Articles by Ryan Sartoski

Tips On Underwater Macro Aquatic Photography

Photographing underwater subjects can be tricky, at sometimes nearly impossible. Instead of taking my camera under the murky depths, I bring the subjects up and place them into a special small portable aquarium I built with a plastic bottom and ultra thin glass walls. The rear glass is a special non-glare glass, which not only cuts back on glare but blurs out the backgrounds that I either paint or create by placing natural objects behind. For objects on the bottom as props, such as drift wood, I drill... continue reading

Macro Stabilization Tips

The American Toad - Bufo americanus is a quite common species in the Midwest. This charming looking fellow happened to be the cream of the crop, magnificent eyes and very willing to work with me. On this particular day, when this photo was taken, I came upon something I had never witnessed before. The flood waters of the Vermilion River had retracted leaving the lowlands covered with shallow pools. It was early morning and I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was actually not dreaming about the hundreds... continue reading

Tips On Infrared Photography

Shooting infrared with digital is much different from my early black & white/darkroom days. But, in some respects is somewhat similar, because you still have a thick filter to shoot through. So a tripod is an absolute necessity if you want good, quality (noise free) images. Plants and trees are the most striking components while using infrared. Green leaves tend to reflect more of the infrared wavelengths than that of flesh or masonry. Keep that in mind, and remember that the images will come up ... continue reading

Heed The Warning

Every year, on the east end of the pond a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds nest. And this Spring was no exception. The male is extremely protective and aggressive. He does everything in his power to lure one away from the nesting site, from faking injury, to daring aerial maneuvers, to even physically attacking the intruder. But before I let it get that far, I stop and let him do his dance, flex his muscle, scream at me from the top of his lungs. I have heard it all before, but this time I had a camera.... continue reading

Toreros

I wandered onto private property, which is nothing out of the usual for me. That is why I am always camouflaged like a wayward soldier from some forgotten war on the edges of suburbia. And when I pop into the local grocery store everyone stares and some get a bit edgy. But I only shoot with a camera, and the camo is only so I can cross those invisible boundaries Man has cookie-cut the countryside up over eons of time and placed flags of conquer, reconquer, and re-reconquer. Personally, to me, those... continue reading

Spring Fever

in ohio, you take what you can get when it comes to the weather. and when it peaked at 57 degrees I was out in it full force. all last year I had been trying to, in a stealth-like manner to photograph the local pond's muskrat. and on that fateful summer day it surfaced it front of me, but my excitement was fizzled when it turned out to be belly up - had died. who wants to photograph a dead muskrat, right? so on this particular gift of a warm day I sat by the pond photographing geese and saw another... continue reading

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