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How to photograph fireworks


I just realized that I needed to freshen up on the technicalities of how to photograph fireworks, since I only get a chance to practice once a year. I thought perhaps all of you might also appreciate a refresher or … Continue reading

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Simple security for your lost camera


I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows the other day- The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart Maclean- and he had a story about a woman that had lost her camera, and it had several years of photos on … Continue reading

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Silhouettes on the water


Creating a silhouette can be a quick, yet powerful way of making a dynamic image. They cut out the extraneous details, bringing the photograph down to a simplified field of light and dark, to outlines and shapes. The fine details … Continue reading

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Using long lenses for portrait photography


When people think about “portrait” photography, it seems they instantly think of fast 50mm and 85mm lenses, perhaps going up or down a hair in focal length. No thanks, I’ve been there, done that, and don’t feel the need to … Continue reading

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Getting clarity by turning off your focus


One of the best camera tech tips I ever got was to turn off the focus capability of the shutter release button. I’ve been doing so for years now, and today, I suggest that you do the same. (Gasps of … Continue reading

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My babies are coming home today!


My babies should be coming home today. That is, my two main camera bodies have been at the factory for over two weeks. I’ve had to rely on lesser cameras and rentals during that time, but finally they are being … Continue reading

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The heron eats the gunnel: A short video


Some fish apparently are easier for herons and egrets to eat than others. It seems a good size gunnel fish can take several attempts, especially as the heron had already given it many tries before I started recording video. Hope … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #49: Green Heron at Hog Island Oysters


Sometimes we are involved doing one thing, when something different comes along and we completely change our focus. I’d been taking some pictures of a happening for the local paper, when I saw a bird I had never noticed before. … Continue reading

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Baby Blue Bird: Anatomy of a photo #33


There are times, when many of the lessons we’ve learned be damned, we see something so exciting or new to us, that the most important thing is to get a picture, any picture at all. That’s nearly what happened to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #31: Pelican on a foggy day


Oh how I love the Pelican! The way its beak can hold more than its belly can One of my favorite birds. I have many photographs of pelicans, and will likely be visiting several different images of them over the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #30: Silhouette on Hot Water Beach, NZ


I made this image on a recent trip to New Zealand. Where the silhouetted woman is standing is a hot spring that is only exposed at low tide. We were the only ones on the beach at a very early … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #28: Great Blue Heron, boats and mist Part II


When photographing wildlife, the situation is constantly changing. The “wild” in wildlife is not there by accident. These animals and birds are not trained, they act and react according to their own needs and instincts. There is no studio, no … Continue reading

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