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I take photographs all the time. I take the pictures, to freeze that indefinite period of time forever. I am a photographer and I love photography. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2018 Magic of Alaska Photo Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of photographing Eagles, Bears, Whales and all the other amazing thing that Alaska has to offer.
Then join me and my Friend Lisa Langell for the 2018 Magic of Alaska photo workshop. All meals, lodging,  excursions, bush flights, and ground transportation within Alaska from 8am on Day 1 to 6pm on Day 7 are included. I'm really excited and look forward to shooting with you!

I'm really looking forward to meeting you on this once in a life time adventure!
~ Alex McClure

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Out of Acadia (5 day workshop)

Join me at Out of Acadia Landscape Photography Conference

October 1-5, 2017 Acadia National Park,  Maine

NiSi Natural Night Filter

Last night I was at a location where I know the light pollution is really bad. And I just wanted to show what the NiSi Filters Natural Night Filter (NIP-100-NGT) is designed to do. That is, block the most common wavelengths of light pollution. I used the NiSi Filters USA V5 pro holder, with the Get Olympus E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens. All carried out to my location in the THINK TANK PHOTO Shape shifter 17 V2.0 bag.

Strike Finder 2, is now in my bag!

Olympus Len sale is goin on now!


Pacific sunset

Monday, May 15, 2017

American Astronomical Society meeting

Join me in Austin, Texas 7–8 June 2017 for the 230th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

In the modern age of digital photography, astrophotography is now within almost anyone’s reach. Stop by the Olympus booth on June 7th or 8th and visit Olympus Visionary Alex McClure for tips, techniques and how-to’s for capturing stars and creating truly unbelievable works of art.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Printing your work is where the art happens!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to print! That is where the art really happens. And I love printing on Moab by Legion Paper. The ink just permeate so well on all their paper!
Your customer will also appreciate that you use archival paper!


Night in the desert

Shoot on the dunes photographed by Paul Vanderveen

Sunset on Bad Water

Sunrise on Death Valley

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

My custom setting for shooting in the Dark!

I live in the desert. So in the summer I really don't want to go out when it's 115°. Unless I'm running from the pool to the BBQ to flip a few burgers.

So from June to October, I shoot at night. I also do my photo walks at night. And this requires me to do some custom control setup to make it easy to shoot at night.

The 1st thing you need to do is set up the super control panel (SCP) on the camera. This is just going to make things a lot easier when shooting in the dark.

This is really easy to set up. Go to Menu, scroll down to the sprocket. Then go to the (D) Disp/PC and click OK. Now go to Control Setting, hit OK and select P/A/S/M.
Turn off live control and check Live SCP.

When I'm shooting lightning or stars I need to be able to focus in Manual pretty much in the dark and there are 2 tools in the Olympus E-M1 that can help you with that. The 1st one is called Focus Peaking and this will show you what part of your shot is in focus. The 2nd is the on screen zoom. It will let you zoom in on a object to see if your focus is sharp.

On my Olympus OM-D E-M1 , I assign the front 2 buttons next to my lens, for these functions. This give me quick access to these features.

This is also really easy to set up. Go to Menu, scroll down to the sprocket. Then go to the (B) Button/Dial/Lever and click OK. Click OK again on Button Function and scroll down to the 4 & 5 spots, these are front button functions. Use the right arrow to open the screen. When you find the function your looking for just hit OK and it will save it to that button.

These 3 simple control changes will help your night time shooting.

A few others things your going to want in the field. like a sturdy tripod, a flashlight and I like a cable release, like the Olympus Remote Cable Release (RM-UC1).

The most important thing is to have fun!
And while your out don't forget to try advanced functions on the camera like the Live Composite which can give you a really unique images.