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on Nov 9, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Working Birds on the Beach

There is NO one way to work with wildlife, this is especially true with birds! There are many paths to success so then the way to find your path should include the fun factor. When you include that, then lying on the beach has to be one of the best techniques (Kelby class on the technique). We’re working with birds about the size of your fist darting about a world that is full of visual distraction. To make them visibly pop, we need to either make them larger in the frame or remove the visual distractions. Getting down on their level accomplished both with a lot of fun mixed in. Here’s a video showing you the technique in action a few days ago. The video was shot with the new Nikon KeyMission 360. It was attached to a flash arm over the 800mm lens. It’s a 4k video (be sure to set it to 4k when viewing) resized down from 2.1Gb to 524MB to upload quickly to YouTube. Clicking...

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on Oct 28, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

The Legacy We’re Leaving … or Not

Adorable American Pika Is Fast Disappearing, And We’re Doing Nothing To Stop It is a headline that should stop us and make us think at the very least. And it’s not just the America Pika but Collared Pika as well. Seeing firsthand populations disappear literally in my own backyard, it saddens me to no...

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on Oct 20, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Which Way to Turn?

Which format, horizontal or vertical tells the story best of this Red Squirrel munching? It was a pretty easy photo to take. The Red Squirrel had his mind on one thing, food. Getting close with the D5 / 300PF was easy, real easy so then after that challenge comes the question, which way to turn? I have a favorite based on the action, background and light. When it comes up in your viewfinder, do you know which way to turn? If you don’t and if the opportunity presents itself, take it both ways and then look at the photo later in the hopes you’ll start teaching yourself which works best for your storytelling. Because there are times when you don’t have the luxury of shooting it both ways so you must commit. It’s a question that never goes away … which way to...

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on Oct 18, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

All Confused!

We were walking the back trails at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. I was looking for Moose so was looking for something big. I had just made a turn on the path when I caught out of the corner of my eye movement, something small and gray under a tree. My mind said Lynx since they are here. I slowly moved forward to see what the movement was and I come around a tree to see a male Spruce Grouse … displaying! This is October! I moved forward a little more and I could see a second male grouse displaying. What gives, courtship is in May … they are all confused! Then I spot the female up in the spruce and the dots connected. Now why the males thought in October they had any chance with this female is still a mystery but I didn’t care. For those of you who have not seen a Spruce Grouse in the wild, they are not a smart bird. You’ve seen in the...

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on Oct 8, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Gettin Close In Every Sense of the Word

My approach to photographing Moose during the rut is different from most. Bulls expand an inordinate amount of energy to be a bull and photographers who push them to get “the” shot just stress them further. For that and just because I want the best photograph, I wait, hours and hours, for the moment when they approach me on their own terms. Where we’re shooting, we can see for over a mile. Watching the cows, you can get an idea of what the bulls will do. In this case, this bull which we had seen first thing in the morning was pushed up slope with a cow into the trees. Hours later he came back down as we where there to get the shot. Real simple, just had to wait. Getting closer, much closer to the photo I want. Photographically, this photo is getting closer to what I want. Not the biggest bull on the field, he’s still a big boy. He’s on a bit of rise and the...

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on Oct 7, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Cous at 800

Our first day with family in Alaska was pretty darn cool. Thirty cousins showed up for the reunion so it’s easy to say, we had a good time. You might remember I said I was changing things up by shoot with the big glass, 800mm, this trip. I found very quickly that’s too much glass for our shooting yesterday. Why? Working in a dense forest, there is not always room to either backup or find an alley way through trees to get the shot I want. In this example, I’m just too tight and had no options to improve. Today is a new day and simply requires me to think through the biology and apply the technology better. It’s a good challenge....

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