Wrapping up 2018

With 2018 coming to an end, I suppose it’s okay to reflect on my life this past year. 2018 has been a different year for me professionally and on a personal level, in so much that my wife experienced her first year of retirement from her job as an Engineer with Lockheed and I have…

The Eyes Have It

Talk to any experienced portrait photographer and they’ll explain the importance of the eyes in any close-up photograph. The best portraits display the subjects eyes clearly and distinctly. It is the eyes that attract the viewers gaze. An important aspect of those captivating eyes is the use of “catch light.” Catch light is a specular…

Know Your Environment

  More deer action from RMA during yesterday’s snow storm. As a former wedding photographer, I learned about the problems of photographing lots of white in a scene. The camera meters the white (wedding dress, or in this case snow) as being neutral and will tend to underexpose the image. In severe cases, upwards of…

Photographers Photograph and Writers Write

I am back to photographic action this week after a short hiatus. I find that my propensity to write articles is closely related to my propensity to take photographs. The two main subjects this month and probably through the end of the year are Deer and Bighorn. One of the things the wildlife photographer is…

Thinking Outside Of The Box

Are lens profile corrections always necessary? Take a look at the two photos above. You tell me which one looks better. If you are like me, when I edit a photo I automatically add a lens profile correction to the image when it is imported. When it comes to post-processing your photos, I don’t think…

Pending Approval

I’m back to my normal office routine for a few days. This time of year, I typically wait for shifting weather patterns before planning a photography outing. I like to get out before or after a snow storm as the clouds and general environment tend to add to the esthetics of wildlife photography. While I…

Deer in Colorado

A short while back I began posting small collections of wildlife photos of the different species of animals found in Colorado. Photography trips and personal life caused me to pause briefly but today I’m picking up where I left off. I’m thinking perhaps once a month as the Winter settles in, I’ll resume the practice….

Photographing the Buffalo

I have a love/hate relationship with RMA National Wildlife Refuge. I love the wildlife photography available there; however, I hate the fact that it’s a miserable drive to get there for me. Being on the exact opposite side of the Denver-Metro area from my home and considering the best photographic time to be there being…

A Lost Cause?

I take the time to browse the internet photography web sites a few times each week. I like to keep up with trends, new equipment, tips and such. Here’s the thing though; and I’ve written about this in my “Consumerization of Photography” article a while back, mobile devices seem to have taken over the photography…

Boys Love Trains

I’ve been photographing Heritage Railroads for the better part of 15 years. Colorado has a number of vintage narrow gauge railroads so I’ve been lucky in that regard. One of my favorite trains to photograph is the Durango & Silverton NGRR, which runs between the towns of Silverton and Durango in the San Juan Mountains….