Month: July 2017

It’s all about the eyes

I was having a chat with someone about photography the other day when I made the comment “It’s all about the eyes”, and while that’s common wisdom with people photography, it’s just as true with birds and wildlife. The eyes become an immediate and important focal point in an image — if you let them. Your viewers will connect with the image through the eyes, and they draw them into your image. When I’m shooting and evaluating images, I am always looking for interesting eyes that can act as a focal point. With many species, the eyes are black,...

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Mono Lake Tufa at Dawn

Today’s image is of one of the Mono Lake tufas taken at dawn in 2014 during a photo workshop I took with photographer Michael Frye. I cannot recommend his workshops highly enough, both for the locations he takes you to and his tutoring and mentoring during the workshop. This was his fall foliage workshop that’s based out of Lee Vining in the Sierras. One aspect of Michael’s work that really impresses me and which was part of the reason I workshopped with him is that while most landscape photographers have a strong bias towards very wide angle landscapes, he...

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Fireworks!

As we usually do on July 4th when we’re in town, we had a friend over for food and conversation, and once it got dark, wandered over to a friends place to watch the Santa Clara City Fireworks show from their driveway (with root beer floats!). I haven’t done it for a few years, but this year I decided to bring along the camera, because I was really curious how the Fuji X-T2 would handle the low light and the fireworks. As you can see in the video (or if you prefer, the images are on my SmugMug site)...

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Merced National Wildlife Refuge — a Slideshow

I’m trying something new with my photos, and I’ve published this slideshow video on YouTube. I’d love to know what you think. I’m trying something new here, which I think needs a bit of explanation. Which is going to require a digression. I’m a believer that an image needs to tell its story to you; if I have to stand by and explain why the image matters, then I’ve failed in creating it. That said, telling the story of an image can add texture and nuance to an image. This is why I’m starting up a series on the...

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Dawn at Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Dawn breaks at the Merced Refuge. The Geese see it before you do, and the sound of the morning chorus echoes through the fog. The sun vainly tries to lighten the sky, but for a while the tule fog beats it back, leaving it a faint cold smudge. Then the geese roar to life and leap to the sky, flying out for a day’s work of whatever it is geese do. In many ways, this image is the perfect representative of what it means to be a Nature Photographer. You get up at 4AM. You drive two hours. It’s...

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