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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

Photo © 2004, Judi LaBelle All Rights Reserved

I promised myself while on this cruise I would take more of the local color during stops at the ports. The photos I wanted to take were going to tell a story, not about the scenery but about the people. Trouble is, a week...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

I first saw a post card of this park in the city where my wife is from, Ekaterinburg, Russia. When I finally got to visit this park on our vacation in July 2002, it made me feel even more at peace, like I was home again in a place I have never been, but...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2004 0 comments

Sometimes our lives are so hectic that the peace and tranquility we crave escapes us. As I was walking around a very busy little town, I noticed this scene in a churchyard and thought that it was a very calming area in the middle of all the hustle and...

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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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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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