Category Archives: scenic


Visual Pushups

Join Mark as he explores downtown Phoenix, Ariz. looking for photographic gems. He’s looking in alleys, looking at street signs and finding bits of color and texture to shoot. The key is to get in close and really isolate the subject; a macro lens is great for doing this.

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This week Mark Wallace shows you how to take a series of photos and stitch them together into a large, seamless panoramic photo. Try this technique in traditional situations like landscapes but also experiment indoors for some unique views!

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Travel Photos in the Redwoods

Join Mark as he explores the California Redwoods and documents his travels.

When shooting outside you should be aware of your surroundings. While highlighting the importance of a tripod, Mark talks about visualizing your shots and working with natural light.

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Daniel’s Top 10

Daniel spent much of the day with us yesterday helping to build some of our Ikea furniture. Along the way he introduced us to some new music (A Fine Frenzy) and also fixed all of my furniture building issues. He took some snapshots along the way.  Today he sent me this Top 10 list and I just had to share it.

My ten key take-aways from an afternoon with the Wallace Duo.

  1. Ikea Cafeteria = good grub
  2. “Udden” apparently is a word.
  3. Mark has the looks to ignite the flame of random cougars in the Ikea loading area. Boys, please control your single-mothers!
  4. New studio location very nice!
  5. New studio classroom awesome.
  6. Sorting fasteners and cross-member orientation both require keen attention to detail. AKA: Re-work sucks.
  7. Mark has no soft spot in his heart for bugs.
  8. It feels very gratifying to build something, even if it just requires assembly of a box of parts.
  9. A Fine Frenzy is instantly likeable for a variety of musical palates/backgrounds.
  10. Hitchcock-inspired snapshots require a steadier hand and better composition/cropping than currently available.

Daniel and Mark after a snack at Ikea (Photo by Diane).

Daniel’s “Hitchcock” shot.  Yep, number 10 was right on the money.

Hotel Balcony

Here’s the view from our hotel balcony in Crescent City, CA.  I shot this late one night.  It was great to spend some time by the ocean.

Night Ocean
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Crescent City
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We just spent two weeks driving up the pacific coast.  It was a great break from the daily grind.  We stopped in San Francisco, Crescent City (pictured above) and Seattle.  We also spent some time in Las Vegas.  Spamalot was a great show!