Blog: Words and images

Young phoebe

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

I enjoy wildlife photography, especially bird photography. That’s obvious from looking at my recent photos on my website or my vast portfolio of photographs on my computer. A significant percentage of those photos are of birds.

It’s always my goal to get a sharp photograph of a bird in surroundings that don’t detract from the main subject. I don’t want unnecessary clutter pulling the viewer’s eye from important details like feather texture and color.

Road through woods

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

Whenever I wake up to a snowy winter morning I get the urge to grab my camera equipment and head to the woods in search of photos of snow-covered landscapes.

But then I remember how difficult it is to photograph snow-covered landscapes and how much I dislike winter in general

First, it’s cold. Setting up the camera on a tripod and using the camera’s controls in cold weather requires removing my gloves. …

Down the stretch

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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

I really enjoy photographing horse racing. 

We visit Keeneland — the historic race trace in Lexington, Ky. — for the spring meet in April and the fall meet in October. It's fun to watch the horses, win (or lose) a little money and enjoy being out with the crowd. We hang around the rail and I grab some shots of horses as they come down the stretch. 

Big Red One

It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another photo of the week and the story behind the image.

The nation’s capital is filled with monuments. You can’t walk a block in Washington, DC, without seeing a marble, granite or limestone sculpture or column or bronze statue commemorating a person or event.

As a photographer, I often ignore them unless the setting intrigues me.

But the First Division Monument caught my attention. It wasn’t because the physical monument itself was anything special. …

Visions of Grand Central

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This photo of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, the subject of my featured gallery for March, was taken in November 2007 near the end of the morning rush.

Okay, I know I have 13 separate treatments, or versions, of the photo displayed in the slide show above and on this page. So you may be asking which is the photo I shot that November morning.

My answer would be: I shot ALL of the photos that morning. The base photograph — travelers rushing through the Main Concourse as the morning sun streams through large windows on the east side of the building — is always the same. …