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I began by posting my Pic of the Day to Twitter, Facebook, and two digital photography groups I belong to. It occurred to me that an expanded version, with some why and how, might be of more interest, and force me to take a closer look at my images as well. Therefore this blog was born in December of 2008. I have not missed a day since 🙂

I was, until July 2014, the Birding and Observation Product Specialist for Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. I still travel for ZEISS about 15 weeks out of the year so I get to some interesting places. In that I am blessed.

I’ve been taking pictures for over 55 years, starting with a Sawyers 127 roll film box camera my Great Aunt gave me. Did the whole darkroom, push-processed slide film, and SLR thing. Went digital 7 years ago and haven’t looked back. Current camera: Sony HX4090V superzoom. Adobe Lightroom for my primary software.

Father of 7 girls. Christian.

To me it is all about recording and celebrating the evidence of the work of the Creator God, whether I see it in nature, in his children and what we create, or in our ability to recognize beauty when we see it.

20 Comments

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    Neil May 25, 2009

    Stephen,
    Nice photo of you . I like your flora photos. I’m going to be doing a few more myself as the migration season comes to an end. I’ll be using the G1 with various old lenses I have lying around the flat. Neil.

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    Michael Sabadoz September 27, 2009

    Steve;
    I have a quick question. Hope you don’t mind me asking.

    1. I see you use Lightroom but I haven’t seen any other software mentioned. Is that the only software do you use?…for Raw conversion, organizing your images, and for retouching/processing the images?

    Thank you.

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    Abby Ingraham October 28, 2009

    The pictures look great and I love your blog set up! I too have my own blog, completely different from yours of course but it was something I had to start for a class and something I’m trying to get better at. Sorry kind of random to do this on here but I couldn’t get a direct email from your website. If you could shoot me an email that would be great! Thanks (Your Niece)

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    John Thomas November 2, 2010

    Mr. Ingraham:

    I would like to use one of your photos from Cape May (Sunset 10/10) on our school’s webpage for the month of November, 2010. Please contact me if you will give us permission.

    Thanks,

    John Thomas
    609-884-8485 school main number

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    Gail November 6, 2010

    Hi Steve,

    I found your blog while looking for photographs from past autumns to compare to our current leaf cover.

    Your photos are just gorgeous – I am pea-green with envy! But what a pleasure to see them!

    If you have any interest in doing a comparative study – if for instance you have shots of the same location from different years – please let me know. I have been trying to document the deterioration of the landscape from exposure to tropospheric ozone, but unfortunately, I didn’t realize what was happening until 2008, so my pictures are all recent.

    Thanks,

    Gail Zawaacki
    Oldwick, NJ

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    Tom Luhman March 11, 2013

    Stephen, I found your blog through ‘Google Alerts’ which I had set for the Canon SX50. It alerted me to Steve Creek who referenced you. I have just retired and have been looking at the Canon SX50 to carry with me while birding. Your pictures are wonderful, my decision is made! Thanks. By the way, I see you are associated with Carl Zeiss. I just purchased the Zeiss 10×42 HT binoculars (from the Seattle Audubon Nature Store) and are they spectacular! Thanks again.
    Tom Luhman
    Member of the Board of Directors
    BirdNote
    http://birdnote.org/

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    Gladys March 17, 2013

    I found this site by following a link from Steve Creek’s site and I’m enjoying your photo’s. I just purchased the Canon SX50 and I’m learning to use it.

    BTW, I tried to comment on the kestrel post and it seems there is no place to do that. I see the place that says “0 Comments” on the top of the post but there is not an actual link. Perhaps, that is what you intended but just thought I would mention.

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    admin March 17, 2013

    To post on an individual post you have to open the post on its own page by clicking on the title 🙂

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    John Gold April 1, 2013

    Hi Stephen: Your photography is beautiful!

    I have a client who would like to use one of your images on their website. Would you be so kind as to contact me to see if we could arrange permission? My email is above, or you can call me at 771-5510.

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    NatureGuy May 11, 2013

    You’ve been taking photos for 55 years?? LOL! Ok, if you say so.

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    scott sainsbury June 13, 2013

    Hi,
    I noticed that a few months ago you mentioned using a new digiscoping adapter that Zeiss was bringing to market soon. I have a Zeiss diascope, but have held off buying their quick adapter II because of a few bad reviews. I was wondering if you were referencing another product, or if you might feel differently about the quick adapter II . Thanks

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      admin June 14, 2013

      It is still 6 to 8 weeks out, but it is coming. 🙂

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    George J. Lambert September 17, 2013

    Hi Steve,
    Since I met you this morning(9/17/2013) at Parsons Beach, I have been perusing your site, bog, photos, etc. I am envious of your work as a writer, fisherman, amateur photographer and fellow Kennebunker.

    Just as an aside, while you have 7 daughters, I am the youngest in a family of 8 boys.

    Keep shooting—photos that is! Your eye for composition is fantastic.

    George

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    John S March 21, 2014

    Hi Steve,

    Really super photo.

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    David Schumaker April 21, 2014

    Stevephen, I went back over to the wren sight and saw two of them yesterday. Unfortunately had already taken my digiscope appart and was tired. Just sat a looked with the new binocs. The images you took are outstinding.

    It was so good to see you again at Godwit Days. I look forward to next year and hope to take you out to some other places. Stay well, your friend Dave

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    George Lambert June 23, 2014

    Hi Stephen, I used to receive your daily pic but somehow I got removed from your distribution list. Could you please add me to your list again? I really enjoy looking at your marvelously photos, sometimes with a bit of envy, wishing that I could accomplish such compositions.

    George

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    Jock Elliott October 29, 2015

    Steve,

    I found this blog through the link from Point-and-Shoot Nature Photography.

    Since your stated goal is recording and celebrating the work of the creator God, I thought you might enjoy this: http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/about-jock-elliott

    It’s a small ebook entitled “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” that combines pictures of the with related scriptures. It is a free download; there are no marketing hooks, and you don’t have to give your email.

    I share your enthusiasm for using superzooms for nature photography. I use a Panasonic FZ200.

    If you follow these links, you’ll find some bald eagle shots I took with it:

    https://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/20418/

    https://www.photographerslounge.org/threads/29478/

    Cheers, Jock Elliott

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    Mike Atnip October 27, 2016

    Hello,
    I happened upon one of your sites and found my way here. I noticed you have been using a Sony RX10-iii. I use Sony Cameras (mostly an a77). But I have had an interest in the RX10-iii since it came out. I suppose I have not been willing to pop out $1500 for a camera that I am not sure has the IQ to it. I do publish some of my photos in children’s nature books (Christian! :-). Browsing around your sites, I see old posts about other models of bridge cameras. Have you posted about the Sony rx10-iii, or compared it to others? I once had a Panasonic and a Canon superzoom, but when I went to DSLR (and good glass) I never looked back. Now I wonder if maybe I can “look back” into the superzoom cameras, with the 1″ sensor and a Zeiss lens.

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    jb May 23, 2017

    Thank Richard M Nixon and “the Republicans” for the estuary act. period.
    What is a National Estuarine Research Reserve?
    Protecting estuaries was a key motivation for the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, which outlined the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This network of protected areas is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and coastal states.

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      Steve May 23, 2017

      Yes, Richard and the Republicans of his day don’t get nearly enough credit for their environmental work…much of it way ahead of its time. We are talking “post-tea-party” “trumpesque” Republicans today…I am not sure many of Nixon’s Republicans would recognize their own party today. 🙁

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