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

Staging “Nature” Shots

A friend of mine recommended 500px as an alternative to Flickr. Between Flickr, Facebook, Linked In and my inactive Twitter account, I'm maxed out on social networking, something I've never been all that hot on, anyway. But, I meandered over to 500px because the interface is supposedly beautiful, and the community gets rave reviews. The first thing I noticed was, of course, the vivid layout of the front page. It's image driven, with very little [...]

2012-03-14T17:28:27+00:00 March 14th, 2012|Birds, Photography, Uncategorized|17 Comments

Snowy Owls, Boundary Bay & Rethinking My Own Motivations

Snow Owls on driftwood, shot from the dike trail at Boundary Bay - ©ingridtaylar - Click for Larger Image My only intent in visiting Boundary Bay was to get a glimpse of Snowy Owls. I've never seen them in the wild, and although I brought my camera, I didn't expect to be close enough to get any shots. My gear has its limits, and I also knew the owls were celebrities among birders and photographers. [...]

2012-02-18T16:48:30+00:00 February 18th, 2012|Photography, Uncategorized|9 Comments

First … Signs of Snowies

Boundary Bay, British Columbia Edited to add (2/17/12): Since I posted this, I've had animated discussions with photographers who disagree with my stance on this owl/space/ethics issue. They've told me it's acceptable for photographers to be out in the marshes, as long as they don't flush the owls. I wanted to find out what the "official" policy was, irrespective of my personal feelings. So, I called the regional office to get their take. The person [...]

2012-02-16T10:28:12+00:00 February 16th, 2012|Photography, Uncategorized|21 Comments

Why I Don’t Disclose Wildlife Locations

You may have noticed that with many of my posts, I describe the location of my photos in most general terms. There's a reason for this, and it has nothing to do with hoarding a choice photography spot. In fact, most places where I've photographed wildlife are quite open to the public and well-known by birders and photographers throughout the year. In those cases, I may mention the park, but not the precise spot if [...]

2011-10-17T14:23:21+00:00 October 17th, 2011|Photography, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wildlife Photography on a Budget

Here's a great way to make a photographer happy: After viewing her photos, say something like "wow, you must have really great gear." Everyone knows photography is not about the gear. Right? Well, it isn't . . . but sometimes it is. Artistic vision is definitely not about the gear. And you'll rankle a lot of artistic people if you say it is. I know a few people who are stocked to the gills with [...]

2011-02-08T20:43:47+00:00 February 8th, 2011|Photography, Uncategorized|8 Comments

Happy 2011!

"May the most you wish for be the least you get." ~ Irish saying Happy New Year! The Photo: Photographer's reflection (me) in a green, reflective gazing globe. I'm bundled up on a 25-degree morning -- cold, crisp sun. I cut out the globe and pedestal and tweaked a few color settings. And by that I mean just a slight reduction in saturation since the green was so green on this sphere.

2010-12-31T20:36:12+00:00 December 31st, 2010|Photography|2 Comments

Amazing Circles Seattle

These globes are deceivingly simple if you have a version of Adobe Photoshop: Create Amazing Circles. The original shots were taken in and around Seattle, then swirled into Amazing Circles by way of digital trickery. Downtown Seattle waterfront, shot looking south from Pier 66 at sunset: A boom photographed near the Port of Seattle: Foliage. Pigeons perched near Pike Place Market, with city building in background: Autumn trees at Marymoor Park in Redmond, shot looking [...]

2010-12-18T14:38:22+00:00 December 18th, 2010|Photography, Uncategorized|0 Comments