Salamanders the right way

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
Salamanders the right way

So I went back up into the woods and tried again to get some nice pics of salamanders and efts. It has been so dry that it has been very hard to find the little squirmy devils. Needing moist skin, amphibians will go underground when things are dry on the forest floor leaving prying photographers […]

The Passage Bird

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
The Passage Bird

I was out in my wood shed stacking cords this morning when an unusual birdcall caught my ear and wouldn’t let go. It was loud and emphatic, I mean really emphatic, a mix of slower staccato notes followed crisply by a faster rough trill. Not very melodic but very noticeable if you are near. I […]

Salamanders

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Articles | No Comments

Yes, even the great ones fail and fail horribly. Case in point- I was out in my woods the other day trying to get some good pics of salamanders. Not an easy thing to do but if you are going to do it this is the time of year to try. In Spring, the woods […]

Moments

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Moments

I have been thinking lately about how ephemeral photography can be. Sometimes the opportunity to photgraph something is maddeningly brief and sometimes it can be joyously long. Peak fall color here in Vermont often lasts 4 to 5 days so anytime in that window and you are going to get great shots. Photographing spider webs […]

How I do It

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
How I do It

The other thing that I am often asked  is how I shoot- translation: how is camera set when I photograph? This is how my camera is set for 99% of my photography: Matrix metering (Evaluative if you are a Canon shooter); Aperture Priority; Auto Focus. I don’t use Auto ISO because it always picks a too high number. […]

Model Releases

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Model Releases

The question I get asked the most when I am doing a presentation for photographers is “What about a model release?” It gets asked every time I speak, I can almost guarantee it. And I think the same people are asking the same question to different pros because they are getting different answers. Let me […]

On Writing Well

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
On Writing Well

I am often asked what the early influences were in my creative life. I reply by listing the most important- my parents, Elliot Porter, Sierra Club books, my dear friends John Shaw and Wayne Lynch- but there is one that has nothing to do with photography but everything to do with whatever success I have […]