Year in Review
Jan01

Year in Review

2013 brought a lot of different photographic opportunities. While I didn’t get to use my 600mm lens as much as I should have, I did shoot a variety of subjects, including some nature images, lots of family, and even my first engagement shoot. Below are a few of my favorite images from the year. If you follow the blog, you’ve probably seen most of them, but I thought I’d put together a quick recap. Enjoy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  ...

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Cooper’s Hawk
Mar01

Cooper’s Hawk

This one was a surprise. I was in my backyard taking picture of birds at the feeder when all of a sudden they all scattered. I thought maybe I moved too quick and scared them away. Then I turned around and saw this guy (or girl), a Cooper’s Hawk. He was hanging out on the branches about 50 feet away from the feeder. He sat there for a while looking for some breakfast. He went after something, but didn’t get it. I was able to get a few shots off while he was there. It was nice, because he was low to the ground, so I wasn’t shooting up into the trees. Tech Info: Nikon D800, 600mm f/4...

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Dark-eyed Junco
Jan19

Dark-eyed Junco

Just because it’s snowing out, doesn’t mean you can’t take pictures. I got this guy at my feeder in the backyard. I had my lens and camera covered with a trash bag and was able to get a few decent shots while I was out...

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Bald Eagles
Jan19

Bald Eagles

After getting my new 600mm lens, I needed to find some good stuff to shoot. I knew we had some eagles within 100 miles or so of my house during the winter, but I had never gone to take pictures of them. I did a lot of research and found some good resources (ebird.com) and finally decided to take  a ride one morning while the weather and my work schedule were cooperating. My first stop was to a blind that had some eagles around it. The only problem was I was staring straight into the light of the rising sun, and the eagles were pretty far away, which only allowed me to get shots like this…   Not exactly what I had in mind. Since the blind was facing the rising sun, I decided to look out the back of the blind and found a couple of eagles perched in the trees enjoying the warm glow of the morning sun. They were still far away, so I kept my 2x extender on, giving me a 1200mm f/8 lens. Shooting them, I was able to get a couple of decent in-flight shots… The sun was getting higher and the light was getting harsher, so I decided I would pack it up and head home. There was one other area that I wanted to check out on my way home. I was driving along and I saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road mostly facing the wrong direction, it was other photographers and bird watchers admiring several other eagles. I joined them and shooting out my window was able to get some more shots, with this one being my favorite…  ...

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Backyard Dragonfly
Jan19

Backyard Dragonfly

I live on the edge of some woods, so there are always various animals around, including deer, rabbits, all sorts of birds and lots of different bugs. I found this guy over the summer and used an off-camera flash to help offset the strong sunlight. Tech Specs: Nikon D800, 105mm Macro Lens, 1/250 @ f/16, ISO 400, Off-camera Flash

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Jiminy
Jan18

Jiminy

This was originally shot on film. It is a macro shot of a grasshopper, but it’s close enough to a cricket, so I call it Jiminy (I know, so original). This was shot with an off-camera flash. I was holding the flash in one hand and the camera in the other hand and moving in and out to focus. Tech Specs: Nikon F100, 105mm Macro lens, SB-80DX Flash

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