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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2011 0 comments

My commute to and from work took me past this massive tree nearly every day for three years. The tree always commanded my attention, particularly during the winter months when its scraggly, barren limbs were highlighted by the latest snowfall. Though the tree had been dead for many years, it continued to stand as the patriarch of the park. A long-abandoned school remains on the park’s...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

This proud and calmly self-assured coyote posed for me on his log throne set amid the tall pine trees in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. And what a beautiful animal he is, showing off his gray, white, and reddish coat and silky white-tipped tail as he gazed intently in my direction. I was pleased to observe that tourists in the area—there are many—respect the animals in the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: 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 Posted: Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

While I have never been very good at the game, in fact I haven’t played since I was a child, there is a place in the heart of every Canadian for the game of hockey. And while watching the professionals is entertaining, two boys playing one-on-one on a frozen lake brings back memories of the days of outdoor rinks, frozen dugouts and lakes, and simpler times.

This particular...

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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: 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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

It is a popular belief that the predator cats of Africa do not swim and avoid water. Several extremely rainy years in the mountains that feed Botswana’s Okavango Delta region have shown that to be a great misconception. Water has overflowed the usual waterways of the world’s largest inland delta to cover grasslands and roadways. Yet, the wildlife of Botswana continues to thrive.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

The Beach. Aquamarine sea. Azure sky. Beige sand. A seashell. A seagull. No people. No boats. The Beach. This photo was taken at Miami Beach, Florida, in the heart of the tourist season. Even in the midst of crowded civilization, one can find nature if you look for it. The Beach.
—Leonard Malkin
Troy, MI

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2010 0 comments

Wandering around at sunrise in my new neighborhood, I came upon this wonderful pier with three men fishing. The sunrise, which silhouetted the fishermen, was behind the island of Sister Keys. The haze and colors are just as they were that early morning. I loved the symmetry of the men and the pier and their reflections in the water—they were not posed. Thinking how great it would be if they...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2010 0 comments

My family and I were visiting the Cincinnati (Ohio) Museum Center at Union Terminal during the end of their dinosaur exhibit. As part of the exhibit, they had a life-sized dinosaur outside the museum facing away from the building.

When we left the museum, I noticed how the dinosaur was facing the downtown Cincinnati skyline, so I positioned myself to frame the scene without the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2010 0 comments

When I’m not out photographing, I’m participating in my other passion: reenacting the fur trade period of the West in the early 1800s. While on a trip this fall with two friends in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of eastern Oregon, we had broke camp and were in the saddle heading to a lower elevation as a major early storm was moving in. As the snowflakes got bigger and bigger, I could see...

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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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Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

I made this image during a visit to Prague in 2007. On our first day there my wife and I took a walking tour that passed by this memorial to John Lennon. At the same time we arrived so did several large tour buses, which prevented us from getting a clear view of the memorial.

I like to explore and take pictures early in the morning on trips so that is what I did the following...

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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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Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

On a recent cruise of the French Polynesia in the South Pacific, I caught this chance image of a powerful thunderstorm enveloping the island of Moorea. The shaft of light evoked a feeling of hope, safety, and refuge in a turbulent world. Within a minute of taking this photo, the entire island was caught in a tropical downpour.
—Chuck O’Donnell
Matthews, NC

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