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All of us go through a period of low productivity in our photography; we get stuck in a rut. Maybe we’re doing the same thing we’ve always done or perhaps we can’t envision how to do something different than what every other photographer is doing. Even though I initially developed a reputation as a bird photographer, I haven’t done much bird photography in the past couple of years. I’ve worked with a lot of workshop clients of course, but in my own limited photography time I’ve been busy photographing landscapes, environmental wildlife, and plants for a coffee table book project on Costa Rica’s protected areas. Perhaps this is a natural transition because even in my bird photography, I’ve always tried to do things a little differently. Continue reading »
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