Feb 212013

I have not even thought about sunset shots for some time.


Last week a neighbor asked about how to take sunset pic’s.  One thing I emphasized to him is to all ways turn around and look behind.   Some of my favorite photographs are shots taken of subjects lit by the sunset.  I was reminded this at work today.  So out tonight until well after sunset.  The first clear night on west side in a long time.  With clouds on the east side of the valley over a snow covered range the potential for great sunset water reflections  were lining up!  And boy was there pay off.

I am not one to enhance colors.  I do at times kick up the sharpness 10%-15%.  Tonight was no exception.  I did however turn down just the blue saturation slightly.

This capture was taken with the D4, 600mm lens wide open, at 3200 ISO!   Thank you Nikon.  In ACR I turn up the noise filter slightly.   A unique shot of a Blue Heron.  Maybe one of a kind photo of a bird that there is millions of pics out there.


This fly-by photo was a little surprise.  I didn’t notice the water as I was panning and shooting the Blue Heron.  I have mixed feelings about the shot.  In some ways it gives a tiny bit of depth to the photo.  I would have liked it better if the Heron was a little higher above the water.  This was a gift and I was pleased to get it.


A couple of days ago I shot a very similar shot of a Pelican over white snow and white background.  This photo of the Heron was shot at 3200 ISO like the others.  It has a bit of a cartoon look to it because I ran it through Nik Define and turned the noise down.  The net result is a noticeable cartoon effect.

 Posted by at 9:16 PM
Feb 202013

I’m telling ya!

There is not much better than a overcast day.  Snow on the ground.  And low flying birds.

Had another blast tonight.  Left work early to get my drivers license renewed.  Imagine that.  The DMV office is only a mile or so from my favorite bird “place”!

This capture of a pelican on snow is much better on my screen and in print.   It’s white on white.  When posting to the web it creates more contrast.



Captured this guy just before he disappeared in a channel.

 Posted by at 9:52 PM
Feb 132013

Today I am reminded of the how unfair the world is.

I have a friend that is a good man.  A businessman that is fair in all his dealings.  Extends himself for his clients more than most all business owners.  I’ve personally seen him take steps to do right. Fair and just is his creed.

Today he lost because of who he is.

He is a good man.

Challenged by a tyrant that takes advantage of people like my friend.  In the end even in defense the favor fell with the evil, tyrant man.  My friend will be OK.  I am probably more upset than he is.  I hate these type of injustices.

To evolve my mood to a better state of mind I went to my great escape.  This morning I spent a little time at the refuge.  Now there is tons of Bald Eagles.  Easily captured in camera.  Wish I could have stayed longer.  Tonight I escaped and blended a little more in photographs.

Played a little more than normal.


This one I ran through Topaz’s pencil filter.  Kinda cool!


This one I ran through Silver Efex Pro2 then I erased back the beak and claws

 Posted by at 9:15 PM
Feb 122013

I have seen and photographed most of the falls along the lower Columbia River Gorge.  This last trip I wanted to see things a little different.   Stretch my imagination a little.  Most the falls drop off and fall to a pool then cascade down a rock filled path.   That being the most common photo.  As I stopped at the various falls I realized that there is another aspect to these particular falls that I needed to capture.  But how do I do it and still have the falls as the subject.  All the trees and rocks around the falls are covered in moss and green plants.  I walked this particular water fall and spent some time looking around for a way to keep a simple photograph  but include the two elements I was seeing at all the falls.  It was a real challenge for me.  I look for simplicity in a photograph.  And always want to keep depth somehow if possible.  This is the best I could this trip.  I do love the colors….

 Posted by at 8:02 PM
Feb 092013


Too much information.  What needs to be said and what doesn’t.  Especially on a photo blog….

My wife says I say too much all the time.  Oh Well.

Crazy week!  Surgery last Friday.  On the road wednesday.  Fly into Portland.  Drive 4 hours to Milton Freewater.  Yes its a city and the water is not free.  Then for the next 6 to 8 hours hours I laid in an emergency room in Kennewick Washington.   My leg was killing me so In called my surgeon.  All I remember was blood clot and get to the hospital.  When the surgeons nurse says that you follow orders. Yep I have blood clots.  Something to do with the surgery.  A risk when having surgery I guess.  More risk that the surgeon exploring around on my insides?  Well at least they aren’t DEEP THROMBOSIS (blood clots).  I have shallow Thrombosis.  Thats a good thing according to the ER Doc.

So he said for my drive back to Portland I needed to stop no less than every 30 minutes and get out and walk around.  First doctors orders I ever had to stop every 30 minutes and take pictures.  Oh, I obliged.  Except for the leg pain never had so much fun.  The Gorge has a ton of water falls.  As the doctor ordered I explored a few.

 Posted by at 9:41 PM
Feb 092013

You know those Bald Eagles can really be bullies. Obviously the Heron wasn’t going to fight for the fish.   He saw the Bald coming from way off and dropped the fish.

 Posted by at 9:14 PM
Feb 032013

Winter isn’t all bad.  Yes it’s cold but the snow is the best light reflector on the planet.  THe picture above would not have been as good or as easy to shoot without the snow.  First the snow boosts the light hence a better shutter speed.  Even better it highlights the underside of a dark subject like this Bald Eagle.  Sometimes when it is just 20 degrees outside the birds just sit and do their best to stay warm.


 Posted by at 6:02 PM
Feb 032013

When the light and a perfect reflection come together it makes for a fun Photograph.  I really thought black and white would play best here.  I erased back in the eyes and beak.

 Posted by at 5:49 PM
Feb 022013

Last week I took thousands of photographs of Bald Eagles one night.  They are amazing.  Here is a series I shot as the Bald approached and snatched a fish from the ice.




 Posted by at 9:20 PM