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

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

Draped in Kelp, Below by 8000 Feet

"Under the brine you won't notice the dark Can stone and steel and horses heels Ever explain the way you feel? From Scapa Flow to Rotherhithe, I felt the lapping of an ebbing tide Oh the heavy water how it enfolds The salt, the spray, the gorgeous undertow Always, always, always the sea Brilliantine mortality." ~ British Sea Power - from the song Carrion :: A solitary stem in a mini kelp forest that invited [...]

2012-10-07T19:06:08+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Flora, Uncategorized|2 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

The Benefits of Anthropomorphism

If you work with or care about animals, the nonhuman ones, eventually, someone will say something like, "shouldn't you care more about what happens to people?" That question doesn't faze me anymore. Given our predominantly anthropocentric world view, I'd actually be surprised if people didn't ask it. I have plenty of answers for why it's a good thing to care about species besides our own. But my top four [anthropocentric] ones are: What happens to [...]

2012-05-03T13:56:26+00:00 May 3rd, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Arc of the Kingfisher

I have a few terabytes of backlogged photos I've never posted -- many of which should probably stay archived. But, I thought for sure I'd published this one. When I searched my blog archives, it appears this image never touched the pages of The Quark. This is a banner I created last year of a Belted Kingfisher in flight (Ceryle alcyon). I shot these frames off Elliott Bay in Seattle, and layered them in Photoshop [...]

2012-04-10T13:13:04+00:00 April 10th, 2012|Birds, Uncategorized|8 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

A Return to Itten: Days 9 to 12

Today seems like an Itten's Contrasts kind of day, with rainbows reflected in puddles as the sun dances in and out of Seattle downpour. I started an Itten's Contrast series on the eve of 2010 -- finishing just eight of my twelve promised posts. I'm tallying up the final four today, two years later, with a link back to the two posts that inspired the original project: It's Not Imbalanced -- It's Itten and The [...]

2012-04-03T17:42:48+00:00 April 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|4 Comments