Morning Photography – 3 Ducklings

Mallard Ducklings

Nothing like getting out and doing some early morning photography.  And when there are 3 ducklings at the local pond ready to pose, well, that makes for a great morning.  Actually there were many more than 3, but these 3 guys along with the hen, seemed particularly interested in being the morning’s photo subjects. (more…)

A Mallard Duckling

Mallard Duckling

Today seemed like a good day for a photo of a mallard duckling.  Ducklings of most any sort can be counted on to make a person feel good.  There’s something cool about baby animals. I guess the sight of babies of almost anything warm blooded hits some buttons deep in the primal parts of our brains. (more…)

A Spectacled Owl

Spectacled Owl

Why do you shoot the way you do? I wonder how many photographers really sit down and think about that. It’s a pretty big deal when you get right down to it. I know a lot of what I’ve done in the past wasn’t well thought out at the time. It was done on the basis of expediency, based on the equipment I had at the time and limited knowledge of the art of photography.

Today’s image of a Spectacled Owl is an example of lessons learned by making hundreds of mediocre images before finally getting a few that work. (more…)

Curious Cardinal

 Male Northern Cardinal

How to get a Cardinal, or any songbird to pose for you? My theory is that birds possess a list of priorities. Safety is at the top of the list, followed by food, shelter and water. This male Northern Cardinal posed for me because there was food and water nearby. The local birds also know this is a safe location with good visibility so they can check for predators. (more…)

Baby Bluebird

Baby Bluebird

Getting an image of a baby bluebird doesn’t have to be complicated.  And sometimes the planets will align just right, especially when the photographer is prepared.  In this case the weather was fine, not to hot and not to cold, there was high cloud cover so the light was like a giant soft box.   Can’t ask for much better conditions. (more…)

Dudley’s Talons

Great Horned Owl

One of the cool things about photography is the second look.   Whether the image is an urban landscape or a wildlife shot like this image of Dudley, the chance to take a more detailed look later can reveal things you didn’t notice when you were focused on capturing the moment.  With owls we tend to focus on their amazing eyes, and when setting up your shot it’s key to make sure you have good focus on the eyes.  It was only after reviewing the shots later I realized I had a good shot of the talons.  (more…)