Category Archives: Wildlife

Readers Photo Challenge: Fine feathered friends

Birds are popular subjects for photographers. First, they can be found everywhere, from out in nature to urban cityscapes to to one’s backyard. Secondly, they are graceful creatures. Whether perched on a branch or in flight they are beautiful sights to behold. Lastly, given the skittish nature of many birds, it can be challenging to […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The call of nature

Spring is in full swing with warm weather and flowers blossoming which is the inspiration of the newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Nature. It’s a broad subject encompassing landscapes, wildlife and more, so you can approach it several different ways.   Landscapes and seascapes tend to be shot with wide angle lenses, which is fine. […]

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“Art is long and life is short” – Hippocrates

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “the best zoom lens your feet,” meaning that you should try to get physically as close to your subject as you can. That’s certainly true but there are times when you can’t get as close as you want. That’s where a telephoto lens comes in. There are 2 […]

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Patience is a (photographic) virtue

What’s the most important skill needed to be a wildlife photographer? Is it having a telephoto lens? Certainly, being able to get as close as you can without scaring away critters is right up there but not the most crucial. Having the knowledge of the habits of the various animals is also significant. Predicting when […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: For the birds

The subject for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is for the birds. Actually, it is birds. The trickiest thing about photographing birds of almost any type is that they can be very skittish. It’s very difficult to get close enough to get a good shot of one or even a flock of them. A […]

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Talking turkey

I few months ago I was driving through the Victory Park neighborhood of Stockton when I spotted what I thought was an unusual sight: A lone wild turkey. It was strutting along the sidewalk and though some front yards as if it was a common pigeon or red-breasted robin. Careful not to scare it away, […]

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Bad hair day

Sometimes I wake up in the morning, look in the bathroom mirror and see Kim Jung Il looking back at me. My “bed head” hair will often resemble the late North Korean president’s poofy pompadour, and it’s the start of a bad hair day (on the plus side, it does make me look a couple […]

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