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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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


Very Large Array

January 30, 2020  •  1 Comment

During my road trip through New Mexico, I planned three days at Bosque del Apache. The weather wasn't very cooperative for wildlife photography for two of those days. So, I took the middle of one day to tour the Very Large Array--which is basically located in the middle of nowhere (well, 50 miles west of Socorro, NM).

The Very Large Array is a radio astronomy observatory made up of 27 massive radio telescopes. Each dish is 82 feet across and weighs more than 200 tons. They are positioned along three arms of a track shaped in a Y configuration with each arm extending out 13 miles. So, in its widest configuration the telescopes extend 26 miles across. During my visit, the telescopes were positioned it the most condensed configuration.

Here are a couple of images from my visit. Note that I was very restricted on vantage point as the facility does not permit visitors to just wander around!

Very Large ArrayVery Large ArrayVery Large Array (VLA) on the plains of the San Agustin desert just north of Magnalena, New Mexico on November 16, 2019. The Very Large Array is a radio astronomy observatory made up of 27 massive radio telescopes. Each dish is 82 feet across and weighs more than 200 tons. They are positioned along three arms of a track shaped in a Y configuration with each arm extending out 13 miles. So, in its widest configuration the telescopes extend 26 miles across.


White Sands National Park

January 23, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

During my road trip through New Mexico, I allocated a couple of days to White Sands National Monument. Before I had a chance to process the images, White Sands was named the latest National Park in the United States!

It's one of my favorite places. But, it can be a difficult place for photography:

  1. The park is not open to visitors until 7am and closes by 6pm...so photographers will most likely miss the best light around sunrise and sunset.
  2. I had to walk up to two miles in the sand with my equipment to get far enough away from the many footprints in the sand.
  3. If you aren't careful, it is easy to get disoriented. The sand dunes go on for miles and look the same in all directions. Fortunately, there are some "trails" with stakes for guidance. And, I had a map, cell phone and GPS. I didn't go very far from the stakes as people have died getting lost in this place.
  4. If it gets windy, there's a good chance you won't be able to see the stakes any longer!

During my visit, there wasn't much wind. Once I got about a mile out, I don't think I've ever experienced an environment as quiet as this one. It was a memorable experience. The place is otherworldly!

CLICK HERE to view the B&W images.

CLICK HERE to view the color images.

White SandsWhite SandsDunes at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico on November 20, 2019 Endless sand ripplesEndless sand ripplesSand ripples in the dunes at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico on November 18, 2019 White SandsWhite SandsSunset at White Sands National Monument with Sacramento Mountains from the Backcountry Trail near Alamogordo, New Mexico on November 20, 2019 White SandsWhite SandsSand ripples in the dunes at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico on November 19, 2019
 


"Cheetah" Wins Photo of the Day!

January 19, 2020  •  2 Comments

This morning, my "Cheetah" 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 Albuquerque Zoo during my recent road trip through New Mexico. This is the second photograph from that road trip to win a contest. And, both of those winning photos were from that same visit to the Albuquerque Zoo!

This was a very challenging picture to capture and the story of how I approached those technical challenges probably warrants its own blog post.

This marks the 63rd 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.

CheetahCheetahImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for January 19, 2020


Recycled Roadrunner of Las Cruces

January 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I come across some very unusual things during my road trips. During my latest trip through New Mexico, I saw this massive sculpture that stands 20 feet high by 40 feet long. It's located at a rest area off Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico. This sculpture is made out of all kinds of scrap...gym shoes, computer keyboards, an automobile headlight (the eye), trophies, belts, etc.

Roadrunner SculptureRoadrunner SculptureRecycled Roadrunner Sculpture at a rest stop off Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 22, 2019 Roadrunner SculptureRoadrunner SculptureRecycled Roadrunner Sculpture at a rest stop off Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 22, 2019 Roadrunner SculptureRoadrunner SculptureRecycled Roadrunner Sculpture at a rest stop off Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 22, 2019 Roadrunner SculptureRoadrunner SculptureRecycled Roadrunner Sculpture at a rest stop off Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 22, 2019 Roadrunner SculptureRoadrunner SculptureRecycled Roadrunner Sculpture at a rest stop off Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico on November 22, 2019 While I was photographing the sculpture, a truck drive approached me from the rest area parking lot. He was fascinated by the lens that I was using to capture closeup images of the roadrunner's head. I was using the Nikon 500mm f4 VR lens...which he thought was some kind of telescope. It was positioned on a tripod with a gimbal head--which makes it easy to maneuver. But, it also makes it look more like a telescope!


International Scope of Shutterstock

January 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I sell a lot of images through Shutterstock--nearly 75,000 digital downloads since I started submitting photos to that one agency!

In recent years, a sizable percentage of these sales take place in countries outside of the United States. Over the past few days my photos were sold in the following locations:

  • Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Shinjuku-ku, Japan
  • Selnika Ob Dravi, Slovenia
  • Sopot, Poland
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mumbai, India
  • Chia, Colombia
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Les Acacias, Switzerland
  • Lima, Peru
  • Milan, Italy
  • Moscow, Russia

With such a high number of images being sold, it's a shame that the price of a digital download has deteriorated so much over the years!

 

 

 

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