The Art of Landscape Photography - WellsFineArtPhotography

This photo blog is part road trip journal and part instruction in getting the most artistic images from landscape photos. It is my hope that you can use what I have learned to get better images and have more fun doing so.

To read the articles, click on the photos to the right of the text.



Bryce seems like a photographers dream. Point your camera anywhere and get a good shot. To get a great shot though, is another thing altogether. On my second trip to Bryce in Winter, I learned more about what it takes to get a really good image from this amazing place.

Red & Blue - Bryce Part 2

If you ever get a chance to see a total eclipse, remember that the most important thing – and a I say this as a photographer – is not to photograph it, but to experience it. There is nothing like being in that moment of totality. To read more about the August 21, 2017 total eclipse, click the photo to the right.


Total Solar Eclipse - 2017

I am often asked by people looking at my photographs, “Did you Photoshop that?” The implied message being, “Was it really that beautiful? Were the colors that vibrant? Could you really see all those stars?” The question also implies that photographers use cameras to mechanically record exactly what was present in the scene, unlike painters who select elements from a scene and make artistic decisions of how to depict those elements to convey an emotion or idea.

Is Photography Art?

Patagonia has been on my bucket list for years. Ever since I first saw a photo of Torres del Paine, I knew I had to go. I was reluctant to go to another country alone, especially since I’m not fluent in Spanish. I had looked into tours that were too expensive or required hiking 16 miles in a day carrying all your camping gear (and 20 pounds of cameras). This year I found a great tour, with wonderful photographers for company. Even the notoriously bad weather cooperated. Now of course, I want to go back. Let me take you on a little trip to one of the last great wild places on Earth.


Fall Colors in Patagonia

I have long wanted to see Bryce in the Winter. The perfect excuse came in March of 2017. My challenge was to find a strong composition in a clutter of overwhelming beauty. Click the image on  the right to see more.

Bryce in Winter

The Golden Proportion or Golden Ratio is an esthetic that can bring balance and beauty to your photographs. I learned about it shortly before taking a trip to Morro Bay. To see what I learned, click the image to the right.

Golden Proportion

Have you ever heard the saying, "Bad weather is a photographer's best friend?" That adage proved true for me on a recent trip to photograph Fall colors in the Wasatch mountains of Utah.

Wasatch Mountains Fall Colors

Have you ever seen a rainbow at night? Yosemite is the perfect place to catch a lunar rainbow.

Lunar rainbows

I have been asked how I process my night photographs. Here are my step by step instructions....

Night Shots

Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are magnets for photographers from around the world. It is easy to see why. The twisted slot canyons outside of Page Arizona have an otherworldly beauty. To prepare yourself for a trip there of just to get a tour without leaving your chair, click the image to your right.

Tale of Two (Antelope) Canyons

I'm learning to let go and let the shot come to me. More fun, less stress and surprisingly, better shots!

Getting Lucky

Have you ever wondered about something and had it appear? There's something magic about holding an image in your mind and then letting it go. In February of 2016, this is what happened.... 

Beyond Lucky

I drove several thousand miles to get the sunrise at Mesa Arch. The moment would be short. Here's how I prepared.

Mesa Arch Sunrise

False Kiva has a mystical power. It captures the story of the Southwest and it's people in a single image. Bring water.....

False Kiva

What to do if there's no water to make a "fire fall" at Yosemite's Horsetail Falls? Shoot rainbows on the other falls. Another case of good timing and luck.

Yosemite Rainbows

Sometimes the best shots happen by mistake. Here are a few that I couldn't have planned.


Happy Accidents

You may have seen photos of an incredible swirl of sandstone, somewhere in the desert Southwest. The first time I saw it, I was blown away by the beauty. I found out that the place is called “The Wave” by photographers and is part of an area called North Coyote Buttes by the Park Service. It's a difficult place to see as the BLM allows only 20 people per day to make the 5 mile hike and out. I didn't know if I would ever get to see it, but I certainly wanted to. Click the image to the right to read more.

The Wave

This is a challenging hike but the rewards are great. Bring a tripod and a water filter.

Zion "Subway"

The hike to Angel's Landing is rated among the best hikes in the world, that is if you don't mind hiking up a fin of rock with nothing but a chain to  prevent you from going over a 1,500 foot drop on either side. This article is more about the hike than photo technique. To see it, click the image to the right.

Angel's Landing

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