45% off E-books Just $11 each, over 50 pages of Photos & Words each.


From the CALM Thoughts e-book.

100% my freaking work folks… just an artist trying to get a paycheck.

45% Discount CODE:  Q-T-C E-book Release

Each e-book is 50+ pages long, photos on every page. Each e-book was created this year, while Calm & Trona photos span several years past collection of photographs.

Regular price is $20 so with the discount you get 50+ nice photos and hopefully inspiring thoughts for Just $11 USD.

CALM Photos e-book link:    https://goo.gl/KW5yV7


From inside the Quinta 90 minutes of artistic fun.

Quinta 90 Minutes e-book link:   https://goo.gl/B6tuYV


Trona Pinnacles E-book link:   https://goo.gl/iDiwNc

Check them out folks.

Lovingkindness energy to all.

Creative shooting,



45% OFF 3 Photos & Words E-books of 2016 Release

45% Discount CODE:  Q-T-C E-book Release

I have these PDF e-books For Sale folks. All are Photos by me, Words by me and design work by me.

Each e-book is 50+ pages long, photos on every page. Each e-book was created this year, while Calm & Trona photos span several years past collection of photographs.

Regular price is $20 so with the discount you get 50+ nice photos and hopefully inspiring thoughts for Just $11 USD.



Quinta 90 Minutes:







Trona Pinnacles link:





CALM Photos:


Lovingkindness energy to ALL.

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016


20160916 Quinta shots reworked.


As I prepare the Quinta e-book for release at the end of the month, these 2 shots got some more personal attention and cleaning up.


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Above is the cover.

an inside page,


over 50 pages of my fun to inspire you!

Back cover with a little of the story,



20160907: Color knock out lesson


From the Quinta series, I am working on the e-book and this is a favor photo of mine.

The tiles are too busy both in black & white and in Color.

But in the e-book I wanted you to see both. Putting a insert of the tiles by themselves was my first idea, but it just did not have that effect I wanted.

With this color knockout, I get want I wanted. It calms the image down. Just enough color for the mind to perceive the colors, a set of special tiles different  in the center, B/W or color it stood out. So by changing those tiles it does just that, sets them apart but does just calm down the whole image.

You have to kind of look at the image to realize those 5 tile are color while the rest is black& white. They don’t jump out at you.

The rest of the image is busy in black & white, but just a touch of color settles it all down.

I enjoy helping people so please feel free to ask questions or leave comments below.

Creative shooting folks!

Copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

20160808: Photojournalism, lesson in getting the shot. Shoot 1st!

As an old {very old} newshound, I have always as a Photography Editor or just being a photographer, told “Get the shot!” Pay enough attention to get that shot, then worry about cleaning it up for a Pulitzer Prize.

Here is the cleaned up “shot” of some very Wanted shots of a rainbow.

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As you can see, while I will not ‘claim’ great in Photoshop tricks, having used Photoshop since 1994, I can do a little with it.

As a landscape photographer, I know rainbows can last hours or seconds, nothing to let you know which it will be.

I grabbed shots, and when we went upstairs for these and other shots, {I have 15 different subject & compositions final photos up here}, I did not notice the rain drops on the lens.

Instead of re-doing all the shots, it was noticed after a few frames, we then ran downstairs and got some of the double rainbow in front of the reflecting pond again and a couple others.

But by the time we got down stairs the rain was hard enough that no one wanted to be in it and the rainbows had faded.

However, I did also get this,

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and this,

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While still having time to get this,

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Yes, the church steeple in the background by the young lady’s leg was ‘wanted’ in the shot, as well as the just beginning rainbow.

Move fast, learn your camera, no matter how basic it is, and don’t be worrying about “Perfect photos”, that cost 10 or 15 minutes a shot… This client will also have another 15 shots with the clouds in the background before they went flat grey and uninteresting. Of several locations, and subject.

Craftsmen want perfection…

Artists want expressive, flavorful captures in whatever medium they choose.

Creative shooting folks, and please leave comments below. My clients & I both love the inaction with you.

And yes, I am still invited to go back for more shots & my signature nightscapes.

All photographs copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016



20160807: Quinta, Rainbow shots & family fun….

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The upstairs arches on the left, running down to get this shot. The storm was moving fast and towards us…. We had shot the single rainbow earlier then went upstairs for the brick arches, only to run back down for the ‘double rainbow’ shots….

Double arch rainbow!

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With so much going on in the background, and so to have fun with. An artist’s delight & nightmare…

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Is it any wonder why the young ladies were playing around too? Ricardo will lie the fact I got his church steeple in this shot and the clouds/rain/rainbow help accent the motions.

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as you can see the rainbow was just forming, & as a landscape photography, I knew we had to grab whatever it was going to offer. Moving fast to setup and get the shots, then move quickly to another location, set & run again. Glad I am still in shape at 58 yrs. old.

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and of course, a spiritual property should have an overseer who is proud of the land itself.

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Ricardo and a favorite cactus!

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From one arch to another, brickwork with such flavor…. and of course some beautiful women.

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While I have an issue with the plant in the sky, USA pro background, “it interferes” it is “Growing out of the building”, a standard of Mexican architecture. So for now it stays.

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A bit hard to keep it defined, but yes, there is a church steeple in the background that Ricardo wanted that in the shot. The young ladies were only to happy to play around in front of the camera……

an upstairs shot, kind-of-saved…

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All photography copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016


20160804: Quinta, the upper Rainbow shots & fun stuff

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The relaxed shot of a happy client.

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Like a lot of countries with heavy military present in daily life, it is hard to get these people to smile a true deep smile. I got her at that moment.

and when the props are at your finger tips…

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why resist??

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unfortunately, the other direction  the clouds were not as nice, but…

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I took several of these next shots, so into the scene I did not see the water on the lens. Still working on some of them. The background is to varied to make cut and pasting, cloning and healing brush work well.

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But I did save a couple.

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As you can see the post I could repair, the skyline however is going to take some work if anything is possible. Also the young lady in the middle is missing a foot due to a drop of water so this will get cropped to the waist or half way up to the knees.

Still in 5 hours of shooting, this rainbow was up there as a ‘double rainbow’ long enough to get to several spots and shoot. Landscape photographers know how rare that is.

Rainbows like young children come to play and run away just as quickly,

laughing as they go!

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A man proud of the land he owns and oversees.

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A private sanctuary, and still time & place to laugh and smile!

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This shot is one I took for me, I need to redesign my business card. While I am still considering the design, for the locals this would be a nice background statement.

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I hope you, the viewers, are enjoying these photos as much as Ricardo & his family are.

Me, I am just enjoying my spiritual connection with this planet and my abilities to share them with the lives I touch in my passing through.

Please leave comments and questions for me to share with the family & others. The fact I was able to share a comment from a Venezuela resident of how beautiful the land is & that person’s thought of it wonderful enough to be a movie set, still bring smiles to all our faces here in the outskirts of San Juan de los Lagos, Jal.

All photography copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016

Lovingkindness energy to all & Creative shooting!

20160803: “Oy, I am so Blessed, Beautiful women, wonderful surroundings & Double Rainbow!”

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When an old man sees a chance to do beautiful work, and the spirits are moving him, sometimes the Spirits move other stuff too!

Not having done any real in-the-trenches people shoots, just a couple models shoots with Meet-up/dot/com groups in the past 3 yrs…
This is what I got to enjoy shooting the other day.

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As you might be able to see the Double Rainbow is just starting to form in the background.

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However this shot just proves that song from my past, something about “Girls Just Want to Have FUN!!!.

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My favorite of the wife so far.

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Not sure who is having the better laugh.

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a family shot…

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Nice spot to take a few frames.

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but the young ladies got the attention they deserve too!

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But the son also got his chance…

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Double rainbow is in play, this young lady had just arrived,

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Yes they wanted to reflecting ponds here, almost no water in them, but I had my Tamron 70-200mm, so i ran to grab it and the game was on. I do believe the middle young lady with the red blouse on wants to be a model. Did the most moving into new positions for. Yelling instructions to some Spanish speaking people from 100 ft away in English is a bit futile for my manners… but digital made it easy, just keep snapping and wave a hand every so often. I loved the day and the wonderful sight for this shoot.

I do believe these wonderful folks will enjoy inviting to shoot again. If I can hold my breath that long….

5 hours, 80 images so far…

White Balance corrections and play, on a couple of the night shots:

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and these will be so much nicer when I have a tripod out, instead of hand held 1.3 second shutter times.

Lovingkindness energy to All, specially this Family & their property,

Creative Shooting.

Post questions or comments below, because we all like to share.


All images copyright Vanderhoof Photography 2016



20160802: Movie set shot at night, sunset!

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yeah, go have some water Peter….

and miss this quickie of a shot???

As my friend Clive will tell you, I carry too much equipment and never put my camera away….

This is the angle that the person on LinkedIn commented would make a nice movie set, I have to agree.

Creative shooting and lovingkindness energy to All.