Blog: Words and images

Floating

I’ve never tried underwater photography. First, I’m not a diver so that limits underwater photo opportunities significantly. And second, I don’t have a waterproof camera housing for my gear, so I keep my camera and lenses far from water.

I have had limited success photographing sea creatures in zoos or aquariums, but limited is the key word in that sentence. It’s difficult to isolate a subject in an aquarium full of fish. And shooting through thick glass is a major problem because it distorts the subject matter. …

Snow day

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A good photograph, like any other artwork, can evoke feelings when viewed.

When I look at this photo, my photo of the week, I feel cold. 

Part of it is the visual — a ruffled bird against a snowy background. And part of it is memory, because I was freezing when I shot this. 

The temperature was dropping rapidly, falling from the upper 30s when I left the house to the upper 20s when I came across this female Northern Cardinal perched near a feeder in Blendon Woods Metro Park near Columbus, Ohio. 

The glow

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Balloon festivals are fun events to photograph.

First, there’s a lot of color. It’s relatively easy to get interesting photos when colorful balloons combine with a blue-sky day.

Then there are the balloons themself. Not all are the traditional inverted-teardrop balloon shape. I’ve seen balloons shaped like Darth Vader and Yoda, like cakes and ice cream cones, fish, footballs, soccer balls and Elvis Presley.

It’s a visual cornucopia.

But the best part, by far, is "the glow,” the subject of my

Hanging down

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I don’t often see Pileated Woodpeckers, the subject of my photo of the week, during my photo hikes. When I do I consider it a treat, especially when the woodpecker is perched in a location that is suitable for photography.

I found this male Pileated Woodpecker hanging beneath a tree limb during a hike through Six Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers, Fla. It provided a nice diversion from the variety of wading birds — Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets — and alligators I had photographed that day. …

Matthew’s birthday

Today is our son Matthew's birthday. It’s one of those “round number” birthdays so it's a good time to use an old photo of him as my photo of the week. The day provides the perfect opportunity to tell the story behind this photo. And this is much less expensive than buying him a gift.

As I said, this is a “round number” birthday. I’m not going to give away his age, but anyone with basic math skills will be able to do the calculation.

I shot this photo in October 1980, when Matthew was a couple of months shy of his second birthday (hint: 2018-1980+2=??). …