Sandhill Crane Takeoff!

January 20, 2009

I’m getting into processing my tons of files, and it’s a blast. We have had a bit of a cold snap here in Virginia, and I regret that I wasn’t able to get out and photograph any of the cool ice patterns. I went out looking today but didn’t find anything. It’s not supposed to go over freezing tomorrow, so maybe I’ll look again elsewhere early on Wednesday morning. We’ll see!

Here’s one from Bosque Del Apache in Late November. I was photographing a group of Sandhill Cranes feeding and walking around. I was waiting and hoping to see some action, perhaps a take-off or something of the sort. Because of this, I had selected an exposure that allowed for a fast shutter speed (1/1250th) just in case of any movement.

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Blastoff! + Grand Canyon

November 21, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’m writing this from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I drove out here from Bosque yesterday. It was sad leaving such a ridiculously awesome place, but my Dad, Stepmom, and three siblings are out here visiting right now. It has been a blast so far. I’m going to be having a busy week. We all leave here tomorrow, and then my girlfriend is coming in to Page, Arizona to visit for Thanksgiving.

This place is truly spectacular, but man am I having a hard time photographing it well. The weather and light have been decent, but I just haven’t been able to kick it into gear yet. I have had some success shooting birds out here, but that’s obviously not going to be my main focus out here. Hopefully things are going to work out a bit better for me tomorrow!

Here’s a photograph from my last morning at Bosque. The “blast off” was insane with around 40,000 Snow Geese taking flight at the same time. The day before, there was a sizable brush fire in the valley, so I can only assume some of the smoke left in the air helped with the sky in this shot.

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And here is a photograph of a favorite bird, a Steller’s Jay. It’s quite common out west, especially around picnic areas and campgrounds, but I’ll never tire of this beautiful bird.

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And finally, here’s a group shot.

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Bosque del Apache NWR

November 19, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’ve now left Texas, and have shot at Bosque del Apache for the last few days. I apologize for not updating in a week, and I can promise that the next will be full of updates, as I head out to Arizona! Anyway, Bosque del Apache is nuts. There are over 37,000 Snow Geese and 4,700 Sandhill Cranes here right now, according to the Park Service. The light has been good, and the shooting conditions have been nothing short of awesome. After a morning shoot tomorrow, I’ll be heading off for the Grand Canyon.

I’ve really been concentrating on flight photography out here, because the conditions have been pretty good for it. I haven’t even begun to work on image I’ve made here, but here are two I’ve managed to process. The first one is a Sandhill Crane flying, and the second is a Snow Goose “putting on the brakes.”

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Finally, if you haven’t yet, you should take a look at Ethan Meleg’s work, and Chris Dodds’ work. They have both been extremely kind in their willingness to show me around this place, and they are both excellent photographers themselves. Ethan is currently in the middle of an 18 month photo journey… And I thought I was nuts for wanting to do three. Anyhow, if you’re not familiar with their photography, please drop by their websites and take a look.