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Hummingbirds pass through Lawrence
September 1, 2014
As fall approaches, hummingbirds pass through the Lawrence area, getting food and energy from feeders and giving residents a peaceful show.

Behind the Lens: Journal-World photographer recalls Royals’ 1985 World Series run
October 21, 2014
Not long after Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder started work at the newspaper, the photo staff covered the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 playoffs and the World Series. Yoder shares his images and memories from that postseason run.
Behind the Lens: In pursuit of pelicans
October 4, 2014
When presented with a photographic subject, two of the most important decisions for photographers are where to position themselves and their camera and when to press the shutter.
Behind the Lens: Optical vs. digital zoom
September 7, 2014
I get asked a lot of questions regarding cameras and photography. This week I’ll focus on one that may confuse some people: What’s the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom?
Behind the Lens: Is a broken camera worth repairing?
August 3, 2014
You basically have two choices for repairing a camera: mail the broken equipment to the manufacturer or start shopping for a replacement.
Behind the Lens: Turn your camera into a time machine
July 20, 2014
Time-lapse photography consists of making a series of still or video images of a subject at variable times and over an extended period. When you combine the images later in a linear format and view them back at a faster speed, the passage of time is compressed.
Behind the Lens: Why iPhones are better than cameras
July 6, 2014
As the quality of smartphone camera images improves, there are more reasons to reach for an iPhone instead of a DSLR to take photos.
Behind the Lens: How to avoid photography overload
June 1, 2014
I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we will wear devices that capture a visual record of our every waking moment.
Behind the Lens: Avoid being fenced in with this trick
May 18, 2014
My wife and I recently visited the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., where we saw large, long-legged and long-necked birds like the Grey Crowned Crane of Africa or the White-Naped Crane of Asia.
Behind the Lens: Photography from another dimension
May 4, 2014
Over 140 years before the 3-D movie “Avatar” played in area theaters, 3-D had already reached Lawrence.
Behind the Lens: A picture can be worth more than words
April 20, 2014
Did you know that the difference between apologizing to your spouse and owning a photograph of Fats Domino is $189?
Behind the Lens: Bringing a constructive approach to photos
April 6, 2014
I often tell people about my reliance on visual devices and creative techniques in constructing my photographs. And, yes, for me, creating a photograph is like a construction site.
Behind the Lens: The history of the selfie
March 16, 2014
Last year was the year of the selfie. Oxford Dictionaries even selected it as their word of the year for 2013. It’s so new that my computer tells me I’m spelling it wrong.
Behind the Lens: Basketball games keep photographers (and fans) on their toes
March 2, 2014
Plenty of my photographer colleagues believe that basketball sits at the top of the list among the easiest sports to cover. Often the reasons they cite are that it’s played on a relatively small court and also for the predictability of the action’s direction.
Behind the Lens: When photos require a higher perspective
February 16, 2014
After a long and happy relationship, I recently had to give up my 1996 Toyota RAV. It was a super vehicle and a surprisingly great creative device for my photography.
Behind the Lens: Outside perspective sparks creativity
February 2, 2014
The New Jersey Press Association asked our photo staff to judge its state’s newspaper photography contest for 2013. Ten photo categories, including, sports and portraits, comprising about 1,000 photographs, were reviewed. While looking at the images, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Dorothy’s famous line, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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