Tin Man's Blog

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

The Number One Secret to Wildlife Photography

By Tin Man Lee | Dec 15, 2014

Recently I have been enjoying a little book called “Anything you want” by Derek Sivers. He started with a question to the readers: “What's your compass?” Excerpt: Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in…

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6 Things you don't know about Mountain Goats

By Tin Man Lee | Dec 14, 2014

I said to myself “Tin Man Lee you are a freaking genius” when the idea suddenly bestowed unto my head. “If I go to Mount Evans in June instead of July like last time, I could get photos of newly-born mountain goat kids in the SNOW before it was melted. Woohoo.” Pre-visualizing your shot. Check. And…

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How goose changed the world of literature and photography

By Tin Man Lee | Dec 13, 2014

“Please tell me that geese do mate for life.” I chased down my good friend Melissa Groo, who is an expert in birds as well as an excellent photographer, and texted her in a big hurry. She immediately said, “Yes, but why did you ask?” I slowly sat down, my eyes fixed on this one particular paragraph of a…

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How I do Wildlife Photography

By Tin Man Lee | Dec 12, 2014

I did those too. Circa 1999… Things weren't good. Sometimes I wondered if I could just find one thing in life I didn't suck at. Every evening, I would stroll to the Photography section at my local Barnes and Nobles to pick out the same two books. (i) The Art of Bird Photography by Arthur Morris…

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My Quest for the Snowy Owls: Four Unforgettable Experience

By Tin Man Lee | Dec 6, 2012

I regretted not listening to my friend Conrad who had been here before. “The snowy owls are on the beach. It’s cold. It’s a long walk. Bring more water,” He said. Living in Los Angeles, I imagined any beach would be like Santa Monica Beach, where I would park my car next to the ferris wheel and…

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Close Encounter with a Bull Moose

By Tin Man Lee | Nov 29, 2012

I know you like moose… I want to tell you my 12 notes of how this photo happened: 1. It was snowing in the Alaska Arctic in late Sept, 2012. We saw the moose from far away near a river. We were led by pro photographer and leader Hugh Rose and trekked for half a…

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Yellowstone National Park in the Winter: My 6 Unusual Encounters

By Tin Man Lee | Nov 13, 2012

  My hope was slowly fading away. Five days have passed. For each of those days, we left at six in the morning and drove for twelve hours straight, back and forth, on a figure “8” shaped road inside Yellowstone National Park. We were desperately trying to track “her” down through the snow covered mountains…

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Yellowstone: One Small Step

By Tin Man Lee | Nov 13, 2012

I still remember an incident that happened in the Spring time at Yellowstone several years ago. We were driving on a mountain road when we came to a big traffic jam. Over ten cars were parked on the side of the road. Big traffic jam usually meant wildlife sightings. I quickly took my cameras and…

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Last Moments of a Bison Calf

By Tin Man Lee | Nov 13, 2012

  Our photographer group of seven saw them around eight in the morning. We were in Lamar Valley, at the north of the Yellowstone National Park. There are frequent wildlife sightings, including the gray wolf, bighorn sheep, bison, coyote, and elk. A three mile long two-lane road going from east to west penetrated the Valley,…

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