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Anatomy of a photo #25: Male Elephant Seal


I’ve worked with the nearby national seashore for years now, supplying them with images and documenting different projects around the park. Sometimes the park lets me take part in things like the elephant seal count. When this happens, I am … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #10: Freezing the flow of water in an image: Gull and crab claw


This post relates to the importance of shutter speed. A fast shutter speed can freeze action, making something like water appear solid- almost like crystal or an ice sculpture. The picture above for example was taken with a shutterspeed of … Continue reading

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Oysterscapes: An essay in photos


Water seems to be a central theme here in this bucolic stretch of northern California. With Tomales Bay and Drake’s Estero, here in my lap, I find myself hardly able to escape aquaculture during my many paddlings. While it is … Continue reading

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Clown Car Crabs


Came across this path swarming with crabs near Miranda, New Zealand. They sort of reminded me of clowns and their clown cars. You’ll see why…

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Don’t forget to twist your camera


There are times when I get so focused on what I am taking a picture of, I don’t remember that I can simply rotate my camera ninety degrees and I will have a very different image, that will sometimes be … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo: How do I photograph an otter eating a fish?


I can only answer this question by explaining how I got high definition video and 20+ megapixel images of a North American River Otter this past weekend. The first key factor was, well, luck. I was kayaking in an area … Continue reading

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Shorebirds of Tomales Bay: The Marbled Godwit


I went kayaking recently on Tomales Bay, and found one of my favorite shorebirds, the Marbled Godwit. It was one of the first sandpipers that I learned to identify, as it is very distinctive with its barred cinnamon coloration, and … Continue reading

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River Otter devouring large fish


For the story of how I capture video and some beautiful still images of this otter eating its fish, you can read and view pictures here. The experiment in kayak videography continues. The sound disappears part way through the movie, … Continue reading

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Osprey’s catch of the day


Sometimes the images that are the most fun, aren’t always the best pictures. This series of an osprey, while a lot of fun (and much commented upon,) is not actually the greateset show of technical photography. I’ve cropped them way … Continue reading

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Wildlife Kayak Photography: Tips and Tricks


Kayaks are an amazing medium for wildlife photography. You are down low, giving an almost eye to eye view with your subjects. You can move in almost any direction, there are no trails you have to worry about stepping off … Continue reading

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Underwater housings and cameras for kayak photography


Part 1   Underwater Cameras and Housings Kayaking with a camera presents its own set of hazards, the main one (obviously) being water. Today, cameras are more susceptible to damage if they get wet, than in the days of film. … Continue reading

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