Switching Gears

After spending my entire photography career shooting sports, 25 years at Sports Illustrated, switching gears to landscape photography came with a new series of challenges, one being the use of filters. When I was out on assignment shooting off a tripod was never a consideration and I rarely used a shutter speed under 1000, now […]

Heaven’s Kiss

When artists discuss inspiration, oftentimes the conversation involves muses. Webster defines muses as: (Verb) to muse is to consider something thoughtfully. As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration. In mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized the arts and sciences. Today, a […]

When to use Neutral Polarizers?

One of my most used filters is the polarizer.  Simply put, this filter transforms flat, dull scenes into beautiful photographs.  Polarizers add contrast and saturation into landscapes.  And I love how a polarizer cuts through water glare, revealing what is beneath.   If I am headed to western Colorado to photograph fall colors, I will bring […]

Horsetail Fall

Evening light on Horsetail Fall, Yosemite National Park, California  by Russ Bishop Every February something special happens in Yosemite Valley if the conditions are right. At some point during the month the setting sun aligns perfectly with the canyon walls to the west for several evenings creating a longer than usual glow on the granite walls. And if […]

Enchanted in the Enchantments

On October fifth of this last year, I was all packed up and ready to head out in my new adventure van Gracie to hit the North Cascades to hunt for the golden larch (Tamaracks). The plan was to spend six glorious days hiking up high in the North Cascades and shoot evening light and […]

Valentine Food Photography

Every February 14, across the United States, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged in the name of St. Valentine. The Catholic Church recognizes three saints with the name Valentine, so there is a bit of confusion about which one is the actual Patron Saint of the holiday. The “holiday” as we recognize it, is centuries […]

A Boundary Waters Sunset with the All-in-One Filter

Just 30 minutes before sunset, the sun burst through the clouds lighting up the ancient gabbro rock slabs with golden light. It was late October, and we were approximately nine miles by paddle and portage into Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It was the last day of our five-day trip, and so far, we’d […]

Using the Gold-N-Blue Polarizer

In mid-February 2020, my good friend and photography mentor, George Wilson and I departed in the darkness of the early morning for the drive from Orlando, FL to Smyrna Dunes Park, several miles north of the Kennedy Space Center. Our goal was to catch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean before walking north along the boardwalk […]


I recently walked in the door from photographing bears for two solid weeks. 16,000 images of bears doing about everything you can imagine. Honestly, we had some of the best weather I have ever seen in Alaska in this area (I was there in June, and it rained multiple days). And we also got lucky with […]