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Curious Critters,” my new children’s picture book, launched with a flurry of activity.

David FitzSimmons discussing his new children’s picture book, “Curious Critters,” with Dave Anderson on Portland ABC-TV’s AM Northwest.

The video can also be viewed at AM Northwest website.

On November 4, “Curious Critters” was featured on Portland, Oregon’s “AM Northwest” program on KATU-TV, Portland’s ABC affiliate station. Host Dave Anderson was fascinated by “Curious Critters,” asking about it’s unique white images and the photography techniques used. He also narrated footage of my  Sigma Curious Critters photo workshops, where I teach other photographers how to create white-background animal portraits of their own.

Dave Anderson, of Portland’s “AM Northwest,” poses with David FitzSimmons, author of “Curious Critters.” Sigma SD1, Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro lens, AE, pop-up flash fired, f/2.8, 1/80 sec., ISO 800. Photo copyright David FitzSimmons 2011. All rights reserved.

The following day I presented on Curious Critters to over 200 people at the fall meeting of the Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest (NPPNW) in Salem, Oregon. NPPNW is a vital, talented, and friendly group. I also talked about waterfall photography—especially appropriate given the great number of cascades along the Columbia River Gorge and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Then I gave several performances of “Curious Critters” at the wonderfully interactive Seattle Children’s Museum. In the reading circle room I performed with puppets. Many children helped me by assisting with the flying squirrel, bat, opossum, and baby opossum puppets. And the next day, I was interviewed by Mary Nam on Seattle’s ABC affiliate, KOMO-TV, a gracious and knowledgeable host.

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Recreation Area, Oregon; USA. Sigma SD1 Camera Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens, Sigma wired remote, Sigma 77mm Circular Polarizer Filter, Gitzo GT2541EX tripod, and Manfrotto Proball head. Processed using Sigma Photo Pro 5.1, Photomatix Pro 3.2 x64 (using Exposure Fusion), Adobe Photoshop CS5, and NIK Viveza 2. Photo copyright David FitzSimmons 2011. All rights reserved.

In between all of that, I fit in time to photograph along the Columbia River Gorge, shoot at Ecola Beach State Park near Cannon Beach, Oregon, and visit (and photograph on the trails leading from) the Audubon Center at Seattle’s Seward Park. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Northwest.

Two page spread from “Curious Critters,” a new picture book by Sigma Pro David FitzSimmons. “Curious Critters” launched nationwide earlier this month.

Click here to see sample flipping book pages of Curious Critters or to purchase signed and dedicated copies from Wild Iris Publishing

All images in “Curious Critters” were created using Sigma lenses, the majority using Sigma’s super-sharp macro lenses. (My favorite is the APO Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM: check out my review of the updated 150mm macro.)

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