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Technique Tuesday: Focus Stacking

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  No Comments

Today’s technique is photo stacking, a way of achieving greater depth of field by combining multiple exposures with each shot having different areas of the photo in focus. I first learned of this technique recently, and have only tried it out a couple of times in Death Valley and Big Sur because, frankly, I think […]

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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  1 Comment

Hogwarts Castle houses the School of Witchcraft in the Harry Potter series, and is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. Next year, it will also open at Universal Studios Hollywood. This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle, both inside and […]

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Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  2 Comments

Griffith Observatory is an observatory, planetarium, and astronomy museum in California with great views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles. Griffith Observatory is a popular spot for […]

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Death Valley National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  11 Comments

This trip report cover my recent overnight trip to Death Valley National Park, which included stops at the Mesquite Dunes, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin, and other places around Death Valley National Park in California. I almost didn’t do a trip report on this visit to Death Valley, as I missed a lot of key experiences […]

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Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report – Part 2

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  8 Comments

Part 1 of my Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report left off with a nail-biting shootout with a squad of FBI agents, and left readers wondering whether our heroes would escape in a blaze of glory. Okay, that’s not quite what happened, but on our way up from Shark Fin Cove, we were stopped by two […]

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Pacific Coast Highway Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  23 Comments

Over on DisneyTouristBlog, numerous readers have expressed interest in reading additional trip reports as a way to live vicariously through some of my experiences (their words, not mine). While that request was most certainly aimed at my¬†Disney¬†experiences, the simple fact (as I stated over there) is that writing another Walt Disney World or Disneyland trip […]

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Lake McDonald Lodge Review

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  9 Comments

This post reviews Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, featuring photos of the rooms, common areas, and a look at the view and location. Like Many Glacier Hotel that I reviewed previously, the main selling point of this lodge is the location. Not only is it conveniently located inside Glacier National Park, but it’s […]

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California Beaches: Laguna’s Pearl Street Beach

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  2 Comments

Continuing my series of the best beaches in California is Pearl Street Beach in Laguna Beach. This post contains photos of Pearl Street Beach, tips for finding it, and some info about the beach. Pearl Street Beach is a small spot with reefs comprising both the north and south rims of the beach. I previously […]

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  13 Comments

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the newest hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, and is the cheapest on-property hotel at Universal occupying the value/moderate price tier. After spending the day enjoying Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, I recently wandered over to the Cabana Bay, which is about a 10 minute walk from Islands of […]

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