Archive by Author

Shooting Hummingbirds 1 of 2

Canon 5D Mk II

These pics are just cool.  Hummingbirds.  You know you want to nail one, and I show you how here.

Click here for how to shoot hummingbirds without a flash.

Oystercatchers on the Beach

IMG_2318TTPOystercatchers…. oooooo!  Now this is unusual, pictures of birds.  I give some tips to getting bird shots and a big 500mm lens is not required!  Simple stuff really.

Click here for Oystercatchers and some tips.

Turnstones and Mating Horseshoes

IMG_3428TTPWanna see Ruddy Turnstones eating freshly laid horseshoe caviar?  Ooooo…. now I got ya going.

Click here to see some randy behaviors and dinner.

Luray Caverns and Cool HDR

IMG_1943_4_5TTPLuray Caverns are really magnificent caves located about a 1.5 hour drive east from Washington DC in Luray VA and just on the west side of Shenandoah National Park.  I went there to hunt Cave Trolls but just shot photographs instead.  Shot some cool HDR and processed them with Photomatix.

Click here to check out some dead Cave Trolls and HDR photos here.

Black Racer Snake

IMG_1220TTPThese snakes are fairly common in the woods and marshes of New Jersey, and while not poisonous, will inflict a painful bite if provoked.  I saw this guy up in a tree just hanging out.  Nothing cooler than a snake than one named “Black Racer”.  Sounds like a TV adventure series.

Click here for snake!!!

Oystercatcher, Chick, & Tricky Lighting

IMG_0524TTPI am so proud of these pics.  Proud because these types of picture opportunities are rare and when they do present themselves, I usually panic and mess something up.  This Oystercatcher, chick, and two eggs are just too cool and cute.

Click here for cuteness and a bit on exposure compensation.

Tripod Heads: Ball vs Joystick Pistol

ManfFieldTTPChoosing a tripod head?  This is not an easy decision as there is a dizzying array of cool stuff for sale.  In this blog piece, I will try and help you with what I think is the biggest decision for a tripod head: Do you choose a ball head, pistol-type, or the old school 3-way pan/tilt type system?

Click here and I tell you what I use and how to decide.

Photo Software Recommendations

IMG_8364TTPDo you need to tweak your pictures in software?  Yes you do.  Don’t like sitting behind a computer?  Nerd work?  You will sit behind a computer to tweak your photos and yes you are a nerd.

Click here to see some pretty flowers and my recommendations for photo editing software.

Lens Comparison What Millimeters Do

Wanna know what happens when you move from a wide angle to a telephoto lens?  Your voice deepens and you get more dates!!!

Click here and get big!

Car Pics From a Point and Shoot

DSCN0460TTPDo you need a modern DSLR?  Do you need megapixels?  Do you need classic cars? Do you need beer?

If you answered “no” to anyone of these questions, please go away, this post is not for you.

Pictures Within Pictures

IMG_5766TTPPictures hidden in pictures.  A child’s game?  I think not!  This is serious stuff.

Click here and learn how you can find your “hidden picture”…. are you scared?

Elk in Elk County PA


Hey!  Did you know there are Elk herds in Central Pennsylvania?  I lived in PA most of my life and never knew it.

Click here to see some ratty, dopey, lazy Elk.

Beach Attack! Sanderlings!


Beach Attack?? Wha?  C’mon, there was no attack.  I just had to make a bunch of bird pictures sound exciting.

Click here to see some cool Sanderlings on the Jersey Shore… and as an extra bonus, no cigarette butts, Dorito bags, or beer cans.

Dopey Pictures of Ice

IMG_7602TTPWanna see some really stupid pictures of ice?  Yeah, that got you going… go ahead… you want it!

Click here for some dopey pictures of ice.