I wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Whether you're enjoying time with family, looking for new photography opportunities, or just relaxing, stay safe and have fun!
Iconic landmarks can be a lot of fun to photograph; but, the trick is finding a new way to photograph these structures. The Campanile has stood over the Iowa State University Central Campus since 1897. Finding a new way to capture this well-known structure is definitely a challenge.Changing seasons and different events can give different… Continue reading Framing is Important
Summer is nearly here, and the chaos of spring is almost over. The plants are snug in their planters, and the spring storms have hopefully passed. It's finally time to start going through photos again.The Iowa State Capitol Building is one of my favorite places to do architecture photography. This photo is one of my… Continue reading The Part Can Be Just As Beautiful As The Whole
Springtime is great for photographing young animals. Whether you're on the lookout for fawns, owlets, ducklings, or goslings, this is the time of year to find them. Different ecosystems are host to each of these young ones. But, they all share a common factor, protective parents. Youtube is rife with videos of people tangling with… Continue reading Keep an Eye on the Parents
Landscape photography is a fun art that is uniquely dependent on the weather and season. The same landscape will look completely different with a gentle snow falling or the trees just beginning to blossom. One element that is very hard to pin down in Iowa is the right cloud cover. If the sky is cloudless,… Continue reading Clouds Can Make The Picture
Landscape photography is vastly different from wildlife photography, as I have come to learn. This is not only because of the difference in subject matter. In wildlife photography, you are often at the mercy of the whims of the animal that you are trying to photograph. Sometimes, they fly or move away from that perfect… Continue reading Don’t Settle for a Snapshot
Springtime is a wonderful time to be out doing wildlife photography. Everything is renewing itself and it's time to start hunting for little ones. This can mean looking for nests, watching for parents, and researching animal habits. The best place to start is close to home, especially if you have woodlands or water near where… Continue reading Sweet Little Ones
Iowa has beautiful state parks and one that is relatively close to where I live is Walnut Woods State Park. One of the main features of this park for wildlife enthusiasts is the bird blind. Songbirds, woodpeckers, raccoons, and red foxes have all been known to make appearances there. It can become a habit to… Continue reading Go Beyond the Bird Blind
One of our favorite types of birds to photograph are owl. They come in many different species and looks. Some can be found in Iowa year-round and others only for a season. The Northern Saw-whet Owl is only found in Iowa during the winter months and can be hard to find because it is roughly… Continue reading Patience is a Virtue
We never would have found this fox without the help of a friend. He knew that we were interested in finding foxes and let us know where one had been spotted in rural Iowa. Foxes have fairly large territories so even with a general location, it took several tries to find this one. It was… Continue reading Networking Can Lead to Great Finds
Bullfrogs are a creature that can be heard anywhere near the water during the summer in Iowa. Hearing them is one thing, spotting them is another. Before you reach the waterline, you may begin to hear the splashes heralding the frog chorus' departure. Sometimes, if you're lucky at least one will stick around. This one… Continue reading Even the Water Can Hold Surprises
Some days, you just can't catch a break. Someone scares off your raptor or the ducks see you coming from a mile away and make a break for it. Those days, it's still worth going out because some animals won't run away that fast. This turtle was too happy to keep sunning itself while I… Continue reading If You Can’t Catch the Fast Ones, Go For the Slow
My brother-in-law, Doug, has been shooting amateur photography for years. He started with trains and planes and has now branched out into wildlife. His frog picture is one of my favorites. He normally goes out on the weekends with a friend, Eric. This fall he invited me along and the first outing was set for the first day of pheasant hunting season, October 31st.