Talking Pictures

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: 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...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

While wandering through the museum in the Mexican city of Queretaro, I spotted a group of children taking a break from their art class to eat lunch. I began following them with the intention of taking a few candid photographs when one of the girls noticed my camera. Instantly and spontaneously, the children formed this composition, assuming more natural poses and expressions than...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

The Photographer's Travel Guide

Her haunting gaze resonates in my memory like no other image I made while crossing the Tibetan Plateau. The young nomad girl appeared from nowhere, dressed in hardly more than rags against the cold Tibetan wind. She never said...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

Farmers' markets have always held a particularly tender spot in my heart. The sense of family and community is palpable. Individual creativity abounds in every booth. My fiancée and I went to the Oak Park farmers' market early one...

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

My wife and I were visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The sun had just dropped below the horizon and we were preparing to return to Little Makalolo, our base camp, when I heard “thrashing” sounds that were unmistakably those of an elephant herd.

We could barely make out the silhouetted movements of the herd on the far side of the river. I knew not to use a...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

While we were staying at a beach house in Kapoho, Hawaii, the tide came in and unexpectedly came all the way across the street and under the house. The landscape was totally transformed and we suddenly had fish swimming in the driveway. This picture of a palm tree reflected in the lawn was taken from the porch. While our kids played in the yard, we sat on the porch and...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2011 13 comments

I had passed this long-abandoned, one-room prairie schoolhouse near Elk City, Kansas, hundreds of times over the years and each time I resolved to stop the next time to photograph it. Except for the chimney and tin roof, there had been no apparent effort to preserve the building, which is now on private property. Finally, on a hot, cloudless July morning, after 25 years of procrastination, I...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

I had passed several peacocks that day with tails fanned out, their deeply colored feathers winking at me like brilliant feline eyes. Been there (many times), photographed that, no longer interested. But here, 15 yards away, was a peacock with no color. Normally one of the most colorful birds in the world, every feather on this one was white! From a moving tram in a Kauai...

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Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2010 0 comments

While on the freeway, I pass over this giant drainage system on the way to my studio each day. And each time, I catch a glimpse of this shopping cart way off in the back. I often wondered about the chances of it still being there in case I wanted to make a shot. Well, after about a week of seeing it every day, the shopping cart was still there. So, I waited until the sun was nice and low...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

Singular Focus

This photo was taken one late afternoon in Port Ludlow, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The day was overcast, gloomy, and colorless, until the sun finally peeked through leaden skies. The colors of the kayaks looked particularly bright, in contrast to the gray surroundings. It appeared as though the sun was focusing on the only...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2009 0 comments

While sitting under a shade tree in the backyard, I took a quick shot of some oak leaves against the evening sky (shown upper right). When I processed the images I discovered the pleasing effect of the silhouetted leaves and spent the next few days scouring the yard for interesting shapes. I employed my Third Hand tool, which has a rod with an alligator clip on each end, to hang the subjects so I...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

Talking Pictures

Staying Cool

My wife and I were relaxing with our 41/2-year-old grandson one hot mid-July afternoon last summer in Wisconsin. With the air temperature...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

This photo of a drained storage tank with the access cover removed was taken in Livingston, Montana. The photo evokes a different feeling depending on the season. On a sweltering summer day, one gets the feeling that someone opened the valve too far...

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Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

I shot this image casually, as a friend and I relaxed in a nearly empty waterfront café after a shoot. I can’t tell you why I shot it, but I can tell you why it gradually has become a sort of personal favorite. Although it contains nothing dramatic, it says something very basic about photography.

We don’t know whose sunglasses these are, how they came to be...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2011 0 comments

I was looking for an access path to the ocean to shoot the sunrise one brutally cold morning in November at Seabrook Beach, New Hampshire. The temperature was so low my eyes were tearing up so I sat down on this bench to unload my gear and blow on my hands.

When the sun came up a calm rushed over me. I got so caught up in the amazing light of the sunrise that I put my camera...

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