|A spontaneous moment at sunset along Imperial Beach|
|a spontaneous moment at Lover's Point near Monterey, CA|
|a good example about keeping a steady hand while on a rocking boat in Monterey Bay, CA|
|Gray-collared Chipmunk in Greer, AZ, "shhhhhhh, be very very quiet."|
Be patient. That's something I still need to practice. I get antsy and like to move around a lot. But with wildlife, we have to move slowly or stand perfectly still for that perfect moment.
|Pronghorn at Las Ciénagas Grasslands, near Sonoita, AZ|
Lighting. I always have to remember where the sun is located when I'm snapping off photos of my subjects. Never shoot directly into the sun as you can burn out your lens and always try to have the sun behind you as you are filming your subject. And remember, sunsets always have a special kind of lighting that makes for great selfies:) In Arizona, we often can have too much light which makes for terrible and overexposed photos. So it's important for me to attach the hood to the lens and filter out the extra light. Also, certain times of the day are worse than others. Mid-afternoon is way too bright. So time of day is also important.
|the Botteri's Sparrow poses nicely at the Ciénagas Grasslands in Southern Arizona. Perfect lighting and perfect pose.|
|A Snow Goose in flight, use the sports mode on your camera to capture a bird in flight|
ISO settings. Wildlife can be tricky and lighting is always an issue because wildlife is spontaneous. So on overcast days or in shady woods bump your ISO up.
|A Five-striped Sparrow perches on a limb in the infamous California Gulch along the Mexican-US border during a rainy day.|
|A Cedar Waxwing makes for the perfect picture on a farm near Brillion, WI|
|Research beforehand helps put together the "perfect picture" A Rosy-faced Lovebird feeds from the blossoms of an Ocotillo plant in Tucson, AZ|
A steady hand. I must be able to hike. In my opinion, anything over 6 pounds is too heavy...especially when you're carrying binoculars and a water pack(for our summers here in Arizona or in Central America). Some would even say that 6 pounds is too heavy. So, make sure you can handle the camera out in the field. A camera that is too heavy will make your steady hand shaky. There is a camera and lens that is just right for YOU. But you need to find it.
|Sunrise makes for a great morning during this shoot with a Sandhill Crane in Manitowoc, WI|
|Ring-necked Pheasant at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. I took this shot to see how the colors and feather detail would sort out in the photo.|
|A lot of hiking went into this first ever reported Pine Flycatcher; we brought our waterpacks and cameras. Experiment with different cameras and find the right fit for you.|
|Understanding habitat can help connect the dots between plant and wildlife. Here a Gilded Flicker hangs out on top of a Saguaro Cactus at Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ|
|Spotted Owls pose for perfectly for the camera in Miller Canyon near Sierra Vista, AZ|
The most important part about photography is to have fun. Experiment with settings or angles or lighting.......
|A random moment in Avalon on Catalina Island makes for a fun pic|
And remember, it's all about the lens. When I first began my photography, I used a simple point and shoot. But as I worked my way up the "photography ladder", I wanted clearer and more detailed photos. There's always a better lens out there, but my attitude is that if I can't hike because I need to bring a tripod with me, it's not worth it. I like the mobility factor. The bigger and more expensive the lens; the heavier the camera can get.
|Detail is everything to a wildlife photographer. A Broad-billed Hummingbird poses at a feeder at Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon, AZ|
|A coatimundi surprises me on a winter's day in Ramsey Canyon, AZ|