Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas on Cape Cod 2016

A trip to Cape Cod for Christmas offered me yet another opportunity to photograph this beautiful New England peninsula.  Here are some of my favorite photographs from the trip.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cape Cod in Late Fall

I was out on Cape Cod again last month, and I have a new batch of photos to share.  It wasn't a snowy winter wonderland as it has been on some of my previous trips, but visits to new places gave me some new subjects to photograph.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fall 2016 in Photos

Unfortunately, I didn't take as many photos this fall as I normally do, but I'm quite happy with the ones I took.  Now that December's upon us, it certainly feels like winter, so I think it's a good time to look back at the past season in photos.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk 2016

I attended Saratoga's Victorian Streetwalk on December 1st for the first time in several years.  This annual event is a fun way to ring in the holiday season.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Through the Glass Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping.  This is my third holiday gift guide.  Many of the items in my gift guides from 2015 and 2014 are still relevant this year, so be sure to have a look at those too.  This year my focus is on gifts featuring photography.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Room with a View: My Favorite Hotel Views

I've been lucky to stay in some hotels and lodges with gorgeous views.  In this post, I will share my favorites, along with the photos they inspired.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Meet Franny!

Two weeks ago, I adopted a sweet six month old kitten whom I named Franny.  She has taken quite quickly to her new forever home, and is happy to pose for the camera.  Here a few of my favorite pics of her.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pacific Northwest Trip Part VI: Photographing Seattle

This is the sixth post on my Pacific Northwest trip.  If you haven't already, please check out my posts on the Columbia River Gorge, the Timberline Lodge, the Northern Oregon CoastOregon Coast Historic Sites, and the Alderbrook Resort.  In this post, I will share photos I took in Washington State's most famous city, Seattle.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Saratoga Area Summer 2016 in Photos

Now that it's September and school starts tomorrow for us teachers, summer may not be officially over, but it might as well be.  Looking back on the many photos I took in Saratoga this summer, I noticed I had a lot that never made it into any of my blog posts.  I only went to the track once this season, and for once I didn't take any pictures.  You can always check out my NYRA-tagged posts for photos I took in previous years, though.  The photos I took in Oregon and Washington are in my PNW-tagged posts.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pacific Northwest Trip Part V: Alderbrook Resort and Area

This is the fifth post on my Pacific Northwest trip.  If you haven't already, please check out my posts on the Columbia River Gorge, the Timberline Lodge, the Northern Oregon Coast, and Oregon Coast Historic Sites.  In this post, I will share photos I took in and around the Alberbrook Resort in Union, WA.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Beyond the Parks: My Top Photos from Other NPS Sites

Yesterday I shared my favorite photos I've taken in National Parks in honor of the US National Park Service turning 100 today.  The truth is, though, while the National Parks are the crown jewel of the NPS, the other lands in the system (such as National Seashores, National Monuments, and National Historical Parks) far outnumber them, and as a result, I've been to a lot more of those.  In this post I will share my favorite photos from NPS lands that are not National Parks.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

America's Best Idea: My Top National Park Photos

With the National Park Service turning 100 tomorrow, I'm dedicating this post to my top photos taken at National Parks across the United States.  The four U.S. National Parks I've visited so far are Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, and Glacier.  Aside from these, I have visited a large number of other NPS-governed lands (such as National Monuments, National Historical Parks, etc.), which I will share in a follow-up post tomorrow.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pacific Northwest Trip Part IV: Oregon Coast Historic Sites

This is the fourth in a series of posts about my Pacific Northwest trip.  In this post, I am going to share photos I took at some of the Oregon Coast historic sites.  If you haven't already, please check out my posts on the Columbia River Gorge, the Timberline Lodge, and the Northern Oregon Coast.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pacific Northwest Trip Part III: Northern Oregon Coast

The photographic highlight of my recent Pacific Northwest Trip was visiting the Northern Oregon Coast.  If you haven't already, please check out my posts on the Columbia River Gorge and the Timberline Lodge.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pacific Northwest Trip Part II: Timberline Lodge Area

In my last post, I shared photos from the Columbia River Gorge Area.  In this post, I will share some photos I took at the Timberline Lodge and surrounding area.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Pacific Northwest Trip Part I: Columbia River Gorge Area

Having just returned from a trip to the American Pacific Northwest, I have a ton of photos I just can't wait to share with you.  In this post, I'll share photos I took in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge area of northern Oregon.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

My 10 - No, 15! - Favorite Waterfall Photos

I don't know a photographer who doesn't love a good waterfall.  Waterfalls are pretty much always good photo subjects.  In this post I've rounded up my 10 - make that 15 - favorite waterfall photos.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Photographer's Guide to New York's Capital Region

In 2014, I wrote a blog post called The Photographer's Guide to Saratoga Springs, NY, featuring photos I've taken in my hometown.  I've decided to expand on that and now share some photos I've taken in the greater Albany area.

Before you read, please note that this is not a comprehensive guide to everything there is to see in New York's Capital Region.  Having spent most of my life here, however, I have a pretty good idea of what I think are some of the best photo spots.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer in Saratoga: My Favorite Photos

Summer is when they say the population of my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY, doubles.  It's just a hot destination with lots to do - and lots to photograph!  In this post, I'll share some of my favorite photos of Saratoga goings-on in the summer.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introducing: Designs by Samantha Decker

Today I'd like to announce my latest endeavor:  an online storefront filled with products featuring my photos.  I've been working on a few designs featuring photos from my travels, and I'm ready to share my store with you.  Products currently include, prints, posters, t-shirts, notebooks, greeting cards, coasters, bags, stickers, laptop sleeves and more.  Below, have a look at the first batch of designs that you can find on the various products.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

There's No Place Like Home (To Take Photos)

While photographers often venture out in search of new places to take photos, sometimes inspiration awaits you at home.  Here are some photos I've taken at home (and I use the term "at home" a little bit loosely - it could be my home, my dorm room when I was in college, or a friend or family member's home).

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Southern California Landmarks and Filming Locations Map

After completing my Saratoga Photography Map, I decided to make another map with all the Southern California landmarks and filming locations I've visited.  This map is by no means comprehensive (how could it be?), but it's certainly worth a look if you like seeing where movies and tv shows are filmed, or if you're planning to visit SoCal and would like to see some of these places yourself.  Here's a little preview of what you'll find in the map:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Brace Yourself-ie: Conventional & Unconventional Self-Portraits

Selfies, while they've existed pretty much since the dawn of photography (see the world's first selfie here), have in the twenty-first century become a hallmark of our culture, for better or worse.  As a photographer, I have always enjoyed finding ways to take selfies that have some sort of artistic merit. My definition of selfie is a photo in which the photographer appears.  A few of these photos really challenge the idea of a selfie, but I do appear in all of them.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Through the Glass Dispatch, Volume 5

Through the Glass Dispatch is a bulletin where I showcase some of my recent photos, share what photo projects and trips I have coming up, and share what photo-related stories I've been following online.  Click here to browse the archives.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Presenting: Saratoga Photography Map by Samantha Decker

Recently, I've been working on a Google Map geotagging my photography around Saratoga.  On this map I've pinned food, nature, architecture, and entertainment.  While Google Street View can give you a feel for an area, it is often distorted, and Street View can't go everywhere.  Use this map if you're looking to get acquainted with Saratoga, find places to photograph, find places to eat, or just explore some photography.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Day at Disneyland

The final chapter of my recent Southern California trip was a day at Disneyland Park.  Disneyland is the land that Walt built, and the only Disney Park that he saw completed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Southern California Trip Part V: Visiting Disney's California Adventure

Ever since I visited Disneyland for the first time in 2012, I've wanted to go back.  Being a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, Disneyland brings me that same magic but with just a slightly different esthetic.  Disney California Adventure, which opened in 2001, is a tribute to the Golden State, with some of the same rides as Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, as well as a number of unique attractions.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Southern California Trip Part IV: Santa Monica and Malibu

Santa Monica and Malibu offer miles of scenic coastline, interesting architecture, and well-known attractions that make for lots of photo opportunities.  This was my second time visiting the area, but I still managed to come away with plenty of new photos.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Southern California Trip Part III: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, known for its red-tiled roofed buildings, is an easy day trip from the LA area.  On my recent trip to Southern California, I visited this city known as the "American Riviera" for the first time.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Southern California Trip Part II: Touring Warner Brothers Studios

Continuing in my series of posts from my Southern California trip (click here to see my photos from Pasadena), in this post I will share photos I took at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank.  This isn't really a review of the tour so much as a photo essay, but looking at my photos may help you make a decision about whether the tour is right for you if you're considering taking it.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Southern California Trip Part I: Perusing Pasadena

After editing thousands of photos from my trip to Southern California, I am ready to share some of them on the blog.  This first post will feature photos from beautiful Pasadena, just outside Los Angeles.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Museum Photography


Taking photos at museums can be both fun and challenging.  It can be difficult to find creative ways to capture the essence of the museum that go beyond simple documentation.  In this post I will share some of my favorite museum photos as well as tips for making the most of a trip to the museum.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ode to the Fisheye

This is my third post extolling the virtues of a particular lens.  Previously I blogged about the Canon 135L and the Tamron 150-600.  Today I will be singing the praises of the fisheye.  While this post is about fisheye lenses in general, but the one I use is the Zenitar 16mm f/2.8.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Glens Falls at Dusk

Yesterday my friend Barb and I, anxious to get out and take some photos despite the winter weather, headed up to Glens Falls for some dusk shots.  We were cold, but thanks to Barb's toe warmers, we lasted a lot longer.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Using Framing to Add Depth to Your Composition

Framing is an age-old composition trick that photographers have been using for centuries. While sometimes the framing in a photo is straightforward and obvious, other times it’s more subtle and subconscious. Let’s look at some of the ways in which a photographer can use framing to add depth to composition:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Year in Review: My Best Photos of 2015

It's that time of year again; time to go through the previous year's photos and pick out favorites.  I always wait until the new year to announce my best photos, because what if I take a great photo on December 31?  This year brought me many magnificent photo opportunities, from walking around Magic Kingdom at dawn, to sunrise with a double rainbow at Moraine Lake, to endless sun stars with my beloved 16-35mm lens.  It was hard to pick just 25, but after careful thought, I was able to whittle it down.  Without further ado, here are my best photos of 2015:

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