Archive for October, 2009

The Trumpeter Swan Society Photo of the Month October 2009

October 8, 2009

Professional Photographer and TTSS Photo-of-the-Month host Greg Smith says:   

Derek’s capture of this swan interaction utilizes a number of photographic concepts that enhance an already
Winter Trumpeter Swans by Derek Griggs

Winter Trumpeter Swans by Derek Griggs

outstanding photo!  The rule of thirds plays out nicely with the foot splash leading the eye from the left to where the two birds fill the middle third and then to the final third, where your imagination plays with what may happen next.  Capturing the tones of the light morning fog (which changes the blue water into a subtle blue-white) creates no discrimination with the tonal quality of the birds – in Derek’s photo there is no jarring contrast.  The last concept is the lighting. 
My eye is enamored by Derek’s superb lighting.  Notice the early morning light coming from the right that illuminates the dorsal side of the wings, neck and head.  Then look at the areas on the bird’s bodies that fall into shadows.  Everything has detail, which is what you want when shooting this type of scene.  And Derek caught it, which just makes this great photograph an outstanding photograph!

Featured Photographer of the Month – Derek Griggs

Derek Griggs describes his interest in photography beginning as it provided a way to get out of the house and into the woods. He loves to get outdoors as much as possible. If it’s not through photography, it’s by fishing, camping, biking, or simply walking his dog.  He recently challenged himself to go for 100 Photos in 100 Days, completed just last month. Find the images and share his adventures on his Blog.  You’ll also find more of Derek’s images on his website, Natural Vision Photography, which he shares with his brother Chad, another photographer.

 Photography continues to allow Derek time to go for a walk in the woods, to seea Bald Eagle or hear a woodpecker.  He says “a simple outing with mycamera gets me away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life all while hopefully being able to capture a moment in Nature at its best”.  His main pursuit is wildlife photography but he also enjoys taking landscape and sports images.

Derek expresses a desire to continue learning more and more about photography through the pictures that he takes.  In the winter he keeps an eye on the Trumpeter Swans at Monticello, close to his nearby home in Maple Grove.  He hopes his desire for perfection will allow him to continue to improve the quality of his work. He enjoys sharing “the pictures that inspire me”.  We thank Derek for inspiring us with October’s Photo of the Month!