Marco Island is an outstanding place for photographing birds. Birds that are somewhat commonplace for us, but wildly exotic if you’re from, oh, England for example. Or Massachusetts. As our photographer, Paul Sullivan, is. We’ll tell you what he has to do with OLLI at the end of this article, but first, let’s take a look at his photographs
Pelicans frequent inland and coastal waters, where they feed principally on fish, catching them at or near the water surface. They are gregarious birds, travelling in flocks, hunting cooperatively, and breeding colonially. (Wikipedia)
The osprey, also called sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk — is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly greyish on the head and under parts. (Wikipedia)
We’ll introduce you to the photographer in just a moment. But first we want to make you aware of some upcoming OLLI classes that will put you on your way to being a nature photographer.
The Basics: Getting the Most from You Digital Camera with Dave Lockwood
Master iPhone Cameras, Photos and More
Better Composition for Outdoor Photography with Donna McGrew
You can create opportunities to practice your new skills with two of our Shared Interest Groups (SIGs): the OLLI Shutterbugs and OLLI Outdoors.
Paul Sullivan has a background in physics and engineering and has a good understanding of how a camera works and what a photograph “is”. Since retiring a few years ago, he has spent his time studying and writing about photography and trying to understand what a photograph “does”. He is fascinated by a camera’s ability to capture, store, and retrieve actual photon data from the past and a photograph’s ability to transport and share these moments from history with everyone for eternity. He also had the good luck to become friends with Cath Mason while they were at Warwick University together. He was the best man at Cath’s wedding, and visited them on Cath’s recent vacation on Marco Island. Fortunately, he brought his camera along. Cath persuaded him to share his photos with us.
Kudos to Diane White for her help in identifying the turtle and most of the birds.