Category: Behind the Image

How to Photograph Snowflakes

Looking for a great winter photography project? How about snowflakes? If you live in the Northern tier of states I promise you will have plenty of subjects. My setup is based on a system initially designed by Professor Ken Libberecht a great snowflake photographer from California of all places. The setup is basically a homemade…
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Last week I travelled up to Northern Minnesota in search of northern bird species whose idea of going south for the winter is coming down to the far northern edge of the US. I picked a great time to do this because it was brutally cold when I was up there.  One morning it was…
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More High Speed Photography

Basically the way that I am able to freeze such high speed action is by using a special electronic flash that puts out an incredibly short burst of light (between 1/15,000 to 1/50,000 of a sec.).  This brief pulse of light is what freezes the subject.  Most commercially available flash systems produce a seemingly fast…
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High Speed Flash Photography Hummingbirds in Flight

After my trip to the Galapagos Islands, we took a few extra days and went into the cloud forests of Ecuador, mainly to photograph hummingbirds. Ecuador has 130 of the world’s 330 species of hummingbirds. I visited many of the well known lodges in the Mindo valley and ended up photographing about a dozen different…
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Well the ice has finally started to leave the lakes here in Michigan.  Which means the way is clear for me to do some of my favorite type of photography, photographing ducks from my floating blind.  Here is a picture of my blind. My camera is mounted on the deck which then has a hole…
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