Visiting and Photographing Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary

Visiting and Photographing Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary

The abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia Pennsylvania is a very spooky, massive complex of tiny, dilapidated cells along dingy corridors.

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Photographing Kazan, Raifa and Sviyazhsk in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

I was in the Kazan area for a business trip and briefly had some time to do a little sightseeing. A guided tour took us to the Kazan kremlin (kremlin denotes “fortress”), to a very picturesque monastery at Raifa, and the historical island of Sviyazhsk.

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Switching from a DSLR to the mirrorless Panasonic Lumix G85 camera

I’ve shot the Nikon D300 DSLR camera for years. It was actually my first DSLR, and it was a great, versatile camera. However, it weighs so much that sometimes it feels like I’m carrying a brick. The D300 also doesn’t do video, which is something I’m interested in exploring. Lastly, the D300 was getting long in the tooth, being a decade old. So, I started looking at a number of mirrorless cameras that were on the market

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Tips for photographing Omaha zoo animals

Tips for photographing Omaha zoo animals

I would like to share a few tips on photographing some of the animals at the Omaha zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska usually ranks as one of the greatest in the world. The zoo is well-laid out in basically a large circle, and is very walkable aside from a few gradual slopes. In my opinion, the first thing to do is check out Hubbard Gorilla Valley.

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My background and inspiration in dramatic lighting, nature, animal and travel photography

My background and inspiration in dramatic lighting, nature, animal and travel photography

I got my start in photography 30 years ago when my parents gave me a used Minolta SRT-102 35mm film camera.  It came with all the lens and accessories I needed except the film, which, being a broke teenager, was not cheap to purchase and process.  Photographing everything under the sun, my photography was very uneven, and, in college, I drifted away from photography to save money. 

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Based in Omaha Nebraska, Caldera Photography focuses on travel and nature photography. Please browse our gallery which provides a sample of my work. Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or to request prints.