8 Hanukkah Gift Ideas

Hanukkah 2017 will begin in the evening of Tuesday, December 12, here are some gift ideas for your photo family or friends. 1) HoodLoupe 3″ Glare Free LCD Loupe, this helps the photographer see the back of his/her LCD screen, especially in the bright sun. 2) LensCoat brand camera and or lens covers. These covers …

Question? Focus Modes/ Focus Points

I recently received an email asking me which focus modes and focus points I use. I started to answer the email and decided I would share it on my blog instead. It is important to remember that I shoot primarily with Canon gear and I use the shutter button to focus. This information may be …

Puffins & Gannets

This just in, I have secured a Bass Rock Landing date that will be included during my regular Puffin workshop! My contact from previous years has hired all new captains and will be offering private chumming and landing tours. I have booked a chumming trip with a landing on Bass Rock for my group and …

Secluded Slot Canyons

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography After going through Lower Antelope Slot Canyon, my friend and I made arrangements to visit two other canyons that were a bit more remote. Each of these canyons limited the amount of visitors during each session. It felt like I had the canyons to myself because even though I went …

Horseshoe Bend Canyon

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped bend in the Colorado River, located just outside of Page Arizona. The canyon is becoming more and more popular and there is word that they will be installing a platform and railing around the iconic viewing area. On one of the nights that I was there it was incredibly windy …

Lower Antelope Canyon

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ The Arch The slot canyon was beautiful and I could see it as being a treasure trove if you had it to yourself or at least without the busloads of tourists. I couldn’t believe how many people they crammed in the slot canyon. It was literally bumper to bumper …

Alabama Hills

Image © 2017/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Alabama Hills Arch, my favorite from the early morning. I spent a couple of days with clients/friends Laurie and Frank Sheets out in Lone Pine California. My friend Michael came along to help with the driving and to scout a few other areas out west. We all got along …

Golden Canyon and Red Cathedral

I finally had a chance to walk through the Golden Canyon in Death Valley NP. I was impressed by the view of the Red Cathedral rocks as we walked into the canyon. I also loved the lines and perspectives we saw. Here are a few of my favorites from that hike. They are not grand …

Intimate Dunes

I am out west for a week and my first evening shoot was at Eureka Dunes. It was great fun watching the light move around the dunes as the sun sets, casting shadows and creating different visual effects. On my next day at Death Valley NP, I photographed at Mesquite Dunes. The top image and …

Multiple Exposures

Multiple exposures have come a long way since the first time I ever saw one. Lots of folks associate a multiple exposure image with one of those “twisty turny” images or “repeating line” tree images. For me, I like to see the movement within the image and the softness that can be created with multiple …

My Xploration Awesome Planet Episode

You may remember I posted that while I was in Florida photographing, the producer of an educational earth science TV series called Awesome Planet contacted me to ask if I would be interested in appearing in an episode of Xploration Awesome Planet that would air nationwide on syndicated FOX networks (typically Saturday mornings). The show …

Deadvlei Planet

I love creating mini-world or aka mini-planets in Photoshop. For the image above I started with a regular shot of a tree with the Milky Way in the background captured at Deadvlei in Namibia. What I did a little differently for the top image is I blurred the background a bit and made the “tree …

Second Kenya Trip Added ~ 2018

Kenya, Masai Mara ~ African Safari with Paul McKenzie and Denise Ippolito October 11- 19, 2018/ 9 Nights, $6900.00 Limit: 7 photographers/ FULL WAIT Paul McKenzie has been travelling to Kenya photographing wildlife, for over 20 years. His extensive knowledge of the area is unrivaled. Paul has put together one of the best photographic experiences …

“Bird Photography ~ The Art of the Composition”

My latest eBook “Bird Photography ~ The Art of the Composition” was written in response to the many comments and emails that I have received over the years. Most of the questions in those emails were related to composition, especially when it comes to bird photography. I have never conformed to many of the compositional …