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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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Tule Elk: An essay in photos


I live near a large stretch of national park, and within that park there is an area that is protected for tule elk (a subspecies of our local elk). I try to take advantage of this natural resource from time … 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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Turkey Vultures: An essay in photos


The Turkey Vulture is one of those ubiquitous birds that is seen throughout the states during the warmer months, but disappears during the winter and cold. Some areas, such as the California Coast and lower inland areas that don’t see … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #29: Young Raccoon feeding on the Bay


It often makes wildlife pictures interesting if you can capture them in natural behavior, not just sitting there. If you capture them while grooming or feeding, it adds a little action and a hint into their daily lives. I often … 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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Anatomy of a photo #27: Great blue heron, boats and mist Part I


As I drive my local roads I am usually on the look out for interesting animals in interesting places, that are fairly accessible- i.e. safe place to park, I can get good views and angles without spooking the subject away, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #24: Dog’s Eye


One of my favorite ways to take a picture of an animal (as long as I am close enough) is to zoom in on a particular characteristic, and them take the photograph with a shallow depth of field. That is … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #21: Great Blue Heron


I noticed I somehow missed entry #21, so I am heading back in my posting numbers a little. I was hiking in one of my local state parks (I won’t name which one, as it is nearly undiscovered, and I … Continue reading

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The Eureka Sand Dunes: An essay in photos


It used to be that my friends and I would head down to the Eureka Sand Dunes (found in the Death Valley National Park) every year for a few days to a week. Amazing place. Tallest sand dunes in California, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #20: Portrait of a sheep


I was originally taking pictures of the sheep that are blurred out in the background, when this wooly lawn mower came munching by. I quickly changed my focus, realizing that this nearby sheep would also make a nice image, especially … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #17: Horizontal and vertical landscapes I


This one is a double photo. The lesson is simple. Sometimes it can be good to rotate your camera 90 degrees, because it can give the image a very different feel. Also, when doing landscapes, especially of valleys and such … Continue reading

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