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Q & A with International Bird Rescue

I recently had the opportunity discuss photography and field craft with International Bird Rescue. Many thanks to Russ Curtis and International Bird Rescue for the generous and lovely presentation. They do the work of angels -- for the many wild ones among us.

2018-02-13T03:56:02+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Birds, Blog, Ethics, Photography|0 Comments

Favorite Images

I've done a "best of" selection at the end of previous years ... but this year I'm opting for a favorites list. I didn't realize there would be a disparity between the photos I consider my best technically versus those I hold close to my heart. There appears to be only a loose correlation between the merits of an image and my feelings about it. With that in mind, here's my list of 2013 [...]

2018-02-15T20:10:46+00:00 January 1st, 2014|Blog, Photography|9 Comments

Living in Your Own Private Cryosphere

Albedo is the reflectivity of the earth's surface. Ice, white and bright, has a high albedo, reflecting back the sun on itself, whereas water draws the solar radiation deep into its hues. Water is always in flux, mutable -- liquid, vaporous, frozen -- evaporating, condensing and expanding. This fluidity of form and purpose fuels life with its hydrological rhythms. And, it stores life, even as deep as 4000 meters below the East Antarctic ice [...]

2018-02-15T21:49:10+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Blog, Photography, Weather|9 Comments

Going All Micro Four Thirds on Wildlife

Update - November 1, 2016: I get many emails and comments related to this post -- from people interested in micro four thirds (m43) and mirrorless cameras as a wildlife format. I've been shooting with Olympus m43 gear exclusively now for three years and plan to update my impressions before the end of the year. In the interim, the gear I'm now using is the OMD E-M1, with my original E-M5 as a backup body. I'm [...]

2013-10-01T22:11:12+00:00 October 1st, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|49 Comments

The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

After the Snow Geese stippled our little Honda with their version of a Pollack drip painting, I waited a while before heading to the car wash, thinking it would be a waste of resources when the rain would just wipe the body clean within a day or two. But, faithful to Northwestern climate patterns, the rain came in fine mists rather than cleansing sheets. A few days of drizzle left us not with a clean [...]

2013-03-03T11:19:42+00:00 March 3rd, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Post Processing, Realism + Conceptualism: A Postscript

Long-billed Curlew photographed at sunset, on the dunes at Morro Strand State Beach in California. These thoughts are an extension of the discussion that began under my piece on post-processing. Thanks to my blogging friends who shared their methodologies and perspectives, initiating some thought-provoking explorations of realism in photography. I heard a lecture recently where Picasso's view of photography was described this way: For Picasso, "photography was never an exact registration of a scene, but [...]

2013-02-24T15:59:11+00:00 February 24th, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|5 Comments

How Much Post-Processing Do You Do?

A friend linked to this story in her Facebook feed today: Why do Photo Contest Winners Look Like Movie Posters? Post-processing is obviously not a new topic ... and it's one that's been evolving alongside digital photography and darkroom skills. This particular piece questions the lighting on the winning image in the World Press contest, citing photojournalistic ethics in the critique. (The World Press winning image and other entries are here: World Press Photo.) I've [...]

2013-02-20T12:56:08+00:00 February 20th, 2013|Birds, Photography, Uncategorized|14 Comments

Studies in Ghost Geese

The first time I witnessed a blast of Snow Geese I described it this way: The sound of flocking snow geese is sometimes described as a “cacophony,” a “symphony,” a “storm” — a “baying of hounds,” a “noise blizzard.” The sound, in fact, varies. There’s a comfortable warbling of goose grumbles and calls as the birds graze, punctuated by escalations that bubble up in sections of the flock. Then, there is the silence — a [...]

2013-02-11T01:32:56+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|5 Comments

An Interview in Empirical Magazine

My husband Hugh and I always joke that each of us should have married a business manager. We're two happy campers when our heads are clouded with fonts and pixels ... clearly reticent in the task of self-promotion.  So, up until today, I hadn't even included my website URL on my Facebook page. But, I did want to mention this new, colorful, and intellectually diverse magazine out of Chico, California called Empirical. It's a current [...]

2012-07-01T14:46:47+00:00 July 1st, 2012|Photography|5 Comments

Photographer-Bird Disturbance in Perspective

Today, I came upon a contentious thread about bird banding on my local birding listserv. This thread made me think of the emails I got in response to my Snowy Owl post -- the post which criticized the photography field ethics we witnessed up at Boundary Bay. On today's listserv, a member birder had concerns about the effects of banding on birds like dippers. The subsequent conversation veered toward some strong opinions, and someone posted [...]

2012-04-08T17:53:27+00:00 April 8th, 2012|Birds, Photography, Uncategorized, Wildlife Solutions|2 Comments