Blog: Words and images

Tiger swallowtail profile

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

I have a number of butterfly photos in my files. I consider each to be a lucky accident because I never set out to photograph butterflies. But if I encounter a butterfly in the right spot (on a plant close enough to get a good shot and with an uncluttered background that allows the butterfly to stand out), I’ll get the shot. 

That’s why almost all of the butterfly photos in my files were captured using the Canon EF 600mm f/4L telephoto lens I carry when I’m photographing wildlife. …

Spectators cheer

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

There’s nothing better than spending a sunny day at the races.

It has beauty and color, with magnificent thoroughbreds in the paddock or on the track and jockeys wearing bright silks. It has excitement and drama, watching the horses fly toward the finish line in hopes that your horse arrives first. It has the thrill of victory (cashing a winning ticket) and the agony of defeat (throwing away a losing ticket). …

Remembering

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

Everyone remembers where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, the moment the news broke about a plane hitting the north tower of the World Trade Center. The plane struck the tower at 8:46 a.m., starting a morning of terror. A second plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Center 17 minutes later, followed 24 minutes later by a plane crashing into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and — 26 minutes after that — a plane thought to be headed for the Capitol or the White House crashing in a field in Pennsylvania.

Street scene

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

Street photography is an art form where the photographer creates an interesting image based on chance encounters, random incidents or, at times, decisive moments representing day-to-day activities.

The best street photographs show the relationship (or, in many instances, the lack of relationship) between people in the photograph or people and their environment. …

The world’s best tennis players

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Each August I spend a few days watching and photographing the world's best tennis players competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati. And each September I use the new photos as my featured gallery.

The Western & Southern Open is about as close to a Grand Slam tennis tournament as an event can get. It's one of only nine tournaments in the world where the top men and women play simultaneously at the same site: the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), and combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier events in Rome, Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells, Calif., along with Cincinnati.