American White Ibis On Branch

I noticed this American White Ibis way up in a tree at J.N. Ding Darling NWR. The White Ibis really stood out against the bright blue sky. It is amazing such a large bird can hold on to such a thin branch. It’s feet are really wrapped around the branch that it is holding on to. Images taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.

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American White Ibis – Horizontal Version,

Great Blue Heron Landing

A series of images of a Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing at Lake Appert in the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, New Jersey. It was interesting since it was coming in directly in front of me as I was photographing the Heron! Images were taken with a 400mm DO lens with a 2X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Great Blue Heron Landing at The Celery Farm Natural Area, Canon 1D mkIV, Canon 2X Teleconverter

More Panoramas From 7 Lakes Drive

Additional Panorama Images from the 7 Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park. Most images were taken with a Canon 24-105mm lens with a Canon 1D mkIV. The last image was taken with a Panasonic GH2 m43 format camera with a 14-140mm lens. The Featured Image is made from 2- handheld 24mm horizontal images blended in Photoshop for a taller image to get a little more sky & foreground.

7 Lakes Drive, 2 Vertical Image Panorama for a little more height, shot @ 55mm. Blended in Photoshop.
7 Lakes Drive, 3 Vertical Image Panorama for more height, shot @ 50mm. Blended in Photoshop.

7 Lakes Drive, 5 Vertical Images Panorama, Overlapped Horizontally for a little more height, shot @ 60mm. Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive, 4 Vertical Image Panorama, Overlapped Horizontally for a little more height, shot @ 55mm. Blended in Photoshop.
7 Lakes Drive, 4 – 24mm Horizontal Images Stacked Vertically Panorama, Images Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive, 3 Horizontal Images Stacked Vertically Panorama, taken @14mm m43 Panasonic GH2

Fall Panoramas From 7 Lakes Parkway

A series of multi-image panoramas taken at the 7 Lakes Parkway that runs through Harriman State Park to Bear Mountain in New York state. It is an excellent area for photographing Colorful Fall Landscapes with colorful leaves and colorful reflections in the Lakes. All images here were taken handheld with a Canon 1D mkIV with a Canon 24-105mm lens. The Featured Image is made from 3 landscape images taken @ 24mm.

7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 7 Handheld Horizontal Images @ 50mm, Assembled & Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 4 Handheld Vertical Images @ 24mm, Assembled & Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 2 Handheld Vertical Images, @60mm, Assembled & Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 3 Handheld Horizontal Images @24mm, Assembled & Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 4 Vertical Handheld Images @ 24mm, Assembled In Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 6 Horizontal Images Stacked vertically @ 24mm, Canon 1D MkIV, Assembled In Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive Panorama, 6 Horizontal Images, 24mm, Canon 1D MkIV, Assembled In Photoshop

Sunrise & Sunset At Blackwater NWR

A series of sunrise and sunset images from a previous trip to Blackwater NWR near Cambridge, Maryland. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter.

2 Image vertical stack of a Blackwater NWR Sunrise, Canon 24-105mm lens @ 105mm
Blackwater Sunset, 7 Images, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter, 1D mkIV

Little Egret Panorama

A Little Egret 2 image Panorama from a previous visit to J.N. Ding Darling NWR in Florida. The Featured Image is a cropped version to fit better in the Featured Image area. Below is the full 2 vertical images panorama showing the Egret & the Egret’s reflection in the water. Images taken handheld with a Canon 1D mkIV with a 400mm DO lens & 1.4x Teleconverter @ f/8, ISO 3200. I upped the ISO to 3200 because it was early in the morning and the Egret was in the shadows. So it was pretty dark under the trees and I was shooting handheld.

Little Egret 2 Vertical Images, handheld panorama, @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 3200

Common Buckeye Butterfly From Brigantine

I am going through images to post and found this image of a Common Buckeye Butterfly. This was from a trip to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Galloway, New Jersey. We were traveling light and I was using a Canon 300mm lens with a 1.4X Canon Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIV. The Canon 300mm f/4 lens has fairly close focusing especially with the 1.4X Teleconverter. But to get even closer I used a Canon 25mm extension tube behind the teleconverter. Image taken @ f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 400.

A Series Of Blue Dasher Dragonfly Images

Here in NJ Dragonfly season will be ending soon. I am seeing fewer Dragonflies & Damselflies at our local parks, Wildlife Refuges and even our yard. Here is a collection of Blue Dasher Dragonfly images from a variety of local Parks & Wildlife Refuges. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 2X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV @ f11 & with Fill Flash. Dragonfly distance from camera ~15 feet. Some images were also taken with Extension Tubes on the lens, but Extension Tubes do not show in the RAW Data in Adobe Bridge so I did not list them in the image info on each image.

Blue Dasher Male, 12.5 ft away, Canon 400mm DO lens, 2X Teleconverter, stacked 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV, @ f/11 with Fill Flash (using 2 Stacked Teleconverters f/11 was shooting with the lens aperature wide open! Lost 3 stops of light with the stacked Teleconverters)
Blue Dasher Female, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV,@ f/8, ISO 1600
Blue Dasher Female, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV, f/8, ISO 1600
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400mm DO lens, f/8, Canon 1D mkIV, ISO 1600
Blue Dasher Male, 400mm DO lens, f/8, Canon 1D mkIV
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400mm DO lens, , f/8, Canon 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV, teleconverters, f/11, w/ Fill Flash for detail
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV, @ f/9
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400mm DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV, @ f/8
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400m DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV, @ f/8
Mating Blue Dashers, Canon 400m DO lens, Canon 1D mkIV, Fill Flash, @ f/13

Golden-winged Skimmer Dragonfly – 4 Image Panorama

I was going through Backup Drives and came across this series of images of a Golden-Winged Skimmer Dragonfly (Male). This is a handheld 4 shot panorama taken with a 400mm Canon DO lens on a Canon 1D mk IV @ f/8 (for a smoother looking background). The panorama was aligned & assembled in Photoshop.

Cropped In Section To Show Detail

3 Ospreys On Osprey Platform

I photographed these 3 Ospreys along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville, NJ. In the Spring & Summer months there is a lot of activity at the Osprey Platforms along the Wildlife Drive. Some Platforms are fairly close to the Drive, where others are a little more distant from the Wildlife Drive. Usually the closer ones are crowded with cars lined up so I tend to like the ones further away and shoot with longer lenses. Usually I am photographing them in-flight coming & going from the Platforms but here I liked the 3 lined up in a row looking like a family Portrait.

Osprey Landing, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV (560mm) @ f/9, 1/640 sec., subject 154 ft away
Osprey Landing, 400mm DO lens, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 1D mkIV (560mm) @ f/9, 1/640 sec., subject 154 ft away
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