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on Nov 30, 2011 in Wildlife Photography

Snow is a Great Stage

Winter is coming and hopefully with it, lots of the white stuff. Snow is a marvelous background or stage for photographing wildlife in so many ways. One that I recently pointed out is its great light bouncing qualities. It makes shooting critters anytime of the day a no-brainer. Next, it cleans up the world so nicely, making lots of the natural world’s clutter disappear. One of its greatest gifts though is its ability to set the stage for our photograph. There is no body who sees a photograph of white sweeping across the landscape who won’t know it’s snow. That in itself is huge! Talk about easy story telling, put the white stuff in there and you can say it’s winter in a heartbeat. And with it being white, anything you stick on it will visually pop without any problem. That’s huge too! The three photos here, the Coyotes in Yellowstone, Polar Bear on the edge of the Beauford Sea or Dall Sheep in the Yukon territory demonstrate this....

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on Nov 28, 2011 in Aviation

The Crop …cont

I’ve mentioned a few times, there just is no book, PDF or website providing the recipe for cropping into elements in a photograph. I am always thinking about this since it is such a commonly asked question. I’m always trying to find the image or set of words that would aid. While shooting “Sentimental Journey” a week ago, I mentally thought of something that might, might just help some of you some of the time (that’s real committal of me, isn’t it?). The crop in these two images follow on of the basic types of composition called Informal Balance. Informal Balance is when one side of the image is bigger/bolder then the other side. But in this case the crop is based on this basic composition principle. In the top image, the crop into the fuselage of “Sentimental Journey” is supported by the smaller element in the frame, “Made in the Shade” on the right. In the bottom image, the nose of “Sentimental Journey” (with its nose art) is...

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on Nov 28, 2011 in Aviation

A Little Insight How I work with Clouds

Clouds can quite often make or break a photograph. When it comes to taking “dead space” and bringing immense drama to that space, clouds are hard to beat. This morning at the AZ CAF wing is a prime example. “Cripes A’Mighty” was pulled out for us to photograph. The skies were pretty good so placing the P-51D Mustang wasn’t a challenge, no bald which gives a photographer lots of possibilities. So the drama was provided, that part of the equation filled in. So with the easy part done, what next? How do you maximize the clouds? Background is everything in my photography, it sets the stage. But this begs the question, sets the stage for what? The what is an essential question you have to ask yourself because it might be the subject or just part of the subject. The first shot I set up to take had that gorgeous light reflected on side the P-51D. The subject was the P-51D and the what in this view is that...

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on Nov 24, 2011 in Great Stuff

Thanks for the Blessings!

Being able to stress over what to blog five days a week is just one of the blessing this profession provides, but the wonders we’re so fortunate to see and chase with our cameras has to be one of the best. May you and yours have a marvelous day and all the good will of the day chase you all year long! And now for a serious...

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on Nov 23, 2011 in Landscape Photography

Fire Hazard or Photo Perch?

Our home is in a forest and fire is a constant threat. That goes with the territory so keeping the property maintained and “cleaned” up for fire hazard is a constant summer / fall job. Part of that is trimming the dead limbs up to 8′ about the ground. We actually take that mark higher on our property, up to 15-18 feet except for one tree, #2. Yeah, we have numbered the trees on our property. It’s real simple, if Sharon says, “The Coops is on the tree,” I have no clue where to look. But if she says there’s a Coop on tree 1, I know exactly where to look. Tree 2 is right outside our office window and is the tree my 600mm is pointed at when I’m working at my desk. So when it comes to limb trimming, don’t you touch my tree 2! Those limbs are the perches my subjects perch on. No perch, no photo. Here’s a classic example why shot a few years...

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