The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

Car Wash photo interior

After the Snow Geese stippled our little Honda with their version of a Pollack drip painting, I waited a while before heading to the car wash, thinking it would be a waste of resources when the rain would just wipe the body clean within a day or two. But, faithful to Northwestern climate patterns, the […]

The Spirit of Nature Photography: A Postscript

Long-billed Curlew on Morro Strand Beach California

Long-billed Curlew photographed at sunset, on the dunes at Morro Strand State Beach in California. These thoughts are an extension of the discussion that began under my piece on post-processing. Thanks to my blogging friends who shared their methodologies and perspectives, initiating some thought-provoking explorations of realism in photography. I heard a lecture recently where […]

How Much Post-Processing Do You Do?

Pre Eagle

A friend linked to this story in her Facebook feed today: Why do Photo Contest Winners Look Like Movie Posters? Post-processing is obviously not a new topic … and it’s one that’s been evolving alongside digital photography and darkroom skills. This particular piece questions the lighting on the winning image in the World Press contest, […]

Studies in Ghost Geese


The first time I witnessed a blast of Snow Geese I described it this way: The sound of flocking snow geese is sometimes described as a “cacophony,” a “symphony,” a “storm” — a “baying of hounds,” a “noise blizzard.” The sound, in fact, varies. There’s a comfortable warbling of goose grumbles and calls as the […]

Draped in Kelp, Below by 8000 Feet

Bull Kelp in black and white Seattle

“Under the brine you won’t notice the dark Can stone and steel and horses heels Ever explain the way you feel? From Scapa Flow to Rotherhithe, I felt the lapping of an ebbing tide Oh the heavy water how it enfolds The salt, the spray, the gorgeous undertow Always, always, always the sea Brilliantine mortality.” […]

An Interview in Empirical Magazine

Empirical IT

My husband Hugh and I always joke that each of us should have married a business manager. We’re two happy campers when our heads are clouded with fonts and pixels … clearly reticent in the task of self-promotion.  So, up until today, I hadn’t even included my website URL on my Facebook page. But, I […]

A Return to Itten: Days 9 to 12

Clear Cut in Skagit County

Today seems like an Itten’s Contrasts kind of day, with rainbows reflected in puddles as the sun dances in and out of Seattle downpour. I started an Itten’s Contrast series on the eve of 2010 — finishing just eight of my twelve promised posts. I’m tallying up the final four today, two years later, with […]

Going Wide With Wildlife

Gull on Seattle waterfront

I loved my first zoom lens so much, I would have kept it around my neck and under my pillow 24/7 were I not worried about the integrity of the front element … and my neck. I suspect that a lot of wildlife watchers like myself feel profoundly altered after shooting through their first tele […]

Staging “Nature” Shots


A friend of mine recommended 500px as an alternative to Flickr. Between Flickr, Facebook, Linked In and my inactive Twitter account, I’m maxed out on social networking, something I’ve never been all that hot on, anyway. But, I meandered over to 500px because the interface is supposedly beautiful, and the community gets rave reviews. The […]

Snowy Owls, Boundary Bay & Rethinking My Own Motivations


Snow Owls on driftwood, shot from the dike trail at Boundary Bay – ©ingridtaylar – Click for Larger Image My only intent in visiting Boundary Bay was to get a glimpse of Snowy Owls. I’ve never seen them in the wild, and although I brought my camera, I didn’t expect to be close enough to […]

Why I Don’t Disclose Wildlife Locations

Shell Boots 300

You may have noticed that with many of my posts, I describe the location of my photos in most general terms. There’s a reason for this, and it has nothing to do with hoarding a choice photography spot. In fact, most places where I’ve photographed wildlife are quite open to the public and well-known by […]

Wildlife Photography on a Budget

Panasonic Lumix FZ50

Here’s a great way to make a photographer happy: After viewing her photos, say something like “wow, you must have really great gear.” Everyone knows photography is not about the gear. Right? Well, it isn’t . . . but sometimes it is. Artistic vision is definitely not about the gear. And you’ll rankle a lot […]

Happy 2011!


“May the most you wish for be the least you get.” ~ Irish saying Happy New Year! The Photo: Photographer’s reflection (me) in a green, reflective gazing globe. I’m bundled up on a 25-degree morning — cold, crisp sun. I cut out the globe and pedestal and tweaked a few color settings. And by that […]

Amazing Circles Seattle

Amazing Circle of Boom

These globes are deceivingly simple if you have a version of Adobe Photoshop: Create Amazing Circles. The original shots were taken in and around Seattle, then swirled into Amazing Circles by way of digital trickery. Downtown Seattle waterfront, shot looking south from Pier 66 at sunset: A boom photographed near the Port of Seattle: Foliage. […]

The Expanding Universe of Creative Commons

Raven in Flight

The biggest bennie of attaching a Creative Commons license to your work is the unanticipated adaptation of that work in a share-alike universe. What? That is to say, I love the chain reaction that ensues from a single act of licensing — seeing the places your work travels, usually with proper attribution and adherence to […]

Waiting Up for the Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon - SF Bay Area

The ideal time to photograph a Wolf Moon is at moonrise, along the horizon, when the illusion of size will be greatest. At moonrise yesterday, we were socked in with drizzle, clouds and brume. Even though I missed the classic horizon shot, I still wanted a glimpse and capture of this Wolf — a near-full […]

The 12 Days of Itten’s Contrasts – Day 1 (The List)

One - UC Berkeley Botanical Garden - ©ingridtaylar

It’s an age-old exercise but I’ve never completed it . . . so, I thought I’d take the holidays to work my way through the list of Itten’s Contrasts, inspired by Michael Freeman and his book The Photographer’s Eye. (I wrote a bit more about Itten’s Contrasts here.) Itten’s Contrasts Here’s the list of Itten’s […]

It’s Not Imbalanced . . . It’s Itten

Train at Alviso - ©ingridtaylar

Itten’s Contrasts – An Old Bauhaus Trick I’m becoming a curmudgeon and I’m not happy about it. I vacillate between the extremes, one day a sentimental fool, the next day, a hard-wired cynic. I was in another metamorphosis this morning, my curmudgeon self turning human again when I came upon the concept of Itten’s Contrasts […]

Studies in Vagueness: Don’t Play With Your Food

Clouds in My Coffee - ©ingridtaylar

I grew up with parents scarred by World War II, so you can imagine the [deserved] admonitions we got with respect to wasting food. I used to cringe when Letterman dropped watermelons off New York city rooftops. Frozen turkey bowling . . . well that one completely busted my little paradigm. But food, in all […]

Studies in Vagueness: Halogen Shadows

Saul’s Deli in Berkeley is an undeniable fave. One of the few things Hugh and I miss from our Los Angeles existence is the old neighborhood deli — with its naugahyde booths and rough-and-tumble wait staff. Saul’s is a bit more refined in its Gourmet Ghetto enclave. But it has a deli pedigree stretching back […]