Posted on January 4, 2020
While I was photographing Pelicans at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, I noticed this Anhinga flying in and diving into the water going after a fish. They must have great eyesight! The featured image is out of sequence in the series showing when it first started to hit the water. The series below was when the Anhinga was flying in to get its meal.
Posted on September 6, 2018
A group of Black Skimmers flying by, heading to another area at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. They were working an area farther out in the water when they changed direction and flew by me. They are fun to photograph when they go back and forth fishing an area, with their lower mandible streaking through the water. But this small group was just moving on to fish further out.
Category: Birds, Blog, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Favorite Locations, Wildlife Tagged: birds flyby, black skimmer, Black Skimmers, Black Skimmers in Flight, Brigantine Division, canon 1.4x teleconverter series III, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Posted on July 19, 2018
I was going through older images to look for some colorful images to post on the blog. These were from my old home by my pond. This was on the other side of the pond probably 20 feet from my camera. Even with a 400mm lens the image would not have filled the frame like I wanted, so I started experimenting with different ways to get closer. So by adding a short extension tube, then a 1.4x teleconverter, then another extension tube I was able actually starting to get what I wanted in the frame. It took hours of experimenting with different sized extension tubes, teleconverters and teleconverter and extension tube placement for different results resulting in a large image on the camera’s sensor.
Posted on July 17, 2018
These Blue Dasher Dragonflies (males & females) are showing signs of wear already this season. Their wings have tears and missing areas.
Posted on July 9, 2018
I am still going through my images of dragonflies I photographed at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in NJ. It has been extremely hot here in New Jersey. That seems to make the dragonflies even more active. But seems to have the reverse effect on me! Here are two images of 2 different Widow Skimmers. Images focus stacked and assembled in Photoshop. Shot with a 400mm f/4 lens, extension tube then a 1.4x teleconverter to achive closer focusing on the dragonfly. It is fun to hunt for Dragonflies here because I am finding some I have not found where I used to live.
Category: Blog, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Dragonflies, Equipment, Favorite Locations, Nature Still Lifes, Panorama & Stacked Images, Stacked Images Tagged: canon 1.4x teleconverter series III, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Dragonflies, dragonfly, extension tubes, Widow Skimmer
Posted on July 8, 2018
The Dragonflies are abundant at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park giving photographers a lot of photo opportunities. The temperature here has finally gotten down to normal temperatures for this time of year. With the heat index’s around 110 degrees for most of the week it was not a great time to photograph outdoors chasing dragonflies. There are a lot of Spangled Skimmers in the two main ponds. So this post will highlight these dragonflies. This is the first time I have come across these dragonflies. It is interesting to see a few different varieties of dragonflies by moving to a new home only 65 miles from where I used to be.
Category: Blog, Composites, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Dragonflies, Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Favorite Locations, Insects Tagged: canon 1.4x teleconverter series III, canon 400mm f/4 DO, Davidsons Mill Pond Park, Dragonflies, dragonfly, extension tubes, Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly, Spangled Skimmers
Posted on June 7, 2018
It seemed interesting when this shorebird caught a meal and the eye of the meal and the eye of the shorebird seemed to be looking at each other. Sort of a this is not going to be good moment for the meal.