Berkeley Creek- This photo was taken in the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in the hills north of the University of California-Berkeley. It was my first attempt at the "leave the aperture open a wee bit longer to make the rushing water look neat" trick.
Berries- This photo was taken on KU campus in front of Snow Hall. It was November, so the trees were mostly bare, but this tree was popping with color. I focused on the farther branches, and then moved the camera around until I had some closer out-of-focus berries to help frame, and to make the photo more interesting.
Bird and Goldfish- This photo was taken on one of my many trips to different zoos- this one being the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita. The bird is an Inca Tern. This photo fools some people I show it to, thinking that somehow the bird is standing in front of a tank. It is actually shot from above at a downward angle, the bird sitting on a log emerging from the small pond where the fish are swimming.
Dog- This photo was taken at a friend's house. Dogs are probably my favorite subject to photograph. I'll play with them a while, usually playing fetch, so when I am ready to shoot, they are sitting to rest and breathing with their mouths open, feigning a smile. And their natural curiousity will almost always lead them to look at the camera, wondering what the heck that is! I love this photo as it was taken, but I decided to get creative with it. Using photo-editing software, I turned the photo black-and-white while leaving the tongue colored.
Flower- This photo was taken at a friend's house. It was only a somewhat interesting photo to start with, but using photo-editing software, I turned the photo black-and-white while leaving the flower colored, making it much more interesting to look at.
Gorillas- This might be my favorite photograph. I took it at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. I didn't realize what a special photo it was until I saw it on the computer screen after the end of the day. The male in the foreground, almost smiling, looking in my general direction, posing as if he was on a photo shoot for a magazine or album cover. And the female in the background, totally aloof, more concerned about what is on her arm than anything else. I love the composition of the photo, the balance, and the minute details- the almost human qualities of the male's eyes, the variation of the color of the male's hair, or seeing the opposable thumb on the feet of the female. It is one of those moments in time that would probably have gone completely unnoticed. But because of the photograph, I get to treasure it for a lifetime.
Lion- This photo was taken at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. The lion was napping, using the rock as a pillow. The tongue was sticking out, but both eyes were closed. I took one photo, and then was ready to take a second. Just as I got the camera in focus, someone beside me made a loud noise, and lo and behold, the eye pops open to see where the noise came from. Just like that, another one of those flitting moments that might have gone by unnoticed gets captured forever by a photograph
Squirrel- This photo was taken at a friend's house. A lot of people I know do not like squirrels, but I think they are funny little critters, scampering about, leaping from tree to tree, though these are the reasons that squirrels are so hard to capture in photographs. But this guy sat on the fence long enough to get one photograph, and at the sound of the camera, looked right at me and held his position long enough to get a second shot. I love the details of this photo, like seeing his little fingers and claws, and how his tail sits between the fence slats.
The Lone Cypress- This photo was taken on the 17 Mile Drive near Monterey and Carmel, California. The Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the world, so it's all about framing and composition if you want a memorable photograph. I shot at it from a number of angles with the Cypress in different locations within the photo, and combined with the look of the churning water below, this shot ended up my favorite.
Young Elk Splashing- This photo was taken at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari outside of Omaha, Nebraska. When I was planning my trip to Omaha, I learned about this park where you can observe and photograph animals from your car as you drive through. I spotted this young elk playing in a pond, taking his front-right hoof and splashing the water. I got the camera focused and waited for him to splash once more. He took his time, almost as if he was teasing me, but he finally did it once more, and I got the shot.