or with the event information below. Read more »

Southeast Asia Trip Report–Destination Myanmar (Burma)

"Intha Style" boats are family cars for the villagers living on Inle Lake. Here the father takes his daughter to school and his wife to market before beginning his day fishing.After a busy five days in Cambodia we reluctantly took our leave and jetted off to Myanmar. After a short connection in the Bangkok airport (Bill was ecstatic to find they had Durian ice cream there but the foot massages were a bigger hit with most of the folks) we arrived in Yangon (formerly Rangoon and still the largest city in Myanmar) in time to see sunset on the way into town. We get asked a lot about whether it is difficult to get permission to travel in Myanmar and the answer is absolutely not—tourists are welcomed. And once there no country has friendlier people…


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Pindaya Cave: Second Time Is The Charm

pl_pindayacave_0169Ever since I saw a photo of Pindaya Cave in a travel magazine I’ve been smitten with the way over the edge array of caverns literally stuffed full of over 8,000 Buddha images lit in a bewildering number of different ways. The result is an incredible experience. But capturing more than a tiny slice of the cave can be a photo nightmare.