Photography by Jim Esten

15 years ago I bought a 3 megapixel point-and-shoot to photograph our newborn grandson.  I took it  to Italy and was so impressed with the quality of the output that I started taking classes.  I then began the steep, inexorable descent into the black hole that is the cost of photography.  My areas of interest have been landscape, urban texture, nature, wildlife, and most recently, birds. Birds are a particular challenge.  It can be difficult enough to get a good speciman shot of a bird standing on a branch, because they’re not often cooperative; they have a habit of flying away. Getting an truly interesting photo requires patience, persistence, and above all, luck. "If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." ~Lewis Hine. The beauty of a feather most certainly cannot be told in words.

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American Goldfinch - male
American Goldfinch

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

Sandhill Crane Chicks
Sandhill Crane Chicks

Wilsons Snipe
Wilson's Snipe

“Essentially, what I’m looking for is to get what I saw.  I’m not trying to create something to show you how clever I am.  I am trying to show you that I saw something you might not have noticed.” Jay Maisel.