Posted on June 9, 2017
When we were at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, we were surprised that a few sections of the Wildlife Drive had open views of the shoreline. Usually along the shoreline is blocked by grasses and other vegetation making difficult to photograph shorebirds on the shore. They recently rebuilt the Wildlife Drive from the hurricane damage a few years ago. You are not permitted to go off the Wildlife Drive, except for a few trails, so it rare to be able to photograph a close shorebird at a little lower angle. I believe these are Dunlins, but I am not an expert on shorebirds. Many times they are very similar to another type. I usually photograph the larger subjects.
Posted on February 9, 2017
We found this pair of Pintail Ducks while we were at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville New Jersey. It started as a grey overcast day but brightened up a little before we left. They were swimming away from us but I was able to get a few photos. The featured image is cropped a little, the second I waited for the female to finally turn her head a little so it was a better image. I had wanted to do a 2 shot image stack. The first focused on the male, the second on the female, but she was too quick for me. So in this image she is a little “soft” in focus. With Photoshop it it is fairly easy to do a multi-image handheld focus stack on moving subjects, especially with long lenses.
Posted on January 26, 2017
Still going through files I had not gotten to working on. Somehow work keeps getting in the way. This is from a local nature area. It was a foggy morning so I thought I might get some ducks in the fog before the sun burned off the fog. Then a Mute Swan glided in heading towards me. I liked this one because of the reflection of the landing Swan. The light was poor and again I added contrast and other editing techniques to make it less “muddy” looking but still give the look of the foggy morning.
Posted on December 20, 2016
Snowy Owl photos from the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ, photographed a couple of years ago. I was going through older files, cleaning up folders and sorting out images. We had heard there were two Snowys around the Wildlife Drive. We actually spotted them a few times, but they were quite far out in the fields along the shoreline. This was photographed with a 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 2X teleconverter, and cropped fairly tight. Not the best image, but a Snowy!
Posted on July 25, 2016
Dragonflies are one of my favorite subjects. I usually use a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with an extension tube, a 1.4X Series III teleconverter, and then another extension tube. This combination, with the extension tubes actually magnifies the image on the sensor. These were probably 8 to 10 ft away, but still filled the frame. I also use a flash with a Better Beamer flash extender to light them. The combination of the extension tubes and teleconverter totally confuses the metering, so I manually figure out an f/stop by trial and error. But it works for these kind of shots and I am not right in their “faces”.
Posted on June 5, 2014
This American Oystercatcher was searching for food in the sand at Nickerson Beach in Long Island. It started walking straight towards me as I was tracking its movements through the lens. It stopped and was looking straight at me as though it was saying ” Who Are You Looking At”! Let me know what title you would give the main photo!
Category: Birds, Blog, Nickerson Beach, Wildlife Tagged: American Oystercatcher, Canon 400mm DO, Nickerson Beach
Posted on June 3, 2014
I finished working on the rest of the files from Nickerson Beach of the Fighting Black Skimmers in Flight. This whole sequence lasted only about 4 seconds, if that. Here are a select few from 35 shots taken.
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm DO Lens f/4 IS, w/ Canon 1.4X Series III Teleconverter, f/8 @ 1/1600 sec ISO 400, +0.33 exposure compensation, handheld. (Effective focal length with 1.3 crop camera body, 400mm lens & 1.4X Teleconverter = 728mm)
Category: Birds, Blog, Equipment, Favorite Locations, Nickerson Beach, Wildlife Tagged: Black Skimmers, Black Skimmers in Flight, Canon 400mm DO, Nickerson Beach
Posted on March 23, 2014
This Immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron just walked by right in front of me. Usually they are quite skiddish and do not stay out in the open in front of you, so I was surprised it just was walking along the shoreline. I also find it interesting that immature Yellow-crowns have a black beak and immature Black-crowned Night-Herons have a yellowish beak. Here in New Jersey they are rare, so it is fun to find so many in Florida.
Posted on March 13, 2014
I found this Canada Goose on its own little Ice Island. It was sleeping, not noticing all the other activity around him. The image seemed colorful with the blue water and white ice, plus interesting with the broken reeds reflecting in the water. Soon the other activities surrounded him and he still did not seem to care. This duck walked into the shot and stopped in front of the Goose. I kept my focus on the Goose, not realizing the Mallard entering. If I had noticed and thought of it, I would have focused on the Mallard also and blended them together, but this was an afterthought.
Category: Blog, Brigantine NWR, Oceanville NJ Tagged: Canada Goose, Canon 2X teleconverter, Canon 400mm DO, Mallard
Posted on March 10, 2014
We had heard that there was a Snowy Owl at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ, but we thought it had moved on or that we never could find it, if it was still even there. We mainly went to see the large flocks of Snow Geese. To our surprise we found 2 Snowy owls there. 1 around the bend from the other one, near the end of the Wildlife Drive before the wooded area. They were quite far out, but we were still surprised they were still there and we actually saw them throughout the rest of our time there. It was hard to spot them because it was warm and a lot of the snow had disappeared, leaving small clumps of snow out in the fields, so you were basically looking for a small “more vertical clump of white” out in the fields. They seemed to keep getting farther out in the fields as the day progressed. They are not great shots, but what I could get with what we had. I wish I had a tripod with me, which would have helped, but we were traveling light that day. I tried a few with stacked Teleconverters also. So with a 1.4X Canon Teleconverter, with a 2X Canon Teleconverter, giving me with the 1.3 crop of the Canon MkIV about a 1456mm. Not really a 1456mm, but equivalent to that field of view as a 35mm format. These were also handheld, but with that combination I had a max f/stop of f/11, so I stopped down one more stop to f/16 and raised my ISO to 1250. I was surprised the MkIV still auto focused with all that added on. After a series I then went back to just the 2X Teleconverter. With the 400mm DO, stacking that much with the Diffractive Optics took it’s toll a little. The 400mm DO works great with a 1.4X Teleconverter at all distances. With a 2X it works well unless your subject is pretty far out, then the DO optics get softer and a little gritty, so the Stacking teleconverters was pushing it. Anyway we still had fun seeing them. Thanks for looking.