Off to Alaska!

The M/V Delphinus in Glacier Bay

Kathy and I will be flying to Juneau tomorrow and then to Hoonah where we meet the Delphinus and the other guests.  Our first week will be exploring and photographing in Glacier Bay National Park.  Kathy will return home after our first week and I will stay for a second nine-day photo tour.   Our second tour will concentrate on photographing wildlife, primarily whales and bears.  The tour ends in Wrangell with a jet boat ride up the Stikine River.  I’ll be staying in Wrangell for a couple extra days of photography and will fly home August 2nd.

Happy 4th of July!

Poulsbo Fireworks display

I took a few photos of the Poulsbo, WA fireworks display last night (July 3rd) experimenting with different camera settings.


Here’s the settings I used on this image:

F18 at 20 seconds, ISO 125, 75mm lens, Canon 5D MKII in AV mode. RAW file processed in Adobe Camera Raw.  Several of my shots were set at F16 at 30 seconds, ISO 200 with good results.  This photo was taken during the grand finale.  With more fireworks happening at once I lowered the ISO to 125 and raised the aperture to F18.  In AV mode the proper exposure was made in 20 seconds.

Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

February 16 – 23, 2013

One of several swimming pools
Spend a life-changing week at Rancho La Puerta, rated as the world’s best destination spa and resort.  Fill your week with activities, fitness classes and photography lessons by Don Paulson. Don is offering afternoon classes on camera basics, composition, and exposure.  You can also Join Don for in-the-field instruction while exploring Rancho La Puerta’s nature sanctuary of 3000 acres of mountains,  meadows and oak groves.  Rancho La Puerta is known for its organic gardens and healthy cuisine.  You can even take a course at their world-class cooking school.  You’ll feel younger, healthier and energized after a week of healthy food, workouts, yoga, meditation and hiking.  Don will give you the knowledge and inspiration to take your photography to the next level. Contact Rancho La Puerta to sign up!

Check out Don’s Photos of Rancho La Puerta

Old Growth Forest







When it comes to favorite places, the old growth forests of the Olympic Mountains ranks right up there.  Recently I spent the day photographing in the pristine forest along the South Fork Skokomish River. Being in the company of towering Douglas fir trees over 800 years old is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience especially in early summer  when the “Green Machine” is at its peak performance with conifer boughs tipped with lime green and understory plants in heated competition for scarce sunlight.  The shades of green, earthy smells and stillness of the forest is the perfect recipe for creativity and my day in the forest passed in bliss.

Agnes Gorge Waterfall

Waterfall at the end of the Agnes Gorge Trail

Here’s a photo of a waterfall at the end of the Agnes Gorge Trail (accessed from Stehekin).  Normally a small trickle, the spring snow melt turned it into a beautiful cascade tumbling over terraces of granite.  The sun streaming through the trees and a rainbow glowing in the mist made an interesting scene.

From Stehekin, Washington

Kathy and I are enjoying our stay in Stehekin,  a small community at the head of Lake Chelan (a scenic 50 mile boat ride from Chelan).   Yesterday we walked up to the old Stehekin school house and then to the Historic Buckner Orchard and Homestead.  I had a great time photographing all the old farm implements while Kathy concentrated mainly on the grounds and buildings.  So much water was raging down Rainbow Falls that we couldn’t get our cameras close enough to photograph it.  Today we are going to take the shuttle bus to the end of the road and hike the Agnes Gorge trail.

Kitsap Photo Safari

June 21st only

Point No Point Lighthouse

Join Don Paulson and a small group of photo enthusiasts to explore Kitsap Peninsula with an eye on some of the best photo locations on the peninsula. This tour is hosted by Kitsap Tours.  Don will be the guest photo instructor for the June 21st tour.  All the details can be found on the Kitsap Tours website.  Use Promotional Code of  “Don”  when signing up and receive a 20% discount.  You can use this Promotional Code  for ANY summer Photo Safari to get a 20% discount.


Welcome to my ALL-NEW website!  Take a look around and let me know what you think.  I’ve tested everything on my computer, but I would appreciate hearing from you if you find something that’s not working right on your computer. 

Special thanks to Anne Plummer from IvyCat Website Services!  Anne guided me through the design process and did all the heavy lifting for putting the website together. IvyCat took care of all the behind the scenes work so that my website will function smoothly and be properly recognized by search engines.  Anne even came to my house and trained me on how to use Word Press to add all the content. 

So check back again soon, I plan to add more photos from recent trips as well as updates on this blog.

Glacier Bay Special

A Photo Tour with Don Paulson through Dolphin Charters (Full)

USA, Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, Reid GlacierDolphin Charters Logo

July 14 to July 20, 2011 Starting/Ending in Hoonah

Join Don Paulson and Dolphin Charters for our premier trip in Glacier Bay National Park – the pinnacle of Alaskan Scenery! Based aboard the Delphinus, a comfortable, 50-foot custom trawler, you will be surrounded by the spires, crags, and glaciated peaks of the Fairweather Range. Extensive glaciers reach the sea where huge blocks of ice, some 200 feet tall, break off and fall into the water. Twelve such tidewater glaciers exist in the park, and you will have time to explore several of them. While we explore the Park broadly, we regularly go ashore to experience and photograph the intricacies and subtleties that compose this grand design – right at peak wildflower season.

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Sailing the San Juan Islands

A Photo Tour with Don Paulson and Emerald Isle Sailing Charters

San Juan Islands

May 1 to May 7, 2011 (beginning & ending on Orcas Island)

Join Don Paulson and Emerald Isle Charters for an unforgettable photographic adventure. Based aboard the Na’walak, a beautiful 54-foot pilothouse ketch, you will experience and photograph the unique beauty and sunny weather of Washington’s San Juan Islands.  The alluring charm of this archipelago is expressed both in its natural landscapes, and its diverse wildlife. Grass and moss carpeted hillsides give way to graceful madronas and sculpted firs. This trip is coincides with the peak wildflower bloom that fill the meadows. A variety of trails provide great opportunities for discovery. A sunny overlook, a hidden cove, a quaint one-room school house, or an abandoned lighthouse are among the myriad treasures to be found.

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