Warren-Trumbull County Library – A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – February 25, 2017

On Saturday, February 25, I will be presenting a slide program on my two books, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 1 and 2, at the Warren-Trumbull County Library, from 2-4 pm. The library is located at 444 Mahoning Avenue, Warren, OH 44483.

The two volumes of A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio include more than 500 pages of text and 350 color photographs, with information on almost 300 of Ohio’s most scenic vistas, waterfalls, natural areas and preserves, scenic rivers and byways, zoos and public gardens, historic barns and bridges, rural areas, holiday lighting displays, historic buildings and murals. The 6×9-inch guides include tips for photographing each subject, and provide the first detailed guides to landscape photography ever produced for the Buckeye State. Each book includes regional maps, GPS coordinates for all the locations, and a comprehensive index. Signed copies of both books will be available at the presentation, at a discounted price of $25 for each volume. Signed copies of my new book, Ohio in Photographs: A Portrait of the Buckeye State, will also be available at a discounted price of $30.

For more information, visit the Warren-Trumbull County Library website

Gossamer Wings: Ohio’s Dragonflies & Damselflies, The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, February 12, 2017

Blue-faced Meadowhawk, Lucas County, Ohio

For the past decade or more, I have devoted many hours to observing and photographing dragonflies and damselflies throughout the Buckeye State.  On Sunday, February 12, from 2-4 pm, as part of The Holden Arboretum’s annual Fireside Lecture Series, I will be presenting Gossamer Wings: Ohio’s Dragonflies & Damselflies. Join me if you would like to learn more about these living jewels of Ohio’s rivers, lakes, and meadows.

Male Blue Dasher, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

During the program we will cover the following topics:

* The basics of dragonfly and damselfly anatomy and the different stages of their brief but fascinating lives;

* A photographic journey through the enchanting world of darners, clubtails, skimmers, spiketails, meadowhawks, dancers, bluets, and other members of Ohio’s 165 species of odonata (i.e. dragonflies and damselflies);

*  The predatory dining habits of dragonflies and their wild and amazing sex lives; 

* How to find dragonflies and damselflies in the field and use close-focusing binoculars to observe them in their natural habitats;

* The best field guides for identifying Ohio’s dragonflies and damselflies; 

* Resources for learning more about Ohio’s dragonflies and damselfies.

Male Seepage Dancer, Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve, Stark County, Ohio

For additional information, visit The Holden Arboretum’s website.



iPhone Landscape & Nature Photography – Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society, January 18, 2017

It’s estimated that 1 trillion (a 1 followed by 12 zeros) photographs were taken worldwide in 2015. If each of these pictures were made into a 4×6-inch print and laid end to end, the line of prints would stretch from the earth to the sun and back – more than 200 million miles. Most of these pictures were taken with cell phone cameras, and the most popular is the iPhone – Apple has sold over 1 billion of them! You probably own one – or an Android equivalent smartphone. Join me on Wednesday, January 18, for a program, iPhone Landscape & Nature Photography, with the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society (CVPS) at Happy Days Visitor Center, from 7-9 pm. We will explore many iPhone photography topics, including:

  • Advantages and limitations of iPhones for landscape and nature photography;
  • The best iPhone settings for scenic photography;
  • Optimizing exposure, sharpness, white balance & color rendition with your iPhone;
  • How to shoot in raw mode and control depth-of-field with the latest iPhones;
  • The best iPhone apps for taking landscape and nature photos;
  • Tips for lighting and composing compelling photographs;
  • Organizing, fine-tuning, and sharing your iPhone images;
  • The future of iPhone photography     

Signed copies of my books, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 1 and 2, will be available at the program.

The best camera is the one that is always with you – your iPhone! For more information on this program, visit the CVPS website.