Does the World Need Another Hummingbird Photo?

Spoiler Alert: The answer is yes. Most of my photos from September were taken in my backyard. I’m a huge fan of daily backyard bird photography for two reasons: 1) I need the practice, because bird photography is difficult, and 2) seeing beautiful creatures and making photographs of them brings me great joy. Does it…

When in Doubt, Step Outside

For a couple of weeks I’ve been plotting and planning every day to get to a local marsh area with herons and egrets, but I haven’t done it. So I wasn’t making pictures at all, and that got depressing. Quick fix: Step outside and remember the beauty right where I am now. PS: The Nikon…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

    For most of my life, the words “affordable high quality 500mm lens” would have provoked outright prolonged laughter. “Affordable” and “quality” are relative terms, but this $1400 lens feels like an incredible value so far. It’s been on one of my cameras every day since it arrived six months ago, and my favorite…