Sunday, April 22, 2012

Western Tanager on the Bruce Peninsula

Amazing to see this Western Tanager yesterday at a friends' feeder here on the Bruce Peninsula. A western species, they rarely show up this far east. This bird was likely blown off course during migration, due to high winds a few days ago. The bird geek in me was excited just to see it, but I couldn't resist hanging out to get a few photos. I shot the photo with a Canon 1D mk IV, 500/4 IS lens and 1.4x tele-converter.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wide-angle White-tailed Deer - Behind the Scenes

White-tailed Deer. Gear: Canon 1D mk IV, Sigma 12-24 lens
I have never spent much time, or had much luck for that matter, photographing White-tailed Deer. So when my friend Dave Gignac started posting great photos of tame deer he was photographing in a city park near his home, I jumped at the chance to join him for a morning. The cool thing about this situation is that the deer were being regularly fed by people and had become extraordinarily approachable at times. This was an opportunity to do things a bit differently, so I opted for wide-angle and medium telephoto lenses instead of the usual super-telephotos typically used for wildlife photography.

When I met Dave before sunrise for our photo shoot, I had high expectations - and they were far exceeded. The deer came in as predicted and at times were within minimum focusing distance of my ultra-wide angle lens. It's so much fun to be this close to animals. Here's a short behind the scenes video of that photo shoot, taken with a GoPro HD Hero video camera that I usually have along with me just for these kinds of moments:

Ever since being awestruck by Jim Brandenburg's famous photo of a wolf peeking from behind a tree, I always get excited by opportunities to capture this style of photo.  
White-tailed Deer. Gear: Canon 1D mk IV, Sigma 70-200/2.8

Monday, April 09, 2012

Upcoming Nature Photography Seminar - May 5 @ Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Come on out to an all day seminar I'm leading about nature photography at the Welland Camera Club in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario on Saturday, May 5. There will be sessions about bird, wildlife, landscape and travel photography. I'll be sharing all of the secrets! Click the link for details.

And there are some great prizes at the event, including a Sigma macro lens!