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Shutterbug Staff Posted: 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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

Walking along the shoreline I found an accumulation of feathers and a tragic death of a beautiful creature. This left me to wonder, how and why. In the water floats one feather that escaped this tragic ending. I took a picture of this lone feather as it floated away. Every time I look at it, I wonder about its ending and the sadness of it all. The demise of this creature lies in...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

While traveling in northern Oregon on a hot summer day in 1987, I came upon an old, mostly abandoned community called Flora. It had very few die-hard residents left. On a neglected section of property, with waist-high grass, I spotted an old abandoned car I wanted to photograph. I decided to stop and ask permission at a shabby house nearby. An elderly lady in a sunhat appeared at...

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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

My passions are photography and motorcycles. I discovered my passion for motorcycles at age 6 and my passion for photography at age 34. By today's standards I am over the hill to compete in racing, but by my standards I master the sport behind the lens--I know where to look and what to look for. That said, without a media pass getting close to the superstars is next to...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Painted Rainbow
When we first arrived, I was somewhat disappointed that the brilliant colors of Arizona's Painted Desert were muted under gray, rainy skies. Then, as my wife and I came around a bend in the road, a window opened in the clouds, allowing the sunlight to produce this fleeting glimpse of a pot of gold. The rainbow lasted only a few...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

I count this image among my best not because of the "aha" I felt as I dashed across a busy Tucson, Arizona, street before the sun could move another inch. It was only after I had several shots stowed safely in my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II that I realized what I had actually found.

The first aha was seeing those nine "wanderers in the desert" from...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

I had been wandering through side streets of a rural Chinese village in the farmlands south of Beijing hoping to find interesting subject matter for documenting the contrast between the "old" and "new" China when I came upon what I initially thought was a deserted military compound. On further inspection, I noticed this multicolored wall painting depicting...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

I often photograph at a nature preserve in Glenview, Illinois, called "The Grove." While testing a newly acquired Voigtländer Bessa-R with a 50mm Nokton lens, I came upon this scene and quickly moved into position. This was the only frame with this composition as the rooster was slowly walking across the scene.

Whenever I acquire these one-chance...

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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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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: 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: 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: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

The Y of the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers separates Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. On the West Virginia side is the historic town of Harpers Ferry where the abolitionist John Brown raided the US Armory in 1859. Across the Potomac on the Maryland side is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (built in 1850) and its towpath. Late on a fall day two friends and I...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

I encountered this gentleman while making a wildlife documentary film in Tanzania, East Africa. His Masai village or "manyatta" was near the famous Olduvai Gorge on the Serengeti Plain. Even though the whole village was well compensated for the privilege of shooting still pictures and videotapes, this warrior still seemed to maintain a healthy suspicion of the...

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