Thursday, March 25, 2010


I like to photograph themes. Because of that, I have 8-9 ongoing ‘long term self assignments’ that are tucked away in the back of my head. Whenever I have a camera in my hands, I am on the lookout for my themes in addition to the subjects at hand. These growing bodies of work have become interesting personal collections and they include: shadows, silhouettes, human hands at work, reflections, signs, abstracts, motion, panoramas and dogs. Yes, DOGS! Wherever I travel, I photograph dogs with personality. Many are strays but some are pets.
This week’s image was made while camping in Namibia. Toffee belonged to our guide and his wife. She has been a member of their family for many years. Toffee accompanied us on our two day camping experience. She arrived at the campsite perched on a stack of bedding in the back seat of our guide’s wife’s truck looking like a little princess on a royal throne. Like many dogs, Toffee did not escape the ravages of aging and happened to be blind and deaf. However, she was content to use her other senses to enjoy the great outdoors. Our guide and his wife treated her as a member of the family and the love and care they showed her was abundant and admirable. Toffee had her own little bed inside our guide’s tent, and during the day she enjoyed lying around the camp and enjoying the outdoors beside her ‘mother.’ She was at our guide’s side during the set up and break down of the campsite, during our meals at which time she was treated to bits of human food, and also after dinner when the two of them shared some ‘snuggle time.’ One could tell that even with her limitations, this dog was truly content. A few months after our return from Namibia, we received the news from our guide that Toffee’s condition had deteriorated and they had to make the difficult decision to put her to sleep. The photos we made of her during these two days were the last images made of her during her life. We shared these photos of Toffee with our guide and his wife to help keep the memory of Toffee alive.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring!

Every year, Garfield Park Conservatory (Indianapolis Indiana) kicks off the beginning of spring with their spring flower show. I make it a priority to attend annually since spring is my favorite season. In celebration of the first day of spring, I selected an image made at one of the past shows. The display was confined to one large room and the density of color was an amazing sight to behold! Tulips of all varieties made up the bulk of this display, but crocus, hyacinth, daffodils and lilies also made an appearance. I was having difficulty capturing the centerpiece of show in one frame this particular year, and so I made 3 consecutive overlapping images with my Canon G6 point and shoot camera. I later stitched them together to capture the sea of colorful blooms in one frame seen here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Being married to a man with Irish roots, I quickly learned the importance of the annual Irish tradition of drinking at least one green beer on St Patrick's Day.
Last year at this time, we were in Cusco, Peru. Early in the evening on March 17th, we set out walking the streets of Cusco in search of an Irish Pub. Who would have guessed we would have encountered not one, but THREE Irish bars, 11,000 feet high and so far from the Emerald Isle?!
We chose Rosey O'Grady's Irish Pub where we were rewarded with not just ANY green beer, but a tall glass of Cerveza Cusqueña. The other 364 days of the year, this beer is referred to as "The Gold of the Incas," but not on this day- it was flowing as green as any St. Paddy's Day beer we have ever seen!
The irony of green beer in a Peruvian beer bottle humored me, proving the old saying that "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!" So, I opened my 24-105mm lens to 5.6 and increased my ISO to 6400 in order to achieve the shutter speed needed to capture the pour of our first ever Peruvian-Irish beer.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fancy Flight

I thought I would start my blogging venture by sharing the story behind my 'signature' and most popular image: Fancy Flight. It was a cold January Sunday in 2002 when I joined a group of photo friends for the morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our mission: to photograph the cardinals that inhabit the park. The wind chill was well below zero that day, and our non-photographer friends and families thought we were crazy! We spent the morning photographing the cardinals near the entrance to the park where several feeders are stationed as a food source for the birds year round. Setting up our tripods, we attempted to capture the birds as they flew to and from the feeder as well as capturing them in the nearby snow covered trees. For this shot, I pre-focused my Canon 100-400mm lens on a spot near the feeder, and using the motor drive on my Canon 1D, attempted to freeze the birds in flight as they flew through my viewfinder. I was rewarded with this image on frame #210!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Hello, and welcome to my photo blog!
I am an accomplished and award winning photographer who enjoys having fun photographing the world around me. Through this blog, I will share my vision of the world accompanied by "the story behind the image." Occasionally, I will also add photo tips and techniques for the featured image.
Thank-you for taking the time to have a look 'throughwendyslens!'