Author Archives: Christopher O'Donnell

Profile photo of Christopher O'Donnell

About Christopher O'Donnell

I'm a professional landscape photographer living on the coast of Maine. Through my work, I like to show a vantage point that is rarely seen in reality; a show of beauty, emotion, and serenity. Feel free to visit my website.

How to Photograph Star Trails: The Ultimate Guide

Photographing the night sky can be a surreal experience, and star trail photography is highly rewarding if you have a bit of patience. Those 2 hour long single exposures can turn an otherwise mundane day shot into an otherworldly image. Photo by Andrew Stawarz When photographing star trails, your goal is to allow your camera […]

REVIEW: “Andes” by Andrew Gibson

The talented Andrew Gibson has recently released another invaluable photography ebook, this time covering the topic of traveling to South America. In the simply-titled “Andes”, Andrew discusses his journey through South America and reveals the hows and whys to some of the most impressive photos I’ve seen. Andrew starts off with a wonderful collection of […]

Capturing Powerful Photos of Fire Trails

Photographing fire performers – and the trails they make – is an art form of its own. These incredible artists can put on quite a show, and photographers love the opportunity to capture surreal images using long exposure techniques. Burning Dan by naturalturn, on Flickr Successful fire trail photography takes much skill and practice – […]

How to Photograph the Blue Hours With Amazing Results

While you’ve most likely heard of the golden hours – that time right after sunrise or before sunset where the outdoors turn into a golden paradise – the blue hours are also a fantastic time to photograph under dramatic lighting. Chances are you’ve seen examples of blue hour photography but didn’t realize that they were […]

How to Photograph Sunsets With a Surreal Effect

Sunset photography is one of the most common, but most diverse, subjects in the realm of landscapes. No two sunsets are ever alike, and the amount of unique environments and compositions are endless. However, there can be a great disparity between what you see in person and what your camera captures – blown out skies, […]

Review: The Art of Self-Portraiture by Anna Gay

Portraiture is one of the most difficult areas of photography to master….which is why one would should have a detailed guide by their side. With so many options available to you, it’s easy to head in the wrong direction with bad information – and waste a lot of time doing so. It really is imperative […]