October 14, 2011

CONTROL THE BACKGROUND

When people look at my work one of the questions I get asked more often than any other is how I get such nice backgrounds. The answer is I work very hard to control the backgrounds in my images. I like to get nice monochromatic, out of focus backgrounds because this type of background makes…
September 9, 2011

Working Close to Home

No doubt about it most outdoor photographers love to travel to new and exciting locations to capture the subjects we love.  But truth of the matter is that most of us can’t be jetting all over the globe whenever we want.  Most outdoor photographers I know are able to take one two or maybe three…
August 12, 2011

KNOW YOUR SUBJECT

Whenever I am teaching nature photography one of the things I really emphasize is that, in order to be a better photographer it really helps to be a better naturalist. The more you know about your subject the more likely you are to be able to predict its whereabouts and actions. The images you see here…
July 14, 2011

Spring in the Northwoods Participant Images

Hello everyone, I have had a very busy summer so far! This is always such a crazy time for me with art shows and all the other summer things going on. Just wanted to take a quick second to share a link to two galleries showcasing some of the images that were made by the participants of…
May 16, 2011

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I started a facebook page. I plan on using it to keep everyone informed of my schedule, post images, photo tips, and other general information. If you use facebook please “like it” using the link at the top of this page so you will get the…
May 7, 2011

THE GEEK AND THE ARTIST

One of the things I love about photography is it appeals to both the geek and the artist in all of us. On the geek side you have the technical considerations of making an image; the f-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, histograms, dynamic range, and that hyperfocal distance stuff that we must all master…
April 22, 2011

My Back Hurts

Just returned from a great trip to Belize where I was scouting some possible locations for future photo tours. I have to admit that when I am travelling I have the mindset that, if I leave something at home at some point I will certainly need that piece of equipment in order to get the greatest shot ever.…
April 2, 2011

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Here in Michigan it still remains unusually chilly for this time of year, but spring is definitely on the way. The days are getting longer, bird song fills the morning air, and the trees are beginning to show their buds. One of my favorite signs of spring is the return of the red-winged blackbirds. The males usually arrive in…
March 10, 2011

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

I am very fortunate to be able to live out in the woods. Since all of the windows in my home reflect the surrounding woods, it is not unusual for me to have the occasional bird/window crash at my house. I think what happens is that as the birds fly they see the trees reflected in the windows…
February 23, 2011

WINTER OPPORTUNITIES PART 3

Towards the end of winter often times the snow will melt off the lakes leaving the ice exposed. when this happens I like to head out onto the ice and look for leaves that have been frozen in the ice. This is usually a nice change of pace from the birds and mammals that I have…