The Photo Focus

Solar Photography

Solar Photography

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive The aurora superstorm in May has captured my attention—not just the beauty of the aurora, but the beauty of the sun from which the storm originated. There...

Favorite Focus, June 2024

Favorite Focus, June 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Iceberg Creek flowing out of Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo © Aaron Stalter. Photo © Riley Kropf. Photo © Ben Fehr. Barred Owl. Photo ©...

Hindsight 20/20: Eclipse Photography

Hindsight 20/20: Eclipse Photography

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive April 8, 2024, has come and gone. Many of us had our calendars flagged on that date with “The eclipse” penciled in. Looking back, our vision is 20/20, as...

To Photograph a Drumming Grouse

To Photograph a Drumming Grouse

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Ruffed Grouse drumming. Photo © Allen Shank. — Allen’s Story — Thump- thump- thump b-b -d-d-d-d-D-D-D-D-d-d-d-d-d. I sat upright in my chair. There on the...

Favorite Focus, March 2024

Favorite Focus, March 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Yesterday afternoon at The Wilds was cold…bitterly cold. Although the thermometer showed several degrees warmer than yesterday, the stout wind made this...

To Photograph An Eclipse

To Photograph An Eclipse

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Solar eclipse. Photo © Choosakdi Kabyubon|Dreamstime.com. I visualize several groups of solar eclipse observers. One group makes no effort to photograph...

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. While the Orion Nebula is by far the most fascinating target in Orion, when it comes to photography, the Flame, Horsehead, and these other...

Focus Illustrated, February 2024

Focus Illustrated, February 2024

I was intrigued by this Northern Pygmy Owl photo as soon as I saw it. What a splendid photo opportunity Josiah had. My fingers itched, though, to do a few tweaks, some of which we have touched on in...

Favorite Focus, January 2024

Favorite Focus, January 2024

Nebraska sunset. Photo © David Miller. Last quarter moon. Photo © Britney Martin. Black-capped Chickadee. Photo © John Leck. Horned Lark. Photo © Weston Martin. Photo © Josiah...

Photographing Snowflakes—Computer Time

Photographing Snowflakes—Computer Time

Editor's note: For background to this lesson, you may recall that last month I mentioned how my interest in learning snowflake photography led me to the book by Don Komarechka, Sky Crystals. Mr....

Favorite Focus, December 2023

Favorite Focus, December 2023

Ruffed Grouse. Photo © Lois Tschetter. Bald Eagle. Photo © Brandon Hollinger. Black-capped Chickadee. Photo © John Leck. Blanca Lake. Photo © Nathan Leinbach. Frost patterns on soap bubble. Photo ©...

Photographing Snowflakes—Field Time

Photographing Snowflakes—Field Time

When I first opened my copy of Sky Crystals, by Don Komarechka, I was struck by the beauty of the snowflakes, and Mr. Komarechka’s ability to capture that beauty photographically. Furthermore, I was...