Category: Behind the Image

SPRING WARBLER PHOTOGRAPHY

For the next couple of weeks here in Michigan warbler migration will be going in full force. Photographing warblers is likely one of the larger challenges in the field of bird photography. I like to say shooting warblers is like trying to photograph a hyperactive two year old with wings, after they have just washed…
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THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

I am very fortunate to be able to live out in the woods. Since all of the windows in my home reflect the surrounding woods, it is not unusual for me to have the occasional bird/window crash at my house. I think what happens is that as the birds fly they see the trees reflected in the windows…
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QUALITY TIME

A few years back I had the privilege of spending some real quality time with a sandhill crane family. I have photographed cranes on the nest on several different occasions but this situation was about as good as I could imagine. The nest was located in Kensington Metro Park (a park very close to my…
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SERENDIPITY

Webster defines serendipity as: “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for”. Serendipity plays a very large part in my photography. As a photographer (and a person) I need to be open to changes in “my” plan, I need to be ready willing to take advantage of different opportunities that might present themselves.…
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JUMPING SPIDER

The last few days I have been working on a fairly large proposal for a project that I am involved with. This is a project that I have been turning around in my head for a few months now, and I am now at the point where I am trying to collect my thoughts and put them…
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METAMORPHOSIS

Here is a series of pictures I made a few years ago. The pictures show the main stages of a monarch caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly. This group of pictures was made over about a two week period. All of the action takes place at the beginning and end of that two week period. Near the end you can tell when…
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BLUE THROATED MACAW

The other day on a whim I decided that I needed to get some pictures of a Blue Throated Macaw in flight. So I jumped on the next flight out to the Pantanal in Bolivia in order to try and get some good images. Here are a few of the photos that I was able to make. OK…
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Bats in Flight

Sorry I have not been able to do a post for a while. I was gone most of September, on different photography trips. One of which was to an area I really love; Yellowstone and Teton National Parks.  I will get some of the images from that trip up in a future post. For today’s…
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SONGS OF SPRING

Sorry that I have not written in so long. Between art shows and different trips I have not been home very much in the last month and a half. One of the trips I was on was a sailing adventure to scout the North Channel in Canada, where I will be leading a photo tour…
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FLOATING BLIND SPRING 2009

This spring was not as productive for floating blind photography as past years have been. I think that was due in large part, to an early warm spell that took the ice off many of the lakes in the area. This early breakup allowed the waterfowl to use some of the larger lakes that usually…
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