DICK FORTUNE AND SARA LOPEZ - The Everglades is Home


What can I say about my friends Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez that hasn't been said before and it is exemplified in their exhibit at the Darling National Wildlife Center in Sanibel Island.  I once wrote "a photographer is a thief because he steals a precious moment of time".  "But like English lore about Robin Hood, he steals that moment for those who might not get the opportunity to see the wonders of our world and shares it with them". 
Not only are they disciplined and perfectionists in their work, they are also great stewards of the wilderness, protecting and bringing forth the beauty and the reason for being  to us all.  Thank you my friends for the beautiful show.....


J.N.  “DING” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center inSanibel Island, Florida has on display the wildlife and scenic photography of Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez.  

This unique exhibit features close up and detailed images of Sanibel’s most colorful wildlife residents and will be on display from September 1 through October 31, 2008 in Auditorium A.  

The   Miami couple has brought new meaning to wildlife that is “up close and personal”.  Their high quality images include many of the “usual suspects” taken at Sanibel, Everglades and Alaska.  “Our exhibit includes favorites like Roseate Spoonbills, Ospreys, White Pelicans, and numerous other bird species,” Dick states with enthusiasm.

 “We probably have one of the largest libraries of Roseates – everything from take offs and landings, wings up and down, splashing, preening, fighting, portraits, etc.  Ding Darling is a photographer’s paradise affording endless opportunities for that perfect “keeper” of an image – the image that photographers dream about.”

Often asked by other photographers and visitors to South Florida about their technique, they offer several basic guidelines that anyone can use to take their photography to the next level – and it doesn’t cost a dime either.  Whether using a pocket point and shoot, or a prosumer model for amateur and advanced hobbyists, the rules are the same.

1. Isolate your subject from distracting background objects, like cars, telephone poles, branches, etc.  A step to the right or left, or kneeling may remove these distractions from competing with your subject.

2. Blur your background if possible by shooting on Aperture Priority (in Canon cameras the AV mode).  Open your lens by setting your aperture to the lowest f stop number (f2.8, f4, f5.6), this will put your background out of focus allowing your subject to “pop”.

3. Watch your light source.  Try to position yourself with the sun to your back – your shadow will, like a sundial be directed towards your subject.

4. Get out early – before or at sunrise – or late, a couple of hours before sunset.  This will provide you with the “sweet light” without those harsh shadows.  You will also find the peak of bird activity then.

5. Use a tripod or brace yourself against a firm stationary object.  If that’s your car, make sure you turned off the engine so that you don’t pick up vibration.

“Better photography, like anything else, has a learning curve.  Our recommendation is to get out and practice, share with other photographers, honestly critique each others works, have fun and enjoy our great outdoors and temperate climate.  

Digital photography affords experimenting without the expense of film processing and time delays to view your days work.”