The Power of Internet Communication


Here’s a testament to the value of social networks and the power of communication via the Internet. In the old days I would have been at my local bookstore – or library – scouring through what were likely outdated materials trying to find the information I was looking for – at a price.

It never ceases to amaze me how generous people are when it comes to sharing information. One of my favorite web sites to visit is This site is a hugely popular photography community with tens of thousands of members. It is a place where people engage in threaded discussions to chat about every genre of photography, receive critiques on images, offer feedback on the latest gear, share tips on post processing, and trade equipment on a thriving buy and sell forum.

I recently posted a message on the landscape photography forum noting that I was making this trip. I asked if anyone had any ideas for places to go shoot both on the way toward Death Valley, and on the way back. Not being familiar with the journey from LA to Death Valley, I was hoping that someone might be able to point me in the right direction so that I could make the most of the short amount of time I had on this trip. Literally within minutes I had received some great advice from several site members, each of whom shared their experiences of this area providing me with some very up to date sound and valuable advice about latest road conditions, where to eat, where to stay, the forecast for blooming wildflowers, and what to expect regarding the landscape after recent heavy storms.

Many thanks especially to Dan Mitchell and Jim Fox who have been extremely generous with their advice and suggestions. I will look forward to sharing the images I make on this trip with the group when I get back, and returning the favor by relaying my experiences to others who might be considering similar trips.

Unrelated, here’s another image from my trip to Port Clyde. The sun actually peeked out from behind the clouds for a few minutes when I was making this image, and I like how it creates a little depth with the subtle shadows in this version. I would be interested in hearing thoughts about the two Port Clyde images posted recently…



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