Blog: Words and images

Professional tennis action

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August is my favorite time of the year for photography. I spend a few days watching and photographing the world’s best tennis players (ike Roger Federer, above) competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio, just north of 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 tournament as a non-Slam 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. …

Reflected sunset

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

It is difficult to capture an interesting sunset photograph from the middle of New York City. Tall buildings block the horizon so sunset in the middle of the city is marked not so much by the sun reaching the horizon, but by street and building lights coming on.

The best way to get a sunset shot in the city is to stand on top of a tall building, as I’ve done for sunset photos from the top of Rockefeller Center.

Time for the U.S. Open

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

The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, the final major of the year, opens tomorrow at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

Serena Williams, the world’s top-ranked women’s player, enters the tournament as the favorite to win the women’s title after rolling through the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Cincinnati a week ago. …

Windy City reflection

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

They call Chicago the Windy City and in this photo it appears the wind is strong enough to make the buildings sway.

That’s really not the case. The photo shows a reflection in a curved sculpture in a downtown Chicago park.

The Cloud Gate sculpture, on Chicago’s AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, is a 110-ton elliptical sculpture forged from a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates that reflect the city’s skyline (bottom photo). …

Sandhill Crane walking

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

I’ve had the good fortune the last few years to spend time watching Sandhill Cranes in the wetlands area of a local park.

The adult pair shows up in early spring. They build a nest, raise their babies during the summer and fall, then disappear for the winter. They show up again in the spring to repeat the process.

Unlike Great Blue Herons or Egrets that fly off when they see a human, the Sandhill Cranes look at me when I approach, determine I’m not a threat, then go about their business. …