The Art of Photographing Birds in Flight

By: David G Hemmings


Why do I love to photograph birds in flight?

Could it be that I always have had dreams that I can fly?

Could it be that out in the field I am at peace with myself and the world?

Could it be the thrill of capturing images of birds doing what they do best?

Could it be the infinite possibilities in each new photograph?


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3 Examples of Money Making Outdoor Holiday Images

Now that Christmas has passed for another year and the New Years festivities soon begin, you can start planning for 2011 by creating some marketable outdoor images with a Holiday theme.

Christmas lights, ornaments, and Holiday items are all on the clearance racks and make for some good deals.  I often go in search for something new, such as a new style of Christmas lights that I can use for some outdoor related photo.

Buyers of Holiday images often search, review, and license images in spring and summer months so their products are available to product buyers in the fall who are purchasing for the Holidays. So producing them now make sense.

For myself, I like to add Holiday lights and ornaments to outdoor subjects or objects and the efforts have resulted in some good selling stock images. The following three examples are of images using Holiday props that have been licensed several times.

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The Magic of Photographing Polar Bears in Churchill

By: David G Hemmings 

The air is crisp and cold. There you stand out on the open tundra scanning the snow drifts and open fields for the majestic and magnificent Polar Bear. Then it happens, right before you some 100 yards away you spot a polar bear mom with her 2 cubs. Your heart skips a beat as you behold a sight that will stay with you forever. Not only will the sight stay with you forever but so will the images that you are there to capture. On this amazing trip you will go to one of the best places on the globe to see and photograph mother polar bears with their cubs. We will likely see them as they emerge from their wintering dens to come outside and frolic about in the snow. You will see the motherly love that mom shows her cubs as the cubs tussle and roughhouse with mom.

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Photographing Snowy Owls: Getting The Shot

By: David G Hemmings

Getting the shot, that’s what it is all about for the avid bird in flight photographer.

The thrill of the moment when all the stars are aligned, the lighting and conditions are just right and it all comes together for that magical moment when the shutter clicks and you just know that you captured a remarkable image of a bird in flight.

There are few species that capture the imagination for bird and nature photographers more than the Snowy owl. This is one of nature’s most magnificent raptors and a real favorite subject of mine.

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Are You Grabbing Attention With Your Marketing?

I drive down a busy two lane highway several times a week and as I approach the small Central Oregon town of LaPine, I often find myself letting off the gas or hitting the breaks due to something that I saw out of the corner of my eye.

Something grabbed my attention interrupting my day dreaming and even though I have seen this thing many times, it still causes a knee jerk reaction to slow down or brake.

It is an old cop car! A black and white police-mobile with no lights or signage anymore, but that distinctive black car with white doors. It has faked me out many times and it is because the owner of a small business located there moves it around to different spots, partially hiding it behind his products, building, or other vehicles, knowing full well it causes people to slow down and look.

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Photographing California’s North Coast Redwood Forests

by Gary Crabbe

Impressive. Awesome. Majestic. Huge. And last but not least, big; really, really big.  These are some of the adjectives normally used to describe the magnificent redwood trees and forests that populate California’s North Coast.  It strikes me that these are often the same adjectives someone might use to describe a place like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon.

But unlike the steep granite walls of Yosemite, or the carved cliffs of the Grand Canyon, a walk through an old-growth forest filled with these mighty trees seems to evoke an almost mystical feeling not usually felt at other geographically-centric location. I think the reason for this is that the forest and these massive 200+ foot-tall trees are alive, which creates an almost tangible sensation of reverence lingering in the air, as if you are walking through a grand living cathedral.

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