Fall on Rockefeller’s Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

Like all National Parks, Acadia has an interesting history. It was originally private property donated by wealthy philanthropists to the government for the purpose of establishing the park. It became a National Park in 1919 as “Lafayette National Park” but had its name changed about a decade later to Acadia National Park. A map of […]

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Sunrise from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

Straddling the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina and rising 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s highest point. It is also the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina’s Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig are taller, and they each have less […]

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Portland Head Light – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  12 Comments

Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse, widely regarded as the most beautiful in New England, located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The lighthouse sits at the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. This channel is very active, or at least was while we were there. Portland Head […]

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Sunset on Four Mile Trail in Yosemite

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

Here’s the winter sunset from Four Mile Trail in Yosemite National Park. Four Mile Trail runs from the Yosemite Valley up to Glacier Point, which is one of the best views in Yosemite. Unfortunately, in the winter, the trail is closed after Union Point. It probably should be closed before Union Point (at least when […]

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Arc de Triomphe Streaming Traffic at Night

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

I’ve already shared how, on our first night in Paris, I foolishly stood in the middle of the road while photographing the Eiffel Tower. I apparently hadn’t learned my lesson a few nights later, because I did the exact same thing while standing on the Champs-Élysées, photographing the Arc de Triomphe.

At first it seemed fairly safe, as there was about 4 feet between the lanes, marked with white lines on the ground. Unfortunately, this area seemed to be the de facto “moped lane” and within a few seconds of setting up my tripod, I was again jumping out of the way as a moped zoomed towards me. (Here’s the long exposure taken while I jumped out of the way!) After that, I decided not to spend too much time trying for this photo…

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Full Moon Illuminates Oconaluftee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  8 Comments

While it doesn’t have the name recognition of Newfound Gap or Clingmans Dome, I think the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook is the best view in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It actually reminds me a bit of Tunnel View, the most popular viewing spot in Yosemite National Park in terms of the view it offers. It’s […]

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Main Street Electrical Parade Long Exposure

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  6 Comments

Back when I first got into Disney photography, it seemed like I went into each trip with one really ambitious for a difficult/interesting photo. During our August 2009 trip, it was this photo of SpectroMagic. I had never before seen a long exposure done of Walt Disney World’s nighttime light parade, and thought it was […]

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Professional Photographers are an Endangered Species

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  9 Comments

Professional photographers are endangered species. One that, unlike the California Condor, is headed the way of the Dodo. Within five years, I predict that the professional photographer, as we now know the profession, will be largely extinct. Granted, there will still be some in “captivity,” but those will likely only be photographers with such unique […]

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