Rick Sammon
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Outdoor/Travel
Rick Sammon Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Arches National Park in Utah (a five-hour drive from Salt Lake City) is my favorite national park--from both a photographic and outdoor experience point of view.

Arches ranks #1 in my book for several reasons: First, the red/orange rock formations, some in the form of arches, are simply breathtaking. Many jut out of the flat, surrounding ground to form...

Outdoor/Travel
Rick Sammon Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

All photographs start with a great in camera image, right? Well, not really. A good photograph begins as an idea, a vision of how to isolate an interesting subject or subjects in a cluttered scene that will tell a story or communicate an idea or an emotion when a picture is viewed by the photographer and by others.

To illustrate the idea of seeing creatively, I'd...

Outdoor/Travel
Rick Sammon Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Compose your scenes carefully, and the pictures you take today in Bhutan will not look that different from the ones you might have taken 100 years ago in another life (Buddhists believe in reincarnation). Walk through the dzongs (temple/fortress), experience a festival, hike to a remote location in the Himalayas. With a little imagination, and if you turn off your satellite phone...

Outdoor/Travel
Rick Sammon Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

"Antarctica is a separate world...it is the presence of ice, from the first occasional fragment, escalating in shape, form and frequency, and finally dominating all else, that brings assurance of arrival in Antarctica."--Mark Jones, from Wild Ice: Antarctic Journeys (available on Amazon.com)

Taking pictures in Antarctica is easy. Point your camera...

Outdoor/Travel, Wildlife
Rick Sammon Mar 01, 2006 3 comments

"An adventure is misery and discomfort, relived in the safety of reminiscence." --Marco Polo

With the wind chill factor it's 35ÞF below zero. I've only been standing on the small, snow-covered deck of a Frontiers North Adventures Tundra Buggy (a vehicle specially designed for polar exploration) for about 5 minutes, and already my...

Rick Sammon Jan 01, 2006 14 comments

Last year, I had the opportunity to photograph one of the world's most magnificent waterfalls. I traveled halfway around the world to capture the beauty and awe of this exotic and remote travel destination. I was filled with great photographic expectations.

When I finally reached the falls, I was actually quite disappointed--because there was hardly any...

Globetrotter
Rick Sammon Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

Beryl Markham begins West with the Night, her wonderful and enthralling book about her adventures as a bush pilot in East Africa in the mid-1930s, with the question, "How is it possible to bring order out of memory?"

As I began to write this text, I was halfway through an incredible photo safari in Botswana in the fall of 2004. I was with...

Globetrotter
Rick Sammon Sep 01, 2005 1 comments

A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the indigenous people in Kuna Yala, an archipelago of 365 islands that lies a few miles off Panama's Caribbean coast. Some of my pictures of the Kuna were published in this column.

Back then, I was fairly new to digital photography: I shot only JPEG files, used a 4-megapixel digital SLR, packed several...

Globetrotter
Rick Sammon Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

Business people view Las Vegas, Nevada, as a trade show destination. Vacationers see Vegas as a place to have fun in the sun, see shows, and try their luck at the tables and with the one-arm bandits.

However, many of the photographers I know have a different take on this unique city that's thriving in the Nevada desert. They view it as a...

Globetrotter
Rick Sammon May 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Rick Sammon, All Rights Reserved

My friends often call me the "shoot and scoot" photographer. The term refers to the fact that I don't spend a lot of time in one location.

Why am I always on the move? Well, for one thing, I, perhaps like many readers, don't have the luxury or resources to spend weeks or even months in...