One of my favourite watering holes on the pacific flyway is Whitewater Draw in Arizona. Here Sandhill Cranes arrive by the tens of thousands every winter. It’s a phenomenon I’ve witnessed a few times before (you can see the photos from those trips here.) On my last visit I made over a thousand photos on the first day and, after reviewing them, I realized they were … [Read more...] about Long Exposure Bird Photography
Sometimes I wish I could be one of those people who make images, process them, and share them all within a few days. Or even the same day! I’ve never been able to do that and I guess I’ve given up trying. My photos seem to need a period of time to rest on my hard drive before they are ready to evolve and flourish with post processing. Call it beauty sleep. These photos I … [Read more...] about Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Arizona
I was in the zone. Nothing existed except me and thousands of sandhill cranes. In the middle of the action, I had something amazing in front of me that I was photographing, and everything else was muffled out. My intensity communicated to all that I didn't want to be bothered. Someone was talking ... to me I think ... my focus slightly wavered and then I was immediately … [Read more...] about A Squadron of Javelinas
Last winter I returned to one of my all time favourite bird photography destinations: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge which is on the border between California and Arizona. During my first visit to Cibola the previous year, I discovered some problems with my wildlife photography gear, which resulted in my not getting any long lens photos. Bummer! That was one reason why … [Read more...] about What is the Best Focal Length Lens for Bird Photography?
Always on the lookout for free camping in a photo-worthy location, one of my favourite new finds from this year's snowbird season is Saddle Mountain near Tonopah, Arizona. Located about 50 miles west of Phoenix, it's a large dispersed camping area where you can have lots of space to yourself while enjoying the peaceful wilderness location. One of my favourite desert … [Read more...] about New Find and Cool Rock Art at Saddle Mountain Arizona