Friday, May 28, 2010
Potter Marsh is a wonderful wetland just south of Anchorage. Although it is pretty much a barren snowfield in the winter, during the summer it is teeming with nesting waterfowl.
Amoung the regular, Mallards, Widgeons, Shovelers etc. were also these Ring-necked Ducks. Later on Potter Marsh will host some Trumpeter Swans.
The marsh is popular with wildlife photographers because it is a good place to photograph Arctic Terns.
This time I wanted to try to get decent shots of terns in flight. For me this is very difficult because the terns fly so erratically, and there is about a one second delay between when I press the shutter, and when the digital camera responds. By then, the bird has moved out of the frame, and out of focus.
This is the best photo I was able to get, out of many trys. I hope to get an opportunity to try it again soon.
This tern was screaming at a nearby dog.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Years ago I felt that I had fallen into a hopeless rut with my acrylic painting. One day while I was in the public library I noticed an old issue of The Artists magazine. The cover article was titled, Capturing Realism in Oils.
This article basically laid out the technique and formulas that the Renaissance master Titian used. I was so impressed by this that I went home and threw away my acrylics, then bought all the materials that Titian used.