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United States
Lemme say first of all - If you really like a photo and you want to spread it around to some of your groups on dA... please feel free to do so with my blessing, thanks and tons of appreciation, no need to ask my permission first. You can spread my photos further and faster on dA than I ever could dream of doing alone.

Ok, now with that said...

I am a amateur/hobbyist photographer, just got a decent camera in Sep 2011. I have always enjoyed art and I am now getting a chance to use my camera to capture images of the beauty in our world, natural and man made. I am also a father of two and have been married for more than twenty years to my highschool sweetheart. On Fridays my daughter and I take off some where to take photos... more or less a father/daughter day out to have some fun. So you will find many photos from those days in my gallery... but as time passes I and take my camera with me to places I think I may have photo opportunies, without being rude, the random photos may eventually outnumber the ones I go out for photos on purpose.

Oh, and BTW... I love to thank for Fav's. I will try not to spam you too much, but you will probably hear from me if you fav a photo. When I thank you I will look at your gallery and see what is there, no need to ask me to look at your gallery, I probably already have. I have been on dA for 7yrs now and have less than 70 favorites. I love allot of art, but I will only fav art that really calls to me. I love to talk to people, to connect with people from around the globe, so if you are feeling chatty, go ahead and let loose with whatever small talk, questions or chatter you have on your mind. Now the negatives... don't ask for points and I wont follow you unless I am truly taken by your art. Don't feel bad if I don't, because if I do, then I truly mean it.

As far as what I do for post processing on my photos... I auto correct contrast and possibly color, put a tiny bit of 'photographers curve' in, plaster my name on it and ta-da... done.

STAMP: I love my Sony Alpha by djRimzi

Camera: Sony DSLR A100
Current Residence: Red Colored
MP3 player of choice: Currently... my droid phone...
Favorite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: Nostalgia is a seductive liar. - George Ball
Hello everyone!

    As my watchers may have noticed there have not been a lot of bird photographs lately. That is because I have not stopped by the Raptor Rehabilitation Center here where I live over the summer. They do great work at rehabilitating injured raptors and getting them back out into nature where they belong and taking in those that cannot live in the wild anymore. When I went to the center this weekend I found out that two of the resident birds had died.

   Liberty the male bald eagle died of old age after living at the center for nearly two decades. He was not as photogenic as his partner Hali preferring to stay in the back of the pen. But if I have my choice, I will die of old age too... not a bad way to go.
Liberty and Hali by Riphath

And Luke, the American Kestrel. Now unfortunately Luke did not die from 'natural causes' per se... as it turns out, Luke and Lurch were digging a hole together under the wall that separated their enclosures. Now Lurch would not have been a problem for Luke since he is a vulture and prefers carrion, is rather slow and lumbering and has a bad wing. The problem came about that Luke was a imprint and Lurch shares his enclosure with two Swainson's Hawks and a Red Tailed Hawk... not pretty...

Beauty Marks by RiphathLurch by RiphathSwainson's Hawk by Riphath

But on a more positive note, the center did get a nice new photogenic resident I hope to be getting better photos of sooner or later, a barn owl. I did get some of him this time, but I am not wholly impressed with my first effort to get photos of him...



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