April 2014 - Bens Viewfinder

April 30th, 2014 - Kauai Horseshoe River

I call this the Kauai River Horseshoe. Not it's actual name but it's my photo so I get to name it right? I shot this when hiking down to Hoopii Falls. The way the water just bent around this corner seemed very cool to me. I also loved how there was just enough of an opening in the canopy to bath the bank on the other side in warm sunlight. I shot this with the Canon 5D Mark III I rented while in Hawaii using that gorgeous Zeiss glass. Hopefully you guys enjoy the shot as much as I do. Enjoy!


April 29th, 2014 - I Love Lamp

"Do you really love the lamp? Or are you just saying that because you saw it?" - Honestly I don't know why I fell in love with these things so much but I had gone out to shoot one of the evenings I was in Venice and in St. Marks Square they have these very cool lamps that I just thought were very interesting and intricate and I wanted to take a photo. My goal was to capture it but keep the feeling of the square and venice still in the photograph. Did I succeed?


April 28th, 2014 - A Night Not Soon Forgotten

Today I present you with the sole photo that I managed to capture last night before everything went to hell. They were some pretty intense storms and today is a reflection on how powerful mother nature can truly be. I have a strong passion for wanting to photograph this amazing phenomenon and no matter how many years I chase it I never once underestimate or take for granted the danger that can be involved. I hope families and friends of those effected find quick recovery.


April 27th, 2014 - The Colloseum at Night

I give you the Colosseum! In all of its glory. I love that the moon happened to make an appearance for the photo. I went to the Colosseum twice, once during the day and once at night. I really like how a few of the night ones turned out. Very difficult to photograph this amazing thing without people and craziness around it. I love how illuminated it is and I hope you do too. Let me know if you like it!


April 26th, 2014 - An Awesome Giraffe

For some reason I usually pick Saturdays as my day to upload an animal photo. I suppose it is because it is the least popular "daily photo day" and folks tend to gravitate towards the fine art landscape and HDR work I do. I however love animals and love photographing them, so today you get this awesome giraffe! I think they are one of the strangest but coolest creatures on the planet. Evolution finds the most awesome ways to display itself. Enjoy!


April 25th, 2014 - After The Storm

How about we change it up a tad today and give you a shot I took yesterday. I went out in the afternoon to try and grab a few shots of the storms we had rolling through but there was so much rain it was futile. Just after driving through rain so hard I couldn't see 10 feet in front of my Jeep I popped out and saw this gorgeous sky as the back end of the front moved over head. I didn't exactly have a great chance to set up an interesting composition so I just focused on capturing the drastic contrast of the dark stormy clouds vs the bright sun starting to seep through. As always I love feedback, have a great Friday evening!


April 24th, 2014 - Mirrored Gondolas

So the advantage to getting up and wandering around Venice at 6:30 in the morning is there is very little going on. Since everything is so still, these back waterways get super super still and give an awesome mirroring effect. So what says Venice better then some water, some gondolas and some beauty. Enjoy, share and comment!


April 23rd, 2014 - Forsyth Tree

How about we head back to Savannah today and show you my second favorite shot I took while there. (The lamps and sidewalk in the park was my favorite) This however is in the same park area as the other shot and as usual I was looking for the cool trees. This one had a nice combination of everything, creating a nice reaching over the top feeling, the gorgeous back lit sun, beautiful dark cast shadows and great vibrant colors. Savannah is truly one of the most beautiful cities that I have been lucky enough to see. Let me know if you guys dig it. Cheers!


April 22nd, 2014 - St. Peters Bascilica

Today we are in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and I thought I would show you just a small bit of the amazing stuff that is in there. This is the main alter in the cathedral and it is so very intricate and detailed. There is almost no surface left blank in this place and it is all beautiful. I have a set of shots from inside but nearly everything I shot in both the cathedral and the museum are very upward facing due to trying to eliminate people from the shots. I also did not HDR any of them due to I really enjoyed how the colors and tones of the regular photographs presented themselves. Let me know your thoughts and don't forgot to share with your friends and family and invite them to follow along too!


April 21st, 2014 - Kauai Tree

Lets combine two things I really enjoy today with trees and Kauai and show you this. This is one of those trip over it randomly type shots. We had stopped at a shopping center after having some lunch one day and as we pulled behind the shopping center to get to the exit there was a little stream with a bridge that led over to this tree. I thought it was such a unique looking tree and the still stream allowed for a cool little reflection. Hawaii is just such an amazingly lush vibrant place. Amazing how you can find beautiful things in even the strangest of places. Enjoy the shot, make sure to share and give feedback.


April 20th, 2014 - Italian Beggar

Today's daily photo is one I was really excited to take. I don't do a lot of "street style" photography due to not wanting to over invade peoples space. This old woman however is an Italian beggar who I exchanged a couple euro for a quick snap shot. She seems to have very sweet eyes and I hope she finds good luck in her ventures. Enjoy the shot!


April 19th, 2014 - The Wolf

It is Saturday and I should be at home hopefully relaxing with my wife and dogs who I have missed dearly over the past month. Get to at least spend the whole week with them before we take off again. Obviously the shot is of a wolf but it's in the same ball park right? This was a shot from a while back at the Memphis Zoo and there was a whole pack of these guys hanging out and playing. I have always had a fondness for wolfs since our first dog was a distant cousin the Alaskan Malamute. Enjoy the shot and tomorrow we will return to Rome!


April 18th, 2014 - Sunrise Over Kauai

I should be a few hours away from getting home by now and I thought maybe a nice sunrise would be a fun adventure today. Two days in a row I got up at 6 a.m. to try and catch a nice sunrise over the ocean from behind our hotel in Kauai and both days the clouds on the horizon were just too thick to really give that big bursting sun. Instead though you got these really vibrant and cool sun shafts that came through the clouds as the sun rose. Using a wide angle unfortunately didn't do them much justice, but man were they a cool site to see. I thought the chairs just made for a cool composition. What do you guys think?


April 17th, 2014 - Rialto Bridge

Today was my last full day in Venice, I leave in the morning to come home for a week and a half before jetting back off to the big island of Hawaii. I leave you though with one of Venice's most iconic landmarks. This is the Rialto bridge. It is a very popular central kind of hub for everything from shopping to eating to gondola rides and shipping and moving things about Venice. I walked around this thing a few times trying to find the best way to compose a shot and my options were unfortunately limited. I do however think the shot came out pretty good and the black and white just made the bridge really pop to me. I hope you enjoy it too, feel free to share and comment!


April 16th, 2014 - Savannah Tree Road

How about we go back to Savannah for a day and mix it up. Knowing me and my fondness for trees I just really liked how the trees framed the road and created this cool canopy. The mix of shadows and light just seemed cool to me. Enjoy!


April 15th, 2014 - Venice Canal

I took some time to relax today after a long day of shooting yesterday and got some processing done. This is your first daily photo from Venice and it is exactly what you would expect it to be. A cool canal lined with some boats and some gorgeous architecture and a bridge. I really think I got a few really nice shots of Venice, albeit surprisingly not as many water shots as you would expect. Maybe that will change in the next day or two. Until then, enjoy and let me know if you like!


April 14th, 2014 - Piazza Barberini

Your photo today is actually the view from my hotel balcony that I stayed at in Rome. Even though I am spending the entire trip working for the most part it is also kind of a very belated honeymoon for my wife and I. So we are kind of going all out with rooms and accommodations for the trip. You wouldn't believe how busy Rome stays all through the night. There is always a ton of traffic and always people out and about. I always heard Las Vegas was the city that never sleeps, I think Rome may have it beat! I hope you like the shot, feel free to comment and share as you like!


April 13th, 2014 - Daytime Colosseum

So keep in mind if things look off a bit on any of my Italy photos it is due to me editing on a laptop. But this is my first shot I thought I would give you of Italy and it is the iconic Colosseum. I am hoping to find a couple of unique ways to get shots of it without all the people and scaffolding. Unfortunately for me there is a massive restoration project going on with most of the important sites in Rome. They are still breathtaking to see. As you read this I should be getting settled into Venice and most likely out walking about. I have taken a ton of photos so lots more to come!


April 12th, 2014 - Tybee Island Bird

So the daily photo today is a simple but kind of cool one. This little bird photo was taken on Tybee Island outside of Savannah and there is a huge pier that you walk out on and part way there is a cantina type place where you can buy snacks and refreshments and this guy was perched on top of it just watching and hoping someone would drop something he could eat. I will have some Italy shots hopefully for you in the next couple of days. Cheers.


April 11th, 2014 - Hoopii Falls

This is Hoopii falls, or one of two different waterfalls on the hike that are called Hoopii falls. I have a shot of that one too. This one however is the much harder of the two to get to. It is extremely muddy and the last part you literally have to scale down the side of the waterfall to get to the bottom and it is nearly vertical. It is however very very worth it. I shot a little on location video using my iPhone and Sara got a little GoPro video so I will have that for you after Italy. Let me know what you guys think of it and as usual share it with some friends and invite them to come follow along my globe trotting photo fun!


April 10th, 2014 - Birdhouse Sunset

So this shot is not from Hawaii, Savannah, Italy or the zoo so throwing a curve ball in! This is actually a shot taken about 5 miles north of my home in Arkansas at Lake Friarson. We ride our motorcycles up to this park all the time and I have wanted to find a way to shoot this bird house and finally got a sunset worth doing. The sun beams coming off the horizon really just added an awesome effect to the image. Enjoy, comment and share away!


April 9th, 2014 - North Shore Pier Blackflip

So on our last day on the island of Kauai we decided to check out of the hotel and drive to the north shore and check out Hanalei Bay. When I got there I walked out on the pier and was shooting some landscape stuff when these kids started jumping off. They climbed back up and I had to ask the guy to do the back flip which he gladly did. I didn't get his name but he liked the shots on the camera. I decided it would look better in a composite. Sad I didn't get him hitting the water but due to it being a rental camera my memory card couldn't keep up with continuous shooting. I gave him a business card so maybe he'll see this and like it. You guys dig it?


April 8th, 2014 - Lioness

How about a gorgeous lioness today? I like to try and imagine what the animals are thinking when I go to zoos and see them sitting there watching all the people. She seemed very relaxed and curious. The size of her paws and those eyes are just awesome!


April 7th, 2014 - Central Savannah Tree

So if you have been following my photography for a while you know I have a thing for trees. Something about how unique they are really draws my attention. This one was actually smack in the middle of downtown Savannah and it seemed HUGE for a tree in a city. I love the sprawling branches and the big shadow it casts on the road in front of me. The back light of the sun kind of adds a cool effect to. I am probably in an airplane en route to Rome! I can't wait.


April 6th, 2014 - Poipu Beach Lava Pools

Today I bring you another shot from Hawaii, I am working on actually trying to finish a couple of these before I head out in the morning. I do not know the people in the shot, just random people who happened to be standing out watching to big surf crash in. As it washed over these lava rocks it creates these really cool tide pools that offer a really rich scene with cool reflections and colors. This is at a beach called Poipu Beach on the south shore of Kauai. Enjoy, comment and share!


April 5th, 2014 - Distant Watefall

So I literally just walked through my door about 5 minutes ago and since I didn't have daily photos pre scheduled to post I wanted to get you a taste of Hawaii today. This is by far not one of my best shots from the trip but it was pretty cool. I am standing on the side of the road and there is a huge ravine just over the hedge that leads down to this huge river that is flowing off of that waterfall you see in the distance. Don't let the wide angle lens fool you, it was a big waterfall. This is the first shot you get to see with the Canon 5D Mark III with the Zeiss 15mm f2.8. It wasn't a bad system to shoot with at all. A little "softer" then I prefer but good tonality and some cool features. Let me know what you guys think. Much more really awesome shots to come.


April 4th, 2014 - White Tiger

So today I give you one of my favorite creatures in the whole world (cheetahs are just slightly more my favorite). This absolutely gorgeous white tiger I photographed in Memphis along with a lot of my animal shots as of late. I love the way he/she was looking directly at me and I think it came out really well. I have mixed feelings about the fencing behind the tiger and considered editing it out of the shot all together. The reason I didn't is because I think it is important for people to understand that these beautiful animals are here for you to experience and you should go do so. I feel bad these animals are not able to be in their natural environments and they can't run free, but I also know that most zoos and aquariums are educational places that rescue and give homes to animals that otherwise might not have one. I truly believe they help show the beauty and draw awareness to their greatness so that people will hopefully care to learn and protect them. I am done with my little rant and I hope you love this beautiful creature as much as I do.


April 3rd, 2014 - The Walk at Forsyth Park

Today you get what is quite possibly my favorite photo I shot in Savannah last week. This is a shot at Forsyth Park, one of the many gorgeous and lush parks in Savannah. This park was bustling with people and beauty. Something about the way the trees framed the sidewalk and the street lamps filed into the distance just really made this shot for me. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do. Leave me some feedback and as always share with your friends and family!


April 2nd, 2014 - Fog Over the Links

So here is something a tad different today. As happens a lot of times when I travel and my wife is with me, she points out or gets me to take some really cool shots. She woke me up a few days ago and told me to check out the fog that was laying over the golf course that the hotel overlooked.  Here is Savannah. So I scrambled to set up my camera and snap a shot of it and sadly the fog burned off a bit by the time I got it all set but I still think it came out pretty cool. If you are looking on a smaller screen you might have a hard time seeing but there are actually golfers out golfing at like 7 a.m. or whenever this was taken. Cheers and enjoy!


April 1st, 2014 - My Gorgeous Niece

Say hello to my gorgeous niece Lily. My brother, sister in law and their three kids came to visit last week and while we were just relaxing in the living room I decided to take a couple candid shots and I thought this one turned out particularly well. Her Mom and Dad thought so too!


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