I'll be posting some random thoughts here about my photography: my travel plans, technical information behind some images, stories about how certain pictures were captured, etc.  The timing of the postings will also be random as my priority is capturing new images rather than writing about existing ones.  I hope you will feel free to comment on any of my postings and I appreciate you taking time to read my entries.

 

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"Hosta Leaf" Wins Photo of the Day!

October 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Hosta Leaf" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured earlier this summer. The plant lives right outside my front door!

This marks the 69th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Hosta LeafHosta LeafImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for October 21, 2020


"Bald Eagle" Wins Photo of the Day!

September 02, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Bald Eagle" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph earlier this year at the Howell Nature Center in Michigan.

This marks the 68th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Bald EagleBald EagleImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for September 2, 2020


"Framed Cygnet" Wins Photo of the Day!

July 16, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Framed Cygnet" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was a couple of months ago at the Lake Katherine Nature Center in Palos Heights, Illinois. I was fortunate enough to see the baby mute swans (cynets) up close on two occasions.

This marks the 67th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Baby SwanBaby SwanImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for July 16, 2020


Canada Thistle

June 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Last week, I noticed several of these plants growing along a creek that I often walk by. I believe that this is called a Canada thistle. I'm told that it is considered to be a noxious, invasive species in 43 states. Basically, it's a weed!

In any event, I found the subject to be interesting. So, I removed this one small section of the plant and brought it home with me to photograph it.

I quickly set up a miniature "studio" on my kitchen table. The studio included a small piece of white foam board as my background. I lit the background with a tiny flash (the Nikon SB R-200):

I then lit the plant with a somewhat larger flash (the Nikon SB-900). I handheld the SB-900 and aimed it through a diffuser. Both flashes were triggered remotely by the Nikon SU-800. The light output of each flash can be set directly through the SU-800--which is positioned on the hotshoe of the camera (Nikon D850). The lens was the Nikon 200mm f/4 Micro.

Here is the final result:

Canada thistleCanada thistleCanada thistle in Orland Park, Illinois on June 20, 2020  


Butterfly Wings

June 04, 2020  •  4 Comments

It's been a while since I used my macro lens. Sometimes you can see things that you wouldn't otherwise see by getting very close to a subject. That was certainly the case with these butterfly wings. I had no idea that the wings had such texture.

I captured the following images with my Nikon D850 camera, Nikon 200 f/4 Micro lens. I also attached Kenko extension tubes so that I could get even closer.

Butterfly wingButterfly wingCloseup of an Indonesian cethosia hypsea butterfly wing in Orland Park, Illinois on May 3, 2020. This butterfly is of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in from Burma to Indonesia and the Philippines. Butterfly wingButterfly wingCloseup of a yellow orange callicore cynosura butterfly wing in Orland Park, Illinois on May 3, 2020 Butterfly wingButterfly wingCloseup of a butterfly wing in Orland Park, Illinois on May 3, 2020


Cygnets (Baby Swans)

May 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I came across an amazing scene while walking by a lake near my home in the Chicago suburbs earlier this month. There were six baby swans (cygnets)...and they allowed me to get quite close. I also saw ten baby geese (goslings) while at the lake.

These swans were about a week old and so small that one could easily fit in your hand. The mother and father swans, on the other hand, are massive and quite intimidating!

Most of these images were captured from a distance of 9 or 10 feet. The swans were comfortable with me being at that distance as long as I stayed very low to the ground and kept relatively still.

CygnetsCygnetsBaby swans, or cygnets, at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 13, 2020 CygnetCygnetBaby swan, or cygnet, at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 13, 2020 SwanSwanMale mute swan, or cob, at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 13, 2020 CygnetCygnetBaby swan, or cygnet, at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 13, 2020 CygnetCygnetBaby swan (cygnet) at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 16, 2020. This baby swan was 8 days old. SwanSwanFemale mute swan at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 16, 2020 SwansSwansBaby mute swans with mother at 7402 Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, Illinois on May 13, 2020. These baby swans were 8 days old.
 


"White Sands" Wins Photo of the Day!

May 20, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "White Sands" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured at White Sands National Monument during my recent road trip through New Mexico. Since my return from New Mexico, White Sands has been elevated to White Sands National Park. This is the fifth photograph from that road trip to win a contest.

This marks the 66th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

White SandsWhite SandsImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for May 20, 2020


"Snow Goose in Flight" Wins Photo of the Day!

March 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This morning, my "Snow Goose in Flight" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge during my recent road trip through New Mexico. This is the fourth photograph from that road trip to win a contest.

This marks the 65th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Snow GooseSnow GooseImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for March 5, 2020


Welcome To My 300,000th Visitor!

February 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Earlier today, my website welcomed its 300,000th visitor!

When I started this photography website back in 2012, I never imagined that the site would attract this many viewers.

Another advantage of the internet is having the opportunity to share my photographs with people throughout the world. People from 157 different countries have visited my website.

Photography wouldn't be nearly as much fun if I didn't have a way of sharing the images with other people. So, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to view my photographs over the years.


"Sandhill Cranes" Photo Wins Photo of the Day!

February 18, 2020  •  1 Comment

This morning, my "Sandhill Cranes" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This photograph was captured at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge during my recent road trip through New Mexico. This is the third photograph from that road trip to win a contest.

This marks the 64th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". A photographer is limited to one winning entry per month, so this series of winning images stretches back more than six years. Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Sandhill CranesSandhill CranesImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for February 18, 2020

 

 

 

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