Wildlife

Take Off

Take Off

This photo was from the same shoot as yesterday. I did over process for the colors and texture of the sky.

I like this photo for all the detail in the Hawks wings.
I like the action.
I like the interest of the clouds.

This photo has many interesting aspects to it. The pole at the bottom of the photo shows where the bird came from and the sky shows where it is going. In action shots it is important to give a sense of where the subject is going. This gives a nice subject more interest.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk

I decided we needed our logo at work updated. The central part of our logo is a Hawk. So today I decided to give taking photos of these magnificent birds a try. This is the first time I have tried to photograph birds of prey. I took my daughter out in search of some raptors. Within minutes we came across an osprey checking out a local pond. I set up to start shooting totally focused on the osprey when my daughter started to scream and then run. She was being attacked by a couple of protective geese. I couldn’t tell where the nest was but they were not happy with us. In the meantime the osprey flew away. We then started down some back roads and pretty soon came across this red tail hawk.

The specs:
Hand held
iso 400
280mm
f/4.8
1/4000sec

I post processed it in lightroom and then added a small topaz adjust filter to the final product.

Thank you for visiting today.

~wr~

Spring Bird

Spring Bird

The last few days have been cold, rainy, windy, and snowy. So.... today I wanted to get out and shoot some photos. I had the perfect opportunity to do so. My wife and Mother-in-Law are attending a conference on Womanhood, and I am babysitting the kids. I had about an hour inbetween taking and picking up the kids from afterschool activities. So I took my 70-200mm lens with 1.7 teleconverter and drove along the Airport dike. My hope was to find some of the beautiful spring birds. The problem was it was so windy the birds were all hunkered down. That is until I was about to leave. I found this little yellow breasted beauty. The only problem I had with this photo was while driving along the pot hole filled dike the back and forth rocking of the car with the camera sitting on my lap reset my exposure. I had taken this photo 3 stops underexposed.

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

I decided to take a vacation day from work today. My job today is to watch my baby while my wife takes our daughter skiing. As they were preparing to leave the house I looked out the back window and I saw several Cedar Waxwings. I have wanted to take pictures of these birds all winter. I grabbed my camera and threw the teleconverter and 70-200mm lens on and went out to take some photos. I was in such a hurry I forgot that my son had used my camera last to shoot an indoor high school game. The settings were iso 1600 normal large jpeg and automatic white balance. By the time I figured this out they had flown away. I am very pleased with how this photo turned out.

I like the orange color of the half eaten fruit.
I like the detail of the branches and how they frame the bird.
I like the quick drop off of focus. This adds additional focus to the bird.

Let me know what you think, and thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Eagle

Cleared for Landing

Recently I have been taking a look at my past photos. This photo was taken in Cove Fort, Utah last year. I had just purchased my new camera and was excited to try it out. Even though the light looks good with a nice blue sky it was starting to get dark. I wasn’t aware of how good my camera does at high iso so I was a little tentative about going above 400. Because of this the photo was not as clear as I wanted.

I like this photo because it shows where the eagle is going.
I like all the branches.
I like the wings outstretched as the bird is preparing to land.

~wr~

Elk

Elk

Last year while in Yellowstone we came across this Elk. He didn’t have a care in the world. Except to keep his eye on his harem. He had at least a dozen cows under his care. I shot this at 340mm. This was still to close for my comfort. The only reason I got this close was that it was Yellowstone, and that meant that there were about 20 people closer to the animal then I was. It was getting dark when I shot this photo, so I used my monopod and a higher iso.

The Specs.
iso 640
340mm
f/5
1/60 second

I like the large rack on this animal.
I like how he is looking at me.
I like how he is isolated from anything.

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On Saturday, December 5th I will have a guest blog. Jon from Reflectedpixel will share his talents.

~wr~