9 Photo Composition Tips For Every Photographer

I am always scouring the Internet for the best tip and tricks when it comes to photography.

Some of these I have known, others are new to me.  This video uses the work of photographer Steve McCurry to make it point.  And it does.  Hope you enjoy it and pick up a nugget or two.

Here are his top nine tips and the video that goes along with it….

1. Rule of Thirds

2. Use Natural Lines

3. Diagonals

4. Framing


5. Figure to Ground

6. Fill the Frame

7.  Center Dominant Eye

8. Pattern & Repetition

9. Symmetry


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Road Trip: Vail, Colorado

At more than 8,000 feet above sea level, Vail, Colorado is truly a unique destination.   It is home to the third largest ski mountain in North America, though my arrival last week occurred before the first snowfall arrived.  Just to review, the weather was a bit different from Southern California.  When I left Orange County, it was in the mid 90’s (F).  By the time I woke up that first morning for a morning stroll with my camera, the temperature was a solid 35 degrees in the mornings, but no rain or hint of snow on the mountain.  The Vail sky was bluer than I remember seeing in a long time and the fresh air easily filled my lungs.

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Vail village is a little more than a two-hour ride from Denver.  While driving most of the way on Interstate I-70, I could not help but feel different as the Colorado countryside allowed my mind to easily wander.

The photograph below is from Vail Village, around 6:30 in the morning, with the moon watching overhead.


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Once I photographed the village itself, I set out on a bike to capture the surrounding mountains.  Vail has many paths to hike and while people often associate the destination with amazing skiing, visiting and hiking during the summer and fall can provide for an amazing visit.

Below is a photograph I took right around sunrise, about 10 minutes outside of the Village itself.



If you would like to experience a few photographs from my visit last year, I am including links to a few of my favorite photographs.

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The photograph below is not from Vail.  I captured it during a hike.  The destination is Hanging Lake.

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A few more photographs can be found here.

Link 1:  A bridge in Frisco, Colorado

Link 2: More Vail Mountains

Link 3: Red Rock Amphitheater



Photography Visit Through Nashville

Musician Loading ZoneIt was a summer of endless travel, mostly for work and a bit of play.   When my trade conference schedule allowed, which was mostly early in the morning or late in the day, around sunrise or sunset, the conference badge and work clothes were tucked away and the camera and sneakers came out to capture a city.

It has been some 25 years or so since I last visited Nashville and the transformation this city has gone through has been nothing short of amazing.  Nashville is still built on country music and the sites around the city are also something to be enjoyed.



That said, when you wake up around 6:00 am to capture the city, it is often overcast like the image shown below.  The large office building in the center of the photo, is known to locals as the Batman Building due to the antenna’s that stick out like Batman’s mask.  Officially, it is actually an AT&T Building.


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The photo above was taken from this great bridge, called the Shelby Street Bridge,linking the downtown to an area where the Tennessee Titans play their home football games.  originally built in 1909, the bridge reopened as a pedestrian only bridge after extensive renovations in 2003.

Nashville Bridge




Johnny Cash Museum

7 Smart Tips for Shooting With a Smartphone

I will be the first to admit I am not one that shoots landscape photography with a smartphone.  Sure, there are times that I will take and save a photograph or two with my iPhone, but usually it is only because I am not carrying my digital SLR with me.  Here is a quick example.

When you visit by my Instagram feed, at CharlesHarrisPhotography, 95% of the photos includes digital camera work I’ve uploaded as time allows.  There is even  fewer on my main portfolio photography website.

So, I was naturally intrigued when I came across this recent YouTube video titled 7 Tips for Shooting with a Smartphone.

While I have seen and had fun with the first tip, as I am sure many people who have a Smartphone have, the other tips are cool and add ideas to capturing great photography.  I particularly like numbers six and seven in this short video.  I hope you will enjoy them too and find inspiration to improve the way you photograph the world.



On the Road, In Napa Wine Country

It has been a whirlwind of a summer.

More trips than I would like to count, but when I hit the road my camera is always with me.

Case in point.  A few weeks ago, I flew to Northern California for an overnight business trip to Napa.  Yes, that Napa.

Surprisingly, I had only been once before.

Okay, technically it was not Napa.  My business meeting was in Yountville, a stone’s throw or 15 miles to the north but still deep in the heart of wine lovers from around the world.  Foodies out there will know Yountville for The French Laundry, a restaurant which claims celebrities galore and a waiting list of about one year to get in.  Never tried not dined in that establishment, but I did have my camera in hand and explored the area, before my meeting.  This photograph, taken around 7:00 a.m., is of the Castello Di Amorosa, a castle within a winery about 45 minutes North from where I was staying, just off Route 128.

Castello Di Amorosa

After my meeting, as I drove back towards San Francisco, I halted my drive and exited to a scenic spot I had never before noticed.  It was at the edge of Marin County coming into San Francisco.  What I was able to capture on this day was by far my best photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge I’ve ever taken.  Almost blew off the side of the hill it was so windy, but I managed to get the shot.

Golden Gate Bridge


I was fortunate to extend my stay in the Bay Area through the weekend.  The best part, of course was seeing family, and a few friends.  Years after I left my baseball career, I finally made it to AT&T Park in San Francisco, where I saw two games in two days.  This shot, taken from the upper deck at dusk.

Baseball in San Francisco

After the night game, there was a day game, which I was able to capture from McCovey Cove before I headed back into the stadium.  When the designers created this stadium, they did it right.

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Finally, before heading back home on Sunday afternoon, I managed a two hour hike before heading back to Southern California.  I do not know what I have with bridges but they always seem to capture my attention.

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In fact, there is a wonderful bridge photograph from Colorado hanging in my new office.

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2014 Temecula Ballon and Wine Festival

I will admit this much.  I went to Temecula to capture the balloons.  I have always wanted to photograph a balloon festival and I am sorry to say I never made it into the event to taste the wines.  Temecula has been on my list of places to visit for wine and I will be back for sure.  However, on this early Saturday morning, the journey involved driving in the dark to beat the time clock.

The balloons were schedule to get into the air by 6:30 a.m.  The winds kick up so the best time of day to make this happen is at the beginning of the day or the end of the day.

I chose to rise at 5:00 a.m., drive my from Orange County home in the dark and arrive in Temecula to see the sights.  I was not disappointed.  I have provided a few photographs here and I will add more on my portfolio site.  You can click on any of the photographs here and you will be taken to my main page.

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 It is one of my new favorite photographs.  When someone told me, after taking it and posting it, that they thought the photograph was not real, I knew I had captured something special.

Here are a few more photographs from different perspectives.

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if you would like to learn more and plan your trip for the 2015 Temecula Ballon and Wine Festival, I have enclosed a link to this year’s events.

For a complete peek into my photography portfolio, please visit: Charles Harris Photography on Smugmug

The Photographer’s Cheat Sheet

You remember the old cheat sheets, right? 

A quick reference guide is often used get you through an exercise, speaking engagement or event where some of the details somehow just do not want to stick in your short term and sometimes long term memory.

This week, I came across a DSLR cheat sheet for photographers, compliments of Luke Zeme photography.  A quick one-page guide, the information below shows you, for example, variations of shutter speed for shooting different kinds of events.  This ranges from shooting at night with low lights to family photography on sunny days to sports, action shots and wildlife.

If you are challenged by aperture or ISO settings, make sure to take note of how to adjust between sunny days (low ISO like 100 or 200) and low light (higher ISO like 3200 or 6400.

If you are just starting your journey as a photographer, I highly recommend reading the Rules of Thirds at the bottom of the graphic. 

This sheet is worth linking to and coming back to revisit when you need it.  

Cheat Sheet

All Media 2013 Art Exhibition

Recently, the 2013 All Media Southern California Juried Art Exhibition opened to the public and for the first time, I have one piece showing at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.  I am proud to say that my photograph, Near the Pier, is being featured at the show.  It is the first time my photography is being displayed at a public exhibition.   I do sincerely hope the piece sells.  I captured photograph while I was in Manhattan Beach and the people, the pier and the vibrant colors all set up perfectly for this shot.  I also know people like it online as it is one of the most visited photographs within my online gallery. This show features two- and three-dimensional art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics and digital media.  The juror for this show is Grace Kook-Anderson.  She is also the curator of exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California.    The exhibition is from September 21 to October 26, 2013. image_allmedia2013_750p I am very grateful that I was chosen to participate in this show.  There is no rest however as my next goal is to be admitted into the 2014 Laguna Beach Festival of Arts show.  The application process is well under way and I will keep readers of this blog updated as to my status for next summer. Stay tuned.

Best Places to Photograph in Colorado

Photograph ColoradoI recently returned from the business trip to Colorado.  I attended an invitation only conference for senior level marketing executives.

However, it is what I saw and captured during my trip to Colorado that really sparked the photographer inside of me.  I titled this blog entry, the Best Places to photography in Colorado for a reason.   Before this excursion, I had only driven through Denver once, years ago during a cross country trip to see professional baseball games.  This was before the Colorado Rockies even existed.

That said, I was not going to miss this opportunity to capture the amazing nature scenes Colorado has to offer.  As I prepared for my trip, I did two important things that would make any photographs I took better.  I researched great photography spots in Colorado and I spoke with people.  A lot of people. In fact, I spoke with anyone who has been to Colorado and was willing to offer me suggestions of where to shoot.  I even spoke with people I met once landed, but more about that another day.

Some of the spots, I wanted to shoot I never got to while others were added as I went along, and yes, one helpful couple unintentionally led me to a dead end.  No matter, I loved the short amount of free time I had and made the most of it.  In no particular order, here is the highlight list from my trip to Colorado, a few photos and a bit more commentary.

1. Vail — It was the destination for the conference and once I arrived, I knew instantly why ski lovers are passionate about this vacation destination.  The summer/falls months are not to be missed either.


2. Red Rocks Amphitheater — Was tipped off about this music destination on my way to Vail, but had to pull over for a half an hour and see this beautiful setting for myself.  There was a crew setting up for an event later in the weekend, but I took full advantage of the this stop, which was not far off the freeway.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

3.  Hanging Lake — I ventured on this three-mile round trip hike on my own, post conference and before I needed to catch my plane from Denver.  This location is further West from Vail off the 70 freeway, about an hour in fact, but I woke early and made the most of my Sunday morning.  Again, more about this wonderful hike and site in another blog post.

Hanging Lake

4. Sapphire Point — The drive here, just outside of the town of Dillon, Colorado, provides a spectacular view of  Lake Dillon Reservoir.  It is a little bit out of the way and not especially well marked, but wasn’t too tough to locate.  The stop provided a nice rest spot between Denver and Vail, about 10-15 minutes off the freeway.

Saphire Point

While there, it also provided me the opportunity to meet this guy.

Blue Jay

5.  Nature Hikes — The photograph below was actually taken during my walk to Hanging Lake (see #3).  That said, there are so many amazing natural places to shoot, I promise you, your camera will have ample opportunity to capture scenes like this.  

Nature Hike

I know I have missed so many more places.  it will be a great reason to return to the Rocky Mountains.  For those of you who have never visited, put it on your vacation or travel schedule.  These were my Best Places to photograph in Colorado — for this trip.  I look forward to discovering many more.

If you like these photographs, there are certainly more to view on my photography portfolio at Charles Harris Photography.  Click on the Landscapes portfolio.

Photographs From Victoria Beach

I certainly need to make up for lost time.  This is my first public post since capturing the last parts of winter in New York City.  While I have captured many new photographs, I somehow have not found the time to post about them until now.  I will ask for your forgiveness as I try to catch up a bit.

The following photographs were taken during a visit to Laguna Beach.  If you read this blog or view my landscape photography on my website, you will know that Laguna Beach is a favorite destination.  But, until this visit, I had never spent time at Victoria Beach.


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This hidden gem in Laguna is known for his Turret or castle as outlined below.  of course, I made my way to this beach right before sunset as the lighting and time of day seem to provide for the best photographs.  While it was a bit cloudy at times, the small thin castle provides for a truly unique setting to capture the Pacific Ocean.

Around the corner from this castle, which resembles more of a tan NASA rocket with windows than a traditional Chateau, is a wonderful tide pool which the waves often rush over rocks.

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At the time of this photo, the tide must have been pretty low.  I was able to stand on the rocks themselves and somehow avoided getting wet.  The last shot I am posting in this set, is a cool photo of the summer waves with the classic trees, tourists and houses as the back drop.  When you drop down the steps to Victoria Beach, this is the first setting your eyes will fall in love with as you make your way to the sand.

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Don’t Forget you can always follow my feed on Instagram or Mobli to see my latest photographs.

Central Park Landscape Photography

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph great destinations outside of my normal Southern California beaches.  If you have the opportunity to view my portfolio, many of the shots I have featured are focused on these magical Southern California beaches.  I do not think anyone would question why not.  These beaches are so picturesque and colorful that nature’s perfect backdrop makes for stunning backgrounds.

As I also mentioned in another post, I recently spent time in North Carolina shooting, but this was after I departed from New York City.

And when you have the opportunity to photograph in New York, how can one not stop at Central Park at sunrise to capture one of the most iconic places in the city that never sleeps.  The early light in the Central Park plays off the city’s buildings.  It’s captured in a yellow/orangish hue that helps to light up the darker path.

Winding Path Central Park

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These shots, not taken long ago, shows in both the picture above as well as the shot below that there still was snow on the ground in March, 2013.  In fact, the city was dusted with snow while I was there and that proved to be an additional incentive to reach Central Park before it all melted away.

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In the photograph below, I wanted to capture the feeling that you were crossing the bridge into the heart of New York City.  The early morning light helped to illuminate the city buildings.

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I have shot this Central Park bridge before (below), but never at sunrise.

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North Carolina Photography

I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to my landscape photography.  While my passion for taking photographs has not waned, the time I have had to write and showcase some of my favorite work has escaped me until now.

Recently, following a business trip to New York, I was able to spend a weekend in North Carolina.  It was my first visit to this region and while I have traveled through most of America’s 50 states, I have no idea why North Carolina escaped me until now.  After seeing and witnessing its beauty, I regret not coming through here years ago.

A Deer A Duck and a Red Tin Roof

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This first shot, shown above is one of my new favorites that I will be showing for a long time.  I have titled it, ” A Deer, a Duck and a Small Red Roof.”

The red tin roof and the duck are easy to spot.  The deer not so much.  I must have sat in this location for about 30 minutes trying to capture the perfect time of day.  Dusk is my favorite light and I was rewarded by this peaceful pond.

In North Carolina, there are no shortages for bridges and it seemed I was shooting bridges and water at every turn.  The photography below is called “Chapel Hill Bridge.”

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Another bridge over calm waters…..

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And one finally that had no water.

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I could not help but capture the photograph of the couple below, enjoying the afternoon sun by a bridge, in a garden.

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The final photo in this set is a more well-known bridge over water.  Can you name the place?

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The red bridge should give away the place, if you have ever visited it before.  It is, of course, the Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University.

Charles Harris Photography – Video Montage

Each one of the photographs I take sets a scene and tells a story from a moment in time.  This week, the flu hit me hard and knocked me out of work for a few days.  I hate not being in the office and confined to my home, but tried, when I had the energy to make it productive.

The following video is a brief montage from the photographs I post on the Charles Harris Photography (On Smugmug) website.

The difference is, this time, I set it to music and added a bit of motion to a few of the photographs.

Newport Beach Neighborhood

Once upon a time, I lived in Newport Beach while attending school as an undergrad at the University of California, Irvine.  32nd street to be exact. The environment and landscape in the area was so captivating that I never wanted to leave my surroundings.  If I only had my Canon camera back then….

I recently found myself back in the same area on an early Sunday morning with time, the right lighting and great views to take a few photographs of my former Newport Beach neighborhood.  It was right round 8:00 a.m. when I parked the car and walked to the bridge overlooking Lido Isle, where it seems everyone has a private dock, boat and a multi-million dollar home.

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I could not capture a perfect reflection in the clam water as a small group of birds continued to cause a ripple effect that is shown in the water’s tree line.  They were just playing in the shallow end of the water and these ripples caused the small waves in the water.

Eventually, I moved to the Newport Beach Pier, where I planted myself under the pier itself and set up for a few photographs.

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While I think I should have been here at sunset instead of the early morning, the blue sky was as clear as I could remember.  At this spot, birds gather by the dozens as fishermen bring in and cut up fresh fish they catch during the night.  It took a while (photo below) to get most of the birds out of the shot but it was well worth it.  The endless pier made this a great way to end my time in Newport Beach.

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First Light, Last Light

When it comes to shooting landscape photography, I have quickly come to prefer two times of day to pull out my Canon camera:  First Light and Last Light.  Translation:  Sunrise and sunset.

The way the sun cast these early and late shadows just makes all the difference when capturing the mood, shadows and overall feeling.

Not one to ever sleep much, I am often up before the sun rises so I head to the closest beach to see what I can see.


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I especially like the photo above, where it shows the sun creeping through the grass as it begins to wake up the West Coast.


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The above photo was one of the first I took, when I arrived at Crystal Cove State Park.  I could just imagine a warm summer’s day picnic.  The clouds in this photo are especially clear right between the pillars, providing a magical experience to the shot.


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The two rocks in the foreground of the above photo enjoy the colorful skyline, here with a pinkish hue before the sun brightens up this portion of the world.

Finally, I leave you with this last photo, what I call the “Tiered Sunrise.”  The clouds add an effect of two different colors as the sun creates a yellow and orange-ish color to them.

Tiered Sunrise

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I have been asked if I use some sort of editing program like Photoshop to alter the photos.  I do not.  I have not yet learned how to use Photoshop.  The only editing tool I use in my photography is iPhoto.

I Chose the Road Not Taken

While this might be the first time I have ever quoted a poem, it is applicable none the less.  “The Road Not Taken” a poem by Robert Frost published in 1916, seems appropriate for today’s entry.  Literally.
For as long as I can remember, it seems, I have been driving to my favorite small city to take landscape photography.  I can visit the same small beaches in Laguna Beach and always find new angles to make the photographs look as if they are from a different destination.
Last week, I chose to change when I took the road not taken.  Instead of turning left on Pacific Coast Highway and driving into Laguna Beach as usual, for some reason I turned to the right and headed to neighboring Corona del Mar instead.
Oh, how was I rewarded.  I know Corona del Mar, but not the small streets.   I started to experiment with some of these tree-lined roads hoping for a great view of the pending skyline and came up empty.   was chasing the sunrise which including the moon just hanging over the ocean.  The morning light on this day way amazing and the pinkish clouds did not hurt either.
Finally, I was rewarded when I stumbled on a very small beach.  After easily finding a parking space, I ventured down the walkway, then ramp to a magnificent little beach with an amazing view.
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Look closely and you can see the moon in the distance, against the rocks.
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I liked the area so much I came back a few nights later, this time at sunset and captured a very different setting.
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The picture above has become one of my favorites.  You can see a young man pictured in the right-hand portion of the shot, who could actually be part of the rocks itself.
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And Finally…..
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We are all creatures of habit and breaking out of those habits can lead to even better experiences.

Tag and Find Charles Harris Photography


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Charles Harris, photographer.  It has a nice ring to it.  When I first started posting my photographs on the net, I also did a quick Google search to see how many other Charles Harris photographers there were on the Internet.  I knew right away my name and passion could not be that unique.  I soon found out it was not.

There were bound to be other Charles Harris’ who enjoyed and maybe even had a passion for photography.  So I soon asked myself, how do I stand out from these other folks who were also branding themselves?

There are two things I think of doing when it comes to standing apart not only for any other Charles Harris who has a camera but from other photographers.  One seems obvious, the other not so much.

Take Great Photographs: It seems so obvious and maybe it is, but the better my work is, the easier is if for others to discover your eye on the world.

Use Tagging in Photos:  Choose your platform… Flickr, Instagram, Mobli or a personal website — each allows you to add a hashtag (#) and “tag” your photos.  Why do this?  The key words you add to each snapshot will then be searchable by others who are looking for the theme or tag you provide.  I have done this for each photo on my photography website.  It is a bit time consuming, but if you wish for others to discover your work, it is well worth the investment.

I aslo started tagging the photos with #CharlesHarrisPhotography.  If you do a Google search for Charles Harris Photography, my pictures are now being indexed by the popular search engine, so now my work will hopefully have better access to my photography.

Here’s Why I Use Instagram

instagram-logoNot long ago, I eagerly jumped on the Instagram bandwagon and started posting some of my photographs on this popular online application.  Instagram for those of you who are not familiar, is an easy way for people with smart phones and tablets to share their photos.

So why did I join Instagram when I have a dedicated website where I showcase the best of Charles Harris Photography?  Well, while people will naturally find this site via the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques and cross-platform promoting I do in order to introduce new people to my work, I also have to actively appear where people congregate and that’s on Instagram.

Look at the sheer numbers.  According to Quora (and Mashable), Instagram, as of September this year, totaled 100 million accounts.  I would like others to discover my work and I have to fish in the waters where the fish actually gather.  On my Instagram profile, I certainly link back to my website but if I do not post some of my art there, then I am losing an opportunity to introduce my work to new people.

For the record, my name on Instagram is sportsinfo101 (another story and another blog of mine) and if you use this service, you can certainly follow my photography there as well.  What you will see from me there, moving forward, is a more experimental tone with my photography.  For example, in one recent picture, I captured water drops on fresh cucumbers at the grocery store (pictured below).

Fresh Cucumbers

I have not yet made it a habit of shooting food, as my passion is clearly focused on capturing landscapes.  That said, Instagram offers a weekly contest where it challenges users with an assignment and that week it was photographing water droplets.  each Monday editors choose their favorites and showcase them on the Instagram feed where thousands of people are then introduced to the winning pictures and people behind them (through their user name).

This platform allows me to try new things, even if it is using my iPhone instead of my Canon camera, which I prefer.

If you use Instagram and want to know how to join in their weekly challenges, the first thing you need to do is to follow the Instagram feed on their app.  The second step is to look for their posts, usually on Friday, when they issue these challenges.  In order to enter, you just need to take photographs and then tag your picture with the # sign and then the name they provide you for that week.

This week, the challenge is to photograph your hometown, and the tag is #WHPMYHOMETOWN


Photo taken from Instagram posting

I hope that by focusing on new assignments I will challenge myself to become an even better photographer.  If you use the app, my user name again is sportsinfo101 and you are welcome to follow my journey there.

Sunset Sail in Newport Beach

This weekend is a bit dark, cold and rainy so I have chosen this post to look back on a photograph I shot last weekend.  I call it Sunset Sail in Newport Beach for obvious reasons.

I often pass by Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach and it just so happens by Canon camera was in the backseat last Sunday, just as the sun was setting in Orange County.

The evening sky has been putting on quite a show of late and was glad I took time out to capture this sail boat coming back into Newport Bay.

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My goal was to place the boat between the palm trees in the distance.  However, the sail and the angle they came at me did not allow me to create perfect symmetry for this shot.  That said, I am very pleased with the vibrant colors in the sky for a November dusk evening.






Mother Nature Delivers #Skyporn

I recently viewed a photograph on Instagram where someone listed the beautiful shot with the hashtag #skyporn.  I laughed out loud as I both admired the photographers shot and the thought that mother nature can deliver #skyporn.

Having never seen this reference before, I Google’d it on the Internet and learned of its definition via urbandictionary.com

“A term often used as a hashtag on social media services like Instagram or Twitter when accompanying an image showing extraordinary picture of the sky.  Usually the image will feature unusual or spectacular cloud formations or an impressive sunset.”

Okay then.

Well, here are two of my submissions from photographs I took in Manhattan Beach, California, looking out towards the pier.
Here is the Charles Harris version of my skyporn.

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Second shot….

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Magic in Laguna Beach

Recently, I started lugging my camera with me, just in case a wonderful opportunity presents itself.  I cannot tell you how many times I have been somewhere, only wishing I had a professional level camera at my side.

Yes, I have an iPhone, but I prefer something a bit more sophisticated when I really want to capture the moment.

I got lucky recently during one of my frequent visits to the beach.  As the title suggests, I captured what I think is a bit of magic in Laguna Beach.  The sky lit up shades of purple and pink, magical colors I could never make up if I tried.  It was really nature’s magic show.

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A short while earlier, before the colors turned a beautiful shade of pink, there was this photograph, a mystical shot of the sun before it descended below the horizon.

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I called this photography Beyond.  It speaks to me in a much different way than the previous two.  My work — Charles Harris Photography — is to capture something that will last.  With this photo, I think I have done so.

Fall in Laguna Beach

The three day Labor Day weekend allowed me to head off to my favorite photography spot in Orange County, Laguna Beach.  I have been to this seaside city many times over the years, but the stops never get old and I always find something new to photography.  So this weekend, it was Fall in Laguna Beach.

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An Orange County Sunset

There is a spot that I have come to like, not far from my home.  It is the Crystal Cove State Park, right off Pacific Coast Highway at the edge of Laguna Beach/Newport Beach in California.  I took the camera and returned this spot where I settled in for the end of summer sunset.

©Charles Harris Photography

©Charles Harris Photography

©Charles Harris Photography

©Charles Harris Photography

Yosemite in Black and White

Yosemite is one of my favorite national parks to visit.

No matter how many times I go, there is always something new to photograph.  I feel that I am only getting started in a place Ansel Adams made famous.

Most of my photographs of Yosemite and not processed and saved in a black and white format.  They are in color.

However, this one struck me more as a black and white photo than color.  I believe it to be more dramatic.

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It was taken during the morning for an 11 mile hike.  I must have been with some 50 people and they walked right by this spot.  bringing up the rear in the group, I took my time.  What struck me so much was the burned out base of the tree, still nestled in the ground just to the right of this seedling that had begun to grow.

In the background is Yosemite Valley, with wonderful cloud lines that makes this photograph much more complete.

When we fail to pay attention to the smaller things like the new vs old tree, then we often miss the bigger picture in the valley.

Below, just to show you a bit of the difference in the way Yosemite in Black and White vs color appears in my portfolio, I have also included a morning photograph of half dome.  Enjoy!

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