Mirage

29 Jul
Mirage :: Peru

Mirage :: Peru

I’m not a slave of darkness, I am the slave of light. – Rumi

When I went to Peru in 2013, I had Machu Picchu on my mind.  It would be hard not to. MP is one of the most historically impressive, well-marketed sites in the world.

The Sacred Valley is so much more than just MP though. This area of Peru is steeped in history, culture, beautiful Incan sites all nestled among gorgeous mountains, valleys and rivers. It is almost impossible not to fall in love with the place.

This image of sunset at Chinchero, one of many beautiful sites in the Sacred Valley of Peru, will be part of an upcoming article in Light & Landscape Magazine.  The magazine will be available through iTunes, so all you iUsers out there, watch for it!

Surrender

20 Jul
Surrender :: RI

Surrender :: RI

With all of the work that has been going into the promoting the new book, workshops, another upcoming magazine article (etc, etc…), I haven’t had much time to actually shoot some images for me.  So, after a full day of work last week, I decided I needed some camera time.  I hopped in the car and took off for Rhode Island, where they have some fabulous rocky coastline that just begs for attention. :-)

Hope you enjoy!  Feel free to share!

xoxo

Shannon

Understanding ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and Exposure

15 Jul

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“To consistently create better images, you need more than luck. You need to build a solid foundation of knowledge from which to draw on in every situation.

Photography is an art form largely based in evolving technology, meaning there will always be something new to figure out, new gear to buy if you’re well off financially (in which case, we should be better friends!), a new technique to perfect and new ideas to try. To absorb all of those innovative ideas, you need to put in the time and effort to learn. We highly recommend starting with the basics because a solid foundation is one of the keys to success.”

The above quote and graphic is an excerpt from our new ebook, “Photography. DUH; A firsthand account of
Landscape Photography and the mistakes NOT to make.”  :-)  The graphic is meant to be a short-hand reference to help you understand how ISO, Aperture, Exposure and Shutter Speed affect an image.  Why, you ask?  Because understanding those basic concepts will allow you to consistently create better images.  And really, who doesn’t want that??

If you’re looking for more easy to understand tips on how to elevate your landscape photography, this ebook is probably (definitely) for you.  Grab your copy HERE today!  It’s on sale for a limited time only for $5.99 (regular price $8.99).

Photography. DUH.

13 Jul
Light The Sky :: Maine

Light The Sky :: Maine

“The lens hood not appropriate for all situations, but for landscapes, it will probably help your images and editing workflow to some degree…unless you like extra work in post cloning out lens flares. Or your name is J.J. Abrams and lens flare is kind of your thing.”

 

Photography. DUH. …….yeah, that’s REALLY what we named our book. haha

Photography. DUH. is a firsthand account of the landscape photography mistakes you shouldn’t make!  Why?  Because mistakes are embarassing.  And costly.  Inconvenient.  Frustrating…..  You get the idea.

So why make mistakes if you don’t have to??  This book is an opportunity to learn from our mistakes instead.  And possibly laugh at our expense.  (Probably both.)

Not sold yet?  Fine.  I’ve included incredibly accurate review by photographer Derek Kind, and a few images from the book, to give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. :-)  When you’re done with that, head on over to the book store HERE and make your purchase.  For a limited time only, the book is ON SALE!  So…you know…chop chop!  Get a move on!  Vamanos!

Photography. DUH is a collection of downright useful common sense knowledge presented with an engaging brand of humor that will keep you entertained as well as enlightened. Filled with the type of good solid advice that would have saved me much trouble if only they’d had the decency to write it a few years earlier, Shannon and David lay out all the stuff budding landscape photographers ought to know and probably don’t. Two thumbs up, five stars, +1 and a Like for a thoroughly recommended book.” – Derek Kind

Book #2 is Coming Soon

8 Jul

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Yup…this about sums up my week. Haha

Originally posted on iPhone Photographer | David Pasillas:

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We’re so close to wrapping this one up! Going into this joint effort with Shannon Kalahan, I don’t think either of us really knew how much work we’d end up putting into it. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve read it and made changes.

We are finally just about ready to unleash our funny, and educational, landscape photography ebook on the world. A few of our professional photographer peers have already read it and given us great reviews.

I have other ideas for my next book(s), but I’d like to know if you are more interested in a book on iPhone photography, or dslr photography?

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Dancing Skies

29 Jun
Nubble Lights :: ME

Nubble Lights :: ME

If you want the shot, you have to show up.

Monday had been a long day, but when I heard there was a strong chance of Aurora sightings, I knew I had two options. I could go back home and spend the night sitting on my couch, editing photos and watching Netflix….or I could seize life and make it happen.  It’s not everyday that you have the opportunity to cross something off of your bucket list. Obviously, I had to go.

I did a quick tally of the places north of me that I suspected would have dark enough skies, and settled on Nubble Lighthouse in York, ME. I couldn’t find anyone willing to drop everything on such short notice, so around 7pm I hopped in the car and took the 2.5 hour drive to Maine alone. (The drive home was not fun. I got home at 2 am and got about 4 hours of sleep that night.)

Although it was a long tiring drive, the experience was 100% worth it. I sat on the rocks in front of the lighthouse, listening to the waves around me, and watched the pillars of light in the sky dance. All around me, I heard other people gasping and laughing at the magic of Mother Nature’s show. It was an experience that I will cherish for years to come.

I hope you enjoy the shot. This was taken at ISO 1600, f/3.5, 10 mm, 20 seconds. :-)

Choose Life, Choose Love

18 Jun
Emerge :: VT

Emerge :: VT

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – MLK, Jr.

 

The Charleston shooting is horrifying and tragic on so many levels.  I find most violence difficult to swallow, and this even more so because the victims were spending their energy on prayer.  It is just one of many world-wide incidents that continue to sadden and frustrate me.

 

It saddens me that one human can feel so filled with hate, fear, a need to feel power over another, etc that he or she can feel justified in taking the lives of another living being.  At what point do we sit down and have a talk with our children about the root causes of violence?  At what point do we address the fear and the hate, regardless of its source, that we hold in our own hearts?  At what point do we encourage love instead?  At what point do we take and expect personal accountability for our actions?  At what point do we acknowledge the wrongs done to us personally, and accept that one incident doesn’t need to define us OR our interactions with people who weren’t involved?  At what point do we base our assessment of a fellow human on their character and actions alone?  At what point do we ask our fellow citizens to take a look at themselves and do the same?

 

It frustrates me that these continued acts of violence are polarizing our country, when the only way to bring about equality for every human is through unified purpose.  There is only one race.  No matter where you were raised, your gender, what circumstances you were born into, what religion you embrace or whom you fall in love with, we are all brothers and sisters.  You don’t have to like your siblings to respect their rights to live, to choose, to opportunity and to peace.

 

I am afraid for our country and our world.  I think a lot about the brave, vocal leaders our world has seen who have worked tirelessly to advocate for their fellow man.  Beacons of love, equality, education, acceptance and understanding like MLK, Ghandi and Mother Theresa have been bright lights in the dark and violent history of mankind.  When do we take it upon ourselves to light our own candles?  When do we put aside our differences and embrace civility?

 

The path to peace is built on equality, and paved with both determination and hard work.  The cost of living in a society is responsibility.  On a personal level, you are responsible for your thoughts, your actions and your willingness to work towards a better life.  But there is more to it than that.  Ultimately, choosing to live in a society means you are part of a whole.  There must be an understanding that your choices affect the people around you.  If you choose to live in a way that negatively impacts the people around you, including encouraging hate and fear in others (including your children), what incentive is there for society to continue to support you?  Even if you choose not to actively raise other people up, you have a responsibility not to tear them down.

 

Our actions now will shape the future.  There is no need to drag around the choking weight of hatred, misunderstanding and intolerance…they only serve to poison your life.  You can acknowledge and respect our collective history while still choosing to rise above unhealthy fears.  You will find the world to be a brighter place when you are working towards a better tomorrow.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of all of these sort of tragic events around the world.  #PrayersForCharleston

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