Did I Waste My Afternoon?

My “no bad light” philosophy was put to the test as I ventured into the Ojai Meadows Preserve around noon today. There were areas of cloud-diffused or tree-dappled sunlight that could have made good pictures, but the birds didn’t happen to be where the less-than-awful light was. I didn’t get any keepers, but I don’t think…

Year of the Tripod?

I’ve never been comfortable working with tripods, despite my conviction that a solid platform improves the technical and compositional quality of images at pretty much any shutter speed. For birds in flight, tripods limit my range of motion, even with a gimbal head. But the image above, shot on the last day of 2016, reminds me why…

Seven Lenses Hath October

Election anxiety diminished my productivity throughout October, but I still made some photos. While reviewing the month’s work in Lightroom, I noticed I had used seven lenses, and took the opportunity to reflect on my choices. Nikon 16-80 f/2.8-4: Hired to take some post-show images with fans, I took up a position near the stage…

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…