Photography Experiences

Long-tailed Ducks February 8, 2020

February 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I wanted to photograph the Michigan lighthouses covered in ice, so I planned a January trip to Michigan. I also hoped to see long-tailed ducks; I checked E Bird every day and saw that the ducks were reported in the lighthouse canals where I would be going. The lighthouse photos were disappointing because the winter wasn't cold enough to form ice a...
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Simple Images December 27, 2019

December 27, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Some of my favorite photo images are those with simple compositions, and even desaturated tones, those with streaked clouds and smooth water. Even though these images are easy to look at, it is not always easy to achieve this look. I use a neutral density filter to make the water look smooth. When the water is smooth, reflections are more defined.
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Butterfly Photo Art September 8, 2019

September 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
I spent the summer looking for butterflies for two reasons: I enjoy discovering ones I've never seen and to use butterfly photos to make art. There are a number of techniques I used to do this: changing the camera's white balance to an infrared custom setting, blurring the background of the photos, changing the color of the background, adding a te...
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Bay-breasted Warbler May, 19, 2019

May 19, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
A Bay-breasted warbler is a bird I hoped to see. For the last three years during spring migration, I looked for the bird. No luck. Last Friday, I went to a place where I thought I might find some warblers migrating through the area. I walked up the hill and soon heard birds; they were warblers. I was busy photographing a Blackburnian warbler, then...
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Duluth Canal Ice Blur April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
I drove, in the dark, from Minneapolis to Duluth, MN to be there a half-hour before sunrise- the blue hour. I went to the Duluth harbor canal to see if there were any ships coming in - sunrise, ships, lighthouse- I thought it would make a nice photo. Before I unloaded all my gear, I took a peek at the scene. Ice floating in the canal! I knew a lon...
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