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. That’s no fun in subfreezing temperatures.

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. 

Often a race will come down to two or three horses battling to the finish line. …

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. …