Photo Tip Seeing Double

Here is a fun little shot I made of two frogs in a pond covered in duckweed. The basic theme here is a repetition of the main elements within the image. The two frogs visually play off of one another and become a visual echo of each other. It’s important in a composition like this…
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THE HISTOGRAM A PRIMER

While digital photography has many benefits over old school film photography, I would have to say the histogram is one benefit that’s near the top of my list. I have decided to do a large post about the histogram and why it is such a great tool and more importantly show you how and when…
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Photo of the Week Eye Contact

This image was created in Bosque Del Apache National Park, in New Mexico. I was standing on one of the wildlife viewing platforms when this fellow showed up. I would love to tell you it was only due to my amazing reflexes and skill with the camera that I was able to capture this image,…
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Photo Tip the Viewers Perspective

When I look at this image I remember the day it was made. I remember where I was, who I was with, even what lens I used. I remember how it was one of those magic mornings when everything was still and quiet and perfect. It was the kind of morning where you could stand…
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Photo of the Week: Dawn Dancer

One of my favorite “rites of spring” to photograph is sharp-tailed grouse dancing on their lek. For a couple weeks, every morning in early April the males gather before dawn on their dancing grounds. Each male stakes out about one square yard as their own personal stage on which to dance. They defend every inch…
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Freezing the Wings in Flight Photography

One of the questions about flight photography I get asked more often than any other is how fast does my shutter speed need to be to freeze the wings of a flying bird. The answer is it depends. But as a general rule the larger the bird the slower the wings beat and the slower…
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Photo of the Week Waxwings

This image has a special place in my heart. I had just spent two weeks shooting alone in Yellowstone. I was driving out of the park on my way to the airport on the last morning. I was feeling a little melancholy. It had been a great two weeks, and I was sad that it…
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Photo Tip: Motion Blurs

One of the things I like to play with especially when the light is not all that great is creating motion blurs. I do this by intentionally dragging the shutter (shooting at a slow shutter speed) when shooting a moving subject. What this does is allows any subject movement to register as a blur in…
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Photo of the Week: Barn Swallows

This shot was taken in the ceiling of a picnic pavilion near my home. I had found this colony of nesting Barn Swallows the year before and made a note to come back and photograph them during nesting season the following year. This shot was created using high-speed flash to freeze the wings of the…
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Photo Tip Back Off  -  1

I for one am guilty of always trying to get that nice full frame portrait image. You know the one with a nice blown out background and the subject filling the frame in perfect light. Those are great shots and I love the challenge of trying to create them. But I think an image like…
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