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on Jul 12, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

Humming Right Along!

Yep, I’ve been totally ignoring the blog the last few days, that’s because I am enjoying the best success rate I’ve ever experienced photographing flying hummers. This rig simply kicks ass …. D5 180-400VR SB-5000 2x SD-9 2x Impact Quikbox Micro So why am I posting a perched hummer shot? Because I started a series of images of elegant perched hummer portraits (and lots of slo-mo hummer in flight video). Still taken with the same rig above, just fine-tuning all the elements especially the light. This is an immature Black-chinned Hummer that was waiting in queue for its turn at the feeder....

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on Jul 9, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

Magnificent!

Yep, Mr. Wonderful is still here and today he really was a ham! The hummers in Madera Canyon are really spectacular and photographing them at Santa Rita Lodge is just darn heaven! We back again this year with a better rig that is making the photography about as simple as it can be. I’ll post a BTS of the rig later, but it consists of: D5 180-400VR SB-5000 2x SD-9 2x Impact Quikbox Micro What you see here is out of the camera, slam dung easy pizzy. Sorry for short post but heading back out with the hummers before the skies open up big...

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on Jun 27, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

The Nēnē

I was kinda getting into desperate mode! It was shaping up to be another trip looking for certain species and because they are simply disappearing, vanished, gone from the planet, I was too late, again! The last couple of years I’ve been trying to photograph species that when I first started out in the 70’s I couldn’t because I didn’t have the means let alone the skill to go get the photograph. The last couple of years, I feel I’m getting more and more desperate as I make the journey only to find all too often, I’m too late! So it was on Kauai a few weeks back when I was laser beam focused on photographing the few remaining endangered bird species left on the island. By day three, we’d struck out and I was feeling pretty low. Our destruction of our wild heritage has been pretty thorough in the last forty years! After a frustrating morning at the top of Waimea Canyon looking a couple of endemic, endangered...

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on Jun 26, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Lion Point Fire

On 1 June, a lightning strike hit Lion Point in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It was discovered on the 11th and by 18th was a slow, smoldering wildfire trying to burn its way through the thick pine needle carpet. There is just enough fire to create the thick smoke blanketing our area. With the strike helicopters flying over the house constantly, we decided to head up to the crest to look at it for ourselves since it’s only 9 miles from the house (town and home safe at this time). Being me, I, of course, went up with the D5 / 180-400VR with my thought being I’d photograph the helos going overhead. As it turned out, the smoke as the sun went down intrigued me more. Here’s what we saw. As of now, the fire has grown to over 2400 acres, it was just 10 acres when I took these...

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on Jun 20, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Blue Mountain’s Spring

It’s simply the most beautiful forest I’ve ever walked! We averaged about five miles a day in our hunt for Great Gray Owls walking the forest. Our walks the entire time were through the most gorgeous, sweeping landscape of Ponderosa Pines with spring grasses and wildflowers at their feet. While we never found the Great Grays, we were enveloped by over thirty species of wildflowers. Their color and smell amongst the pines and grasses were intoxicating and with all the birds singing made for a near heaven experience. Seriously, we all said we’d move there in a heartbeat, it was just that magnificent! Those who know me know that no matter how gorgeous the wildflowers, I simply don’t put my butt in the air to photograph them. So you might be very surprised to see a blog post with wildflowers. Well, that’s because I didn’t have to bend over to take them! Shooting with the D850 / 8-15Fish, I simply folded out the monitor and shot! The 8-15Fish is...

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