Happy Independence Day!

 (Patrick Kriner)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happy Independence Day!  Enjoy your freedom with Family and friends.



Sea Lion – Galapagos Islands

 (Patrick Kriner)

Here is a quick snap image from my trip to the Galapagos Islands.  These Sea Lions were really big contortionists.  They could rally move their bodies into all different types of configurations.  They were pretty slow moving animals, but don’t get too close they would charge you if they were irritated in any way.  Enjoy!

 



Memorial Day 2015

 (Patrick Kriner)On this Memorial Day remember that all gave some, and some gave all.  Celebrate this holiday with family and friends.  Be thankful for the freedoms that we all share and remember those that gave their lives so that we can enjoy our lives free of oppression.  God Bless America!



Blue Footed Booby

 (Patrick Kriner)Blue Footed Booby!  One of the main attractions when photographing birds in the Galapagos Islands are the Boobies.  ( Not those Boobies, the birds! ).  Here is an image of the famous Blue Footed Booby.  This is a male bird and he is doing his mating dance.  Male Boobies try several ways to attract females to mate.   This way they lift their feet up and down in a somewhat interesting mating dance.  Another way in which they try to attract females is to pick up a stick or pebble from the ground and hold them up in the air as if offering it to the female as a gift.  Finally, they spread out their wings and call out to the sky when a female flies by.  We witnessed all three types of mating rituals on the island.  Two males were in competition and they kept trying to one up each other by picking up bigger sticks or dancing better than the other bird.

One of the reasons we went to the islands in April was to capture the mating birds in all of their glory.  Although it was not the best time to see the Tortoises.  In the fall there are an abundant number of Tortoises in the wild available for photography.  However, in the fall we would have missed the mating rituals of the birds which was our main focus of the trip.  We did see several Tortoises in the wild and I will share those images with you shortly.  Stay tuned for more, Enjoy!



Marine Iguana

 (Patrick Kriner)

Marine Iguana!  Another post from my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.  This is an endemic species only found here in the Galapagos Islands.  There are several sub species.  If you stay tuned to my blog you will see many more of this species of Iguana.  This little guy was quite small, but they can grow to be about 40 inches long.  Some of the islands had only a few Iguana while other islands had thousands.  Marine Iguanas are more subtle in their coloring while the other Land Iguana are quite colorful.  They are mostly herbivores.  They consume plants for their food source.  They lay around and sun themselves on the Lava Rocks found on the island and are not very skittish.  We could easily get as close as 2 meters from them and they would not even flinch.  Flash photography was prohibited on the islands, but we were pleased to have many days when the overcast skies produced a nice even light and yet allowed for the right amount of exposure to capture great images.  Bright sun shining on wet lava rocks generally yield reflective spots that hinder the best photographs.  Even light under overcasts skies allows for the rocks to be more subdued and creates an excellent light to capture images of these interesting creatures.  Enjoy!



Great Frigate Bird

 (Patrick Kriner)

Great Frigate Bird!  I have just returned home from a trip to the Galapagos Islands on Ecuador.  We traveled the area in a small cruise ship that accommodates 16 passengers and the crew.  Here is my first post in a while, but I have hundreds of images to post so come back as often as you can.  The Male Frigate Bird is quite unique.  It has a small sack under its chin that he inflates in attempts to attract the female birds.  This image shows it full of air and quite colorful.  They also can keep it inflated while in flight.  In addition, the males will wave they’re wings and cry out if a female is flying overhead.  Quite the thing to see.

We saw many species of birds, Iguana, sea lions, and other sea creatures crawling along the lava rocks.  It was a very educational trip as our guide has been in the Islands for 30 years.  She was quite informative as wells as demonstrative in her efforts to share with us the history and ecological impact you find in The Galapagos Islands.  Remember to share this post on Facebook, Pin It on Pinterest, are give me + over at Google.  Enjoy!

 



Tiger Crossing

 (Patrick Kriner)

Tiger Crossing!  Here is another image from my recent trip to Montana.  I posted a previous pic of this Tiger but I like the way that the water is cascading down from her tail on this image.  Photographing wildlife in any environment is challenging.  As I have said many times before, patience is the key.  A watchful eye waiting for just the right moment to trip the shutter often times produces great results.  Diligently viewing the subject through the viewfinder can be a bit tiring at times.  However, an image of this quality captured at just the right moment is a great reward for persistence and craft.  You can add this image to your Pinterest account by selecting the “Pin it” button below.  You can also follow me on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.  Watch for new updates coming soon!  Enjoy!



Tiger Pond Crossing

 (Patrick Kriner)

While we were in Montana last weekend bemoaning the fact that there was limited snow, we needed to find a way to make lemonade out of lemons.  We were able to photograph this 0ne year old Tiger mix and was amazed how she jumped into a pond near the compound where we were shooting.  She seemed to enjoy the water and spent quite a bit of time splashing around and running across the pond.  I have photographed Tigers in the snow in the past but this Tiger interacting with the water made for some interesting shooting.  We had to be diligent and patient as she walked around the side of the pond and then decided to go for a swim.  Shutters clicking away at 11 frames per second enabled us to capture some pretty dynamic images of this beautiful animal.  We appreciated the assistance we received from the staff at the preserve and helped make our trip fun and exciting, snow or no snow.  Enjoy!



Canada Lynx

 (Patrick Kriner)

On my recent trip to Montana, I had an opportunity to photograph two juvenile Canada Lynx. They were quite playful even finding a way to jump up onto a tree near our location.  Many people refer to them as Canadian Lynx, but my Canadian friends are quick to correct me. Canada Lynx it is!  The light was constantly changing as we focused our cameras on these little “Kittens.”  You had to be quick to adjust for the changing light even though we were all wearing heavy gloves due to the cold temperatures in Montana during the month of February.  The key to be able to change settings on the fly is achieved by having an in depth knowledge of your camera and how to adjust the settings rather quickly.  Practice makes perfect.  Get out the manual for your camera and sturdy it.  Spend time firing off the shutter and changing the settings as you go.  Practice makes perfect so get out and shoot as often as possible to get your self comfortable with the camera settings you will need for a particular subject.  I was shooting a while in manual mode and adjusting my ISO or light sensitivity to keep a fast shutter speed to capture the action while holding my aperture at f/8.0 to protect my depth of field.  When the light became really erratic, I switched to aperture priority and kept an eye on my shutter speed.  I adjusted the exposure compensation dial as the tonality of the subject changed when the Lynx was moving from a dark area to one covered in snow.  Experience, knowledge, and quick reflexes rule the day when your subject is small and playful.  Enjoy!



Tundra Wolf

 (Patrick Kriner)

I am traveling to Montana this week to photograph Wolves in a private preserve.  Hoping for lots of snow, we found that it has been quite warm here in Northern Montana.  Snow is at a premium.  We travelled up in to higher elevations this morning to find a great place to photograph these magnificent animals.  Many images to review and select for publication.  This is certainly one that stands out as a keeper.  As time permits, I will continue to post images and comments, more to come when arrive back into the biter cold of Northwest Ohio.  I can’t believe I had to travel to northern Montana to find a warmer climate.  Enjoy!