Nicobar pigeon at ZooTampa (Lowry Park Zoo)


The aviary at ZooTampa (formerly the Lowry Park Zoo) is a wonderful opportunity for photographers. It is large, has plenty of great birds and provides visitors with a chance to see interesting and colorful birds.  

This is the Nicobar pigeon. According to Wikipedia the Nicobar pigeon is founding on small islands and in the costal regions from the Andaman and Nicobar IslandsIndia, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas and the closest living relative of the extinct dodo.

Photographically, shooting in the aviary presents some challenges with areas of strong light and deeper shadows. This brightly colored bird was enjoying snacking at the bird feeder in the shadows and did not seem to be interested in moving to a brighter location.  Continue reading

Pollinator show opens July 16th

This image of sunflowers took second place in the Tecumseh Land Trust Pollinator Art Show.

My image of sunflowers took second place in the professional category in the Tecumseh Land Trust’s Pollinator Contest, so I was invited to participate in the Pollinator Art Show. Getting an image ready for the show, though, was a bit more of a challenge than I expected.  

Opening reception on Sunday, July 16th from 5:00-7:00pm at The Winds Cafe, 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387. The show runs from July 3rd through September 3rd.

I decided that a metal print would be a good solution. The thought was shiny metal would complement the bright yellows, greens and blues in the image. While I’ve not done a substantial number of prints on a metal surface,  the ones I have done turned out spectacularly. Continue reading

Making contrast work



Photographers love the “golden hour”. It’s that hour just after sunrise and before sunset where the sun doesn’t cast direct shadows and the diffuse lighting is grand. With shortened winter days, that “hour” becomes maybe 20 minutes, so the test becomes making the contrast work for the image.

This was created on a December day in downtown Palm Harbor, Florida. I found the light, the angles and the mid-day sun fascinating.