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Shutterbug Staff Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

I took this picture of my good friend while she was leading a rock route that pushed her skills to the limit. I wanted to be verbally encouraging while she was struggling at the crux, but knew that if I yelled from above her, it would be very distracting. The belayer managed to shout his support to her at just the right time as she worked through the difficult section and finished...

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Shutterbug Staff May 01, 2004 0 comments

While enjoying a road trip that included 14 states and 6500 miles, I came upon this field of sunflowers near Vivian, South Dakota. I focused on the one sunflower that hadn't bloomed yet. I myself am a late bloomer in that at age...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

Driving along busy US 50, I decided to stop in a small town in the Amish country of the Midwest. Spotting the mural on the side of the old building, I parked and grabbed my camera. My wife urged me to hurry as the real horse and buggy might leave. Hopping out of the van, I set the camera up as I hustled to get in position to frame the shot before something could change. Nothing says peaceful...

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Staff Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Like most of the time when I’m taking pictures, I found myself on this lonely dirt road. This particular tree caught my eye, because, in the middle of nowhere, it was as if it were admiring its own beauty. This nowhere is somewhere in Michigan, by the way.
—Christine L. Montague
Granger, IN

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

I have studied and photographed Chesapeake Bay skipjacks for many years and they always provide wonderful subject matter. This image, taken with a Nikon D100, is the bowsprit of one of these workboats in the harbor at St. Michaels, Maryland. At first glance, this photo looks like a confused mess, but on closer inspection, everything is in its place. The sail is neatly stacked or...

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Shutterbug Staff Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

Two years ago, in an effort to achieve a more intimate feel to my travel photography, I started taking images of people having fun at state fairs. Although I found it difficult at first to approach people and take their picture at such close range, it is now one of my...

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Shutterbug Staff May 01, 2007 0 comments

Observant Eye
Touring Nepal in 1994 with a small group of women, I was in awe of the prayer flags flying everywhere--cities, villages, and even remote countryside. My favorite site was the Bodnath Stupa in Kathmandu, where streams of prayer flags caught my eye and where the "Buddha eyes" that adorn the temple followed my every move. I took...

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Shutterbug Staff Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

A Kind Of Metaphor

After I took this picture of a staircase in the Wisconsin State Capitol, I became intrigued by the patterns created by its intersecting lines. The more I thought about it, I began to see the composition as a kind of metaphor for what takes place in this building. This metaphor can be interpreted in many different ways, such as:
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Shutterbug Staff Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

The small art community of Harmony, California, population 18, consists of painters, potters, glass blowers, and various other artists. The last time I visited there the place seemed to have fallen on hard times. Some studios were shuttered, shops padlocked, chairs and tables in the coffee shop stacked for storage. It hurt to see one of my favorite places in decline.

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Shutterbug Staff May 01, 2006 0 comments

In the summer of 2004 I was the touring drummer for Beth Hart as she rallied through The Netherlands and Denmark playing clubs and festivals. My crusty, trusty Pentax ME Super went with me everywhere, though I didn't have an opportunity for much photo hunting beyond the van, dressing room, and hotel. I longed to put on my Eisenstadt hat and capture the pulse of the cities we...

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Retired in Hawaii, I cling to my native Oklahoma "roots," especially since most of my family still lives there and despite being away from the state for years, I've maintained my Oklahoma drawl.

As an Okie, I've had a lifelong fascination with cowboys; my uncle and cousin were rodeo cowboys, and my new home, Hawaii, has a little-known history...

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Shutterbug Staff Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

As the spring snows melted away, the herd instinct grew stale and the bison herds of Theodore Roosevelt National Park were restless. Huge shaggy heads bobbed up and down as they strolled toward an unknown destination, occasionally dropping their heads to push the snow away searching for green grass. The scene was pastoral until a small faction broke away from the main herd in a...

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Shutterbug Staff Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

In this wondrous area of the Coyotte Buttes, Utah, there is no clear distinction between smooth rock floors and soaring canyon walls. Although the geology of this remote area is truly unique, it seemed "other worldly" on this day due to threatening weather conditions. Our party of photographers almost cut the trek short a couple of times, faced with...

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Staff May 01, 2009 0 comments

On a visit to see my daughter’s family in southern Alabama, I took along my photo gear, as usual. My son-in-law knows I have a particular affinity for places and things that people just walk away from. He knows the scrap dealer who now owns the old Uniontown High School that was abandoned in the late 1990s when the new consolidated county high school was opened.

When...

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Shutterbug Staff Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

How many times a day do we walk past those things that usually do not draw our attention? Many times they are the ordinary, the simplistic, and the dime a dozen, that we let go unnoticed. Not so for the passionate photographer.

I am amazed how I can be so focused on those objects that everyone misses. Before I gained an interest in photography, I...