Category Archives: Technique

Perseids Peak

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Copyright 2016 Marc Allen Mintz

I’ve been wanting to photograph this nearby faux-palm cell tower.  It’s in a big barren field between housing developments, and I’ve just been drawn to it because it looks so out of place.  Perseids peak seemed like a good opportunity to mix said tower with what they said would be an awesome shower, some estimating 200-300 meteors an hour!

Not much to say except, due to light pollution, the hyped-up intensity was anticlimactic for us city folk.  I saw a couple of good ones for sure, bright and long, but it’s kinda hit or miss out there when you’re trying to catch them in a frame.  Several times the ones I did see came in-between exposures, of course.  I was only out there for a little while, from 2:30-3:30am, so this is the ONE frame I got that actually shows a meteor.

One good thing about the Perseids is that, for now, you can bet you’ll get another shot next year.

Random side note:  “Perseids Peak” is the name of the second album I recorded under My American Myth.  Now that I have a photo to go along with it, you can listen to the title track here 🙂

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

It was fitting Joshua Tree National Park would be the last stop on my trip.  To make it even more epic, my good buddy Andy met me out in our old stomping grounds for one of the most beautiful nights of the summer.   Continue reading

Bikers and Badlands

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Having to hustle it back west so one-nighters were all I had time for at this point.  And although I’ve tried to keep my driving time shorter than five or six hours a day, when I got to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the early afternoon- my next planned stop for the night- I just couldn’t see spending the rest of the day there.   Continue reading

We Interrupt Your Normally Scheduled Road Trip Post….

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Well, I ran into my real first setback on the trip… Continue reading

Black Clouds Hide Blue Skies

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

I left Phoenix on Tuesday with a plan to camp in Monument Valley that evening. The road was looking good and I was excited to finally get going….until this happened:   Continue reading

Just A “Quick” Picture

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2014 Marc Allen Mintz

Really, that’s all I wanted!  Turns out a simple photo of some new business cards was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be…. Continue reading

Ride the Lightning

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Summer monsoons mean spectacular lightning shows!   Continue reading

On Distance and Focal Length

Copyright 2013 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2013 Marc Allen Mintz

A quickie on how distance to subject and focal length can affect the mood of your photographs…

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A graphically interesting photograph will almost always have triangles in it- MAM

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Photo Booth Phun Pt. 2

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned I set up a photo booth at a wedding I shot recently.  The bride asked if it was something I could do, and after seeing it done at several weddings, I thought I’d give it a shot.  [Ed.- Apologies to those who have no idea what some of the technical stuff refers to…yeah, it’s a little gear geeky.] Continue reading