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05
May
12

Tis the Season

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15
Apr
12

I Found a Spot

One of the locales I frequent has the potential to yield some pretty good photographic opportunities, which in turn provides me with the opportunity to work on my technique.  I’d looked over the spot I tried yesterday late afternoon many times before and had deemed it too exposed to yield any good shots.  But I kept looking at that spot thinking to myself it has a good vantage point and some cover.

I’ve learned several things about nature photography in the past five or six years.  If you can convince an animal you are not a threat they will let you walk right up to them.  Fortunately, I’m drawn to shooting deer and big birds like eagles and cranes and not something that could eat me like bears.  Another thing I’ve learned is, if you can convince the animal that the human trying to take their picture isn’t a human they will walk right passed or fly right passed you, which usually means carrying with you some kind of blind or using the natural cover to create a blind.  This spot has natural cover which hides my human silhouette and provides me with about a hundred and fifty degrees of open shots, which just happens to cover the fly way in and out of an eagle’s nest.

It provided me with enough cover last night that a pair of Sandhill Cranes flew right passed me.  Something they will not do if they know a human is in a particular spot.

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Now I just have to work on my technique.  The images are blurred because I‘m used to shooting deer, not fast moving birds.  Deer tend to be in thick cover that is often covered with shadows, so using a low ISO of 100 to 200 and an f stop of 5.6 will usually yield good shots.  Not so with birds.  The setup for this shot was a 300mm lens with a 1.4 extender giving me a 420 mm lens.  The ISO set at 160 and the f stop at 5.6 gave me a good shot, but I believe a higher ISO setting would have yielded a better photo.

20
May
11

New Summer Home

UPS delivered my new summer home – twelve foot by seventeen foot with a seven and a half foot center height.

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Here’s the front view.

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Here’s the view ‘round back.

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Here’s the view inside.  Now ask yourself, Could you spend twelve days and eleven nights in this?

17
May
11

Old Sam

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14
Apr
11

Whitetail Deer: Herding

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Whitetail Deer gather in herds during the fall and winter for protection.  Within the next few weeks the does will stake out territory and have their young.  Until then I am able to get nice groups shots.

22
Jun
10

At the Bird Feeder

I try to take photos every chance I get.  Lately, work is taking up too much time and if the weather doesn’t cooperate on weekends I end up with no opportunity to shoot.  This weekend I spent with my father.  When I had the chance I took the 300mm prime and shot photos of the birds at my parent’s bird feeder.

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This Blue Jay visited regularly and seemed to scare off the other birds. 

IMG_6394a It ate mostly from seeds on the ground or from the suet feeder.  The main bird feeder above the Blue Jay is Squirrel proof.  The ledge the birds sit on to feed is spring loaded.  If something too heavy sits on it, the weight of the animal, like the Blue Jay or a Squirrel, will cause the ledge to close on the feeder, depriving the larger animals from feeding.

18
Mar
10

Spring

I’ve been hearing them since Sunday.  Been trying to get pictures of them since Monday.  Saw them for the first time yesterday.  I have this big old spruce tree in my backyard.  It makes for a great bird condo.  Rabbits live underneath it, along with mice and moles I suppose.  Living inside it, under the protection of its branches are finches, sparrows and a pair of robins.  The robins have gotten used to seeing me sitting in the yard now and have gotten close enough for some shots.

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The surest sign of spring and that winter is over, seeing robins.  Granted there may still be a snowstorm or two left, but that doesn’t matter on a fresh, sunny and warm day like today.

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