"Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I've finished "shooting," my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans."
 -- Jimmy Stewart
I am an ethical wildlife photographer. That means that, among other things, I do not bait animals and I do not photograph captive animals that I then present as being wild. This is a wild horse I found at Assateague Island National Seashore. There were about a half dozen there, but I noticed that one was neighing. So I setup my camera at a distance with one of my big super-telephoto lenses and waited to see if it felt like talking some more. It did and I was able to get this photo.
I am an ethical wildlife photographer. That means that, among other things, I do not bait animals and I do not photograph captive animals that I then present as being wild. This is a wild horse I found at Assateague Island National Seashore. There were about a half dozen there, but I noticed that one was neighing. So I setup my camera at a distance with one of my big super-telephoto lenses and waited to see if it felt like talking some more. It did and I was able to get this photo.
Color fascinates me. And this image of a barn swallow on a fence post is all about color. But I'm also very happy with the shallow depth of field I managed to obtain. Do you see how the bird is in very sharp focus, but the posts themselves are slowly less and less focused as you move away from the bird? That's the effect I mean.
Color fascinates me. And this image of a barn swallow on a fence post is all about color. But I'm also very happy with the shallow depth of field I managed to obtain. Do you see how the bird is in very sharp focus, but the posts themselves are slowly less and less focused as you move away from the bird? That's the effect I mean.
Even in a storm, this osprey couple did not stop work. Here they are doing some home improvement in the midst of the fog and rain.
Even in a storm, this osprey couple did not stop work. Here they are doing some home improvement in the midst of the fog and rain.
This is an American Bullfrog. I'm proud of two things about this photo. First of all, I really love the way shooting during the evening golden hour literally turned him gold. And second, I'm very happy with the way I was able to capture him in his home. Basically, at the side of a mud puddle. Mud puddles are often underestimated as rich settings for photography.
This is an American Bullfrog. I'm proud of two things about this photo. First of all, I really love the way shooting during the evening golden hour literally turned him gold. And second, I'm very happy with the way I was able to capture him in his home. Basically, at the side of a mud puddle. Mud puddles are often underestimated as rich settings for photography.
It took me a minute to realize what was happening when this scene unfolded. This is a pair of snapping turtles mating.
It took me a minute to realize what was happening when this scene unfolded. This is a pair of snapping turtles mating.
The red-headed woodpecker is not a very common visitor to my part of Virginia. But here is one. I am often saying that one of the most important skills for a wildlife photographer is opportunism. This is an example. I was waiting for another animal to appear and this woodpecker flew into a tree near me. It only stayed for about 5 seconds, but that was enough time to recognize there was a photo to be had and to walk over and take it. To me, this photo is all about the color and especially the red on its head.
The red-headed woodpecker is not a very common visitor to my part of Virginia. But here is one. I am often saying that one of the most important skills for a wildlife photographer is opportunism. This is an example. I was waiting for another animal to appear and this woodpecker flew into a tree near me. It only stayed for about 5 seconds, but that was enough time to recognize there was a photo to be had and to walk over and take it. To me, this photo is all about the color and especially the red on its head.
Red-winged blackbirds are tricky to photograph. This female of the species was flying about among some drowned trees. The nearly monochrome nature of the scene made for a rare black and white wildlife photography opportunity.
Red-winged blackbirds are tricky to photograph. This female of the species was flying about among some drowned trees. The nearly monochrome nature of the scene made for a rare black and white wildlife photography opportunity.
This is a toque macaque monkey. I was eating lunch at an open air restaurant near Ravanna Falls in Sri Lanka, when this monkey climbed into a tree and decided to have lunch too!
This is a toque macaque monkey. I was eating lunch at an open air restaurant near Ravanna Falls in Sri Lanka, when this monkey climbed into a tree and decided to have lunch too!
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