Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

Interesting Use of Flash

Interesting Use of Flash
I deeply admire the foreign travel photographer Nevada Wier.  Her photography is beautiful, elegant and innovative.  I've traveled with her five times and have taken two photography seminars from her. The most recent seminar, among other techniques, she taught me how to use flash in a very clever way.  She stresses that a camera flash shouldn't be used simply when there…

Tampa Bay – Comic Con 2016

Tampa Bay – Comic Con 2016
I'm always looking for new and unusual subjects to photograph, so when I saw billboards advertising the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016 I knew I found what I was seeking.  I had read of other comic cons (comic book  conventions) and knew that this place would be a goldmine for a photographer.  Imagine a place loaded with people dressed up to look like…

Cartagena Nights

Cartagena Nights
Probably one of my best experiences doing travel photography was when I was in the historical district of Cartagena, Colombia.  Our tour leader, a woman with world-class skills both as a photographer and as a teacher, brought us to a quaint street to watch and photograph horse drawn carriages as they strolled by.  There were some tables and chairs set out and via a…

My Walk on the Wild Side

My Walk on the Wild Side
I think it is safe to say that many people travel so they may see and experience something new; at least that is my motivation. The fact is, though, we travelers don't need to go thousands of miles to do this. Instead we can visit something completely beyond our usual experience and not travel but a few miles. So a few months ago, I…

Dog Meat

Dog Meat
I am serious when I say that if my dogs and me were trapped in a burning building and my wife could only save me or them that she had better rescue them first. I love dogs, especially our "children". I grew up with dogs as family members. I can watch a movie where dozens of humans are hurt, carved up,…

An Hour Well Spent

An Hour Well Spent
In Sacramento, California there is an art gallery I love to visit.  It is not huge and it doesn't have a lot of big-name artists, but I think that is why I like it more than, say, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.  Yeah, sure that is a crazy thing to say because MoMA has art…

Not Because It’s There

Not Because It’s There
I think the most important thing to know about mountain climbing is the motivation for doing it. A greater man than me said he climbed a mountain because it’s there. In August 2000 when I climbed Mt Shasta in northern California my desire was to disobey my aunt. You see, when I was about seven years old, I told her…

I went with Plan C

I went with Plan C
Sometimes even Plan B won't work.  Sometimes ya gotta go with your dead-last choice when traveling. During my trip to Nepal a year ago, I met two very pleasant people from Canada who invited me to visit them.  They knew I was a photographer and that I liked to do night and landscape photography.  Joel and Kathleen described the beauty…

Interior Design by Edgar Allan Poe?

Interior Design by Edgar Allan Poe?
How do you wrap your head around a holy shrine so beautiful and yet so ghastly and repulsive? This question is what went through my mind when I visited a huge cathedral in a tiny village in southern Peru. I was on a "photographers-only" tour. The dozen or so of us had been or would visit the usual sites in…