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Explained - Failed Provia 100f with the Canon A1 - Banff, Alberta

On this episode of Focal Collective we FAILED and over-exposed a roll of Provia 100f on the Canon A1 while backpacking around Banff, Alberta. This video gives a behind the scenes look at the photos taken with this camera and what the overexposed shots look like. The Canon A1 is a great 35mm film camera for beginners, though slide film still proves challenging to properly expose the highlights utilizing the camera's built-in light meter.

How to Photograph Manhattanhenge

Twice a year the setting sun lines up perfectly with Manhattan’s city grid. Locals, tourists, photographer’s, and pedestrians all bask in the glowing sun as it dips below the horizon during sunset, completely visible between NYC’s skyscraper canyons. The light emanated from the sun attracts enthusiasts from all corners of the world to watch this rare event.

Istanbul, Turkey Photography Guide Part 2 - Hidden Landmarks

Do you have more than a few days to explore Istanbul? Have you already walked along the Hippodrome and seen Istanbul’s old town in Sultan Ahmet? Here are a few off-the-beaten path locations in Istanbul that are sure to inspire your creative direction. Follow along with this 4 part photography guide, outlining some of the best locations across Istanbul and Turkey to photograph and explore. I was lucky to travel through Istanbul/Turkey in 2014 with my first digital camera.

Istanbul, Turkey Photography Guide Part 1 - Common Path

Planning on exploring the city that joins Europe and Asia? If yes, you are in for an amazing experience. A city divided by the Bosphorous (river), this destination is truly unique where world cultures and global heritages collide to deliver some of earth’s best architecture and most interesting culture. (The food is among the best as well)

Bratislava Photography Guide Part 2 - Waterfront and Bridges

Walking along Bratislava’s Waterfront (Tyršovo Nábrežie) you’ll find a great series of city vantage points and architecturally interesting bridges in Slovakia’s Capital, Bratislava. Here’s a comprehensive list of the possible locations you can shoot along the waterfront! This guide focuses exclusively on Bratislava’s Waterfront Walkway, its bridges, and skyline views. I’ve included a few tips, the gear I used, and how to get to each location using Google Maps!

Bratislava Photography Guide Part 1 - The Views

Traveling to Bratislava, Slovakia and looking for some photo-worthy locations? After spending a few days in Vienna’s sister city Bratislava for a client workshop, I have listed out a few of my favorite locations to photograph in the city over this 2-part series. I’ve also included a few tips, the gear I used, and how to get to each location using Google Maps!

Chicago Photography Guide Part 4 - Alt Chicago

Heading out to Chicago but don’t know where to shoot? If you’ve made it this far through the series, you must be pretty curious what other photogenic nooks and crannies Chicago has to offer. Read on, and you won’t be disappointed! This is part 4 of the 4 part series on the best photography locations in Chicago

Chicago Photography Guide Part 3 - CDOT Trains and Parking Garages

Heading out to Chicago but don’t know where to shoot? Are you feeling a little more adventurous? This guide maps out a few hidden gems of the city from a few uncommon vantage points. These views are courtesy of Chicago Department of Transportation and the local Self-Parking Garages. This is Part 3 of a 4 part series on the best photography locations in Chicago. In the series, I cover Classic Chicago Locations, Waterways & Boats, CDOT Trains & Self-Parks, and Alt Chicago Views.

Chicago Photography Guide Part 2 - Waterways and Boats

Heading out to Chicago but don’t know where to shoot? After exploring the city for 2 months, I have put together a 4 part series on the best photography locations in Chicago which include Classic Locations, Waterways & Boats, CDOT Trains & Parking Lots, and Alternative Chicago spots. I’ve also included a few tips, the gear I used, and how to get to each location through Google Maps.

Road Trip Photography - The Iceland Experience

Anybody with an Instagram account has probably spent the last several years bombarded with photographs of Iceland. It’s been unavoidable for some time now. We’ve all seen so many photos of Iceland it starts to feel like you’ve already been. Whether it's to capture the northern lights or long exposures of waterfalls, it seems like heaven for landscape photographs.

Chicago Photography Guide Part 1 - The Classics

Heading out to Chicago but don’t know where to shoot? After exploring the city for 2 months, I have put together a 4 part series on the best photography locations in Chicago which include Classic Locations, Waterways and Boats, CDOT Trains and Parking Lots, and Alternative Chicago spots.

I’ve also included a few tips, the gear I used, and how to get to each location through Google Maps.

Superbloom at Lake Elsinore - Poppy Apocalypse

A Superbloom sprouted in Southern California’s Lake Elsinore around March 8th and lasted for about 2 weeks. While it is common that these regions experience a dusting of wildflowers every spring, years can pass without seeing these spectacular Superblooms. The last two Superblooms SoCal experienced happened in Spring 2017 and Spring 2008.