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  • Herons: Tall, Elegant… With a Hint of Danger

    Back in 2003, my hometown of Seattle named the Great blue heron its “official bird.”  Apparently this was instrumental in bolstering our civic pride.  Many Seattlelites think, “we may not have a professional basketball team any more, and our traffic is terrible… thank goodness for the heron!”  The GBH eked out a victory over the American crow in this important

  • Free Gift with any MindShift Gear Purchase Over $50

    For years now, I’ve been helping folks take advantage of a great offer from Think Tank Photo: When you purchase at least $50 of their gear through my affiliate link, you receive an additional photo accessory from ThinkTank for free.  This may be the best affiliate-related deal out there when it comes to photo gear. Now, at long last, I’m

  • New Electronics Travel Ban Hurts Photographers

    On Monday night, news leaked that the U.S. is banning carry-on electronics from international flights originating in several Middle Easterns cities . The ban forbids any electronics larger than a cell phone from being carried on board by passengers traveling from the following cities to the United States: Casablanca Istanbul Cairo Amman Jeddah Riyadh Kuwait Doha Abu Dhabi Dubai Details

  • Honors in the 2016 Yellowstone Forever Competition

    For the second year in a row, I was honored with some images in the Top 100 of the Yellowstone Forever photo contest.  The competition is put on by Nature’s Best Photography Magazine and Yellowstone Forever (formerly the Yellowstone Park Foundation). After placing seven photos in last year’s top 100, I only entered a few images in this year’s contest,

  • Gear Review: Dr. Chef KAC-45 Microwave Oven Camera

    It’s often said that when you pick your first SLR camera, you’re making a brand choice that will last the rest of your life.  Those who are serious about photography quickly start acquiring lenses, accessories and additional camera bodies to the point where switching brands is no longer feasible, at least not without taking a major financial hit. When I