Works in motion

Incoming! Playing with these gulls brings back such fond memories of my childhood and getting dive bombed while doing the egg count out on the island. Nothing worse then a torpedo on a lense barrel. That stuff just stinks. Well here we are playing with the gulls and a lot of questions come to mind that need to be addressed and now is a great time to think about them. It’s why Dad and I are here anyways. Everything from positioning of the birds in the frame, cropping of the birds wings by zooming in too tightly and is it acceptable, light, front lit versus back lit and the difference it creates on the birds, all these elements that come in to play when making the photographs.

Believe it it or not, one of the last elements i was concerned about was sharpness. Not because i get every image sharp, i don’t, but because it’s the easiest one to fix. All it takes is more practice at the lake hand holding the 200-400 AF-S VR or if your like Dad maybe something else. It’s remembering to get all these other elements right in the frame at the moment of capture that’s hardest for me, but it is that challenge that drives me to continue.

Images captured with D3, 200-400 AF-S VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Bathing in the Afternoon Light

This is a little late but i wanted to get it up anyways. In preparation for PRS and shooting planes again Dad and I were playing with the gulls that flew by, of course the gulls were doing some playing of there own. They would bath in the fresh water at the head of the creek as it entered Mono Lake and play with the grass and branches that floated down into the lake. It was rather comical to watch.

In case you’re wondering yea the light is harsh for doing this type of photography which was why it wasn’t the main focus of our endeavor mainly a comical side note. Also in case you’re wondering yea there are some changes being made in may web poster, just having fun playing around.

Images captured with D3, 200-400 AF-S VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Working on Thanksgiving break


Boy i couldn’t wait for my Thanksgiving break. I don’t know about the rest of you but i was ready for it. I was very fortunate this year to be able to go down to Florida and meet up with my parents and some family friends and have a nice relaxing time. Despite the shortness of the break a lot got done. Dad and I were both getting tired of doing landscapes, so playing with the shorebirds at Ft. Myers was just what we needed. A rather large group of American Oystercatchers and Laughing Gulls caught our attention first. Neither were species i had in my files prior which goes the same for many of the species photographed at the beach. The Oystercatchers were funny in my opinion, they would hop forward and backward when a wave would come up. It reminded me of a flamingo race. Still can’t get over that orange in the bill.


This guy just showed exactly how i was feeling, tired and asleep. Early morning departures on vaca are just hard. Now i haven’t photographed shorebirds in some time with the exception of the Glacous Gulls up in Alaska and the California Gulls at Mono Lake, so getting back in the swing of things was a little challenging. Getting into position, not moving too much, watchin the subject all things i was sorry to say rusty on. Hey it happens, without regular practice and landscapes don’t require such skills. Thanksfully they birds were patient with us as you will see later on.

Images captured with D3, 600f4, TC-14e, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Looking for birds


This past Monday i was home relaxing after the long drive from Montana. My Dad came up to me and said that he had a Pt on Tuesday and Wednesday that they were going out shooting and that he wanted me to come along. Naturally i said yes and went with them down to Mono Lake. The intent was to find Gulls to work on proper panning technique but due Cal Trans we were unable to go to the proper location and thus to another place. It turned out to be a good thing because the location we went to was great for Violet Backed Swallows and California Gulls.


There were three Gulls that looked like they were playing in the mud but in reality were forcing some kind of small insect or crustacean up from the sand. They provided some rather interesting entertain, needless to say they were very amusing.


The morning ended there at Mono Lake with this little guy. A Green Tailed Towhee was hanging around the tufas calling for a mate. Dad and I were both interested in him, and althought this may not be the best of shots it is the first of this species in my files.

Images captures with D2Hs, 600f4, TC-14E, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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