It’s Spring Cleaning! Sorta

Sorta is really a good way to describe what I’ve been up to lately. It seems like there is a lot of unfinished projects going on and the list isn’t really getting smaller. Well this is one of those projects that I kind of dreaded doing because it takes so long to get done. But it was time to do a thorough update of all my Galleries. Some are still in the the works but Birds and Mammals are done! For now at least. I have more than doubled the previous amount of images in each gallery! As my files grow so will the galleries, hopefully. In the meantime I enjoy some of the new images and some of the old favorites.



New to the Blog!

For the past couple of weeks i have been working on remodeling and updating my site. Much of this was due to my good friend RC Concepcion who not only helped with the remodeling process but has taught me a number of things about wordpress. Well with Photoshop world done, which was one great event, i went back to tweaky things. Yesterday I put up a number of galleries showing off some more of my work. I ended working on so many that i actually ran out of space on my site in the ftp page and there’s still more to come! Give them a look see they are all up top, well worth your time.

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Photographing the swimming bird


The opportunities here in the Sierra’s still amaze me. This morning Dad and I went to Mono Lake again trying to find some of the rare birds that still allude us, like the Sage Thrasher. The one bird that we can always play with are the Violet-green Swallow’s. I never get tired of photographing them, always something new. They are also kinda cute and funny. The Sage Thrasher and two Say’s Phoebe’s came out to play but not for long.


We left the shores of the briney lake and went on to another favorite local that we have to work. One of coolest birds, in this photographers opinion, is the American Dipper. This little bird is only about the size of our hand and yet it si strong enough to battle the currents of fast moving streams and rivers in order to survive. They have a membrane that covers there eyes which allow for seeing underwater. The Dipper tends to build their nests around a cliff face or mossy patch by the river. As u can see below they make small cavities in the mud and moss.


This is a juvenile that is still in its cavity. Noticeably they have yellow bills and much smaller feathers at this stage. This one kid kept getting more and more adventurous and would get further and further outside of its hole. At one point we were both worried he would fall off the rock. Thankfully he didnt. The one annoyance with this bird is that they always seem to make their nests in the darkest of places. So in order to get any reasonable amount of light or a decent shutter we had to use flash. O boy! Flash and wildlife photography always is annoying, but useful, especially when you’re trying to light the other side of a fast moving river.


The white specs in some of these shots are actually water splashing off of the rocks, a unavoidable obstacle. In order to bring in enough light for a a range of about fifteen feet we had to use a better beemer. This allowed for light to be spread a further distance. The better beemer helped to cover the distance needed but in order to get enough light, i had to dial in +2/3 on the flasd and -1.5 in the camera. Also since i was using the D3 i was able to crank the ISO up to 400 giving me a faster shutter speed without any noise issues. As the morning went on, the light got higher and brighter on the rock face causing for more adjusements to be made. This became even harder as they would move to the rocks to our right, which was much closer and no river to cross. This was the first time i photographed Dippers but not the last. This was definitely a good leson for me in flash technique.

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

Swallows of Mono Lake


These past two weeks have been very enjoyable. Doing pretty much nothing always feels good after a long duration of travels. Had some great trips in there, but I’m lad to get a break. This past week Dad had another person come in for private tutoring, which means some fun with the birdies. What better place then down at Mono Lake where the Violet-green Swallow’s are everywhere, along with some other not rare birds but definitely harder to photograph birds such as the Sage Thrasher.


One of the great things about photographing swallows at Mono is there are so many opportunities. Another great thing is the backgrounds. The tufa provides a very nice and clean background when the swallow lands in the right spot. Although they might be the same species of bird, the variances in the background create a wide range of different shots. These two images are good examples of just that, along with the post i did about a month ago on the swallows we photographed during another pt. Both have tufa for perches and background. The differences in light and coloration of the rock makes for great images.


The swallows are a lot of fun to play with and when we were done with them another little fellow came out to play. A Sage Thrasher showed up for a few minutes but that was long enough to gat a couple nice shots. I didn’t feel like posting any of those shots though. This weekend is the foruth of July which means good food, friends and some more fun.

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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