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on Jun 28, 2013 in Landscape Photography

Big Moon or Big Blah?

Have I ever told you, I really hate bald skies! But what is one to do when you have bald skies? Gotta make lemonade as I see it. So with all the annual hoopla over the “big moon” I thought I would make the sun into the moon. How? Shoot right at it, closing the aperture all the way down and underexpose. Then went to a landscape that would support that “moon” like feel leaving the viewer asking, “Is it the moon or the sun?” Shooting with the D4 with 16Fish attached, I did just that. Then in the DD, I used ACR to “straighten” out the Fish. The only real thought given to the image was the landscape, (Horseshoe Lake during the drought), the shoreline and placement of the sun. Won’t go on my wall but was fun and being about getting skunked behind the camera beats anything else I can think...

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on Jun 28, 2013 in Landscape Photography

Your Blah Might Be Someone’s Light

I have this really well earned reputation for getting up really early for a photograph. And it is well earned, I do just that, a lot! Yesterday morning was no exception because this time of year, the sunrise is really early and traveling up to 10,000 to greet the day, 04:00 was the time. Now you’ve not probably done exactly that, I have no doubt though you’ve been up early at some point for a shot. You’ve also probably had the same results as we did. You’re there, the mosquitos are there but the light, it was nowhere to be found. Don’t worry, the sun did rise but there was no magic, no pop, no drama. It just did it’s usual thing, it came up with no ceremony. So, what do you do? Shooting with the D4 and 80-400VR3, I actually ended up spending more time playing with the iPhone at times than the D4. Why, well, been there done that at Minaret Vista a few hundred times before....

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on Jun 26, 2013 in Landscape Photography

Making that Common, UnCommon

The extra reach of the 800mm got my mind to thinking. Heading to another window in the office, I stood, watched, thought and acted on making that view a shooting gallery just for the 800mm. So, I got out the big stick again and went back to pruning Kelby Training style quickly making a great path for shooting. I no sooner got cleaned up and back in the office and behind the D4 and a good lookin Cassin’s Finch landed right I had just cleared out a bunch of sticks. I’m shooting with the straight 800mm and as you can see, got a great image size. Being spring, the male’s have a nice glow to the head and breast and this was a pretty good lookin male, so I spent some time with it. The best part was there was a little kiss of light filtering through the pine boughs. I was very pleased that so quickly the new shooting gallery was producing. Now the Cassin’s Finch is a...

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on Jun 26, 2013 in Landscape Photography

Ah, Back to the Shooting Gallery

Well life has finally landed be back in home, for more than a day. So the first order of business was to get the shooting gallery all up to snuf. This meant doing two things, get out my big stick and break off all the little sticks (Kelby Training style) so I have my clean foregrounds/backgrounds. That took a little while and with the addition of the 800mm to the shooting gallery, a little deeper pruning. Once that was done, time to get back behind the camera. Since I hadn’t done any serious gallery shooting at the office with the 800mm, I set it up first on my woodpecker post. I didn’t take time to set up lights, I just wanted to get back into the swing of the critters. Spring has sprung and there are kids about so parents are real busy. First up to bat is the Red-shafted Flicker which came in to say hello. Next was on of the new Hairy Woodpecker chicks that just fledged...

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