Jan 292010


Sometimes the subject you seek is unavailable.  What to do when the light is incredible?  Look to any subject.  In the end it may be the light that is the subject.  In my opinion this is indicative of this photograph.  Again tonight with only a few minutes of sunlight I sought out eagles, hawks, herons, etc.  The light was so dramatic the seagull was the fall back for a subject.  Not often am I treated with the contrast and direction of light like I was tonight.

 Posted by at 9:17 PM
Jan 252010

Kestral Lodging

Cute little guy huh?  The Kestral is a pretty small bird.  Not much bigger than a Robin.  Maybe the same size.  What a fighter.  This predator dives and kills fast.  Not too many rodents get past this one.  At Farmington Bay they are prevalent.  The only chance  to shoot them is when they rest.  And you better have a very long lens.  They are extremely shy.  This was shot with the D3 and the 200-400 mm lens with a 1.7 teleconverter.  Effectively at 640mm.  Shot at 1/1000 at f/6.7 and ISO 200.  Every shot I have of the Kestral was shot from the car.  Just opening the door will prompt a very quick exit by this efficient hunter.

 Posted by at 10:07 PM
Jan 242010


I love my wife!   She works hard for my family and is my best friend.  And she knows me very well.  Tonight after church she knew I had few opportunities this week to shoot.  So guess where I went?  My favorite spot minutes from my home.  It’s a good thing because church gets out late.  With only a little time to shoot I was very fortunate to get a couple of shots.  The photograph above is my proof that the sun came out just before it set.  The late day light is reflecting off the water.  No adjustments or filters.  Right out of the camera – beautiful.


This shot of the Great Blue Heron was just as the sun set.  I shot this through my 600mm lens and the D200.  The low light required an ISO of 1000.  You may ask why I did not use the D3 and it’s incredible resolution at high ISO?   The D200 sensor creates a crop that makes the 600mm effectively 840mm.  The birds were way out there tonight and I needed the reach.  I can only imagine the resolution of this shot if it had been done with the D3.

Dancing Heron

There is no question that I wish the light was better and this shot was taken with the D3.  I love the position of the Heron.  Just landing his feathers look really in disarray.  Both shots of the Herons were ran though Nik color Efex pro filter.  I used the brush tool to fill the whole shot then erased back the Heron at 30% opacity.

 Posted by at 9:58 PM
Jan 222010


I have attracted one of the sinus colds that people talk about.  The one no one wants to get.  Quarantined in my own house and room.   No camera.  No outdoors.  Tonight the sneaking was to my computer.  To play!   Back to eagle shots taken on the 5th of Jan.  at Farmington Bay.  My hope and dream is to someday go to Alaska and shoot the large congregation fishing and fighting for food.


These two photo’s are from the same original.  The one above is the actual shot taken through Topaz – “buzsim” filter.   The photograph below is cropped, one click in NIK Silver Efex pro and erasing back the eye and beak.  Too much time at the computer.  I need to get out BAD!!!!


 Posted by at 7:08 PM
Jan 112010


Too late to photograph tonight.   A little time in front of the MAC.  Sunday’s photograph, Topaz software and a little need for some “artsy fartsy” work.

 Posted by at 9:30 PM
Jan 102010


Is there a better place to be before church on the Sabbath than among his creations?  And these are beauty’s!


 Posted by at 4:22 PM
Jan 082010


I rarely see pic’s of a hummingbird at rest.  Most that I see are hovering at a flower.  So I guess this is my hummingbird “portrait”

 Posted by at 9:08 PM
Jan 052010


Winter in Utah.  In South Davis County the Eagles return to feed at the Great Salt Lake.  Every year for as long as I can remember they stop on their trek and stay for about a month.  A photographers dream to have this beautiful bird in your back yard.  Less than 2 miles from my home.  This particular Eagle is still “aging”.  The not quit all white head and tail feathers give away his youthful age.  It was my opportunity to admire and photograph this majestic bird tonight.


 Posted by at 8:01 PM
Jan 022010


Any guess as to what I got for my Birthday today?   An extra hour or so photographing wildlife!!!!!!

My ultimate goal is to get a photograph of a Northern Harrier Hawk flying directly at me.  Tonight I will accept the next best thing – the Harrier looking back at me as he flew by.  He has that look of “happy birthday”.

 Posted by at 9:13 PM