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  • Manly Pier

    This is an image from my recent trip to Sydney. What an amazing place! Their rapid transit system is unified and consists of light rail, trains, busses and ferries. You purchase an Opal card that works on everything, and “top it up” as you go, so getting around the city is a breeze. A short half-hour ferry ride from Circular Quay next to the Sydney Opera House brings you to Manly Wharf on the North side of the harbor. This is an image of the wharf, processed as a watercolor. It printed up beautifully, and I laminated it rather than putting glass in front of it. I added a simple charcoal wire brushed frame to work with the weathered elements of the pier, and ended up taking it home, to remind me of all the fun I had on the trip. More images to come. Thanks for joining me on this journey!



    Manly Pier, NSW Australia
  • A Close Call in Paris
    One evening in Paris, I found myself staring transfixed at the full moon and the Eiffel tower. The Iron lady, or "La Dame de Fer" as she is affectionately known across the pond, is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. Would it even possible to get a unique and creative shot? 

    Perhaps.
    As the full moon rose and sailed silently above the dome of Les Invalides to the east, I could see that its trajectory would take it across the tower itself, but where? Would the combination of moon and tower be compelling? Where was the shot? The clock was ticking...
    Soon it became obvious that the moon would pass right through the opening between the first and second floors of the tower. Awesome, except for one small problem: the only place to get that shot would be standing in the middle of the street on the Pont d'Iéna which connects the Trocadero to the Champs du Mars – in rush hour traffic.
    Go or no go? Here's the answer:


  • Standing on A Corner in Winslow, Arizona...
    If you have ever found yourself "Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona," then you'd be just a hop, skip and a jump away from the subject of today's post, which is La Posada, one of the most important buildings of 20th-century American architecture. It was a Harvey House, designed by the legendary Mary Colter, and restored by Architect Allan Affeldt and his wife, Tina Mion, working in concert with Marie LaMar of the Winslow Historical Society and Janice Griffith of the Old Trails Museum. Together, along with the cooperation of the City of Winslow, They saved La Posada and made it a living museum for the world to enjoy!
  • Ten Little Indians
    Dorothea Lange, one of my favorite photographers, once famously said, "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." How true! Photographers are trained to notice details that others might overlook. In the same way a musician's ear hears sound differently than most of us, so too, a photographer looks at the world consciously in terms of light, contrast, composition, tone, rhythm and detail in a way that most of us look at automatically and sometimes unconsciously. Here's a case in point: in the image below, which was taken at the Tres Rios Wetlands (the confluence of Salt, Agua Fria, and Gila Rivers in Maricopa County Arizona) the casual observer might see six or seven great blue herons standing in their nests. A trained photographer would see all ten! Can YOU pick them all out? Good luck!

    Great blue herons nesting in a cottonwood tree at the Tres Rios Wetland in Maricopa County, Arizona.
  • One of my Side Hustles
    By now, most of the people around me know that I'm passionate about photography. There's always new stuff to learn, new places to photograph, and new ways to do it, not to mention all the new gear and software coming out on a daily basis. Sometime it seems to be a never ending stream of learning curves, trial and error, adjustments and the like that keep photographers on their toes, and keep our avocation fresh. My primary focus has always been travel and landscape photography. I love to go, and pretty much anywhere. See new places, meet new people, share adventures and discoveries. However, practical matters like running a small business for the last thirty years have made the vagabond life impractical. There's a lot of logistical work involved in going half way 'round the world, and fortunately I have an amazing crew who covers for me and makes it possible for me to indulge my passion. For the last several years, I've been working with Interior designers and real estate companies doing architectural and interior photography. It's a whole different discipline, choosing angles, creating and telling stories through sequential images, blending daylight, incandescent, fluorescent and now LED light sources to achieve a harmonious balance, bracketing exposures and making HDR composites, focus stacking and lots more. The bottom line? It's actually made me a better landscape photographer.
  • Opera Garnier – Photography by Pat Kofahl
    Opera Garnier - Paris by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com
    Opera Garnier is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Hyperbole, perhaps, but spectacular, nonetheless. It is the inspiration for one of the most famous contemporary operas, Phantom, by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Which is based on the Novel by Gaston Leroux, published in 1910.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Heatwave – Photography by Pat Kofahl

    Heatwave by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Vertical view of Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona. Light cascades down from above, illuminating the Navajo Sandstone formations carved out by thousands of years of water action, creating graceful and dreamlike forms. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Misty Morning at Manorhamilton – Pat Kofahl

    Misty Morning at Manorhamilton by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    On a cycling trip to Northern Ireland recently, one of our stops was the tiny village of Manorhamilton, in North County Leitrim, with a bustling population of 1500 souls or so, and all the charm and friendliness one comes to expect from the Irish people. While touring by bike provides some challenges to the photographer, It allows a perspective and immersion that is much more intimate and personal. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Sahara – Photography by Pat Kofahl
    Sahara 614 by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com
    Taken last week on our camel excursion into the Sahara desert at Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga, Morocco. These are the some of the highest dunes in the entire Sahara, some reaching over 120 meters in height. The wind, which can often exceed 180 kph can completely reshape the terrain, and so a particular "view" can vanish virtually overnight. Chances are that this particular configuration doesn't even exist anymore.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Clearing Storm - Sedona. Photography by Pat Kofahl

    Clearing Storm - Sedona, Arizona by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Late afternoon sunlight breaks through a clearing storm in Sedona, Arizona. This view is from the Airport looking North.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Dust Storm – Monument Valley – Photography by Pat Kofahl

    Dust Storm – Mitten Butes by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Arizona is actually pretty famous for dust storms. We even borrowed the Arab term "haboob," because they're so similar to what's often seen in the Saharan and Arabian desert. Triggered by monsoon thunderstorms, these massive walls of dust often reach heights of 10,000 feet, engulfing and obscuring everything in their path. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Palazzo Publico & Torre del Mangia – Siena by Pat Kofahl

    Palazzo Publico – Siena by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    The outside of the structure is an example of Italian medieval architecture with Gothic influences. The lower story is stone; the upper crenelatted stories are made of brick. The facade of the palace is curved slightly inwards (concave) to reflect the outwards curve (convex) of the Piazza del Campo, Siena's central square of which the Palace is the focal point. The campanile or bell tower, Torre del Mangia, was built between 1325 and 1344. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Clouds – Monument Valley – by Pat Kofahl

    Clouds – Monument Valley by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    The view from Hunts Mesa is the quintessential vision of the West: vistas as far as the eye can see, human habitation almost an afterthought, and dwarfed by the enormity of the landscape. Arroyos, canyons, mesas, draws, washes, tanks. A place so alien that it even requires its own language to describe it. A land with its own rules and laws, completely impersonal, and universally enforced, without rancor or a second thought.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Silent Sunrise – Grand Canyon by Pat Kofahl

    Silent Sunrise – Grand Canyon by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    A bitterly cold winter morning, but with amazing visibility. The crunch of snow as your boots sink into the new fallen snow while you search for the perfect perspective, the perfect frame. The legs of the tripod disappear into the blanket of white. Steam pours out of your mouth and nose as you fumble with the tripod and the controls of your camera. you check your settings and composition – all good to go. Finally, you smile as you lift the cable release and prepare to squeeze – gently, silently, almost reverently, because you know that there's no place on earth you'd rather be. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Snowfall at Sunrise – Watson Lake by Pat Kofahl

    Snowfall at Sunrise – Watson Lake by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Ask most people what they think of when you say the word "Arizona," and chances are you'll hear the words "cactus," "desert," "dry," or "flat," yet, behind these red rocks that surround Watson Lake in Prescott stands Humphreys Peak, towering 12,637 ft. (3852m). With 194 named mountain ranges, the state is hardly flat. In addition to the sub-arctic tundra found on the San Francisco peaks, The state also has more deserts than any other: Sonoran, Mojave, Painted and Chihuahuan. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Clearing Storm – Cimarron Ridge, Colorado by Pat Kofahl

    Clearing Storm – Cimarron Ridge by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Here near Cimarron ridge in the high country of Colorado, Mother Nature shows off her fall colors, which can easily be swept away at moment's notice by an early winter storm, high winds or hail. I's truly a precious window to catch early morning light as a storm clears and the colors seem to dance across the landscape.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • First Snowfall at Owl Creek – Photography by Pat Kofahl

    First Snowfall at Owl Creek, Colorado by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    First snowfall in the high country of Colorado heralds the coming of winter as the blanket of gold inevitably changes to white. The annual cycle turns toward completion, somnolence and slumber, but deep inside is buried the promise of spring and rebirth. And so the wheel turns...This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Point Imperial – North Rim – By Pat Kofahl

    Point Imperial – North Rim – Grand Canyon by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters), overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. Here the canyon transforms as the narrow walls of Marble Canyon, visible only as a winding gash, open dramatically to become "grand." Layers of red and black Precambrian rocks, not visible at Bright Angel Point, add contrast and color. Part of the viewpoint is accessible. – NPS. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Bright Angel Sunset – North Rim – Pat Kofahl Photography
    Arizona, Grand Canyon,

    Bright Angel Sunset – North Rim by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Sunset falls on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Bright Angel Canyon, one of the main North-South routes to the South rim. It's a badge of honor amongst hikers in the Southwest to have spent time "down in" at Phantom Ranch, or to traverse the canyon in a day, or even double up, going across and back.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • High Country Snowfall – Photography by Pat Kofahl

    High Country Snowfall by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    The West Fork of Oak Creek becomes a winter wonderland in the snow. Here the reflections of the bright Navajo sandstone combine with the pristine white of the snow to create a natural tapestry. The near frozen mountain stream both reflects the image of the mountainside above, while also revealing the textures and colors of the stream bed below, requiring the observer to pause a moment to resolve the image. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Sonoran Blood Moon – Pat Kofahl Photography

    Sonoran Blood Moon and Eclipse by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    A lone Sahuaro Cactus bears witness to the Blood Moon as it rises over the Sonoran Desert and enters the Earth's shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse. The entire process lasted for several hours, and we were fortunate to have clear skies for the entire event. It was an amazing opportunity to enjoy this incredible bit of celestial mechanics.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Sedona Snowfall at Sunset

    Sedona Sunset in Snow by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Sedona is the heart of Red Rock country in Arizona, attracting over 5 million visitors each year. Some come for the view, as you can see here, some for the culture, but some come to explore the spiritual power of Sedona's "Energy Vortexes", a subtle but powerful effect that has been known to separate visitors from their worries, their cares, and their financial resources. Approach with caution.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • A River Runs Through It

    A River Runs Through It by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    The river below, as seen from the South Rim on a cold winter's morning, is the Colorado, and the canyon is one of the seven contemporary wonders of the world. The first known passage by Europeans through the Grand Canyon was accomplished by the John Wesley Powell expedition in 1869.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • Lair of the Spiderwoman

    Lair of the Spider Woman by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    In Navajo mythology, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Canyon de Shay) is the place where humans first emerged into this world. The Spider woman who lives inside the 750 ft tall spire pictured here, is the creator of the world and everything in it. It is said that she took a web she had spun, laced it with dew, threw it into the sky and the dew became the stars overhead. This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!
  • First Light – Monument Valley

    First Light – Monument Valley by Pat Kofahl on 500px.com

    Dawn arrives at Monument Valley in this view from Hunt's Mesa. It's a long, precarious drive up in a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle, with a Navajo guide, usually done the day before, in order to shoot the sunset, which is also breathtaking. You can overnight, with a five o'clock wake-up in order to dress, grab a cup of coffee, get the camera gear together and trudge out to the northernmost point. It can get pretty cold, depending upon the time of year, and there is usually some fumbling with gloved fingers as you adjust your tripod and the camera controls, getting ready for the shot. This view makes it all worth it.This fine art image by Pat Kofahl is available in multiple sizes on paper, canvas, metal and plexiglass. Prices start at $49.00!

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