Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Allure of the Intertidal Zone

I remember when I was a little kid, my grade school teacher explained to me that there were five basic kinds of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Her mistaken view fits the way that many of us intuitively think about the world. When you go to the intertidal zone, you can spend the...

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Safely Photographing the Sun

I’m frequently asked how I avoid eye damage when including the sun in my pictures, such as the Morning, Tenaya Lake picture, shown previously, in Get Luckier: Strategy for Success, and the picture, above. Simply put, my main technique is avoiding looking at the sun. I take pictures of the sun, without looking at the...

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Close Up Lens Considerations

Most lens manufacturers offer 50 mm or so close-up lenses, ~100 mm close-up lenses, and ~180 close-up lenses. Photographers who are new to this specialized field may not know how or why to choose among them. Life-size is life size, right? Yes, life size is life size, but there are still significant differences between close-up...

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Get Luckier

. [Editorial Note: This post is intended to be a companion part to the previously posted Get Lucky. Although the subject matter is mostly different, they're both significant aspects of how nature photographers take pictures which appear to be very fortunate, on a consistent basis. Whereas part 1 was largely about how to maximize opportunity,...

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Protective Filters

First, I’d like to share a picture of the day. This picture, above, has nothing to do with the article below, but I hope you enjoy it. Are protective filters a good idea for nature photography? Should you use protective filters? . Here’s my admittedly unpopular, opinionated view on the matter: Protective filters are filters...

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