“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” – Peter Adams

If you want to be a successful photographer, worry about being you – not being new. The younger you are, the more prone you are to want to do something “out of the box.” It’s natural. You get that advice from all the big shots. But it’s not really possible for newbies. Not yet anyway. There’s this notion of time. You have to put in the time. You cannot cheat time. It is constant. It is demanding. It is unyielding. It is the same for everyone. You have to put in the time. You have to do the work first. But I digress. Let’s discuss doing something “new.”

They can’t all be winners! I post lots of successful bird photographs here and on social media. But please realize that I spend hours each day, and many days each month to get the one or two gems you see here. Much of the time, things don’t work. Almost always because I am deficient. But I will never give up because when it works, it is so rewarding that I will gladly suffer the slings and arrows of failure.

If you have a moving, shocking, thought-provoking, arresting, important, serious photograph that causes people to react, think, feel, etc., it doesn’t matter whether you are old or young, female or male, what race you are, what religion you are, what your history is or what your future holds, what country you live in, how much money you have, how pretty you are, how strong you are, how powerful you are, how important you are, how cool you are – all that matters – and I do mean ALL that matters – is the picture.

"Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo Cookies." --Diane Arbus