5 Great Photography Uses for Neutral Density Filters

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  14 Comments

In the digital age, there are few filters for photography that can’t be replicated in post-processing. Neutral density filters are one such filter, and while they are commonly used to allow using a wide-open aperture in bright sunlight, I prefer using them on a tripod to take longer exposures, for the purposes of playing with […]

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Château de Chambord Photos & Tips

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley of France is one of the most famous châteaux in the world, featuring French Renaissance and medieval architecture. This post offers a photo tour of Chambord, info about the chateau, and my tips for making the most of the experience. For starters, Chambord is the largest château in […]

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Mont Saint Michel Tips & Photos

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  19 Comments

If you’re thinking of visiting Mont Saint Michel in the Normandy region of France, there are some things you should know prior to visiting. This post covers tips for planning your trip to Mont Saint Michel, photos of the area, and a general review of Mont Saint Michel. For starters, a little background is in […]

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Things To Do In Joshua Tree National Park

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  3 Comments

Here are my recommendations for Joshua Tree National Park, and tips for accomplishing it all as part of a relatively quick stop on a California road trip. For me, this is the great thing about Joshua Tree–it is relatively easy to hit the major highlights in a few hours if that’s what you want to do, […]

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Review: Is World of Coca-Cola Worth It?

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

World of Coke is, essentially, a shrine to Coca-Cola located in Atlanta, Georgia adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium. At first blush, visitors to Atlanta might assume it’s a simple “Coke Museum,” but it’s much more. It contains multiple exhibits, each centered around Coca-Cola and its history, from art displays to inside the “Coca-Cola Vault” to […]

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The Incredible Journey to Half Dome’s Diving Board

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  18 Comments

For today’s 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, I wanted to share a hike I made over the weekend to the “Diving Board” in Yosemite National Park, a spot made famous by Ansel Adams’ “Monolith” photo. This location stands a stone’s throw from the face of Half Dome, offering a close-up view of that […]

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Things To Do In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  21 Comments

With its large size and variety of year-round offerings, it’s no surprise that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the United States’ most visited National Park, with over double the number of annual visitors that the second most popular National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, sees. This post provides a guide to Great Smoky Mountains […]

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Paris, France Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  13 Comments

Paris, France is the “City of Lights,” but it might as well be the city of classic beauty. Photographing Paris is a delight for photographers, as the city has so much variety and incredible architecture, among other things, that it’s almost difficult to capture a bad photo. If you’re considering a trip to Paris, this […]

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Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  13 Comments

Looking for tips and the best activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 45 minutes from Hilo Airport and 2 hours from Kona Airport. While Volcanoes National Park is […]

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San Diego Zoo Info & Tips

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the country, and for good reason. This post offers a review of the zoo, photos from the animal exhibits, and various tips & tricks for making the most of your visit to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo had been on my […]

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