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Snowy Owl, Ocracoke Island, NC “I am not just trying to be a bird photographer, I am trying to look at it as artwork and I am trying to push it into something other than just taking a picture of a bird,” he says. “It is a way of trying to push the envelope of what bird photography is.” When observing a bird, Krueger can tell whether the image would be a good candidate for a sharp, defined traditional bird photo or one of the more abstract prints based on lighting, background and the bird’s pose. A bird posed with bad lighting or a bad background could make for a good abstract print. “I am not just looking for that perfect light … it can be the perfect pose,” Krueger says. “A lot of times I’m looking at it as something that would be a good image by manipulating it.” To shoot birds, Krueger has traveled everywhere from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico to the Florida Everglades. He also enjoys taking a walk around Greenfield Lake, the Basin at Fort Fisher or Wallace Park to hunt. Regardless of where he is, Krueger said approaching any subject or locale with an open mind is key to making a living as an artist. “I think a lot of making a living as an artist is you have to be adaptable,” Krueger says. “I can’t specifically say tomorrow I am going to wake up, take this photo and it will sell. It just doesn’t work that way. You come up with an idea, you explore it and you hope it works.” Florida scrub jay and the artist, near Cape Coral, Florida. Snowy Owl, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina. 28 WBM february 2015


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