May 2011

Tanager

Tanager

Recently we have had several Western Tanagers frequenting our local bushes and trees.  They are eating the blossoms and small fruit as it is developing.  These birds have been skittish and fly away at the slightest movement.  This was not the exact look I was after, but it is as good as I could get today.  I do like how the the bird is framed by the leaves and the darker shadows.  The rain had ended a couple of hours ago.  This has been the wettest May on record and this bird was taking advantage of the rare sunshine.

The specs for this photo are:

Nikon d7000
70-200 mm lens with vibration control on
1.7 teleconverter
Handheld
f/4.8
ISO 200
focal length 340 with the crop factor it was 510
shutter speed was 1/1250

Foggy Stream

Foggy-stream

We had spent a great evening filming the spring runoff.  We were about ready to leave when we saw this scene.  It was practically dark.  This exposure took 12 seconds.  With such a long exposure the stream was turned into what looks like a layer of clouds.  Two weeks earlier this stream was bone dry.  This water is just the start to a massive amount of water that needs to melt.  In some locations they are saying there is over 10 feet of snow still to come down.  This small stream will turn into a small river as soon as our summer warm up comes.

Hanging around

Tonight I learned two valuable lessons. First take more equipment with you than you think you need. We went up a local canyon to take water photos of the run off from our record snowpack. I took only my 14-24 lens because I wanted to get close to the water and get wide angles with the feeling that the water was coming right at you. The only problem was the snow has not started to melt yet. The second lesson I learned was, when not fully prepared pick friends who are, or at least friends who have more equipment then you do.

The story of the night was happening several hundred feet above our heads.

You think you are having a bad day?  These guys decided to go rappelling down a 400 foot cliff.  The idea was to catch three carabiners at the top where the cliff curves back.  This will force the rope to be be close to the rock wall.  Half way down they then hook up to another set of anchors, and rappel the rest of the way.  The problem was they missed the first target.  My problem was I only had my 14-24 lens on me.  Lucky for me my friend was prepared and let me borrow his 28-300mm lens.  Lucky for the climbers... search and rescue, about eight police cars, two ambulances, and one large fire truck (with powerful lights for when it got dark).Hanging around