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Havasupai Falls Travelogue http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/7/havasupai-falls-travelogue A travelogue of my photography trip to Havasupai Falls in the southwestern area of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

I’ve wanted to travel to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon and photograph the beautiful turquoise water there for many years, but never seemed to actually accomplish that objective.  It was because I didn’t really relish the idea of hiking over ten miles into and out of the canyon carrying my rather heavy camera gear in addition to all the essentials required for about three days of camping. Navajo FallsNavajo Falls

Recently, my friend Dan, with his daughter and her friend, invited me to go with them on a camping trip to Havasupai Falls, with the promise that we’d helicopter out of the canyon. That made the prospect of carrying all my camping and camera gear only one direction a bit more tolerable. So off we went.

After driving about 7 hours from San Diego to the trail head parking area at Hualapai Hilltop, located in the southwestern part of the Grand Canyon, we began our decent into the canyon. After approximately six captivating miles we come to an intersection with another tributary canyon where we first see that peculiar turquoise water flowing. The color is derived from the high concentrations of lime which liberally coats the stream bed and surrounding pools producing that unique blue green hue.  From here the path generally follows the stream leading about two more miles to the village of Supai.

After checking in at the tribal tourist office and grabbing a quick lunch at the little diner, we hike another two miles to reach the campground and then another half mile before finding a camp site we like along Havasu Creek under cool shade trees.

Once settled in and bereft of our packs, we head off to Mooney Falls for an evening swim and some photography. However, halfway down we discover a rather unnerving near vertical climb down to the bottom which requires the use of both hands and feet. Since our legs were still ailing from our long hike, and I was lugging a tripod and full frame camera, we postponed our decent for the following evening. 

The next day, our legs were still sore but much recovered. Having a friend place my tripod in his daypack for the climb down, I was then able to use both hands to hold onto the chains anchored into the rock for last fifty feet or so to the bottom. (Climbing back up wasn’t nearly as unnerving as the climb down.  Be sure to watch Dan’s video of the climb back up and out, attached here.) Once at the bottom, we were treated to a surreal view of the area.

Havasu FallsHavasu Falls There are four major waterfalls in the Havasupai area. In order of distance from the village, they are: Navajo Falls (and New Navajo Falls a short distance away), Havasupai Falls, Mooney Falls and finally Beaver Falls a few miles further downstream. We didn’t make it to Beaver Falls.

Havasupai and Mooney Falls are best photographed in late afternoon or evening when in full shade, or during cloud cover to minimize the high contrast light of mid-day.  Navajo Falls is in full shade early morning.  A polarizing filter is extremely helpful to reduce glare and enhance color. If high contrast light is present as it was when I shot Navajo Falls, HDR photography is a useful way to rescue the situation.

Our final day we hiked back to the village stopping at the creek and falls along the way to cool off and replenish drinking water. We grabbed dinner at the diner and spent our last night at the lodge so we can get an early start the next day.

Despite pre-registering for our helicopter flight weeks before, and being among the first in line at 7:30am (sign in starts at 8:00am and first flight just after 9:00am), we didn’t get our flight out until about 1:00pm. That’s primarily because the Supai tribe members get first preference despite registration or when they arrive at the helo pad. What took nearly 5 hours to hike in only took about 5 minutes to fly out.

I’m glad I took the opportunity to visit this part of the Grand Canyon.  If you think you’d like to make the trip, I’d suggest brining at least 2 or 3 liters of water for the trip down.  After that , its easy to replenish water by treating or filtering. You’ll want warm weather if you plan on swimming but you’ll probably want to avoid the hottest months and monsoon season. You should also be in decent physical shape for the hike. Even if you plan on staying the whole time at the lodge and therefore won’t need a heavy pack, you’ll have to make a 2 mile hike each way to the falls everyday.

If you found this travelog helpful, please drop me a line and let me know.  As always, remember to keep shooting!


(David Lenhert Photography) Arizona Grand Canyon Havasupai Mooney Falls waterfalls http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/7/havasupai-falls-travelogue Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:25:50 GMT
What Photography Sells Best? - updated http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/7/what-photography-sells-best Update: 7/12/2014: As mentioned below, this article led to co-authoring a larger article with Joe Nalven and published in the Picked Raw Peeled section of SDVisualArts.net. You can read the full story here.


I'm way past due for a blog article and I have a number of travels and images that really need to be shared. I promise I'll get some up soon...

In the meantime, I was talking with a photographer friend, Joe Nalven, who writes for SDVisualArts.net. We were discussing things like what kind of photography sells best. As it so happened I had just written a response to another photographer acquaintance, Steve, who had the same question. Joe encouraged me to put my response in my blog. So here it is...

Steve had asked "I was just curious of what your thoughts are on what people like, in general, of photos that they buy. You’ve been selling your photos and you’ve known others that have sold theirs. What seems to be the continual money makers even though they may be cliché or just regular shots to shoot?"

Here was my answer:


You'd probably get a lot of different answers from different photographers on this one.  There are lots of schools of thought backed up with real world results. For example, many would say "shoot local."  People buy locally familiar images as well as visitors desiring something to remember their trip by.  Good advise I think; but for me, I'm not really motivated or impressed by what is in my local area (aside from a few things).  My inspiration comes from traveling to other places and seeing new things.
That brings me to my world view on selling my photography (ie, my art); which is to shoot what you love.  Regardless of how sellable it might be. There are buyers for every genre of art. If you like to take candid shots of locals in Costa Rica, then by all means do so. And, if you do it well, there'll be someone to buy it.  Anyway, that's my philosophy.
As for my practical experience...  I mostly like to shoot Landscapes and Nature.  Next to that, I like to shoot Travel and Architecture. So, this is what I sell.  If it's good, and it resonates with a buyer, it will sell.  Actually, from monitoring other photographer's sales (at the same shows I'm selling at) I'd say that "resonates" is even more important than how good it is.  That's to say, is there a connection with the potential buyer?  A lot of my sales happened because my buyer visited that place and connected with my image (which was better than images they took, if they took any at all). Of course they also had to love that place in the first place.
So what makes it good and resonate?  I find the image needs to be both familiar and Iconic. I know that sounds cliche and common, but that's what sells. There's a reason that postcards seem to have the same kinds of images. They're iconic.  I like iconic! That doesn't mean you can't try and also make it yours by changing up a few things--which is a whole other topic of how to do that.  All of this applies equally with nature (plants and animals) and other kinds of images. Does it resonate with the buyer?
Middle EarthMiddle EarthThe title of this image was inspired by the fanciful nature of the place, which reminded my of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. 3rd place 2014 San Diego County Fair.
I've also discovered that although iconic sells well, it often doesn't win photo contests.  Judges don't seem to care much about iconic or familiar.  In fact, they're bored with the same old stuff, so they look for a completely different set of metrics, like breaking ubiquitous art rules ("rule of thirds" for example). Something that makes it "novel."  Novel sometimes sells, but it doesn't outsell familiar and iconic--at least not from what I've observed.  Then there is stock and photo journalistic images, which is a whole other thing (best for another discussion).
When I take my shots of something that really interests me I like to mix things up a little. I'll first shoot for Art, then Contest potential, then Stock potential, and lastly Blog or Journalistic potential.  I say 'potential' because I seldom get around to doing all of it, but I can go back later to an archive to pull from. This forces me to view the subject in different ways. What's good for one isn't necessarily good for the other. This also forces you to have a variety of images and avoid "similars" which can become a licensing or stock problem.
So, for the short answer :-)  Since I print images that represent familiar, iconic, landscape/nature, and representative of my best work, then a subset of that is what sells best for me. Which as it so happens, the more familiar and iconic it is, the better it sells.  Kind of circular isn't it? Specifically, I seem to sell landscape and nature images of the southwest and Hawaii; but that is also what I like to shoot.
People like pretty images. I like pretty images too.  They want to hang it on the walls of their home.  If you were to buy art, what would you like to hang in your home?  I ask it this way because a few other things will determine what sells.  Will the colors go with their decor?  Will the frame tie it all together?  For example, I have a twilight shot of the Napali coast which is very blue overall.  It generates a lot of interest, but in the end it isn't purchased often because it's too blue to go in the room they're thinking of.
Napali EveningNapali EveningNapali coast after sunset on the north shore of Kauai.
I have an image of a Hawaiian Sunrise (iconic) with beautiful colors in the sky.  It is framed by a palm tree and a silhouette of a bench in the foreground.  This sells well for me because buyers have often told me that they see themselves sitting on the bench enjoying the sunrise (could also be considered a sunset). In other words, the image resonates with the buyer.  Similar statements have been made about my other best sellers which include images of Zion, Canyonlands, as well as Waterfalls and Seascapes in general.  Royal SunriseRoyal SunriseExtraordinary sunrise looking east from Princeville on Kauai's north shore.
Sorry I couldn't give a short, straightforward answer. I'm not sure there really is one.
(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/7/what-photography-sells-best Sun, 06 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT
Torrey Pines Half Day Photography Workshop 2014 http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/5/torrey-pines-half-day-photography-workshop-2014 Our annual Torrey Pines Half Day Photography Workshop is coming up shortly.  Please join Lee Kirchhevel and myself Saturday, May 31st 2014 at Torrey Pines State Park. We'll guide you to and through one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California and help you capture amazing images through the use of good photography practices, equipment, and understanding composition. 

(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/5/torrey-pines-half-day-photography-workshop-2014 Thu, 22 May 2014 21:17:53 GMT
May Shows http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/5/may-shows It has been a very busy several months and I've been remiss in making updates of classes and shows.  

We have two shows this coming Mother's Day weekend.  First, is the 37th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show from 10am to 5pm Saturday May 10th and Sunday May 11th. Bring Mom out for a wonderful day of music, wine tasting, and perhaps find that special gift for mom!

For another opportunity to view fine art, be sure to stop by the Escondido Municipal Gallery at 262 E. Grand Ave where the Photo Arts Group will be showing their latest images of Land & Seascapes. Of course there will be other examples of fine art to view. You'll be treated to complimentary beverages and appetizers while getting the opportunity to visit with the artists.

We hope to see you at both of these exciting events!

LaJolla Sunset

(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/5/may-shows Mon, 05 May 2014 18:18:04 GMT
Joshua Tree Photography Workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/4/joshua-tree-photography-workshop

Please Join Lee Kirchhevel and myself this coming weekend at Joshua Tree National Park. We will capture grand images during the golden hours of sunrise an sunset. Mid-day on Saturday we will critique images and apply post-processing techniques to further enhance our photography with Photoshop and Lightroom.  Skies permitting, we'll take low-light pictures after dusk and capture the Milky Way as background for Joshua Trees and rock formations.

Please send an email for additional details, lodging suggestions or to register.

(David Lenhert Photography) joshua photography tree workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/4/joshua-tree-photography-workshop Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:46:38 GMT
La Jolla Cove Photography Workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/2/la-jolla-cove-photography-workshop Here is a short video of highlights from our recent photography workshop at La Jolla Cove. Our main focus was getting shots of the local Brown Pelicans while they are brightly arrayed in breeding plumage this time of year. Of course we also photographed other local sites like the beautiful surroundings, seals, flora, and the ever ubiquitous homo sapien. 


(David Lenhert Photography) Diego Jolla La Photography Photoshop San lions pelicans sea video workshops http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/2/la-jolla-cove-photography-workshop Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:20:06 GMT
Photography Workshops http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/1/photography-workshops Lee and I started the season with a new series of photography workshops beginning with Balboa Park this past November. The following week we were scheduled to do a San Diego Skyline at Twilight class but it got rained out. We rescheduled for this past Saturday but lost a lot of students due to a variety of conflicts. Although we didn't have rain Saturday, we did get fogged out before the end.  I've attached a couple of videos of the last two workshops.

Our next workshop is this Saturday January 18 at La Jolla Cove from 8:00am to Noon. This is an annual event for us as this is the best time of year to photograph the numerous Brown Pelicans that call this area home, due to their brightly colored breeding plumage. If you're interested in attending, drop me a message and I'll get you all the details.



(David Lenhert Photography) Balboa Park San Dieog pelicans skyline twilight http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/1/photography-workshops Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:29:32 GMT
Photo Arts Group Gallery Hanging http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/1/photo-arts-group-gallery-hanging I thought it would be interesting to capture a time-lapse segment of setting up one of our Photo Arts Group Shows. This takes place each month at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery in our "Inner Space" area of the Gallery.  The video and time lapse were shot with a GoPro. 

We first take down the prior show, patch the nail holes and then touch up the paint. While we wait for the paint to dry, the Show Coordinator sorts and places each picture where he/she thinks it is best represented within the whole. Then, it's a matter of determining the placement of nails so that each picture is centered relative to one another. Finally they are leveled and a little museum putty is placed under the bottom edge to keep them from tilting. The following Saturday evening come the artist reception where we all get together and share our work while enjoying a variety of treats and beverages.

If you happen to be in Escondido, CA on the 2nd Saturday of the month, please stop by the corner of Juniper and Grand Ave between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  We would enjoy meeting you.

(David Lenhert Photography) PAG Photo Arts Group gallery time lapse http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2014/1/photo-arts-group-gallery-hanging Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:32:13 GMT
Photoshop Painting with Light, or Dodge & Burn Technique #5 http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/11/photoshop-painting-with-light-or-dodge-burn-technique-5 In this video I demonstrate how you can use Blend Modes like "Color Dodge" and "Color Burn" to add some extra punch to your images by creating selective local contrast. Unlike other Dodge & Burn techniques I've described before, the goal here is not neccessarily to lighten dark areas or darken highlights. I actually use this technqiue to "paint in" selective light and shadow to add more contrast and drama to an image.

This technique is quite easy and can be used with most versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. The video assumes you already have basic Photoshop skills like how to duplicate a layer, use a brush, etc. I would be interested to hear back if you found this tip useful and how it helped you process your images.


(David Lenhert Photography) All Photography Photoshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/11/photoshop-painting-with-light-or-dodge-burn-technique-5 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:25:54 GMT
San Diego Photography Workshops http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/10/san-diego-skline-photography-workshop We have a couple of photography workshops coming up in San Diego in the next several weeks.

First is a half day workshop at Balboa Park Saturday November 16 from 8am to noon.  Lee Kirchhevel will guide us to several hand picked locations taking advantage of gardens and unique architecture through out the park.  Emphasis will be on camera and photography basics including composition. This is a great opportunity for aspiring and intermediate shutterbugs!

Our next and last workshop opportunity for 2013 will be photographing the San Diego City Skyline, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 near the Ferry Landing at Coronado Island. We will meet at 4pm and finish around 8pm. For those who'd like to stay and continue the discussion we will have dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. This class is aimed at intermediate level photographers, but all skill levels are encouraged to attend from beginner to advanced. A standard to medium telephoto lens is ideal for this class.  Be sure to bring a tripod and some warm clothing!

Please contact us for additional information or to register. 


(David Lenhert Photography) Balboa San Diego photography skyline workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/10/san-diego-skline-photography-workshop Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:04:06 GMT
Spirit of Hawaii Photography Workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/10/spirit-of-hawaii-photography-workshop  


Kauai, Hawaii

Spirit of Hawaii
Guided Photography Workshop

October 2 - October 4, 2014



Join me, David Lenhert, for a photographic journey to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the garden isle of Kauai, Hawaii!  This intimate hands-on guided workshop (limited to a maximum of 6 participants) will provide plenty of personal instruction and opportunity to capture the best of Kauai’s extraordinary scenery.


Although we will be based out of Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, strategically located near the famed Na Pali coast, several beach parks, Hanalei Bay & taro fields, we will have opportunity to explore the forests and waterfalls of inland Kauai, as well as, the west side of the island where we will capture colorful images of the back side of the Na’Pali cliffs and peer into Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific).


For early risers, we will meet Friday and Saturday before sunrise to capture the first sweet light of the day.  As it frequently rains on the north shore of Kauai, there may be opportunity to capture rainbows as well.  During the day, we will develop our images in Adobe Photoshop, capture & practice HDR processing, and create panoramic scenes. You will have time to explore the island on your own before reconvening in the late afternoon for sessions on photographing sunsets, low-light and night photography.


We will meet together Thursday afternoon in Princeville for orientation followed by an evening shoot on nearby Anini Beach. Emphasis will be placed on being on-location each dawn and sunset. Will have a waxing moon in the evening, so we may be able to capture some creative night shots as well.


List of planned locations:

Anini Beach

Ke’e Beach

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Valley Taro Fields

Haena Beach

Waimea Canyon

Na’Pali Coast State Park

Opaekaa Falls

Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve

Queens Bath (if there’s time & depending on tidal activity. Requires short moderate hike)

Wailua Falls (if there’s time)


We can suggest flights and assist you in finding affordable accommodations and car rentals on the island. We can also help you prepare your equipment list.

For more information, please contact David or Karen Lenhert at 760-443-6865.

(David Lenhert Photography) hawaii photography workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/10/spirit-of-hawaii-photography-workshop Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:34:00 GMT
36th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/9/36th-annual-fall-arts-crafts-fair You're invited!  Please stop by and visit with me at my booth this October 19th and 20th at the Bernardo Winery's 36th Annual Fall Arts & Craft Fair. Parking is free and there will be a variety of cuisine to sample, as well as great wine tasting selections. You may even wish to do a little Christmas shopping from among the many artisans who will have their hand crafted treasures on display.


I'll have many new images on display from recent trips, so even if you're not in the market for fine art photography, please stop by for a viewing or just to say hello!

(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/9/36th-annual-fall-arts-crafts-fair Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:58:11 GMT
How I Spent My Summer Vacation http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/8/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation This post is titled "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" 
"10 Days, 6 National Parks, 3,268 Miles and over 1900 Images."

Actually it was 4 National Parks, 1 State Park, and 1 National Monument. This was a trip long in planning and something I always wanted to do, but never seemingly getting around to do it. I got to visit and capture images of places I'd always wanted to visit, covering a lot of ground (by foot and automobile) and doing it all in very short time.  The first half of my trip I was alone, driving and hiking in some of the most remote country in the western United States. 

The solitude of being alone in such remote places was an exciting, unique and largely spiritual experience. At other times and places, like Yellowstone, it was a rare occasion to find oneself alone.   With regards to photography, the only disappointment I had was that nearly the entire trip was under flat, overcast cloud cover. The first and last evenings were the only exceptions to completely flat lighting.  I had been hoping for classic southwest monsoonal thunderhead cloud formations providing interesting compositions to the spectacular canyon and mountain scenery. 

Owachomo BridgeOwachomo Bridge The first part of my trip took me from home in San Diego to Sedona & Cottonwood, Arizona over night for some unrelated business. The next morning I was headed north to Natural Bridges National Monument in southern Utah. Since time was short, I didn't bother stopping at any of the many wonderful places I had already photographed like Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, or Monument Valley. Arriving after 5pm I was fortunate to secure one of the last first-come-first-serve campsites left at the only campground. This was one of the only evenings there was color in the sky and I was able to get a nice shot of Owachomo Bridge.

House on Fire RuinsFire House Ruins




The next morning I headed to the nearby south fork of Mule Canyon in Cedar Mesa to hike the relative easy 2.5 miles roundtrip to an Anasazi ruin commonly known as "House on Fire" because of the distinctive appearance of its rock overhang which resembles flame when sunlight striking nearby red rock is reflected back toward the ruins. This of course presumes it's mid morning (which it was for me) and clear skies (which there weren't).  However, even in rather poor lighting the rock striations still provide enough variance to produce a nice image with some contrast adjustments in post processing.

False KivaFalse Kiva Next stop was Moab, Utah for a late lunch and then onto Dead Horse Point State Park to make camp and then move on to a late afternoon hike to "False Kiva" in Canyonlands National Park.  This was one of my priority destinations from the outset and I was a little apprehensive as it a somewhat strenuous and remote, but relatively short, 3.2 mile round trip hike. Some light scrambling is required and footing in places can be rather treacherous. False Kiva is a man-made stone circle of unknown origin and purpose, which is not an actual kiva--thus its name.  It is also a Class II archeological site of semi-protected status, which is not listed on any of the park service maps.  Park rangers will tell you how to locate the trail head and give directions if asked.  However, for now they prefer it be kept something of a secrete to minimize traffic to the site.  This is one of those very special, spiritual and eerily quite places. Several outstanding photographs have been made by exceptional photographers like Tom Till, Peter Lik, and Wally Pacholka. Late afternoon is the best time to photograph this site. Ideal skies would include clouds with some low angle specular light hitting the buttes and Candlestick Rock in the distance.  I did what I could with filters and HDR processing.  I also attempted to make a video introduction. However, not bringing a remote microphone I relied instead on the camera's built in mic. Unfortunately, and unknown to me at the time, an insect kept buzzing next to the camera rendering much of the audio useless.

Dead Horse PointDead Horse Point The same evening after returning from False Kiva, I visited a few overlooks to grab some captures of the canyons and Dead Horse Point. Getting up the next morning around 4am, I made the mandatory visit to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands for Sunrise along with the usual dozen plus other photographers. Unfortunately, overcast monsoon clouds obscured the coveted sunrise through the arch. Still, Mesa Arch always seems to make for a great composition regardless of conditions. A quick trip back into Moab for breakfast and fuel, I stopped by Tom Till's gallery hoping to see some of his outstanding photography of the area. Unfortunately, the gallery was closed and waiting for it to open wouldn't fit in with my schedule, so on to nearby Arches National Park. 

Mesa ArchMesa Arch Arches was the first place in my trip where it got crowded--really crowded!  It honestly reminded me of being at Disney World. Cars, buses, and pedestrians were everywhere. To get some breathing room, I headed to the furthest points in Arches and then worked my way back toward the park entrance. Since my schedule didn't allow for morning or evening golden hour photography, the overcast conditions actually provided reasonable mid-day shooting opportunities. I tried to hit the main sites and then by late afternoon, headed to Green River, Utah for dinner and a night in a motel, before heading onto Salt Lake City.



After an early afternoon pickup of my wife Karen at the airport, we headed on to Jackson, Wyoming. Apparently, Jackson is like the La Jolla  or Malibu of Wyoming with prices for lodging to match. It makes a great entryway to the nearby national parks and other outstanding recreation.  I'd like to have spent more time in Jackson and around the Jackson Hole area. However, keeping to schedule we get up around 4am to head to Morman Row about a dozen miles out of town hoping to photograph sunrise on the classic John Moulton's Barn with alpine glow on the Tetons in the background.  Although the soft diffused light made for a nice image, the heavy clouds prevented the hoped for light on the mountains.  After a trip back to Jackson for checkout and breakfast, we head out for Yellowstone via Teton National Park.

John MoultonTeton Barn

August is the most visited time of year to Yellowstone and this year was no exception. Most areas we visited were quite crowded, however, it was possible to carve out times and places where some solitude was possible. Best advice is to get up before dawn and head to sites of interest.  Our first night we stayed at the Old Faithful Inn.  Of all the lodging available in the park, this is the one place you really want to try to get into. We were able to get a reservation, with some persistence, just a couple a weeks before. Dinner reservations for the Inn's Dinning Room are also mandatory. 

Lower Yellowstone FallsYellowstone Falls I had no real itinerary for Yellowstone other than a plan to see as much as we could in the short time we were there.  In two days, we were able to circumnavigate the park visiting the typical highlight locations; including Old Faithful Geyser, Upper, Midway & Lower Geyser Basins, Grand Prismatic Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, Haden Valley, Yellowstone River, Canyon and Waterfalls. Also Yellowstone Lake and the West Thumb Geyser Basin.  We found lots of Bison to photograph, and although we were always on the look out for Wolves and Bear, we saw none. We did see some Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Osprey, Hawk and other fowl, most of which were often too distant to photograph well. Bison on the other hand were very plentiful.

A Bison emerges from the mistBrush Adorned Bison One early morning we headed north along, and then miles beyond, Yellowstone Lake traveling along the river to a place the day before we had noticed Bison grazing in an area off the road and across the river where few people seem to have noticed. We followed a small road down to a picnic area by the river. A lot of fog was steaming off of the river obscuring our view and providing a surreal backdrop to the place. We could hear the Bison grunting through the fog that was just beginning to lift. As the fog dissipated, we suddenly found ourselves nearly surrounded by Bison.   At times a little too close for comfort and often no clear escape route. We kept our distance and slowly moved away, at times into the river to avoid close contact. Many more had started crossing the river from the other side in large numbers. It was an astonishing moment we got to enjoy in privacy for nearly two hours. Although well hidden from the the main road several hundred yards away, only one other photographer had joined us part way through this incredible event.

There is a lot more I could write about. Each location is a destination in and of itself, deserving much more time and consideration than I could possibly give it in such a single short visit. I hope someday to go back to each place and give it the full attention it deserves. 

If you enjoyed these images and the video, be sure to Like it on Facebook and +1 it on Google+.  Your comments are also much appreciated.  I'll be uploading more images to the Utah and Wyoming Galleries so be sure to revisit occasionally to see what's new.

(David Lenhert Photography) Arches Bison Canyonlands National Parks Southwest Tetons Utah Wyoming Yellowstone http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/8/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation Wed, 21 Aug 2013 01:31:57 GMT
Updated: Oceanside Sunset Photography Workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/oceanside-sunset-photography-workshop The Oceanside Sunset Workshop was a big hit.  Here is a new video and some photos from the event.
















Get ready for an exciting new photography workshop coming up Saturday June 29th at the Oceanside, California Pier.  We're hoping that we'll have a great sky for the class, but even if we don't I'm sure you'll come away with some great shots, especially of our model Kelsey!  Lee, Kelsey and I did some scouting and preparation a few days ago, and since I'm starting to work a little with video, I put together a short trailer to give you an idea of what you might expect.

Email us to register or get additional information.  
We look forward to seeing you there. 















(David Lenhert Photography) Oceanside photography video workshops http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/oceanside-sunset-photography-workshop Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:47:48 GMT
General Update http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/general-update It has been a busy few weeks, both personally and professionally.  A couple of art fairs, a workshop production and new one coming up, launch of the Land & Sea show at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, and of course the San Diego County Fair Photography competition.

Of the three images I submitted to the fair this year, I was very pleased to receive a 1st place (see below) for the Color Scenic Fall category and an Honorable Mention plus a Donor Award in Color Scenic Spring.  I'm also getting ready to submit a piece for the Photo Art's Group showing at Gallery 21 Spanish Village in Balboa Park early July.

Please stay tuned and visit back often for Workshops, Photography Tips and new images.


West Fork Reflections


(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/general-update Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:23:09 GMT
Photo Arts Group's Land & Sea Show Reception http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/photo-arts-groups-land-sea-show-reception The Photo Arts Group is now exhibiting their Land & Sea photography show.  The reception will be from 5:30pm to 8:00pm Saturday June 8th at the Escondido Municipal Gallery on Grand & Juniper in Escondido.  

Besides the Inner Space Gallery of photography, there will be lots of other fine art on display in the other gallery sections.  You can find out more about the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery at: http://www.escondidoarts.org/

There is plenty of free parking, and there will be appetizers and beverages for your enjoyment at the reception; so come on out and visit with the photographers and artists.  

(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/photo-arts-groups-land-sea-show-reception Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:17:15 GMT
Torrey Pines Photography Workshop http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/torrey-pines-photography-workshop

We just wanted to thank everyone for a great time at the Torrey Pines Photography Workshop.  We had a few last minute cancellations due to illness, but we still had a very active and rewarding class. 

If you attended the class and would like to post some of your pictures, email them to me and I'll add them to this post.

Attached is a short video of some the spots we visited along with a few stills taken the week before in preparation for the class.  Although I'm an old had at still photography, I'm still learning how to capture and edit video, so be kind!  Additionally, I'm just using Photoshop CS6 to create the video instead of a dedicated application like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier. I'm actually impressed with the new built in video features of CS6.  Please post comments and let me know what you think.

Our next local workshop will be in the evening at Oceanside, CA on June 29th. We'll have a model and are looking to get sunset and sillouette shots.  Look for details in an upcoming blog entry.

Keep shooting!

(David Lenhert Photography) Landscapes Pines Torrey photography workshops http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/6/torrey-pines-photography-workshop Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:00:57 GMT
Bernardo Winery 36th Annual Spring Art Show http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/4/bernardo-winery-36th-annual-spring-art-show I have another art show coming up Mothers Day Weekend May 11th & 12th at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo, California.

There will be over a hundred artists and craftsman selling their personal creations. I have many new fine art pieces from Hawaii, the American Southwest and Pacific Northwest.  Please stop by my booth to take a look and visit if you can.  

There will also be entertainment, food, drink, and of course wine tasting.  Admission is free and there is ample free parking and a shuttle for those who desire it.  

(David Lenhert Photography) http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/4/bernardo-winery-36th-annual-spring-art-show Wed, 01 May 2013 21:30:00 GMT
Columbia River Gorge http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/4/columbia-river-gorge I've always wanted to visit the Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon, especially to photograph the many waterfalls that abound in the area.  In particular Multnomah Falls ever since I had seen a beautiful scene captured by another photographer a few years ago.  So, when the chance came recently we went out of our way to visit this exceptionally beautiful place just an hour outside of Portland.

Enjoy the images in my first published attempt at a video blog.  You may also view them in my Oregon Gallery.

Multnomah Falls


 Multnomah Falls Middle Earth


(David Lenhert Photography) All Fairy Falls Landscapes Multnomah Oregon Photography Video http://www.davidlenhert.com/blog/2013/4/columbia-river-gorge Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:29:26 GMT