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In a world that is buckling under the weight of profit-making, that is overrun by the destructive sirens of techno-science and the power-hunger of globalization - that new brand of slavery - beyond all that, friendship exists, love exists. - Henri Cartier Bresson

One Question You Must Ask Yourself

By Tin Man Lee | Jul 29, 2017

Facebook and Instagram are full of nice wildlife photos. It's harsh, but no one will care if you take similar pics as everybody else. Instead of whining about it, I see this as a great opportunity to improve your photography. And the only way to improve, is to be more creative, and take photos that…

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Birthday Reflection, and My Quest for Bobkitten: 9 Secrets on Photographing the Phantom of the Wild

By Tin Man Lee | Jul 15, 2017

I’m obsessed with bobcats. I bet you are too, especially if you are a wildlife photographer. After all, they are one of only three wild cat species in the U.S., together with the lynx and mountain lion. (Actually, a kind reader named John just corrected me. There's a fourth cat species. A jaguar has been sighted in…

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Story of a great horned owlet

By Tin Man Lee | Jun 25, 2017

Hi there,   Just 4 things. (1) How I'm doing (2) What I'm pondering (3) Camera news (4) A wildlife story and my thought process   1. Summer break   My Facebook feeds have been filled with lovely pics of bear, mountain goat and loons families in the last few days, which warmed my heart, and reminded…

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Best Photos of 2016

By Tin Man Lee | Jan 11, 2017

by Tin Man Lee, Jan 12, 2017 “So it’s pretty safe to view the lava, right?” I emailed my good friend Carl right before the trip, imagining a relaxing time sipping Mai Tais next to the ocean in my Hawaiian shirt. “You will need a mask. When the poisonous gas blows your way, put on…

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Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands

By Tin Man Lee | Aug 2, 2016
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Canon 1DX Mark II and the Burrowing Owl, Part 2: Bird-in-flight

By Tin Man Lee | Jun 29, 2016

After spending three weekends photographing the burrowing owls, I flew to Colorado hoping to photograph some mountain goats. Things got a bit out of hand when I woke up at 5am at home on a Friday to pack, then went to work from 8 to 4, took 3 hours to drive through traffic to LAX…

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Canon 1DX Mark II and Burrowing Owl, Part 1

By Tin Man Lee | Jun 21, 2016

I would have never believed I would say this.If you are on the fence of deciding whether to upgrade to the new Canon 1DX Mark II or not, my advice to you, after two weeks of intense use, can be summarized into three words.Buy. It. Now.​Hate to sound like a Canon spokesperson, which I'm not. But the…

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6 Must-Read Books for Wildlife Photography

By Tin Man Lee | Apr 25, 2016

Why do we read books?”I read a lot, but from time to time, there are books that changed my life. Well, it’s not that the book itself changed my life; it’s that I was already ready to change, and needed to not feel alone.” – Paulo CoelhoI always believe that we somehow already knew what…

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10 Things You Can Learn From Stephen Curry On Wildlife Photography

By Tin Man Lee | Apr 20, 2016

Every once in a while, a player would come to a sport and change the game forever. Talent is one thing. But may be. Just may be. If they have some special mindset and training techniques, then mere mortals like me without any talent can borrow some onto my wildlife photography.When Mohammad Ali was asked how many sit-ups he could do, he…

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