Major Award

No, I didn’t get the coveted “Leg Lamp”… But I did get this plaque in the mail today. Making Who’s Who in America has been on my mind since I was young and discovered the publication in the school library, using it as a resource for writing reports and such. Much to my surprise I received an email a while ago from the Who’s Who in America organization stating that I had been nominated for inclusion in the biographical record. I actually thought it was probably a hoax at first, but after checking all domain names and email hosts in the correspondence I felt comfortable enough to answer the email and fill out the application. After that I was invited to participate in an interview and again, much to my surprise my application was accepted and it seems I am now a proud member of the Who’s Who in America list and a major bucket list item checked off 🙂

 

Who's Who in America

 

 

My record in the database isn’t complete yet though, it states that the branding team is working on a professional bio that won’t be completed for approximately 60 working days. I’m not sure when that will be but I’ll be checking the link from time to time to view the progress!

Well any way… back to work on my new website… It seems I’ll be coming out of retirement in the portrait business. Inflation is nipping at my heals and it appears full retirement is not going to be a good plan for now. If things continue the way they are, I’ll probably be photographing my own funeral 😦

My Author Copies Arrived

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

Big day yesterday, the author copies of my newest book “Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies” finally arrived! I was a bit nervous about it as there have been a lot of changes in my office configuration since my previous book was published! Since then I have upgraded my computer to Windows 11, put in a new high performance graphics card, and downloaded new drivers. It didn’t change my colors much, but I did notice that my monitor does match my printer much more accurately now. Wasn’t sure how that would affect my publishing experience at the big publishers!

Well, the good news is my copies came from Lulu Publishing perfectly and I made a nice Youtube video to show it to you! In the video you will see the cover and the content as I thumb through the book and describe it, so if you are interested, please just click the link and enjoy!

In the meantime, the book has been accepted at Barnes and Noble and I have learned how to go to their home page and request that they stock some copies in the retail stores. I don’t know how that will go yet, but I have hopes that they will at least put a few  copies into the “Local Interest” sections at our Colorado Front Range Stores! The book is of course available at my Amazon storefront.

Once again, please feel free to view my Youtube video about the book and visit one of my published material storefronts at Amazon and Lulu Publishing if you would like to purchase the book or peruse my other publications! My books are also available in eBook form if that is your preferred method of reading!

Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies Now Available at Barnes & Noble

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, “Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies” is now Available at Barnes & Noble! And much sooner that I expected 🙂 Anyway the book features all the major species including the large mammals such as bighorn sheep and elk, predators including fox and coyote, the great Colorado raptors including eagles, hawks and osprey and of course all the small birds and animals. In the book I reveal the equipment needed to get meaningful captures of the animals plus techniques for finding and photographing them.

The book includes almost 200 of my best wildlife pictures of all the species I’ve had the good fortune to encounter in the wild, from the lowly ground squirrel to the majestic bull elk and the diminutive sparrow to the fearsome bald eagle. Anyway, I hope you will consider picking up your own copy of this comprehensive publication!

Bald Eagle in Eleven Mile Canyon

As always, the best of these images and hundreds more are available for purchase on my website as wall art on glossy metal or acrylic sheets, stretched canvas and traditional matting and framing. Tons of cool household and gift items are also available with any image you like including coffee mugs, t-shirts, blankets and pillows, battery chargers, phone cases, stationary and much much more! Just click on any image you like and all the choices, sizes and prices will appear! For my viewers interested in images for commercial use, please visit my image licensing portal! Also, if you would like to see a more complete record of today’s images please follow my Instagram account!

Many of my adventures have also been captured on beautiful HD video on my Youtube Channel! If you enjoy my content please subscribe to my channel, subscribers have a big impact on channel rankings! And don’t forget to check out my books and calendars on Lulu Press and Amazon!

Interesting Perspective

So I went for a hike through the mines at Goldfield Colorado yesterday, taking only my antique Canon A-1 film camera with me. I had a few exposures remaining on my roll of Ilford Hp5 ISO 400 monochrome film and was hoping to expend them on the old mines. I think I had about 12 pictures to take but by the time I had reached the turnaround point on the trail I still had 4 remaining.

Snowy Mines

The last part of the trail doesn’t really pass many highlights so I was wondering how I was going to use up four exposures. That quandary got me to thinking of my digital camera where four exposures would be nothing. Lol, there have been times when I accidentally pressed the shutter button and banged off eight frames of the ground, or my shoe, or the floor mat in Kevin’s car. It’s nothing on a bird photography outing in Eleven Mile to shoot 600 frames with 500 of them almost exactly alike.

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

So then I got to thinking how therapeutic it was to be just walking along looking for a real and distinct image with no real pressure to actually find one. I was just thoroughly enjoying the process of manual photography. I enjoyed loading the film by hand and cranking it into place. I enjoyed turning the lens to the aperture I wanted and setting the shutter speed dial to my desired value. I enjoy the satisfying slap of the mirror as the camera bangs it out of the way to expose the film.

And today I will enjoy going to the lab to turn in the film for developing and for the opportunity to browse the camera store looking for some little gizmo I might need. And I always enjoy chatting with the lab people about the whole process of shooting film, a skill nearly lost on today’s photographers.

I’m going to have a good day 🙂

Don’t forget to check out my new book, “Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies” now out in print on both Amazon / Kindle and Lulu Publishing!

New eBook Series: Activity Guide Books

I’m excited to announce my new series of eBooks on Amazon / Kindle called “Activity and Photography Guide Books”. In this series I will publish how to books chock full of images of all kinds of activities in the Great State of Colorado and beyond!

My first installation in this series is called Tunnel Quest and it is a tour guide of the railways as they wind through a myriad of tunnels in the Eastern Slopes of the Colorado Front Range! The book can be purchased for $2.99 as an eBook or read for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Tunnel Quest Book Cover

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Now Available in Paperback

I’m pleased to announce that the paperback manuscript for “Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies” has been approved for sale at both Amazon and Lulu Press! Of course the book is also still available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited for those of you who enjoy doing your reading there.

In this book I reveal my techniques for shooting artistic image of wildlife in the Colorado Rockies, including camera settings and artistic tips and best practices! Just click the links to view!

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

New eBook – Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

Great news everyone! I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies is now available in eBook form on my Amazon / Kindle website! This is my first real how to book, how to find the wildlife and how to photograph it, complete with almost 200 pictures of large mammals, predators, raptors, small animals and the small birds including song birds and winter birds.

It will soon also be out in paperback form for $29.99 so if you prefer hard copy it should be available in a few days!

My New 2022 Calendar

Yup, I know I’m a bit late to the party with this product but back when calendars for 2022 were being published I didn’t know how to publish one. Well now I do, so click here to purchase a Wildlife of Southern Colorado 2022 calendar complete with pictures of bald eagles, raptors, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk and more! I plan to be much more on the ball for the 2023 offerings, including separate calendars for many of the popular mountain species!

Doe and Fawn Crossing River

I’m a Publisher

Ghostly Figures in Foggy Mine Country

Well I did it, I’m officially a publisher. I wanted to publish a paperback version of my latest creation called “Two Decades of Digital Photography”. I have ebooks uploaded to Kindle and Lulu which is easy because they don’t require an ISBN. However print versions do require an ISBN and if you get one the easy way through Amazon or Lulu you aren’t the publisher, they are. And that means they have exclusive use of your publication.

The path to becoming your own publisher goes through Bowker.com where you can create a publisher account and get your own ISBN numbers. Today I did just that and ordered one ISBN, unfortunately getting just one is the most expensive way to go, you can get a block of 10 for much less per number. But I’m still in experimental mode so I just started with one.

The number showed up on my account waiting for me to assign a book to it, which I managed to do. So… what does it all mean? The paperback version of Two Decades of Digital Photography is now available for sale on Kindle and pending on Lulu while I wait on the mail for a proof copy for final review and approval!

Two Decades of Digital Photography and a Publishing Tidbit

Book cover,Cottonwood Pass and the Colorado Continental Divide

Put out a new ebook on Kindle / Amazon this week called “Two Decades of Digital Photography“. It covers my experience with digital photography from the original Canon EOS-1D through several camera, lens and software iterations and includes over 200 of my favorite images through the years , the stories behind them and how they were made. The ebook will soon be followed by a paperback edition pending some details I still need to work out.

I’m also trying to learn the process for publishing a book on the Lulu platform but I seem to have run into a little hangup, I’ll let you all know how that problem’s resolution comes about! *** Update*** So it turns out the hangup was with the pricing. You have to enter a price for each country that they have listed so you have to go online and do your own currency conversions.

Using InDesign to create a Kindle ebook turned out to be quite a difficult undertaking. Creating a novel with no pictures would be easy, you just write the book and save it as a reflowable epub file. Saving a fixed format file is an entirely different matter. No matter how I formatted the file or what process I ran it through to convert it to Kindle I could not get the fixed file to work. No matter what I did the Kindle viewer jacked up the format. Finally I got a tip from somewhere on the internet and managed to fix the problem using the Kindle Create software. To correctly format an InDesign photography book for Kindle you must export your book as a .PDF file. Then start the Kindle Create software and select new project in the file menu. Then click the Print Replica button on the left which will allow you to read a .PDF file. Once Kindle Create has read and formatted your .PDF file you can save it as a Kindle Project and click the Generate button to create the .kpf file which you can upload as your manuscript in the Kindle ebook creation process.

Unfortunately I had already published the badly reformatted reflowable version and the Kindle software wouldn’t let me replace the reflowable version with a fixed format one so I had to unpublish it and start over with a whole new submission.

Lol, now I have a permanent record of how I bumbled my way through the process so next time I can just read my own blog post to figure it out 🙂