August 20, 2013

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…
July 30, 2013

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…
July 12, 2013

Photo Tip Back Off

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…
July 10, 2013

Photo of the Week: Collared Trogan

This image of a Collared Trogan was made in the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru. I was very excited when I saw this situation. The graphic nature of the image is created by the strong diagonal lines of the vegetation. By lining up a shaded area of the jungle behind the shot, I was able…
June 26, 2013

The Grass is Always Greener?

No doubt about it most outdoor photographers love to travel to new and exciting locations to capture the subjects we love.  But truth of the matter is that most of us can’t be jetting all over the globe whenever we want.  Most outdoor photographers I know are able to take one two or maybe three…
June 18, 2013

Photo of the Week: Pot of Gold

I think this may be the luckiest photograph I have ever made. It was created on a chilly, rainy, September morning at Baxter State Park in central Maine. This moose was feeding in a pond alongside the main road. Being near the road there were a few photographers that had stopped to spend the morning…
June 15, 2013

Quality of Light

I like to tell people that the light more than any other factor influences what and when I shoot. Which is very true, I shoot mostly in the mornings and the evenings not only because that is when my subjects are most active but also because that is when the light is at its best.…
April 20, 2013

Backlighting

The last direction light can come from is behind your subject. This can create some fun and exciting effects in your images. Most silhouettes take advantage of backlighting. In the shot accompanying this post I manually set the exposure to place the sun as a medium orange, this renders my subject as a silhouette. When setting…
March 5, 2013

SIDE LIGHTING

If you recall we have been talking about lighting and more specifically about how the direction of the light affects your image. This week we are going to talk about side lighting. With side lighting the light is coming directly from your left or right. This type of lighting creates some useful effects. One of…
February 11, 2013

FRONT LIGHTING

  When I think about lighting there are two main things that I like to consider before making an image, the direction and the quality of light. For the next few installments we are going to discuss how the direction of the light affects your images. The most basic direction of light and the lighting…