Backyard Beauty in 60 Minutes

Photo by Rob Paine, Copyright 2018

When I speak about  photography to clubs or to classes or when I am working with one of my photo coaching clients I always stress the following  : you do not have to be at an exotic location or take an expensive trip to get interesting wildlife photos. There are endless photo opportunities in your own (or in a friend’s) backyard.

Earlier this week we visited some friends who live nearby and I shot the photo above and the ones below from their back porch in less than an hour. While they are not necessarily award-winners, they demonstrate once again that with some patience and a few strategically placed bird feeders, the world can be your oyster, no matter where you happen to be!

I wanted to thank everyone who took part in the RSVP Northern Virginia volunteer workshop on photography we held at Green Spring Gardens last week. We had a great turnout and we enjoyed meeting everyone who attended. It went so well we are considering holding another workshop later this year.

I also wanted to thank again all the folks at the Fairfax County Park Authority who made this workshop happen. There are so many great things about living in Fairfax County and two of those are we have the best park system in the country and we have the greatest group of senior volunteers anywhere.  

If you happen  to live in Northern Virginia and are 55-years-old or better and want to meet great people and make a difference in the community at the same time, I hope you will visit or call our very talented volunteer specialist Carly at 703-403-5360 who will match you with your ideal volunteer opportunity. 

Below are the  photos I was most pleased with. Enjoy! Please click on “read more” to see gallery of photos. Read More

Legends Meet : Namath and Kramer

Photo by Rob Paine, Copyright 2018

Each year CSA Shows holds several events at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. They are very well run and friendly events featuring a lot of current and former stars from all the major professional sports.

This past weekend’s event featured former NY Jets quarterback Joe Namath and former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer. Namath who lead the Jets to a Super Bowl championship was elected to the Football Hall of Fame in the 1980’s.

Long overdue, Kramer, who was on several Packers championship teams, finally was voted in this year. As Namath was leaving a booth after signing autographs for several hours he ran into Kramer, and the two who have met several times in the past, had a very warm exchange that  I was lucky enough to capture as I was in right place at the right time. (see more photos below)

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Backyard Beauty

Photo by Rob Paine Copyright 2017

This morning while eating breakfast we had the thrill of seeing this magnificent bird about 20 feet out our back window. What a site!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Rob

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