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The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

Everybody photographs the Peter Iredale. Everybody.  So, I shouldn't have been surprised when I arrived at sunrise to find about ten photographers practically swarming around the wreck, trying to keep out of each others' way. More frustrating for me was the fact that they left tripods standing around, making it extremely difficult to shoot a clean frame. I finally asked the leader to round up the hardware, and gradually the tripods disappeared. A little self-awareness would have been nice.

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Photographing Bandon Beach

There are other attractive beaches up and down the Oregon coast, and while I did not have time to go further south, I found Bandon Beach with iconic Face Rock and sea stacks to be the most beautiful. It also attracted a fair number of photographers at sunset, though there was plenty of room for all of us to take our shots.

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Photographing Mesa Arch--at Sunset

My second trip to the Moab area was largely disappointing. The weather for my December 2014 trip had been essentially perfect: cold and clear, even some snow to keep things interesting. When I photographed the iconic Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park at sunrise, incredibly I had the place to myself. I've heard of dozens of photographers showing up for sunrise.

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Photographing the Begays in Monument Valley

Before my second visit to photograph Monument Valley, I asked Phillips Tours, if they could arrange for me to photograph some residents, rather than limiting myself to landscapes. They agreed and, as it turned out I was able to photograph my guide, Ray Begay's mother and father at their winter camp in Monument Valley. Ray had guided me three years before on sunrise and sunset photography tours of the Valley. During our tours we talked about life in the Valley, which extends far beyond what visitors see in the Tribal Park from the loop road. I was very pleased to travel with him again.

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