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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...

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, 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...

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...

Favorite Focus, November 2023

Favorite Focus, November 2023

Pine Warbler. Photo © Weston Martin, Greencastle, PA. Photo © Peter Shirk, New Columbia, PA. Eastern lubber grasshopper. Photo © Abigail Russell, Austin, TX. Green darner dragonfly. Photo © Colette...

Composition Considerations

Composition Considerations

Now that you have a subject in your viewfinder, what makes a pleasing composition?The answers will vary, and usually there is not a right/wrong way. First of all, what is being photographed? If it...