Biology beats technology!

Getting this shot was a contrast ratio nightmare!  You are on a tropical island with varying bright sunlight and mixed cloud cover.  Then you have this “little” guy come crawling up out of the ocean onto a white beach and lightly colored rocks.  I could have done a bracket exposure for an HDR shot.  Instead I tried a somewhat purist approach to decrease...

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Whale of a shot!

This is one of luckiest shots I have ever been able to capture.   While vacationing in Alaska, I decided to take a wildlife photography tour that include a whale watching component.  Most of the shots that was able to get were of tail flukes sinking below the surface or whales coming to the surface to breath before deep diving to feed. The leader of our tour and the...

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Using natural light & flash fill

This is an example of using flash fill with low ambient lighting and shallow depth of field to pop the subject off the page. With out the use of flash fill the colors appeared muddy and the water droplets really did not appear clearly. My only regret was that I did not get closer to get a shot of the hanging water droplet on the pink leaves and create a prism shot of the...

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Captive Audience

I titled this image ‘Captive Audience’.   One of the main agricultural exports of farms in central Kansas is sunflower seeds for their oil. I had driven past this field at various times of the day during a visit in Jewell County and noticed that the flowers would track the sun.  In the early morning they appeared to be sleeping, midday they appeared to be...

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Playing with Light and Color 2

This picture was shot in the late afternoon sun in late September.  The sun was getting lower in the sky and cast a very warm tone over the image.  The warm color cast really detracted from the back lighting of the paddler and the glistening reflections on the waves.  So by saturating up the blue tones and cooling down the color temperature of the image it provided...

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Oregon Coast Sunset

A beautiful April 2011 sunset from Cannon Beach, OR.   This was the first warm sunny day the region had seen in 20...

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