Saturday, December 29, 2007
For the afternoon, I shot at the Viera Wetlands and immediately after arrival lucked into a Bald Eagle in great evening light. I ended the day shooting artistic silhouettes of Glossy Ibis flying against a red sky.
What a day!
Snail Kite carrying Apple Snail (Lake Kissimmee):
Bald Eagle in flight (Lake Kisssimmee):
Belted Kingfisher at Lake Kissimmee (my first decent shot after trying for 15 years!):
Bald Eagle in evening light (Viera Wetlands):
Glossy Ibis in flight after sunset (Viera Wetlands):
Friday, December 28, 2007
All shot with EOS 1d2N; 500/4IS with 1.4 or 2x TC. Small crops on a couple of these to improve framing.
Hooded Merganser male:
Florida Scrub Jay:
Osprey with fish. The midday light was harsh when I shot this, so I used the drop in Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer. Doubt I would have shot this without the polarizer.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
All with EOS 1D2n; 500/4IS; 1.4x or 2x TC.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
All with EOS 1D2n; 500/4 IS (some with 1.4x convertor); 580EXII (fill flash).
That's me in central Florida pinewood forest yesterday, shooting Pine Warblers:
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here are a few shots from the past couple days. I have so many more to post... next time I find a good internet connection.
Wood Stork (at Loxahatchee NWR):
Turkey Vulture (at TM Goodwin marsh):
Tricolor Heron reflection (at Loxahatchee NWR):
Pine Warbler (at Three Lakes WMU):
Carolina Wren (at Three Lakes WMU):
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I've been having lots of fun here in Key West - a mix of photography, suntanning with my Ipod cranked and eating tons of seafood. I certainly wouldn't consider Key West a great destination for nature photography (underwater excluded). There are a few tame waterbird opportunities and the requisite palm trees on the beach, but otherwise it's over-developed. Not to mention all the crazy hippies, who gravitate towards big lenses and don't stop talking. The culture is interesting down here, to say the least.
Tomorrow we head north and I'm looking forward to some very good bird photo spots.
Here are a few I shot yesterday and today.
1) Palm trees: EOS 1DmIIn; 17-40mm; Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer LB
2-3) Black Skimmers in flight: EOS 1DmIIn; 500f4IS
4-5) Double-crested Cormorant stretching wings: EOS 1DmIIn; 500f4IS with Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer LB (retrofitted to Canon drop in polarizer).
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Hello everyone - it's been a long time since my last post. Sorry! I've been consumed with moving (to the Midland, Ontario area) and getting my life and office back in order.
I escaped the snow today and flew to Florida to join my folks for a holiday trip. We're in Key West for a few days then off to central Florida, a hub for many great bird photo locations.
Driving to Key West this afternoon we stopped to look for Key Deer, a small endangered deer endemic to the southern Florida Keys. Our timing was perfect, the deer were active at sunset feeding along the roadsides. I only had about a half hour of shooting, but was pleased to get these - my first photos of the species.
EOS 1DmIIN (loaner from Canon); 500/4IS
Prepared on a brand-new, uncalibrated laptop. Let me know if they look ok.
Keep your eyes out for many more posts over the holidays!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I went back again this morning, hopeful that the otters would be there, and indeed they were. The light was a bit better than last night (although still overcast). At one point the curious otters swam almost right up to me. The vertial portait above is full-frame, the others (2 otters in frame) I cropped a bit. 500/4IS; 1.4x; Rebel XTi; ISO 400
Photographing otters is a great way to start a day!
Friday, November 23, 2007
I lucked out this evening to stumble across two otters popping up through holes in the ice, close to shore. The light was fading fast and my heart was beating like mad - this was the best otter photo opp I've ever had. I set up the gear in seconds and waited for them to resurface. The otters were backlit and it was getting dark, so I had to shoot at ISO 800 and accept slow shutter speeds. Out of about 100 shots, only a handful were sharp. Lucky for me, this was one of them - with the otter looking right at me. I'll definitely be back checking this spot over the next few days!
500/4IS; Rebel XTi (still waiting for my new bodies); ISO 800; 1/15s at f4
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Below that are some Argentina pics (I'm finally starting to process the raw files from the trip). The first photo is of what Argentina is famous for - beef. There are cows everywhere, and often on the roads, so you have to be ever vigilant when driving.
The second shot is my dad and I at the farmhouse where he lived in central Argentina, until moving to Canada at age 4. The house is now abandoned, but visiting it was a trip highlight and very nostaligic.
The last photo is classic Argentine scenery in the northwest - high-altitude desert on the edge of the Andes. I can't wait to get back there again and spend some quality photography time in those hills.
Hope all is well, and happy shooting!
Friday, November 09, 2007
I was out birding today and lucked into a flock of about 250 Bohemian Waxwings. I've been wanting to shoot this northern species for years, but have never had a good chance. The birds were jumpy, so I decided to try to stalk the flock with my gear handheld. With a slow and cautious approach, I was able to get very close. This was the first time I've seriously tried the 500IS handheld, and I was amazed to get sharp photos in the overcast light, especially given the effective focal length of 800mm (factoring in the 1.6x factor of my temporary Rebel XTi body). There's no way I could have done this without an Image Stabilized lens.
Techs: ISO 400; f/4; 1/500s
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
There are some pockets of fall colors still hanging on around my place, especially the staghorn sumacs which are in peak condition. I shot these in my yard this evening to test out my new Singh-Ray Colorcombo filter (a combination of the LB Warming Polarizer and LB Color Intensifier). This is a dream filter for vividly saturated fall colors.
EOS Rebel XTi; 70-200/2.8; mirror-lock up and self-timer; 4s at f/9
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Shot with EOS Rebel XTi; 18-55mm lens and 70-200/2.8; Singh Ray ND grads.