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Pathway to Yellowstone

Posted on May 16, 2013


Thursday is a big day…

I am finally leaving to head back out west and blaze new trails!

First up on the agenda is Yellowstone National Park…I am very excited to spend 4 days there in search of the mighty grizzly.

It’s my goal to capture photo’s that allow you to feel like you are right beside me, and with any luck, I will do just that!

If you aren’t already following me on facebook check out as I will do my best to keep the updates coming!

After 4 days in Yellowstone I will be onto my next adventure in Yosemite National Park…have some very cool items on the agenda for this one!  Updates to come soon!

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Deer and Fawns

Posted on May 4, 2013

Fawn deer

Today the new Nikon lens came!

Yes, I said that a couple weeks ago…but after finding a lens that was 4 months old I returned that and got a “almost” new one!

So tonight I venture out to our nearest park with my wife and came across a whole lot of deer.  So many, in fact, that we had to drive fairly slowly as we wondered around as they were everywhere!

And lucky for us…they seems to not notice us while we where in the car.  They came so close that I was pushing the limits of the lenses minimum focus.

Mother Deer and Fawn

It was amazing to see.  The picture above I tested out down to 1/60 of a second to see how the VRII worked…clearly I may have pushed my limits in the low light but still not as bad as it would have been!

Fawn looking at me

I am excited to get out there again in the coming days and get every picture I can to share…adventures are on the horizon!!

Deer in the field

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Fawn Eating

Entering the World of Light Painting

Posted on April 29, 2013

Light Painting

Over the weekend, my wife and I, went to visit some of our friends that live on a lake to celebrate my 30th birthday…yeah, it’s true…I am getting older.

While there we were messing around with time lapse photography of sunsets and lake pictures when we tried out some light painting.  (This is what you do when you take light…like a flashlight…and “paint” light onto your picture)

Anyway, light painting has become a huge draw for photographers and something I really enjoy doing!

The picture at the top is what came out of everything…it’s actually two pictures, which I only used part of one for.  (This allowed me to use the sky for one part and then expose/get focus on the boat for another)

Here are the two pictures:

Boat 2

Boat 1

By allowing us to photograph for two different focus points we could then get the sky to show some stars and then also get a great picture of the boat.  Turns out that I didn’t get the perfect focus on the stars…but you still get the point.

I have seen many pictures of this with landscapes which I will begin to test out when I can…if you see all the lights from the homes on the lake then you can imagine that we are too close to really photograph the stars well.

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Lake Sunset


Spring Birds – Nikon 500mm Lens

Posted on April 17, 2013

Blue Bird

With spring here and the new lens needing to be tested I hit the parks today with my wife…and we found all sorts of action!

The new 500mm lens certainly was fun to play around with but, as always, with bird photography you need to get closer…we just didn’t have the time to do so for the most part.  (But will work on that soon!)

Wanted to share some photo’s with everyone though while we go through the process of testing out the Nikon 500mm f/4 VR lens.  I have rented the 600mm Nikon lens many times now but the 500 is so much lighter…it really makes a big difference but I want to make sure that I can get done what I need with it since it’s 100mm shorter.  (So hard to figure out what is best)


Hopefully some of these pictures can bring a smile to your face!

Blue Bird

I am going to look into using kayak’s, boat’s and blinds in order to get closer to birds…today we spotted 3 different loons in different parks and just couldn’t get close enough for the photo’s I am looking for.

Yellow Finch

Loving the vibrant colors these birds are!

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Blue Bird


Seeing the World in Black and White

Posted on April 8, 2013

Great Gray Owl - Black and White

Testing out black and white photography –

When reviewing my work I realized I haven’t tried much black and white photography…which also made me wonder what everyone’s thoughts on black and white photography are?

Do you like it?  It is something you want to see more of?  Or is this something that is nice only from time to time?

It turns out that, personally, I do like seeing images in black and white from time to time.

Here are a few that I created for everyone to look at:

Fox - Black and White

Northern Hawk Owl - Black and White

Snowy Owl head high - Black and White

Some pictures are better than others for black and white – I think as I do more landscape pictures that black and white might end up being something very unique and fun to see!

Grand Tetons - Black and White

*Tip – if you know you are looking to get a black and white picture before you start photographing keep your iso as low as possible…the grain will really show up in black and white pictures.  (I always try to keep iso low…but even more so if you know ahead for this)

Snowy Owl in a field- Black and White

Black and white pictures seem to have a “timeless” quality to them…something that shows you today, but brings you back into history.   They can also be used to really allow your audience to focus in on a subject if the right balance of black and white is obtained.

I encourage you to try…push yourself, and you might find it very interesting what you are able to accomplish!

And in the mean time – leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts on black and white photography.  (Also…share my blog with others too if you get a chance)

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Ryan Yellowstone - Black and White

Tips for Photographing Animals at the Zoo

Posted on April 7, 2013

Photographed at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Photographed at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Many people today are looking for a way to photograph animals at the zoo.

Understandably so, as they are unable to get the time/budget to travel to the locations where most of these animals are in the wild.

With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to come up with a few tips to getting photo’s at the zoo.  (*photo’s on this post I took at the Milwaukee County Zoo – which I volunteer for)

Easy but nessesary first tips:

  • Good light is a must. (If you are looking for neat photo’s of animals or of your family…wait until the weather allows for good light that day)
  • Knowledge of your camera.  Practice at home…figure out your settings and understand how shutter speed effects your pictures.
  • Don’t forget to charge your battery and bring your memory card.  (Yes, I have forgotten my memory card before)


Moving on – next steps:

  • Animals are generally more active in the morning and evening – so get to the zoo just as it opens.  (Most zoo’s don’t stay open late enough to catch the evening activity)
  • Don’t use flash – this is a general rule for those of you wanting to get better.  (Glass reflects – making on camera flash very difficult if you are just starting out)
  • Be patient – animals aren’t in the right position most of the time so take your time and hang out at the exhibit for a while.
  • Photograph straight through glass.  (Meaning if the glass is on a angle try taking the picture at the same angle so you are going straight through it) – This is my number one tip!

Lion at the Milwaukee County ZooIt’s possible to also photograph through glass indoors but you will need an excellent camera/lens to get the results that you are looking for.  (Not to mention a trusty tripod to hold everything steady)

I am looking forward to writing more blog posts on tips and want to hear from you – what subjects do you want to read about?  Anything I can expand on for you?  What are you having trouble with?

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Love the spots on this Giraffe!

Love the spots on this Giraffe!



Next Chapter – Need Your Input.

Posted on April 4, 2013

Northern Hawk Owl in the snow

With some time under my belt I need to figure out what’s next?

And to do that I need the help of my fans…so that I can make the right decisions.

With spring here I need to figure this out asap…and that is just what I intend to do.  Budget is always a problem as my wife and I fund photography trips so that I can build up a portfolio…it seems to be what you have to do. (So please…please check out as I need to sell some greeting cards and prints)

What trip for photography sounds like the best next step?  Please leave your comment and any help. :)

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • British Columbia – focused on bears and the landscape

It is my goal to also photograph loons in Wisconsin as time is available.  It comes down to my fans…what would get greeting cards and prints sold to people?  What do you think people want to see that I can give them?

Looking for ideas/help on how to make my trips worth it.

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Me in Yellowstone

Video Update – Great Gray Owl in Middleton, WI

Posted on April 3, 2013

Great Gray Owl - Middleton WI

After putting together some pictures of the great gray owl in Middleton I noticed that some people enjoyed the video footage that I was able to get in Canada…so with that on my mind I made sure to get some in Middleton as well.

Caution – eyes might shake in the wind during video.

If you have time to share this blog post please do.

If anyone is looking for greeting cards and prints I am on

Just a short blog post today.

Until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


Me photographing the Great Gray Owl near Ottawa, Ontario.

Me photographing the Great Gray Owl near Ottawa, Ontario.

“Missed My Exit” – The Great Gray Owl that Came to Middleton, WI

Posted on March 30, 2013

Great Gray Owl - Hanging around Middleton, Wisconsin.

Great Gray Owl – Hanging around Middleton, Wisconsin.

Two nights ago I received word that a great gray owl had been seen near Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wisconsin. Now – being that it was just over 3 weeks ago that I had ventured over near Ottawa, Ontario to photograph these guys I was very intrigued!

It turned out that there was indeed a great gray owl hanging around – and not only that, but the morning I was there this little guy was in a tree in downtown Middleton on the post office’s property!

Keeping an eye out

Keeping an eye out

It also turns out that this great gray owl had hit the Madison, WI newspapers that morning and was becoming a big deal – guess the front page of the newspaper will do that for you though! :)  For a Friday morning the crowds poured in – within the 3 hours I was there I must have seen over 250 people.

These owls come down during “irruption” years where they are in need of more food…the cycle usually happens every 6-8 years…but rarely would you ever see a great gray owl this far south.

I am still trying to figure out how it got here – so I have settled on the answer that it must have missed an exit. :)   If you live in the area you must check it out – these are huge owls!  If you can’t make it or live elsewhere I have included a few photos.  (He didn’t move for the hours I was there so you might notice he is in the same spot in every picture…sometimes you don’t get as lucky)

Great Gray Owl 2 - Middleton WI

Great Gray Owl 4 - Middleton WI

It’s animals like this that make nature conservation so important – and it’s my pleasure to photograph them for all to see.  The more people that know they are out there and get to see their beauty, they more people will fight to save the landscapes that they live in.

So until next time – Enjoy the Journey!


– *Update – I went back today, 3/31/2013 and here are some photos.

Great Gray Owl - Middleton WI

Great Gray Owl near Middleton WI

Something about the color of evergreens with the gray/brown colors of the great gray just make me love the setting.  (Sure…a little sunshine on him would have been awesome but still love the tree he picked today!)

Great Gray Owl looking down - Middleton WI

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Pushing Yourself in Photography

Posted on March 24, 2013


Milwaukee Night SkylineBeing located in Milwaukee isn’t the easiest way to capture wildlife whenever you want to…unless you really love sea gulls. :)

So the other day I asked our facebook page for Sheets Studios if they had any ideas for what I might be able to photograph next.  Had some wonderful ideas…much of them are on my list of musts in the coming years!

But a couple of them were about the city…sky lines…and breweries.  All things I enjoy but am not pushing towards. After all, I am on the journey to becoming a successful wildlife photographer.   But it did occur to me that photographing at night is something I do want to do…star trails and light painting have captured my attention.  (Sometimes you just have to think outside the box)

– Star trails are when you photograph the sky at night and allow for a long enough exposure that you pick up the stars actually moving…well actually it’s the earth that is moving us.

– Light painting is where you also have a longer exposure and you “paint” or shine light in on subjects in your exposure…as much or as little as it takes to create the perfect picture. Something that certainly takes time and practice!

Milwaukee Skyline at Night from Further AwayThe picture above was taken from Milwaukee’s South Shore Marina – just after sundown but you can see from the west (the left hand side) that you do get color/light from the sun that changes your picture.  Was really neat to see – these are my first night skyline pictures of a city.

I have much practice ahead but will put the education I will get from photographing skylines right here in my own city to good use when I am able to photograph the stars!

Lesson learned – you can always find something close to you that applies – at least a little bit. :)

So until next time – enjoy the journey!


Me photographing the Great Gray Owl near Ottawa, Ontario.

Me photographing the Great Gray Owl near Ottawa, Ontario.

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Gallery Photo: Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HD hands-on pictures

If there’s one thing we’ve learned when it comes to tablets, it’s that one size doesn’t fit all, and Amazon seems to be on board with that sentiment. To go along with its flagship 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, Amazon today unveiled a smaller, 7-inch version of the tablet, going so far as to label it “the world’s most advanced” device in its class. Those are big words, particularly when competition in this segment has heated up in recent months with impressive and budget-priced offerings like Google’s Nexus 7. Can Amazon’s latest keep pace with a rapidly growing list of alternatives? If we’re basing our answer on hardware alone, the outlook is positive.


As far as appearance goes, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD closely resembles what we’ve seen from other manufacturers this year. It’s a black slab weighing under a pound and measuring less than a half-inch thick. There’s a substantial bezel surrounding its 1280×800 screen, so the Kindle is a bit wider than its competition, but not so much to prevent it from fitting comfortably in your hand. And whereas the larger Fire HD can claim display superiority over several competing tablets, the same doesn’t hold true for the smaller model; the Nexus 7 features an identical resolution. Amazon claims the panel used here contains a polarizing filter and exhibits reduced glare, but we’ll need some quality hands-on time with the device to see if those result in any noticeable advantage.


Similarly, none of these devices can claim a head-and-shoulders advantage when it comes to internals. The dual-core TI OMAP 4460 inside the Kindle should keep Amazon’s forked version of Android running smoothly. Even so, performance has never been a problem for the Nexus 7 and its Tegra 3 chip, nor did we experience many hiccups with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The same holds true for Wi-Fi reception, though we’re interested in discovering what sort of impact the dual-band, dual-antenna inside the Kindle has on everyday usage, assuming there’s any decipherable difference to begin with.



One area where Amazon reigns supreme over the competition is ecosystem. The Kindle Store, Amazon MP3, and Instant Video combine for a digital marketplace with depth that ranks second only to Apple (and likely takes first place if you’re mainly concerned with reading.) Google is making strides to improve the Google Play experience, but it’s simply not up to par with Amazon’s offerings just yet. As with the original Kindle Fire, this is a strong choice for anyone who primarily uses a tablet for entertainment and consumption.

All the hardware specs can be seen in our detailed comparison, but we’d suggest holding off on any purchases for the next month or so — assuming rumors of Apple preparing a smaller iPad are true. Such a device would instantly change the 7-inch tablet landscape, so it’s worth waiting to make the best decision.


– Prachi Chourey
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How to save a wet mobile phone – and what not to do


Washing machines, toilets, cups of tea, the British weather… these are a few of our favourite things. That is, until they fill the lungs of our cherished mobile phone, leaving us weeping over a soggy, lifeless metal carcass.

Dropped your handset in the bath? Fumbled your phone and plopped it in the loo? Don’t panic — just follow these steps and you’ll have a good chance of breathing life back into your drowned smart phone. And check out the ‘What not to do’ section for some useful mythbusting.

What to do

While dismantling your phone completely would help it to dry out more effectively, doing so will void your warranty. It usually requires specialist tools and may jeopardise your phone if you’re not careful, so I don’t recommend it. Instead, follow these steps:

1. Firstly, retrieve your handset from the drink straight away. A prolonged plunge will increase the risk of damage.

2. Resist the urge to check if it still works or press any buttons, since putting pressure on the keys could shift liquid further into the device.

3. In all cases, the best thing to do is immediately pull out the battery, thus minimising power to the device that may cause it to short circuit.

Phone buried in rice

4. If you own a handset with a non-replaceable battery, like an iPhone or Nokia Lumia, then pulling the battery isn’t an option. You’ll have to risk pressing a few buttons to check if it’s still on and to swiftly turn it off if it is. Take care when handling the phone in this case.

5. Remove any peripherals and attachments on your phone, such as cases.

6. Extract the SIM card and any SD cards it carries, leaving ports or covers on your handset open to aid ventilation.

7. Dry off everything with a towel, including the exterior of your handset, being careful not to let any water drain into openings on the phone.

8. Even when everything’s dry, it’s very likely there’s latent moisture within the device that you’ll want to get out before turning it on. The most oft-reported fix for a sodden phone is to bury the handset in a bowl of dry rice. Desiccant materials, such as rice, have hygroscopic properties that can attract and absorb moisture. You can also use silica gel packs — the kind used in shoeboxes — to greater effect. If you don’t have any lying around, uncooked rice will do nicely.

Silica packs

Place your phone in an airtight container and completely cover it with your choice of desiccant. Leave the container for 24-48 hours for the material to draw all the moisture out of your handset. If you feel like splashing out, you can buy silica-lined, hermetically-sealed pouches that are specifically designed for the task.

9. When you’re confident it’s dried out, replace the battery and try switching it on. Good luck!

What not to do

A purported fast-track method of drying out a wet phone is to use a hairdryer, or applying heat to the device in other ways. While this would successfully evaporate all the moisture still sitting within the handset, it risks becoming too hot and causing damage to the components.

In cases of severe waterlogging, the steam created may not be able to fully ventilate and would simply condense again elsewhere in the phone. You may get away with it, but it seems rather perilous, so my recommendation is to avoid this method.

Another recurring recommendation is to stick your phone in a freezer, wrapped in paper towel to prevent frost damage. Supposedly, the reduced conductivity of water when close to freezing temperatures will stop your phone from short circuiting when in use.

This is definitely not a long-term solution, however, since as soon as the ice begins to thaw, you’re left with the same, if not exacerbated, problem. In the process you’ll probably mess up your phone’s very fragile screen, which hardly seems worth risking for a short-term fix of dubious effectiveness.

For less severe dunkings, you may get away with drying your phone thoroughly on the exterior alone, paying special attention to openings like the headphone jack and USB port. To this end, a few have suggested gently poking into them with a toothpick wrapped in paper towel. While jabbing into your phone with a stick is always a bit iffy, the biggest risk is that rags of sodden paper will get stuck inside your phone and play havoc with its innards.

One suggestion is to overcharge the handset so that the build-up of heat is gradual and not excessive, but this carries all the risks you’d expect with running a current through wet circuitry.

Inevitably, someone reading this will wonder if it’s possible to dry out a phone by putting it in the microwave. Please see this for an adept response.

Beware corrosion

If you succeed in reviving your phone, then congratulations, but you may not have yet won the war with the Grim Reaper of gadgetry. The metal within your phone coming into contact with water and oxygen may create rust that will corrode over time.

While a professional phone fixer may be able to clear out any corrosion by swabbing the circuitry with rubbing alcohol — again, don’t try this at home, kids — in many cases, the eventual demise of your phone is only a matter of time. Sorry.

Is your warranty still valid?

Seek out the liquid contact indicator (LCI). It’s a small white sticker that turns red when it comes into contact with water. Manufacturers place LCIs on their products to use as a litmus test when deciding warranty claims. In most cases, they can refuse to fix or replace your handset if the LCI has been triggered.

Their location varies from phone to phone, and increasingly manufacturers have taken to hiding them out of reach of Tipp-Ex-wielding customers.

iPhone 4 liquid contact indicatorIrrespective of the LCI’s state, you should contact the manufacturer to see if they can help. That’s a long-term solution, but if you need a phone (or the data it holds) right away, you’ll need to dry out your phone before you try to use it, as outlined above.


– Prachi Chourey

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You often wonder where your disk space has gone many times, even though you know you have downloaded a lot of movies or taken a lot of pictures lately.

TreeSize Free is here to help. This free software will help you discover and recover your lost disk space.

Installing and running TreeSize Free is a breeze. Once open, the application allows you to see the size of the directory you are into and then, in Explorer-style, you can open sub-folders to see their size as well.

According to Jam Software “scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The Explorer context menu is supported within TreeSize, as well as the usual drag & drop operations.”

This is a good app that will be appreciated especially by those in need of good and cheap (or free)  server administration tools for monitoring their space

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