Old Friends

Last week, while looking for some family photos,  I stumbled upon a folder of unedited from a 2012 trip to Florida.  I remember what a great morning it was taking bird and nature photos.  Sadly, the next day I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the folder was put aside and forgotten.  I wrote these thoughts a couple years ago but, I…

Plan B

One of the things I stress during our workshops is the need to make the most of every situation that is presented to you and limit whatever is working against you. If you keep your creative mind open, and you pay attention to what is happening at all times, you can make some fantastic images…

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Story Telling

Being a photographer means being a photo journalist. Each of us, no matter what our chosen subject or genre, is faced with the difficult challenge of telling the most compelling story possible using only a still image. It’s not always easy. Think about what you are doing and invest every bit of yourself in the…

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Time Alone

Solitude has seemingly become more and more difficult to find. The digital age and social media has shrunken the global map so much that there seems to be no more unexplored places. Perhaps now, more than ever, the solitude that we seek and occasionally need, should be reflected upon differently. Solitude comes from within. I…

Soaring

The bald eagle is rightfully our national symbol and bird. It is a treasured representation of strength, fierceness, and resolve. The bald eagle was saved from near extinction due to the love and respect of many caring people. To see one, in the wild, is a treat in itself but, to watch one soar overhead…

Doomed

Nature, in the midst of its many beauties and wonders, features daily struggles for survival. Wildlife endures many injustices of sickness, cruelty, and suffering. So do we The People. Often it is difficult to understand nature’s cruel paths but, it is even more difficult to witness fate in action be it in nature or on…

Eye Contact

I appreciate all wild animals but, for me, some are a bit more exciting to see than others. Seeing a wild animal in its natural environment and observing their behavior is thrilling to say the least. Getting to photograph them is an even greater thrill. Last week the stare of a beautiful owl reminded me…

Standing Out

I love photography; all photography. I do my best to be the best photographer I can be. I like portraiture, I like nature, I like scenics, I like night photography, I like black and white, I like sports, action, and so much more. But, my true love of photography is rooted in the outdoors and…