Photography- A few shots from Tanzania

Photography is a great passion of mine. I like everything cameras, but I particularly enjoy bird photography.  I am a “birder” at heart, but somehow, for me, simply seeing or observing a bird is not enough. I need a photograph! And the same goes for mammals of all kinds.

So in this category, I will post all things photography. On some occasions I might post a quick morning shoot from near my home in Colorado. Or, I might show some special photos from a far away land like Tanzania. But it’s not so much where a photo is taken that matters. The fun here is simply in the joy of a moment captured in time… the joy of a well-taken photograph.

Having said that, my photography has become more than just a collection of pictures. As a sculptor, photography has
become my go-to system of research and study. There is nothing better than a well-taken photo to remember what I was able to observe at close range in the field. I have to get the “shapes” in my brain in order to get my hands to recreate what my eyes saw. I remember one night on deer stand during a bow hunt in Canada, trying to scratch out a sketch (yikes, no camera!) of a new observation I had made of a whitetail brisket, so I wouldn’t forget! Honestly, I can’t actually draw all that well. But when I returned home I searched through my photo records to try to corroborate what I saw and what I tried to draw on that piece of paper. I can still see those shapes in my mind’s eye, but oh how I wish I had been able to capture that exact view in a photo (it is hard to hunt and photograph at the same time but I have since learned to work it out). In the end I was able to find several photos to prove what I thought I saw. Sometimes I “think” I see things in a certain way, but there is nothing better than a photograph to show me what I truly did see and how it will apply to my sculpture. My plan is to post some of these “study” pictures as well, but I will do that under the category of Taxidermy as I certainly want to show how all that fits together.

But for now, in this first Photography post, I thought it only right to start out with a few birds from a recent trip to Tanzania:



Lilac-breasted Roller

Canon 1Dx, 600mm f4II lens with 1.4XIII extender (840mm), 1/250sec @ f/9, ISO 800



Little Bee-eater

Canon 1Dx, 600 f4II lens with 2XIII extender (1200mm), 1/500sec @ f/8, ISO



Striped Kingfisher

Canon 1Dx, 600 f4II lens with 1.4XIII extender (840mm), 1/2500sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800



Pygmy Falcon

Canon 1Dx, 600 f4II lens with 2XIII extender (1200mm), 1/800sec @ f/8, ISO 800



Red-billed Hornbill

Canon 1Dx, 600 f4II lens with 2XIII extender (1200mm), 1/640sec @ f/8, ISO1600



Burchell’s Coucal

Canon 1Dx, 600 f4II lens with 2XIII extender (1200mm), 1/400sec @ f/8, ISO 1600


  1. philip grandshaw

    Your talent shows in many ways. Keep it up. It’s great to see some first hand.

  2. Dina Carr

    I was researching a fleshing knife for a customer this morning and couldn’t resist checking out the photography tab. So glad I did. Beautiful photographs. I also enjoy wild animal photography and have some good shots of a red fox, Canadian jay (pretty rumpled breast feathers I think due to molting) on the above tree line summit of Mt. Pierce (White Mts. NH) and a Black bear sow and her two cubs. It took some patience to get these and/or quickness, as I am sure you can relate. Keep the photos coming!

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