Nesting Bird Ethics

Right now is a great time to be out if you’re a wildlife photographer, because spring is here and birds have begun to nest. It can be a lot of fun to watch the cycle of life start and all birds have a unique style to their courtship, nest building, habitat, birth, feeding and when […]

April 11th, 2017 | Comments Off on Nesting Bird Ethics

Always Look for the Comedy

I know what you’re thinking, No I didn’t turn my camera upside down. The best part about working with critters is you never know what they’ll do next. Those fleeting moments where they do something you weren’t expecting is often times when we are able to connect with the subject the best. It’s because we […]

March 31st, 2017 | Comments Off on Always Look for the Comedy

What is a Break the Jinx Shot?

A couple weeks back, while down in Florida, we were working the birds at Otter Pond and a Wood Duck came out of a cove in the back. The light was okay, but the subject was so far away that I had to use the D5, 600 f/4, TC-17EII AND High Speed Crop to get […]

March 27th, 2017 | Comments Off on What is a Break the Jinx Shot?

Common yet Workable

This is something I hear and see a lot. Photographers going after the rare subjects and ignoring the common ones. While I understand it and will openly admit that I too get excited when there is a sighting of a rare bird, you can’t forget about those common ones. Because even if it is a […]

March 24th, 2017 | Comments Off on Common yet Workable

A New Species for the Files!

I was very excited about this opportunity! Burrowing Owls can be found pretty widespread across North America but one of the largest populations can be found in Florida. It is actually quite common for Burrowing Owls to nest in front and backyards of people’s houses or in vacant lots around housing areas. As the name […]

March 23rd, 2017 | Comments Off on A New Species for the Files!

Color Contrast

Color Contrast can be seen in every photograph and it is an important element to composition. Some images are more dramatic in this regard then others but even a little bit can be powerful. When working with white birds, like this Snowy Egret, every image shows a dramatic difference because there aren’t that many natural […]

March 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on Color Contrast

How to Work with Multiple Subjects

This is something that can cause a lot of confusion when you’re out shooting. You see this great scenario where there are subjects everywhere and you have to figure out which one to focus on. You try and try and each time it just doesn’t quite work because there are too many other subjects getting […]

March 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Work with Multiple Subjects


Gesture is a key part of photography. When it comes to wildlife gesture is important for helping the audience connect with the subject. Whether it’s a dramatic pose or a funny one, everything look, stance, and direction is important to be aware of. This Forster’s Tern was photographed with the D5 and 600 f/4 while […]

March 16th, 2017 | Comments Off on Gesture

Spring means Birds!

While it is still quite cold up north the annual spring migration has begun in many areas with different species of shorebirds, song birds and raptors moving through North America. Depending on what you are going after while drastically change where you go but this is a good time to start doing your homework so […]

March 15th, 2017 | Comments Off on Spring means Birds!

Keeping the Diversity Together

If there are two animals that really sum up “the plains” it’s the Bison and the Pronghorn. These are true plains mammals. Both were hunted for their hides and meat and at one point were on the edge from being over hunted. Today both can be witnessed throughout the west. Photographically these two mammals couldn’t […]

March 9th, 2017 | Comments Off on Keeping the Diversity Together