Category Archives: Anatomy of a photo

Anatomy of a photo #38: Hawktopus


It was the middle of winter, less than two weeks past solstice, and there were rumors of whales in Tomales Bay. It was hard for me to put my kayak in the water before 4:30pm that week, but one day … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #7: Oak Silhouette


I have different areas that I’ve scouted out over the years, that I know are interesting places for pictures. These are areas that I will visit early, early in the morning, when the light is going through its changes, when … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #46: Young Raccoons on the rocks


Early morning, extra low tide, the long days of summer… Put them tgether, and it’s the perfect time to find and photograph raccoons as they search for crabs and tidbits by the first light of the day. The other time … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo # 14: Three Willets in pickleweed


As I look through my photographs of animal images, I notice more and more that there are two main lighting conditions that most of my favorite portraits were taken in- early/late low angle sun, or else while the subject was … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #42: Fallen star


Paddling along Tomales Bay in my kayak one day, at a very low tide, I came across a star fish whose own weight had peeled it off of the rocks. I was enthralled by the various textures and shapes, the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #42: Finding the invisible sheep


Out here where I live lambs are born in December or early January. This means that if you head out with your camera in February and March you can get photographs of playful, joyful lbs gamboling through the fields and … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #41: The Willet walking away


I took this picture towards the end of a very long day of driving and hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore. I had woken up that morning to hear on the radio that the air quality was exceptionally clear, and … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #40: A season of thistles


They are a weed. Their spiky heads can leave a child wailing and an adult cursing. They are often a blight, an eyesore, something to be dealt with or avoided. They also can have their own beauty and intricacies, if … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #19: Spider on a bedewed web


I took this image early one morning (I feel like I start so many of these “Anatomy of a photos” with those same words) while I was out chasing that early light. The grass was still wet, and so as … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #83: Silhouetted cows and misty hills


New I live in a land of fog. Just as I hear that some languages have an abundance of words for the many types of snow, I sometimes feel that there should be an equal abundance of words for fog. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #82: Let sleeping seals lie


Most of my Harbor Seals portraits have been taken while kayaking, in fact I’ve written posts discussing techniques on photographing them from kayaks, but that is not the only way to capture images of them, even if it is my … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #79: The Wrybill


New I took this photograph during a fairly recent journey to New Zealand (the Wrybill is endemic to New Zealand, and so the best place to go to take a photograph of one is…) I didn’t however go to New … Continue reading

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