Artic Paradise in Alaska!

Just chill-in in Alaska a spell to see, stare at, at photograph wildlife and marine life. Photos by Jolly Sienda Photography. Alaska, August 23-Sep 7, 2019.

Sea lions napping; Kenai Fjords, near Seward, Alaska

Sea lions napping; Kenai Fjords, near Seward, Alaska

Seals hanging out on glacier ice along the Kenia Fjords and glacier

Seals hanging out on glacier ice along the Kenia Fjords and glacier

Just Puffins!

Just Puffins!

Raft of cute seals, Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Raft of cute seals, Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Sea Otters!

Sea Otters!

Sea Lion and seagulls

Sea Lion and seagulls

Orca Killer Whale, Kenia Fjords, Seward, Alaska

Orca Killer Whale, Kenia Fjords, Seward, Alaska

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Chill Glaciers, Autumn Color, and Moose!

Our 14-day road trip in Alaska began in Anchorage. We traveled over 2,000 miles making 1-3 day stops in Anchorage, Homer, Seward, Whittier, Valdez, Glenn Allen, and Fairbanks! We traveled by car, float plane, ferry, and on foot to absorb the beautiful and wild Alaskan scenery. Photos by Jolly Sienda Photography.

Knik Glacier view from the Glenn Highway, Alaska

Knik Glacier view from the Glenn Highway, Alaska

Moose on the loose!

Moose on the loose!

Cook Inlet and smoke from the Swan Wildlife, burning since June 2019. Photo August 24, 2019.

Cook Inlet and smoke from the Swan Wildlife, burning since June 2019. Photo August 24, 2019.

Jolly Sienda Photography is available for commercial and editorial photography assignments. Contact us at info@jollysiendaphotography.com / Tel: 240-899-5295.

A Day at the Beach at Fripp Island and Exploring Savannah

There’s nothing like having your toes in the sand, the sound of the surf, finding seashell treasures on the beach, and exploring the antebellum architecture and historic squares of Savannah, Georgia, and Fripp Island, South Carolina. Our family has roots in both areas so every other year or so, we travel there to enjoy some family time and southern hospitality. Here are some favorite pictures of the trip featuring cultural photography and landscape photography of the Spanish Moss and the easy island lifestyle.

Sunrise over the marsh and palm trees at Fripp Island; a barrier island off of South Carolina

Sunrise over the marsh and palm trees at Fripp Island; a barrier island off of South Carolina

Shrimp fishing boats and the dock at Port Royal, South Carolina.

Shrimp fishing boats and the dock at Port Royal, South Carolina.

Sandpipers peck at jellyfish on the beach at Fripp Island.

Sandpipers peck at jellyfish on the beach at Fripp Island.

Large squid close to shore along the beach.

Large squid close to shore along the beach.

Osprey with the catch of the day! The Osprey hold the fish in his talons and takes off from the beach.

Osprey with the catch of the day! The Osprey hold the fish in his talons and takes off from the beach.

Even the deer like walking on the beach! We loved out time at Savannah and Fripp Island!

Jolly Sienda Photography captures and tells stories. Hire her today for weddings, engagements, stock photography, commercial photography, and lifestyle branding portraiture at Tel: 240-899-5295, email: info@jollysiendaphotography.com

Travel Photography - How to Capture the Local Culture of a Place - Be a Story Teller!

When I’m discovering a new place and culture, I am eager to capture, with my camera equipment, how people live and something unique about the place. I enjoy watching people and walking the streets. I look for color, every day lifestyle, movement, and dogs and cats. I take photos using different light sources and angles. To protect my knees, I wear knee-pads, so I can get down low to photograph my subject without pain. No matter where I am, I am always looking for a story to document in my photographs. I believe if you start to think about telling a story with your photographs, you will see improvement in your photos too. Here are some photos from our recent trip to Patagonia (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands). Enjoy!

Outdoor fruit and vegetable market

When your shooting - using a natural frame, like the tree limb adds something of interest to the photograph. The Coca-cola photo is nice; however having the lady selling her vegetables and the bike adds even more interest an authenticity to the image. And, when you are photographing indoors with flash remember to turn up the ISO on your camera. The photo on the left is a graffiti image of Pedro Bonifacio Palacios, an Argentine poet; iconic Coca-Cola signage and local lifestyle, and the dome of Santera Cathedral in Montevideo, Uruguay.

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Jolly and Rich eat a steak dinner

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Stupendous Ring of Fire Mountains in Patagonia's Chilean and Argentina Fjords

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the ‘End of the World’? Or, checking off those ‘1001 Things to See and Do Before You Die’? Our recent trip to South America and Patagonia provided us some of the world’s most dramatic scenery; unveiling places few ever see. The weather too, in this area, can change so quickly; from calm to ferocious gale force winds preventing ships from traveling around the Cape Horn or arriving safely in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Boy, did we luck out! In fact, the captain of our cruise ship said, “This is the calmest it has ever been, on my watch, sailing around the Cape Horn” The following images were taken on our journey. Happy Holidays!

Glacial striation and its reflection in the water with icebergs
Osorno Volcano, Puerto Monte, Puerto Varis, Chile

Osorno Volcano, Puerto Monte, Puerto Varis, Chile

Glaciers at Glacier Alley, Chile

Glaciers at Glacier Alley, Chile

Usushia, Agentina - last city on the South American continent.

Usushia, Agentina - last city on the South American continent.

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Glacial Striation and a beautiful reflection

Glacial Striation and a beautiful reflection

Tierra del Fuego rainbow off of the Strait of Magellen near Usushia, Argentina

Tierra del Fuego rainbow off of the Strait of Magellen near Usushia, Argentina

A cruise ship sails around the the Cape Horn, South America.

A cruise ship sails around the the Cape Horn, South America.

Sailing around the Cape Horn
Iceberg

Iceberg

Jolly Sienda — Jolly Sienda Photography

Jolly Sienda — Jolly Sienda Photography

Argentine Tango and Chilean Cueca Dancing Sways to Sexy Rhythms

During our recent trip to Patagonia with stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Santiago and Puerto Varis, Chile, we learned a lot about the history of the sexy and sublime Argentine tango and the coy and colorful Cueca folk dance.

Argentine tango dancers

Tango originated in the late 1800’s along the River Plate and the colorful port town of La Boca, Argentina. Slaves, brothels, and men first danced together to the pattern beats of the bandoneon. Over time, the dance was accepted by middle class and is seen today throughout this part of South America.

Photo trip to Columbia River Gorge for Autumn Color and Cool Photography Ops!!

Had a great time this past week exploring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We made the loop, driving on Highway 84 (Oregon) and Highway 14 (Washington) going to Maryhill, Washington, up to Hood River, Oregon, White Salmon, Washington, and too Trout Lake, Washington. Both Mount Adams and Mount Hood shined with new snow and the mountains were surrounded by beautiful Autumn color. Here are some landscape photo pics from the trip!

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Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Autumn Nature Photography Where You Live! Sign Up for My Photography Classes!

I enjoy all of the seasons of the year. I especially love Autumn and its rich, warm, colors; red, yellow, orange, purple, and green! When I get free time in the early morning or late afternoon to go outside into nature I’m feeling a bit of zen. Our earth gives us gifts of paradise each day to enjoy. When I get to play with my cameras and lens I’m really in the zone.

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

I’ve traveled throughout the United States in search of beautiful colorful landscapes to photograph. There are many. But, in fact, some of the best and most beautiful natural landscapes showcasing Autumn color is where I live - close to my backyard.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

And, for outdoor wedding photography — photographing a bride and groom under a blazing oak, alder, or maple tree is the best! All of my couples love this!!!

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

I also love to let myself go and be totally creative! How about this abstract photography landscape in the water. It really looks like a watercolor painting!

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

I really enjoy helping people who want to learn more about photography. If you want to see things differently, learn photography techniques, and get better pictures, please contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, message, or email at info@jollysiendaphotography.com. I do one-on-one lessons and small groups. Let’s explore our world!

Catching Autumn Color at Seabeck's Hood Canal

The sunrise, cool crisp air, crystal clear water, warm autumn color, fog layers, Olympic Mountains, seagulls, a fisherman taking his boat out to sea, tranquil and calm — this is what I feel and see as I look, linger, and take in the natural beauty of the Hood Canal, at Seabeck. A picture perfect slice of Pacific Northwest paradise.

Want to learn how to be a better photographer? Please contact me today to set up an appointment for one-on-one photography instruction. Tel: 240-899-5295 E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com . Let’s have some fun and take our photography to a new level!

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Serenity, color, light, shadows, reflections…and more.

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

Adventure Travel Photography in Morocco!

Traveling to Morocco has been on my bucket list for years! I spent one day in Tangiers in 1987 (ferry crossing from Spain). The intriguing sights, sounds, smells, and overall exotic feel called my name. Dreams can come true! In April 2018, my partner and I spent 17 days exploring Morocco. We traveled by car over 1,400 miles, passing through seaside towns, lush green agricultural landscapes, small villages each with their own mosque, up and down through the Rif and the Atlas Mountains, rode camels at the amazing Sahara Desert, and traveled through the rugged and tropical Dades Gorge -- all of this was now ours to share with you!

Our driver, Ali, told me daily, "Keep your camera ready because you never know what you're going to see." Boy, was he right!

Photographing the people, places, and culture of Morocco ignited my senses, made me SMILE,  and fueled my passion to capture the best in international photojournalism. Ali was right, you never know what could be around the corner.

Exotic Morocco will bring me wonderful memories that will last a lifetime! How about you? Reach out to me if you are interested in travel photography. I'd love to hear from you!

Travel Photography Caribbean Style! Explore, Color, Light, Angles & More!

People ask me all of the time -- what's your favorite type of photography? And, I answer by saying, "I love all kinds of photography: portraits, weddings, landscapes, food, etc." However, when I'm traveling and seeing new places I'm sooooo happy!! I'm on sensory overload. There's so much to see! And, I'm paying close attention to what's happening in the moment and how I will take pictures in different settings. I love this challenge!

Herd of goats stand on a large lava rock, St. Kitts, Caribbean.

Herd of goats stand on a large lava rock, St. Kitts, Caribbean.

Often I'll tell our driver, "Stop the car!" And, I'm jumping out and running to get the shot! Like I did for the goat scene in St. Kitts. 

I'm also drawn to color, shapes, and changing light. I'm always thinking about the light source and adjusting my camera dials to experiment with different ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings. 

Left to right: St Kitts yellow barn and palms; Sunrise after the storm at St. Lucia; Afternoon sun in St. Kitts lights up row houses after a tropical rainstorm.

Woman selling plants on the street in Antigua, Caribbean.

Woman selling plants on the street in Antigua, Caribbean.

I enjoy photographing people too using their natural surroundings. In Antigua, Caribbean, I got down low, almost on the ground, and photographed my subject using different angles which adds dimension and interest. It's all about experimentation and seeing what works!

After a long day of travel photography, I treat myself to an awe moment on this deserted beach on the Island of St. Lucia. Simply paradise!

After a long day of travel photography, I treat myself to an awe moment on this deserted beach on the Island of St. Lucia. Simply paradise!

Cat's are Quirky, Curious, Interesting, and Fun Creatures for Travel Photography

When I'm traveling I'm always looking for interesting subjects to photograph. Cats are unique because they have attitude and presence. They make a statement wherever they are. And, I love photographing them!

Tuxedo cat sits on a window ledge of a tole painted building, Oberammergau, Germany. This cat reminded me of my kitty, Topaz, also a Tuxedo cat and a charmer!   

Tuxedo cat sits on a window ledge of a tole painted building, Oberammergau, Germany. This cat reminded me of my kitty, Topaz, also a Tuxedo cat and a charmer!

 

I love to catch cats when they could care less about me watching them. However, sometimes,  cats are eager and willing to be the stars in the picture!  From the left, cats on a bench in Kotor, Montenegro; center is an orange tabby cat on stucco stairs in Mykonos, Greece; right is a cat watching us eat at a marina in Kusadasi, Turkey.

It's really nice when you have great light, shadows, and textures to work with in your photo; and, there is the cat in the space. This is a photo I've sold many time from my fine art photography collection. I took the picture while traveling in Mykonos, Greece. It was taken at sunset.

Red Door and the Calico Cat at Sunset, fine art photography

Enjoying nature photography and travel photography in sunny Florida

I recently visited relatives in southern Florida and went on an airboat to photograph and see wildlife at Everglades National Park. We had so much fun!! I shot the sunset at Juno Beach as high surf and waves crashed onto Juno Beach's pier. We also checked out the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. What a blast!!! Check out the seven new photos below. I LOVE travel photography and nature photography!!!

Great Blue Heron flies over the Everglades

Great Blue Heron flies over the Everglades

Here I am holding my Canon camera with a 70 x 200 lens with Richard Anderson and Linda Anderson on an airboat in the Everglades!

Here I am holding my Canon camera with a 70 x 200 lens with Richard Anderson and Linda Anderson on an airboat in the Everglades!

We saw lots of alligators in the wetlands!

We saw lots of alligators in the wetlands!

Rose early to catch the sunrise and high surf at Juno Beach

Rose early to catch the sunrise and high surf at Juno Beach

Sunburst and waves at the pier dock at Juno Beach
Pastel sunrise greets boats along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach, Florida.

Pastel sunrise greets boats along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach, Florida.

From Our Family to Yours...Happy Holidays!

Christmas in Prague, Old Town

Remembering the joy of past Christmas's shared together around the world in Germany, Czech Republic, Virginia, South Carolina, and Washington State (beloved travel photography) with family and friends! Happy Holidays!

 

I hope the magic of the holidays gives you time to reflect and enjoy life's gifts. Let us,   together, wish for peace and happiness around the world. 

 

 

Rich and Jolly Sienda at Christmas
Advent Pyramid at the Dresdner Striezelmarkt
Snow covered row houses at dawn surround a park with a Nativity