Blog: Words and images

Snow in a cemetery

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

There are two things I remember from January 1977 like it was yesterday. One is shooting this photo during a cold, snowy hike with my camera through the cemetery in Ashland, Ky., my hometown. More on that later.

The second is walking on ice almost halfway across the Ohio River, which was frozen solid. I thought there was little chance that I’d fall through the ice. …

Chipmunk at home

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

Sometimes you just want to hang around the house all day. I guess the same is true even if you happen to be a chipmunk.

I came across this eastern chipmunk near a trail through a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio. I had focused on a nearby bird when I caught some movement to my right. I glanced over and saw the chipmunk resting in an entrance to its burrow. …

Warbler taking flight

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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 photos of birds in flight, but they are all larger birds — hawks, ospreys, herons, geese — with sufficient size to make focusing a bit easier.

I’ve never tried to get a smaller bird in flight. I know it’s possible, but I don’t want to spend hour after frustrating hour tracking the unpredictable flight path of a small bird and trying to grab focus on a very small moving object.

Photographing wild deer

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Capturing a photo of a deer, the subject of my featured gallery for December, is a happy accident for me. 

I don’t set out to photograph deer when I’m on my wildlife photo-hikes. I’m looking for small birds. I have a very long telephoto lens on the camera to bring those birds up close.

But I do encounter enough deer to have a somewhat sizable collection of photos.

Most of my deer encounters follow the same pattern: The deer spots me, assumes its alert posture, stares at me to determine if I’m a threat, then walks (or runs, depending on the perceived threat level) out of sight.

Using B&W for timeless look

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

If you have the right subject matter, a black and white photo can have a timeless feel. And when I saw this building on the west side of 9th Avenue near West 46th Street in New York City I knew I had the right subject matter to justify converting the color image captured by my digital camera to black and white for use on my web sites and elsewhere.