Category Archives: Photo of the Day

POTD: Ladybug Convention

Our weather has warmed up and the yuccas are starting to bloom. That means ladybugs are in abundance, preying upon the aphids which feed on the yuccas (and are often tended by ants).

For this photo, I used my OM System OM-1 Mark 2 body and the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. This tiny lens is quite sharp, and incredibly lightweight (185 g / 0.4 lb), which makes it super-easy to manage in the field hand-held. A side benefit of Micro 4/3rds format for macro photography is the 2x effective DOF (meaning you can shoot at wider apertures to keep shutter speed up without sacrificing depth of field) and the 2x equivalent magnification factor (1:1 with this format actually frames like 2:1 on full-frame).

For this shot, I was set at 1/1000s f/6.3 ISO 1250, hand-held. The equivalent setting on full-frame (to get the same DOF) would have been 1/1000s f/13, ISO 5000. Sometimes it’s good to go small!

POTD: Mer-Dog in Infrared

Infrared Photography with my Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera

Earlier this week, I took a trip to Denver with my podcast partner, Rick Walker, where we visited the Denver Botanic Gardens. We shot exclusively in infrared, and the spring foliage made for excellent subjects. There are some really interesting and whimsical sculptures occupying the gardens right now, and this one in particular caught my eye.

You can hear about our experience shooting infrared at the Denver Botanic Garden on this week’s episode of The Image Doctors Photography Podcast.

POTD: Christmastime in Prague

Wishing you all a happy holiday season 2023

I just got back after nearly two weeks in Europe for a Christmastime photo tour. We started in Prague, and then continued to Vienna, where we boarded a Danube river cruise. Christmas markets in this part of the world are simply magical. I want to wish everyone here a joyous holiday season, and I’m looking forward to what 2024 will bring!

POTD: Royalty

Royal tern in flight captured with the Nikon Z9

Royal tern in flight, La Jolla, CA | Nikon Z9, Nikon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6S VR + Z 1.4x TC

I spent most of last week in San Diego, leading my annual Southern California birding & wildlife workshop. It was my first real test of the new Nikon Z9 and Nikon 100-400mm S lens. The camera and lens combo performed flawlessly, tracking the fast-moving royal terns along the coast as they circled the rocky shore, looking for a landing spot.

Image Specs

  • Nikon Z9
  • 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Nikkor + Nikon Z teleconverter 1.4x
  • 1/2500s f/9, ISO 1400
  • Hand-held

POTD: Broken Bat

Image captured with the Nikon Z fc

Charlie Blackmon (19) or the Colorado Rockies singles while breaking his bat against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field, August 8, 2021

I went to a Colorado Rockies game over the weekend, and brought my new Nikon Z fc with 16-50mm kit lens. I set the camera to 1/2000s (shutter priority) and auto ISO, and focused manually. The camera’s fast frame rate (about 9fps in 14-bit RAW) allowed me to capture the moment Charlie Blackmon’s bat broke in half.

See my first impressions of the Nikon Z fc here