Sora (Yes, out in the open!)

August 28, 2008

This photograph was made in Conneaut, Ohio with bird master Matthew Studebaker. We were incredibly lucky that not one, but three(!) Sora’s were out in the open for us to photograph! These birds don’t typically stray too far away from dark areas with thick reeds so it was absolutely awesome to photograph them with a clean background.

Nature’s Best Photography: Student Blog

August 27, 2008

I’m happy to say that I’ll be writing multiple blog entries a week for Nature’s Best Photography Students’ Blog. I’ll be contributing two or three posts a week, mainly trip reports, field updates, “how-to’s” and such. I do understand that most of you who are reading this blog are considerably older than I am, but feel free to stop by anyway, as I’m sure you’ll find some of the content interesting.

Here’s a link.

Great Falls National Park, VA

August 26, 2008

Here’s a photograph from last week up at Great Falls National Park.  I met up with another photographer, Chris Kayler, to photograph the sunrise. The shooting conditions were pretty nice. The skies were very clear, which was less than ideal, but there was a good amount of mist rising off the water, which is characteristic of this time of year. I showed up a bit late and I think I missed the best light. That’s okay, though, since I have no shortage of days I can go back. I live only 15 minutes away.

Anyway, here’s my favorite shot from that morning. I’ll be heading back a few times this week, so look out for more shots soon. I also had the opportunity to photograph shorebirds in Conneaut, Ohio, so I’ll be posting plenty of those images as well!

Bull Moose

August 21, 2008

I took this photo in early June as well, up in Maine. I was at Sandy Stream Pond, in Baxter State Park, Maine. I had completely overlooked this image, just like the rainbow I posted earlier. I had just written off my attempts at photographing a Bull Moose as a failure. I now feel differently about the matter.

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Rainbow over Sentinel Mountain

August 16, 2008

Here’s one from early June. This photograph was taken just outside of Baxter State Park, Maine. I’ve been going through my files and working up the images I overlooked the first time around editing images from the trip. I guess when I first saw this image I didn’t like the fact that the rainbow seems to be split in two.

There’s a bit of a funny story behind this one. I almost missed this shot because of how hard I hit my head when getting out of my car. I’m clumsy at times…

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Breaking Fog over Mather Gorge

August 15, 2008

I took this shot on August 4th in Great Falls National Park. I went out there hoping for some dramatic sunrise light, and was given this scene instead.

If you’ve been following my old blog, you’re aware of the fact that I had most of my equipment stolen in mid-July. I’ve now replaced most of what I lost, but when I shot this photo, I had yet to recieve new Grad-ND’s in the mail. This shot is a blend of two exposures, one for the land, and one for the sky. This is the first time I’ve used this technique and been happy with it!

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About Me

August 15, 2008

My name is Alexander Mody. I was born in October of 1990, in Springfield, Virginia. Since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed taking photographs. Through trips to Shenandoah National Park with my Grandfather, and a few family vacations, I began to develop a very strong interest in the natural world. This, combined with the fact that I have always loved to have a camera in my hand, is what has really inspired me to become interested in nature photography. I currently live in Vienna, Virginia, and I try to make the best of every photographic opportunity that comes my way.

Myself on the summit of Spruce Knob, West Virginia

Simply put, there is nothing I enjoy more than photographing the natural world. I hope that through my photographs and this website, I can share my perspectives with others.

Also, for those who are interested, I shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses. I also make heavy use of Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral-density filters.

Thank you for taking the time to drop by. If you have anything to say, feel free to leave a comment. Please visit my website at WWW.ALEXMODY.COM to see more of my work!


August 15, 2008

Hi, and welcome to my new blog. I’ve been blogging for a few months on Blogspot, but I’ve found WordPress to be far superior in just about every way. In case you’re interested in reading some older posts, my old blog can be found here.