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Browsing Archive: January, 2012

Just My O’Pinyon (part 2)

Posted by Joan Wallner on Tuesday, January 31, 2012,

When I take vacations, they are packed with photo opportunities from before the sun rises until after the sun sets. This trip started at Las Vegas, Nevada, and would take me in a loop through southern Utah, down through Arizona and back up to Las Vegas. My itinerary included all the national parks (Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, etc.) and anything else I could pack in along the way.

On this sunny July day, I was 45 minutes from the nearest “big” city in Arizona, getting...

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Just My O’Pinyon (part 1)

Posted by Joan Wallner on Tuesday, January 24, 2012,

I never thought I would have an opinion so strong as I do now. But by the time you get to the end of this two-part blog, you may have an O’Pinyon of your own.

As many of you know, I love dogs. In fact, my life was filled for 18.5 years with my pup, Dotti. When she was a young pup, she was very mischievous and I often came home to surprises – and I’m talking about her chewing surprises, not the other “pile o surprise.” From coming home to a room filled with whi...

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Useful SmartPhone Apps (part 2)

Posted by Joan Wallner on Wednesday, January 18, 2012,
Continued from last week where I provided helpful apps to track weather, blue and golden hours, and provide apps to access national park maps.  

Planets, Stars, Meteors, Moon, and More

Meteor Wheel by fiddlemeragged ($0.99) — A very simple app that shows the most notable meteor showers of the year in an easy format. 

Planets by Q Continuum (Free) — Love this app! I love the ability to turn my phone into a mini-astronomy map revealing the constellations. AND, my favorite part is being...

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Useful SmartPhone Apps (part 1)

Posted by Joan Wallner on Wednesday, January 11, 2012,

Here are some useful apps that I often check when making photography plans and trips. I have an iPhone, so you will need to find out if these are offered for other phone types as well as check the current prices, which may change.

Most of these apps, I was able to download at a reduced rate or for free. I just waited and kept checking back for a sale! 

If you have any suggestions for apps, be sure to send them my way so I can include in a future blog about useful photo...

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The Blue Hour

Posted by Joan Wallner on Wednesday, January 4, 2012,

One of my favorite times of the day is called the Blue Hour. This is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The quality of light at this time of day, in my opinion, is spectacular.

Since you are taking a photograph when the sun isn’t even up, I’m sure many of you are thinking this will be tough. It’s easier than you think.

What you will need

To take photographs at this time, you will need:

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