Photography

Light and time weav­ing togeth­er as they will, occa­sion­al­ly illu­mi­nate the ordi­nary or com­mon­place with an almost mys­ti­cal beau­ty. Cap­tur­ing those illu­sive moments became my chal­lenges and delight – until I pho­tographed my first Egret in flight.
Those ear­ly chal­lenges soon became back­ground to cap­tur­ing the move­ment and emo­tions of my self-willed sub­jects. The birds con­tin­u­al­ly sur­prise and delight me with their skill­ful grace in mas­ter­ing flight and in their incred­i­ble beau­ty.

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Mount Diablo Sunset

I do not ‘Pho­to­shop’ or manip­u­late my pho­tos. I do, how­ev­er, elim­i­nate bits of trash from the scene and adjust col­or tone and den­si­ty as well as soft­ness or sharp­ness of the final print to achieve the effect I tried to cap­ture – but no more so than any artist work­ing in oth­er medi­ums.

My inter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy began when I was 16 or 17 and my first pas­sion in life, fly­ing, over­took me and I began pho­tograph­ing air­planes. After my sec­ond or third roll of Kodak film I recall one pho­to where I was struck by the qual­i­ty of the light.  A dab­bled with pho­tog­ra­phy off and on until I was about 26 when I got seri­ous and dove into it head­first.

All my ear­ly work was in black and white. I had decid­ed that I need­ed to mas­ter that before try­ing col­or. My first cam­era was an Argus C-3, my first dark­room a blacked out bath­room.  Over the years I pro­gressed through Pen­tax and Olym­pus cam­eras even­tu­al­ly set­tling on Con­tax 35 mm. While I pho­tographed most any­thing that caught my fan­cy, most of my best work was in land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy and infor­mal por­traits. For a time, life inter­vened and pushed my cam­eras aside as I was oblig­ed to focus on oth­er things. When I returned, dig­i­tal was begin­ning to push out film and I felt it was time to make a choice.

At that point I pur­chased an Olym­pus E-20, not quite the sin­gle lens reflex I had become accus­tomed to but near enough to feel like I had a cam­era in my hands and not some toy. I liked their approach and when Olym­pus brought out the mod­el E-1, I jumped on it. I am still with Olym­pus and await­ing their next pro­fes­sion­al body. Cur­rent­ly I use the fol­low­ing in my bird pho­tog­ra­phy:

Olympus E-3  (2)
Zuiko ZD150 mm f2.0
Zuiko ZD300 mm f2.8
Zuiko ZD 90 – 250 mm f2.8
Zuiko ZD 50 – 200 mm f2.8 – 3.5

Zuiko 70 – 300 mm f4.09-f.63

(I have sev­er­al oth­ers lens­es as well but you won’t find their images on these pages.)

I plan to offer a few sug­ges­tions and tips on pho­tograph­ing wild birds in posts in this blog under the cat­e­go­ry Pho­tograph­ing Wilds Birds.

5 Responses to Photography

  1. Fernando says:

    Hi Richard,

    Nice pho­tos. I found you by acci­dent just look­ing around the web. Take a look at my pho­tos on my web page attached.

    Feel free to con­tact me via e-mail.

    Have a great day.

  2. Ben says:

    Can you com­ment on your 90 – 250 AF per­for­mance for BIF? Is there any hunt­ing encoun­tered, or missed focus? Also, how well does it AF when used with the 1.4x tele­con­vert­er?

    Many thanks, and great site!

    • admin says:

      Ben,
      As to focus­ing prob­lems with the Zuiko 90 – 250, I have had a bit of hunt­ing once in a while but noth­ing excep­tion­al. Missed focus occa­sion­al­ly with dark sub­jects but that is com­mon with all lens­es.
      I do not like the con­vert­ers with this lens, but I am not over­joyed with the con­vert­ers with any lens, unless the object is sta­ble and I can very care­ful­ly focus. I use sin­gle point focus almost all of the time and find it hard to focus on small objects. This gets worse if I’m using a con­vert­er.
      I do use the 90 – 250 but far less than my Zuiko 300. (Which I use most of the time.)
      Hope this helps.
      Richard
      I am going to add you to my week­ly bird pho­to email list.

  3. Seth says:

    Hi Richard. Just found you site from a com­ment you left on the site for the bar on the bot­tom of your page. I just want­ed to let you know that I think your pho­tos are great and I can­not wait to get out and take more shots. Inspir­ing!
    Seth

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