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Creating a dream shot

April 14, 2024 - Before you get excited, I don't have that dream shot as of yet. This blog is not about discussing that image but about a...
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I have officially become a Nikonian

March 31, 2024 - So I got the Nikon 180-600mm lens before finding a well prices Sony A1. The decision is make. All my Sony gear have now...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 5 of 5

March 17, 2024 - If you would have asked me about Nikon a few years ago I would have laughed at you. They were in or near financial troub...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 4 of 5

March 10, 2024 - Let's talk about Canon. Given my positive history with Canon, I am inclined to favor this brand. Their gear worked well...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 3 of 5

March 03, 2024 - The Olympus OM-1, now OM Systems, is a great camera specifically for the outdoors and wildlife (and macro). They just re...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 2 of 5

February 25, 2024 - Usually, in a series like this, each episode rules out a contender leaving two finalists for the final episode. The deci...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 1 of 5

February 18, 2024 - Changing camera brands every few years is reserved only for the foolish or the rich. This is an expensive endeavor and o...
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You get what you pay for

February 11, 2024 - Yes, I fell into the old tripod upgrade trap. Not having enough money I bought a cheap one. It did not last and I upgrad...
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Other stuff at airshows

February 04, 2024 - A major problem that many photographers face is that we envisage the images we want before we go. One the one hand, this...
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Airshows: framing

January 28, 2024 - Not every image of a plane needs to fill the frame. Sometimes it is better to back off a bit and to frame the plane a bi...
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Photographing fighter jets

January 21, 2024 - Images of prop-driven planes should have moving props. Moving props convey the idea of action and life. Fighter jets do...
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Shooting prop planes at airshows

January 14, 2024 - I find shooting prop planes at airshows more difficult than photographing fast fighter jets. The whole fighter jet flies...
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Preparing to photograph an airshow

January 07, 2024 - To get the best airshow images takes a bit of thinking and planning. Airshows do not happen every month at most location...
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Reset your gear

December 31, 2023 - I was photographing an airshow. Naturally, I set the camera up to succeed at capturing fighter jets. One of the settings...
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Bees on flowers (close-ups)

December 24, 2023 - I have not ventured into the small world of macro photography. Close-ups are close enough for me. This is a genre I woul...
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Posing dragonflies

December 17, 2023 - Dragonflies love the use the same perches over and over. So we can just watch where they sit and then set up with that p...
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Dragonflies in flight

December 10, 2023 - Dragonflies are interesting creatures. They are voracious predators. They can fly around very fast and seem to change di...
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Bees (in flight)

December 03, 2023 - The city where I live has a beautiful garden. Bright flowers are everywhere. They attract bees. When the bees harvest po...
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Neighborhood rabbits

November 26, 2023 - There are many rabbits in our neighborhood. My wife and I do a two mile walk most days of the week. At times we have cou...
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Where is your photography gear when you drive?

November 19, 2023 - When driving to where I plan to photograph, my gear is carried in my car's trunk. I don't want my gear to be visible. Wh...
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Wing movement of birds

November 12, 2023 - When shooting at a high frame rate to capture the action, you will end up with many images. Even a short burst of a few...
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Big lenses and resolution

November 05, 2023 - I read about this place in Washington where Eagles fish. When the tide goes out, oysters are exposed that traps fish. Th...
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Capture the right moment

October 29, 2023 - Photography is all about capturing the right moment. In landscape photography the right moment is when the light is at i...
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Use every opportunity

October 22, 2023 - We were on a multi-day road trip. Some days we spent most of the time on the road. This means that there was no time for...
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Flight sequence of birds

October 15, 2023 - Getting good birds in flight photographs are difficult. They move fast. Camera autofocus systems sometimes struggle to k...
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Animal expressions

October 08, 2023 - Yes, animals have expressions too. Their expressions change from when they are relaxed to when they are on high alert. O...
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Patience with birds

October 01, 2023 - My brother and I went to photograph a beach. The sky was cloudless and the beach did not seem to hold promise for great...
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Get unique and different perspectives, even of animals

September 24, 2023 - As photographers we analyze a scene. We don't want to photograph an iconic scene, that has been photographed a million t...
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Animal behavior and interaction

September 17, 2023 - There are some great images of animals posing. But often, the best images display their behavior and the interaction bet...
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Get eye level with animals and birds

September 10, 2023 - You have heard me say this over and over again. This is literally the best advise I can give you with regards to photogr...
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Searching for Birds

September 03, 2023 - The other day I visited the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Lincoln, Nebraska. I picked the day because it was...
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Frogs

August 27, 2023 - Tree frogs are exotic, cute and colorful. Of course no one would turn their attention to common frogs. No one in their r...
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Show nature

August 20, 2023 - We often seek nice and clean backgrounds for our subjects. I advocate this too. It makes your subject stand out and "pop...
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Sun-stars for balance

August 13, 2023 - I was having a hard time creating a composition on the beach which was balanced. It seems no matter how I composed the s...
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Waterfalls in harsh light

August 06, 2023 - McArthur-Burney Falls excited me. From the images that I saw of the falls, I could not wait to photography them. By the...
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Weather conditions do change

July 30, 2023 - A visit to Mt. Shasta was planned. Everything was researched. The best possible locations were found. An itinerary was d...
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Focus Stacking a landscape

July 23, 2023 - I have written before about using a wide-angle lens, not to get more into the image, but to change perspective. Our posi...
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Making sense of forest scenes

July 16, 2023 - Forests can be chaos, photographically speaking. There seems to be too much. Too many trees. Too many bushes. Too many b...
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Good landscape photography technique

July 09, 2023 - This is part II of the two-part series about an image taken at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in California. Today I am going t...
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From tourist (cell phone) to serious photography (pro gear and technique)

July 02, 2023 - It is said that cell phones take well over 90% of all photos taken in recent times. I have also heard people say that ce...
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Grand Tetons National Park as a tourist

June 25, 2023 - I have been very unlucky weather wise at Grand Tetons National Park. Numerous visits have not paid off as I wished for....
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Today I am a tourist

June 18, 2023 - My wife and I visited Yellowstone National Park last week. Due to being up too early too many mornings the days before,...
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Go for action or something unique

June 11, 2023 - Which of these two images do you find the most interesting?: OR I like the color of the first image more. It was t...
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Prairie Chicken Photography Equipment

June 04, 2023 - The fighting season starts in early Spring (the beginning of March). The Mid-west can be cold with howling wind. To make...
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My Prairie Chicken journey

May 28, 2023 - A year or so ago I saw a gorgeous image of two male Prairie Chickens fighting. That image inspired me to embark on my ow...
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Cropping

May 21, 2023 - Cropping images to our linking can be subjective. There is the famous rule of thirds that many people follow. But even f...
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Creating separation between the subject and the background

May 14, 2023 - Sometimes the subject of the image stands out beautifully from the background. Such images are often striking and beauti...
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Creating extra space in Photoshop

May 07, 2023 - As promised last week, today we are going to magically create extra space. I use this technique from time to time to fix...
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Birds in flight

April 23, 2023 - Photographing birds in flight can be some of the most difficult photography to undertake. They can fly very fast and err...
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Common birds

April 16, 2023 - Everybody wants great Eagle images. Yet the tiny common birds also have much to offer. I was laying on the sand watching...
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Birds in action

April 09, 2023 - Action always makes photographs more interesting. I am a novice when it comes to birds, their identity, and their behavi...
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Low Light Bird Photography

April 02, 2023 - Low light bird photography is problematic since birds move, sometimes very quickly. So a fast shutter speed is required...
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Bird photography equipment worth every penny

March 26, 2023 - First, let me start by saying that most of the time the best bird images are taken from the bird's eye level. It makes f...
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Forest Streams

March 16, 2023 - Forest streams are still all about light and composition. In December I walked to a spot I have visited many times befor...
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Dawn

September 14, 2022 - Shooting before sunrise can be tricky but rewarding. The tricky part is that such images may look a bit lifeless without...
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Botswana Workshop

August 28, 2022 - If you want to enjoy a river cruise while photographing wildlife, this workshop is for you. Each participant has a sw...
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Namibia Photography Workshop

August 21, 2022 - Namibia is a fascinating country. It is one of the least populated countries in the world, per square mile. It has the s...
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HDR

August 14, 2022 - When people started tinkering with HDR long ago I hated it. Just about all the HDR images had a similar look. The sky/cl...
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Dragonflies

August 07, 2022 - Other than on one previous occasion I have never really made an effort to photograph dragonflies. But in the absence of...
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Bees

July 31, 2022 - They say, if there nothing to shoot, shrink your world. Shoot that which is small. This is a valuable tip that has helpe...
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Watch the western horizon

July 24, 2022 - My wife and I were out sitting on a ridge, about an hour or so before sunset. I was ready to go home. My son was visitin...
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Know your surroundings

July 10, 2022 - It is strange how, here in Nebraska, the storms (lightning storms) only tend to come an hour or so before sunrise. I am...
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Photography Gear: Part III

June 05, 2022 - So what else is in my bag? Speaking of camera bags, what should one consider when buying a bag? The kind of bag you get...
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Photography Gear: Part II

May 29, 2022 - Tripods seem to be going out of vogue with many photographers of late. Reasons for this are: Camera sensors are becomin...
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Photography Gear: Part I

May 22, 2022 - Welcome to a mini-series on photography gear. I do not talk about gear much on this blog. In fact, you have probably hea...
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Lightning

May 15, 2022 - Before we even touch the topic of lightning photography we need to talk about safety first. Please follow all safety dir...
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Noise removal software

May 08, 2022 - Shooting with a long telephoto lens can be tricky. If you are shooting wildlife the animals are moving. So we need to mo...
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Composition

May 01, 2022 - Let's start with an image: The light is not good and hence this image is not that great. Nevertheless, what lessons c...
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Polarize with ultra-wide lenses

April 24, 2022 - You have heard me say that we never want to use a polarizer filter on a wide or ultra-wide lens when the sky is included...
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Sand Hill Cranes with the Moon

April 17, 2022 - Many people these days will photograph one subject here, another there, and merge the two images. They may even use virt...
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Sand Hill Cranes

April 10, 2022 - You may wonder why I have not posted new blogs during the last few months. I recently moved to Nebraska and well, moving...
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Hiking the Narrows

December 19, 2021 - I have wanted to hike the Narrows for a long time. The Narrows refer to the Virgin river flowing in a very narrow canyon...
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Editing

November 28, 2021 - Some photographers over edit their images. Most amateurs only make global adjustments. Today we are going to look at a r...
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People, People

November 21, 2021 - I planned a trip to hike the Narrows in Zion National Park during the best time to catch fall color (first or second wee...
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Foreground, middle-ground, background

November 14, 2021 - There is a trusted formula for successful landscape photography. The formula does not suit all scenes but a good number...
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You don't always win

November 07, 2021 - Doing landscape photography is much like having a fishing license and going fishing. The license does not give you the f...
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Dreamy landscapes

October 31, 2021 - I love my landscape images to be pin-sharp front to back. But then again there is space in the creative world for a drea...
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Explore

October 24, 2021 - We are back at the Cholla garden today. You can find this "garden" in Joshua Tree National Park. The garden can be diffi...
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Shooting from elevated positions

October 17, 2021 - I like shooting from elevated positions. The higher your elevation the longer or deeper the foreground - it stretches th...
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Exposing for a post sunset sky

October 10, 2021 - When the sun goes to sleep it can light up the clouds. The exposure value difference between the sky and the land increa...
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Dealing with too many of something

October 03, 2021 - The art of photography is to create some form of order, flow, and balance. We do so by choosing carefully what to includ...
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Foreground

September 26, 2021 - In many cases, strong lead-in lines start at the bottom edge of the frame and also act as the foreground element. Such l...
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Composing with a strong sky

September 19, 2021 - So the sky is where all the action is. But what if clouds beyond the brightest part of the sky are not as beautiful as i...
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Vignettes

September 12, 2021 - Perhaps the title of today's blog gives it away. You just looked at the title again, didn't you? Well, try your best to...
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Shoot while waiting

September 05, 2021 - So last week we looked at positioning the sun at an exact point in time. That image started about two hours before sunse...
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Positioning the sun

August 29, 2021 - I a recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park I decided to stop at a particular location to wait for sunset. As I always...
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Shoot a series

August 22, 2021 - We often think of photography as a single image capturing one moment in time. But then again, video is simply a bunch of...
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Printing

August 08, 2021 - It has been years since I printed an image. During the Black Friday sale after the USA's Thanksgiving, I indulged and bo...
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Black and white

August 01, 2021 - Black and white images are still appealing, and why not, they can be striking. So how do we decide to go black and wh...
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Editing Software

July 21, 2021 - I have been using Luminar since almost their beginning. This software is impressive. The learning curve is minuscule com...
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Night photograhy

July 11, 2021 - I have written about night photography before. In those blogs, I wrote about composition and focus and so forth. Today I...
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Light and plants

July 04, 2021 - Generally speaking, a photographer wants overcast light when photographing flowers and plants. The cloud cover acts as a...
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Light and Darkness

June 13, 2021 - The slot canyons around Page, Arizona is a mesmerizing place to visit. These slot canyons abound in photographic potenti...
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Dealing with Haze

May 30, 2021 - Photographers often hate haze. Photoshop and other editing software have dehaze filters to help photographers with this...
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Facing Crowds

May 23, 2021 - California was on fire. The area surrounding North Lake, Bishop was closed off to the public. Smoke filled the air to su...
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Balancing elements

April 04, 2021 - Balance is important in composing nice photographs. Having too many elements on one side of the photograph without somet...
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Grab any opportunity

March 28, 2021 - As photographers, we want to be out shooting whenever something special is happening. That applies equally to events we...
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Dead space in the sky

March 14, 2021 - Clouds do not often listen to our pleading to move this way or that way. In fact, skies can be challenging in photograph...
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Drinking action

January 31, 2021 - Giraffes have a difficult time drinking. They have special valves in their heads to prevent blood drainage when they sud...
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Birds in flight

January 24, 2021 - Birds in flight can be some of the most difficult wildlife photography to do. These little birds move fast and can fly i...
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Animal Portraits

January 17, 2021 - Animals also make nice portrait images. But what can we do to give them a bit of life? We can wait for the growl, yawn,...
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Frame-rate and wildlife photography

January 10, 2021 - Which of these two images do you prefer? I and the people I show my images to tend to prefer the last image. But why? W...
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Look-room & choosing a position to shoot from

January 03, 2021 - In the video industry, they often refer to "look-room." Look-room speaks of leaving enough room for the subject to look...
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Mixing the abstract with wildlife

December 13, 2020 - Abstract photography is usually reserved for a different genre of photography than wildlife photography. But why not com...
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Animal interaction

December 06, 2020 - This bird (oxpecker) had a free-range. The buffalo allowed it to go wherever it wanted to go unhindered. But why? Why wo...
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Zoom out a bit

November 29, 2020 - With wildlife photography, we always want to zoom in close. It is tempting and for good reason as such images are striki...
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Difficult focusing

November 22, 2020 - Certain images are just easier for your camera to get in focus than others. In wildlife photography acquiring focus is n...
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Get the shot

November 08, 2020 - It was close to sunset. We were driving near Savuti in Botswana. A Leopard was spotted some distance away and we were in...
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Animal Portraiture Composition

October 25, 2020 - Animal portraits can be as interesting as that of humans. As with human portraits, there are a few guidelines that when...
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Follow the Action

October 18, 2020 - The rule of thumb with almost all photography is to follow the action. In landscape photography that may be where the co...
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Get Creative with Animals

October 11, 2020 - Okay, so you already have 21 images of the elephant bathing in the mud or drinking water. Do you shoot 40 more or drive...
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Bee-Eaters

October 04, 2020 - Bee-Eaters are colorful and make for great images. We were on a photography boat on the Chobe river in Botswana during o...
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Lead-in lines

December 22, 2019 - If you have followed my blogs and photographs you will know that I like to use lead-in lines because they powerfully nud...
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Reflections on water

December 15, 2019 - Reflections on water can make for great imagery. They can captivate the viewers' attention and make them look at an imag...
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Juxtaposition weight

December 08, 2019 - I have written about visual weight before and am doing so again today because it is important to composition and balance...
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Balanced Composition

November 24, 2019 - The best landscape images often have balance. The elements within the scene are in harmony. Visual elements and color ca...
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Different images - Same subject

November 17, 2019 - I want more than one image from a site. I want to get as many good images as I can from each visit to a place. Often the...
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Depth formula refined

November 10, 2019 - Last week's blog revealed an easy formula that creates depth. This formula is to have a strong foreground, a middle-grou...
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Easy depth formula

November 03, 2019 - I often want someone to give me a quick formula that just works when I am doing something I don't have much knowledge of...
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Break the rules

October 27, 2019 - The rule of thirds is a photographic rule for a good reason; it just works. As new photographers start out it is best to...
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Foreground shapes

October 20, 2019 - You have heard me say that an interesting foreground is good for landscape images. This adds interest and depth to the i...
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Using light and dark areas compositionally

October 13, 2019 - We have already mentioned in previous blogs that various things can be used compositionally. Elements - the placement o...
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Dealing with crowds at iconic locations

September 15, 2019 - Have you ever been to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands (other than in winter)? What about Oxbow Bend in Grand Tetons National Pa...
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