BetterPhoto Member: Dan W. Dooley


member since October 28, 2005

My primary areas of interests are nature shots and close-ups. Close-ups may be macro or simply close shots. Click on any photo on the page to see a larger view of that photo. I welcome all comments, both complements and constructive criticism. If you like the photographs, great! If not, you can tell me that too.

-Dan W. Dooley

 Tiger Paws


Tiger Paws
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Lioness On Guard

Lioness On Guard
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Butterfly on Rose

Butterfly on Rose
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Old Schoolhouse


Old Schoolhouse
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 Haunts


Haunts
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The Beginning of ...

The Beginning of ...
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Room on Top


Room on Top
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Bubbles on you


Bubbles on you
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 Long Necks


Long Necks
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Twin I Beam


Twin I Beam
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Reaching


Reaching
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In Another World


In Another World
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 Safari Land


Safari Land
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A Magic Kingdom


A Magic Kingdom
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Moon Over My Shou...

Moon Over My Shou...
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At The End of The...


At The End of The...
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 Twilight in Old S...

Twilight in Old S...
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Old San Juan


Old San Juan
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Black on Pink


Black on Pink
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Spicebush Swallow...


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 Fresh Daisy Necta...


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High Key Butterfl...


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Red Mood


Red Mood
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Vermont Covered B...

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 High Canvas


High Canvas
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Ice On The Rocks

Ice On The Rocks
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Lonely Stairs

Lonely Stairs
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Not Like Sitting ...


Not Like Sitting ...
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 Petit Champlain


Petit Champlain
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Overlook


Overlook
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The Kiss


The Kiss
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Shopping Errands


Shopping Errands
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 Dayglow

Dayglow
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Flower Meadow

Flower Meadow
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Aborted Female Ra...

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Bellowing For His...

Bellowing For His...
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 Off To Breakfast


Off To Breakfast
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Early Morning Elk

Early Morning Elk
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Colorado Chippie


Colorado Chippie
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Yeah, I'm loo...


Yeah, I'm loo...
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 Bull in the Woods


Bull in the Woods
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Don't Mess Wi...


Don't Mess Wi...
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Lemar Stripes


Lemar Stripes
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Bubble Me Up, Sco...


Bubble Me Up, Sco...
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 Catching Some Ray...


Catching Some Ray...
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Almost a Dream

Almost a Dream
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Grasshopper in Ha...


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Peek-a-boo


Peek-a-boo
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 Ibis In The Morni...


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Kissing Distance ...


Kissing Distance ...
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Cooper's Hawk


Cooper's Hawk
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Eastern Skies


Eastern Skies
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 Reach for the sky...


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First Yellow

First Yellow
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Mississippi River...

Mississippi River...
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Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower
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 Sharing With His ...

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
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Roseate Spoonbill


Roseate Spoonbill
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Depressed or Sulk...


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 Roll, Stretch and...

Roll, Stretch and...
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Elephant Gaze


Elephant Gaze
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My Friend and Me


My Friend and Me
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Mom and Baby II


Mom and Baby II
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 Mum told me to ch...


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Snow-Tiger Sketch


Snow-Tiger Sketch
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Mom and Baby


Mom and Baby
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Speckled Bush-Cri...


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 Old Garden


Old Garden
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Snapdragons

Snapdragons
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They look a littl...

They look a littl...
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Iris - Violet and...

Iris - Violet and...
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 Iris - Golden

Iris - Golden
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Iris - Chocolate

Iris - Chocolate
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Iris - Blue and W...

Iris - Blue and W...
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Zinnia in the Sha...

Zinnia in the Sha...
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 Male Northern Sho...

Male Northern Sho...
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His Harem


His Harem
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Resting Wasp


Resting Wasp
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Scales

Scales
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 Turkey Vulture


Turkey Vulture
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American White Ib...


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Turtles on a Log


Turtles on a Log
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Wood Duck Couple


Wood Duck Couple
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 Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck
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Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal
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Out on a Limb


Out on a Limb
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American Kestrel


American Kestrel
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 Ni'ihau Seen ...


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Landing Zone


Landing Zone
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Water Landing

Water Landing
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Freedom


Freedom
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 Luau Magic

Luau Magic
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Thankful For The ...


Thankful For The ...
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Hiding in the Clo...


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Doorway to the Un...

Doorway to the Un...
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 Coconuts on the G...

Coconuts on the G...
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Kalapaki Beach

Kalapaki Beach
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Entering the Port...

Entering the Port...
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Bananna Flower


Bananna Flower
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Bio

Photography for me is another extension of my artistic expression. In the past I engaged in pen and pencil drawings, and oil painting. Now that digital photography has become my primary mode of artistic expression, I do very little in the other mediums.

I have had a little formal training in the past. Initially my photography served more of a "recording" function. Memorable places and events were documented through this medium to keep and share the memories. More recently my interest is in the artistic expression possible through photography. Seeing photography not just as a tool for documentary, but for the creation of art as well. I am still learning to see subjects that way. My interest leans more to artistic, flowers, wildlife/nature, landscapes and macro. I've shot a couple of weddings and honestly I don't enjoy that sort of work. The more time I spend at this, the more often I find myself going back to previous pictures and reworking many of them in the original RAW. Unfortunately in the past I tended to not keep the RAW image after I had produced an acceptable JPG. I regret that and now my practice is, if I'm going to keep the picture at all, I will keep the original RAW image.

I started with a Kodak Instamatic 126 camara taking only slides back in the 1960's. Graduated to a film SLR but continued to shoot only slides, documenting family holiday trips, Christmas and family holiday get togethers, the kids and the usual parent and grandparent stuff. My last film camera was a Canon EOS 630 which was replaced with first a Canon 20D SLR and now my current 40D SLR. Lenses are a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, and a Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. An external Sigma flash unit, a tripod and a remote shutter release make up the equipment compliment. Canon DPP and Photoshop CS2 handles the creative touch-up work.

I recently added a set of Kenko macro extension tubes and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.

I find it interesting to know something of the particulars of the shots others make and I suspect that the same applies to those viewing my work. For that reason, I try to insure that the "stats" of the shot are included in the description, including the lens used.

By career a field service engineer in medical electronics, I also enjoy travel (and naturally, travel photography), amateur (ham) radio, computers, writing, Biblical studies, and a rather long list of other hobbies. My wife Sandra and I reside in Bedford, Texas in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We are "empty nesters" now with four grandkids.

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