Category Archives: Travel Photography

Gift of the Good Light | Spring Nature Photography on Hilton Head Island

Spring came early to Hilton Head Island. What normally would be considered May weather conditions has settled-in here in the Low Country of South Carolina, and with it has come some incredible light, particularly at sunrise and sunset. The gift of the good light awaits the photographer who gets up early and stays out late. The following are images I captured during the weekend of March 17 – 18, 2012 with locations that include Broad Creek, Broad Creek Marina and Burke’s Beach Park.

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety”. ~Ansel Adams

In the Light of New Mexico | Enchanted Indeed

I was blessed with an incredible week photographing the nature, landscape and history of north central New Mexico. The locations I visited and photographed the week of March 4 – 9 included Corrales, the Sandia Mountains, Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, the Jemez Mountains and the Cabezon Peak Wilderness Area.

Thank you Roch Hart of New Mexico Jeep Tours. A great friend and inspiration. I met Roch three years ago during my first visit to New Mexico, when attending the annual summit in 2009 for NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) in Albuquerque. I will be working with Roch and his touring company in preparing and presenting a photography tour and workshop planned for the last week of October 2012. I can guarantee and unforgettable experience with access to scenic areas that most of the public do not know about and in some cases has not been photographed before, including amazing Pueblo rock art and ruins, ghost towns and landscapes that easily rival those of the National Parks in southern Utah.

During the coming weeks I will be working on the program agenda and outline as well as pricing. We’re going to limit the group to nine participants due to number of Jeeps available (be prepared for fun but bumpy rides) but this will also allow for more in the way of one-on-one personal coaching and instruction on topics such as composing for the landscape, macro and close-ups, isolating elements, abstracts in nature, skyscapes and much more. Also, most meals will be included and I know from personal experience the dedication and commitment to outstanding customer service of New Mexico Jeep Tours. Details coming soon. If you’d like to be added to an early notify list for when the details on the New Mexico Photo Tour and Workshop are announced, please email me and I will be happy to do so.

Me in the Cabezon Wilderness Area of New Mexico. Photograph by Roch Hart of New Mexico Jeep Tours.

Sunrise at the Chocolate Turtle B&B in Coralles, New Mexico.


Travel Photography | Have Fun by Keeping it Simple

Last week was a spring break trip to Florida with my daughters, ages nine and 11. From Busch Gardens in Tampa to the Universal Parks in Orlando to an historic hotel in St. Petersburg, we had a very busy – but quite fun- week together. Because my time with my girls is limited and I like to make the best of it, I try (emphasis on try) to take a break from photography. Sure, there are lots of pics of them at the places we visit taken with my ever-present iPhone, but I don’t haul along all my usual gear such as DSLR camera bodies, lenses, tripod, etc. that are the mainstay when I’m out on photo excursions by myself. Too much. Gets in the way.

But still I can’t help seeing so many beautiful subjects in wonderful light that call for a camera with capabilities beyond the cell phone. This is where a good digital “point-n-shoot” comes in handy. My choice is the Canon PowerShot SX1. Here I have a portable, lightweight camera with a powerful zoom lens, macro setting, raw file format and the capability to shoot in manual or aperture priority modes with both evaluative and spot metering, not to mention impressive HD video. All in a package that is small, compact and easy to carry just about anywhere. Enough features and capabilities to keep the ever-present photographic artist within me happy while not getting in the way from sharing experiences and having a great time with my daughters.










































Western Skyscape in Black and White Photography

The winter landscape in Zion National Park, Utah. Dramatic sky at sunset, captured in black and white photography. I captured this image last January. Original is three exposures merged for HDR and then converted to black and white using the Nik Silver Efex Pro plug-in and targeted adjustments. Camera used was a Canon 1D Mark III with Canon 17-35 f2.8 L lens.

Winter Sky Over Virgin River in black and white by Jim Crotty
Winter Sky Over Virgin River in black and white by Jim Crotty

Travel Photography in Manhattan

My goal on a recent trip with my daughter to New York was NOT to take one of my DSLR cameras, but at the last minute I threw-in my Canon 5D Mark II and a couple of lenses that are relatively small and low in weight – a Lensbaby and a Canon 50mm f1.8. I couldn’t resist. What can I say ? I’m a photographer. Sometimes it’s a good thing to head-out to an entirely new location with completely different subject matter – as compared to what I usually photograph – and just have fun. Below are some of my favorite images from the trip.

What’s especially nice about the Canon 5D Mark II is the capability to shoot hand-held at very high ISO (film speed = sensitivity of digital sensor) settings. This feature came in handy while inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

What are your travel plans for the summer ? Try going with minimal camera gear and just go with the flow.

Two-Day, Destination Workshop Announced for September 2010

I’m happy to announce that I will be presenting my first “destination” type photo workshop, scheduled for the weekend of September 25th at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. The price of the workshop is $195, which includes more than two-full days of professional, photographic instruction, guidance to the best locations in Hocking Hills for nature and landscape photography, breakfast and lunch on both days and workshop booklet. Transportation and accommodations are left up to each workshop participant, however, The Inn at Cedar Falls is offering a 10% discount to those who choose to stay at one of the Inn’s rooms, cottages or cabins. Group size will be limited to 25 people.

Late September is when the “good light” returns to the hills, hollows and sandstone gorges of what many consider the most picturesque of Ohio’s state parks. Join me for a wonderful weekend of learning, artistic exploration and photography amongst a landscape that started it all for me so many years ago.

PDF download of full workshop description and information.