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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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I am lucky to live in an area that the Great Blue Heron is found in most of the year. Here in North Va, you can expect to see the Great Blue Heron in numbers starting in Mid April through Late September. I really enjoy watching and photographing these birds. They are large and somewhat predictable and with some good planning you can acquire a few good photos on most occasions..

Potomac Sunrise

Potomac Sunrise

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This is my early sunrise overlooking the Potomac. This photo was a result of taking 4 images and merge both the exposure and panographic ends together to form a single photo.  

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I have been a photographer for awhile, It has been a long wonderful road to where I am today in respects to my equipment and ability. DSLRs and modern manufacturing capabilities have put in our hands some of the most advanced cameras today, notwithstanding the super spectacular lens designs coming from makers such as Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron just to name a few.   With so many choices out there it is no wonder we sometimes get wrapped around the axle trying to decide what lens to purchase.

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Birds of Winter

Many times each year I take time to appreciate wild life and nature, These creatures who fly, walk, slither and live along side us humans. Several things stand our as I write this, one being how amazing are the birds survival capabilities out doors in the cold, wind, and snow, I took a few hours today to brave the near 0 temps to go out and take a few photos of birds being birds. 

The Common Buckeye
A common buckeye caterpillar shown on a host plant. This species is  resident across the southern United States, much of Mexico and as far north as southern Canada.  When in the butterfly state, it regularly expands its range each year  northward to temporarily colonize much of the U.S., reaching Canada. Starting in late summer and continuing through fall, huge numbers of adults migrate southward, where the adults overwinter.

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Summer Flower

On June 20th we officially enter into summer known as the summer solstice and on that day summer arrives.  I took a stroll through open  wooded area looking for signs of summer, you know - Dragon flys, and beautiful cone flowers.  I was greeted with this wonderful specimen, using my long telephoto I took a moment and snapped a couple images.  The color and contrast speak for themselves. Summer is Here!  

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7 Things Every Photographer Should Do

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Things Every Photographer Should Do

Be Prepared

Each of use want to make great eye catching photographs, we live for it. The reality is we may not be able to achieve greatness in every aspect of photography. Some people are blessed with a great location that is in line for their desire and maximizes their inner creativity. Others may need to seek areas that will sooth their quest while others have jobs doing what they love. Each of us want to explore what makes us take photographs and want to share them. In this age of instant digital everything, how do we capture the uniqueness of life, the people and surroundings of our ever changing world in ways that bring new perspectives of everything.
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7 Photographic Legends

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Photographic Legends

The Legends

Everyone has their favorite people in life, If you’re a sports fan then you may have a few players or coaches you admire and inspire you. Here in my world of photography, I have listed 7 individuals who have made me a better photographer and inspired me to get up and shoot. They are the best of the best.

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7 Photography Tips and Tricks

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Photography Tips and Tricks

Magic

Here are my super secret Tips and Tricks for Nature Photography out in the field , Please don't tell anyone I posted these for public use. - This is not about what to carry, batteries, supplies, etc, but how to be prepared; nature is just that and most times unpredictable

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7 Things Photographers Should Carry

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Things Photographers Should Carry

The Essentials

Here is my essential items to carry on every photographic outing. Now one may argue why would I need a polarizing filter for an indoor shoot? Well you don’t in most cases, but having one in your carry bag will pay dividends one day.  Also, to note is just use common sense and some of the items on my list are just that.
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