Blue Dasher Dragonflies

Dragonfly season will soon be ending but here are a series of Blue Dasher Dragonfly images from a series of different outings. The Featured Image was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV, @f/8, 1/400 sec.

Blue Dasher Female, Canon 400mm DO lens, f/11, Fill Flash for Detail, Canon 1D mkIV
Blue Dasher Male, 300mm lens, 1.4x Teleconverter, Canon 7D, @ f/11
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 400mm DO lens, f/11, Fill Flash for Detail, Canon 1D mkIV @f/11
Blue Dasher Male, Canon 300mm lens, 1.4x Teleconverter for 420mm, @ f/16, Canon R

DewDrops On Double-ringed Pennant @ Blackwater NWR

When we got to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge we went to the nearest Observation Platform to see what was going on and to also get some panorama landscapes as the sun was just rising in the sky. On the Observation Platform I noticed this Double-Ringed Pennant Dragonfly on a grass stem along the Observation Platform that had a heavy coating of Dew Drops. I had to backup quite a bit because I had the 150-600mm lens on my Canon R camera. I shot a few images handheld @ 600mm but it was 5:30 in the morning and there was not much light. So I upped my ISO to 800 and shot a series of images wide open @ f/6.3 & 1/60 sec. Hoping 1 or 2 in the series would be sharp enough to use. It seemed to work out ok and got a few images sharp enough to use.

Double-Ringed Pennant Dragonfly, 600mm, f/6.3, 1/60th sec. ISO 800, Canon R

When You Can Not Get Close To Your Photo Subjects

Many times when I am out walking in a Wildlife Refuge to photograph birds I either cannot get close because they are high up in the trees or there are other things in the way to get close. Or they are flying some what in the distance. So if you are shooting “RAW” camera files such as Canon CR3 Raw files you can use “Enhance” in Photoshop to nicely uprez your images for severe cropping. Or if you want to really Print Large images. Works well for both applications. It also helps to run a noise reducing software after uprezzing. I had made my own Photoshop actions to uprez images but using “Enhance” in Photoshop is easier to use. The Featured Image is severely cropped from my “Enhanced” File. Sometimes I also use Nik Define software to remove some “noise” in the image if I am using a high ISO.

Female Anhinga, Canon f/4 300mm lens, Canon R (Full Image)
Female Anhinga, Canon f/4 300mm lens, Canon R – Photoshop “Enhanced” & cropped in a little
Female Anhinga, Canon f/4 300mm lens, Canon R – Photoshop “Enhanced” & cropped-in more
Female Anhinga, Canon f/4 300mm lens, Canon R – Photoshop “Enhanced” & cropped-in even more
Female Anhinga, Canon f/4 300mm lens, Canon R – Photoshop “Enhanced” & cropped-in closer
Anhinga – Extreme Crop to Show Detail
Adobe Instructions for Enhance from there website

Bombay Hook NWR Cloudscape Panorama

I was cleaning up backup Drives and found this panorama taken years ago at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. The panorama is made with 6 handheld horizontal images taken with a Canon 1D mkIII with a 24-105mm lens @24mm. Images were aligned & blended in Photoshop. I had previously posted a narrower 4 image version of this years ago, but liked this longer version I found and blended to show more of the landscape on the edges. This image was taken by one of the fields near the entrance to the Refuge. Once in the refuge the clouds were great also as we were traveling the Wildlife Drive.

Clouds above the Wildlife Drive from a different visit to Bombay Hook NWR. Canon R, 12-24mm lens @ 12mm.

Bald Eagles From Brigantine

We took a trip to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division to see what we could find to photograph. I was not sure of what we would find but it turned out to be a Great Photo visit. I was hoping for large groups of Snow Geese and we definitely found multiple groups of them around the Refuge. Most of the groups of Snow Geese were far out in the various pools, so for those images I shot a series of images for long panoramas of the large groups. One large group of Snow Geese far out in the water, shot with a 600mm lens, was a series of 64 images with a final image size of 507″ long. On the first area we were photographing in I was shooting some landscapes when Kathy pointed out 2 Bald Eagles in a distant tree. So it was going to be a Good Photo Day!

Pair of Bald Eagles, Canon R, 150-600mm lens @ 600mm

Tricolored Heron With Breeding Plumage On Nest

These images of a Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage on the nest were taken a couple of years ago on a photo trip to Florida. These were taken at the Rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Canon R. This combo worked great for getting images in the Rookery because there were so many photo opportunities, some were far off but many were extremely close, almost too close! I was fortunate to come upon this Tricolored Heron in High Breeding Plumage on a very close nest. It is only in High Breeding plumage for a few days. During the peak of the breeding these herons have the distinctive coloration of red eyes, purplish feathers, pinkish legs and bright blue bill. The Tricolored Heron is also known as the Louisiana Heron. The Featured image was taken @ 600mm & cropped slightly.

Tricolored heron on nest with eggs, Tamron 150-600mm @ 428mm, Canon R
Tricolored heron on nest, Tamron 150-600mm @ 515mm, Canon R
Tricolored heron on nest with eggs, Tamron 150-600mm @ 428mm, Canon R

Lake Mc_Cormack Panorama

When we were photographing the trees with strong shadows at Plainsboro Preserve for the previous post, I also shot a series of 7 vertical images of Lake McCormack @17mm for a wide panorama. When shooting at wide @ 17mm, I overlap my series of images more than my usual overlapping if using a longer lens.

Bench By Waters Edge, 50 acre Lake McCormack, 17-40mm lens @40mm

Audubon Plainsboro Preserve Winter Landscapes With Strong Shadows

We decided to go for a walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve and see what we could find to photograph. The sun was somewhat low but that made long shadows in the landscapes and great starbursts on the lower sun in the sky. I was using one of my lenses that I do not use much – the Canon 17-40 mm lens.

Audubon Plainsboro Preserve,3 image Panorama, Canon 17-40mm @ 19mm, Canon R
Audubon Plainsboro Preserve, 3 Horizontal Images @17mm, stacked vertically, Canon R
Plainsboro Preserve Landscape Panorama, 4 Horizontal Images @ 17mm, Canon R
Plainsboro Preserve 2 Image Panorama, Canon 17-40mm @17mm, Canon R
Beaver Felled Trees Panorama, 8 Image Panorama, 17-40mm lens @ 40mm, Canon R
Trees with Shadows & Lake McCormack In Background, 2 Image Panorama @ 17-40mm @ 17mm, Canon R
Low Sun Lighting Small Tree with Yellow Leaves – 17-40mm @ 17mm, Canon R

Assorted Birds From Magnolia Plantation Audubon Swamp

The Audubon Swamp Garden on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina is a 60 acre cypress and tupelo swamp. In the past the swamp served as a reservoir for the plantation’s rice cultivation. Now it is an interesting and easy Swamp to walk through on the trails and raised boardwalks to get some interesting images. For Wildlife we mostly saw a variety of birds and quite a few alligators on this visit. Most of the birds we saw were quite far out so even shooting @ 600mm I had to crop the images some. But it was still a Great area to photograph and to just see as we were walking through the Swamp Garden. The landscapes & cloudscapes in the swamp were very interesting also, but that will be a different post.

Immature Little Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Little Green Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Immature Little Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Great Blue Heron that was close by the trail, 2 horizontal stacked images panorama, @140mm, Olympus OMD
Immature Little Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Little Green Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Little Green Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image

Great Egret Nest With Chicks

A series of images of Great Egret chicks by & in the nest. The featured image was taken @ 500mm with a Tamron 150-600mm lens with a Canon R.

Great Egret Chicks in the nest. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 600mm, Canon R
Great Egret Chicks in the nest. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 500mm, Canon R
Great Egret Chicks in a different nest with adults. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 600mm, Canon R
Great Egret Chicks in the nest. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 500mm, Canon R
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