I guess you can say we are having a little fun here in Lion’s Head, Ontario. The sunsets have been phenomenal, and I don’t even have to leave the yard at our cottage. Just a few feet from the door you will find Isthmus Bay. Here is another sunset image from across the bay. It looks like an abstract painting. This image is right out of the camera. Add a little contrast and sharpen for the web and voila!
We wake every morning to this great view. In the evening, the sunsets and the dark night sky are an amazing thing to watch. Our friends told us about the dark sky and how the stars come out at night. I was looking forward to seeing this and was totally blown away. The constellations cover the entire sky for as far as you can see. With no extraneous lights to affect our viewing pleasure, the sight is amazing. I don’t know how people can go to sleep at night without spending hours out in the yard. Fire up the fire ring, pull up a chair and enjoy. A few Molson Exports are icing on the cake as we relax this week in a very beautiful spot here in Ontario, Canada. Enjoy!
While staying here in Lion’s Head, Ontario, we have had a nightly visitor. The friends of ours who own the cottage told us of a Red Fox that came around in the area. So far it has been every night since we started charging up the fire ring. He comes and goes through out the evening traveling up and down the coast. He appears to be quite friendly but remains cautious and stays at a safe distance from us. He didn’t mind when I got out the “Big Gun” telephoto to capture this image. The sun was setting and I was getting ready to photograph the sunset when this little guy walked into the yard. He watched with interest as I scrambled to get the longer lens on my camera and gladly struck this pose for me as the sun was providing that golden glow of the early evening.
From a wildlife photography perspective, this is a great shot. Ears up, looking left out of the frame, all four legs separated and a catch of the sun in his eye. It was as if he knew what I wanted and struck the pose. Hopefully, I might find him a few more times before we leave. Enjoy!
Traveling to the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. We found Tobermory which is about 40 minutes from our stay in Lion’s Head. Shopping, Boat Tours, Lighthouse, and a great Pub. Elizabeth found a little shop selling hand made items from Africa. You may have heard the giant sucking sound from my credit card account. In Tobermory is the “Big Tub” Lighthouse. We arrived last Monday and while it rained most the day we travelled the area scouting for great photo opportunities and trying to find the best time of day to shoot. This lighthouse looked great in the rain and clouds. We went back this morning for sunrise and captured this image. Right on the waters edge, it was clear that the sun would be right on it first thing in the morning. Elizabeth has been a real trooper and goes out with me at O Dark 30. Enjoy!
This week my wife and I are traveling to Lion’s Head, Ontario, Canada. We are staying in a very quaint Cottage located on the Isthmus Bay in Lion’s Head. Hiking, relaxing, photography, so far its been a great week. I anticipated the fall colors. Even though there are many colorful areas, I don’t believe we are at full peak here in Ontario. Photo opportunities abound and I will be posting them over the next few days. As it is, the Cottage overlooks the Bay area. This sunset was taken last night while my wife was doing her best Pyro Maniac and starting a fire in the fire ring. The night sky viewing is phenomenal. I have never seen star clusters like I have seen this week. It makes me want a telescope and a cottage in Lion’s Head.
We were up early this morning and travelled to two Lighthouses to catch the early morning light. Look for those posts to come soon. Enjoy!
I was reading my news on line this morning and read an article about how wildfires in and around Yosemite National Park were threatening the power plants that provided electricity to San Francisco. A few years ago I visited Yosemite with some friends and marvelled at all of the great photography that could be found there. This is the area of the South West that made Ansel Adams famous. It is Mecca to those of us seeking the best in landscape photography. To think that a portion of this great park is in peril is unconscionable. I pray fro the safety of those people trying to extinguish the blaze, as well as those home owners who might be affected by this disaster. I pray that their efforts to stop the spread of these wildfires are successful and that one of our National Treasures remains intact. I hope you feel the same, Enjoy!
Juvenile Eagle. Here isa post of a juvenile Eagle sitting on a piece of driftwood. This Eagle was found on a spit of land out across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska. As you can see this Eagle does not have any white feathers around its head. Although it is a young Bald Eagle, the feathers on its head will not turn white for at least five years. So if you see an image of a Bald Eagle with white feathers, you will know that it is at least five years old or older. When photographing wildlife in their natural habitats its important to be able to know about their habits, distinguishing marks, flight patterns, etc. This process helps you in finding the right place and the best times to photograph. It also helps in your overall efforts to capture these animals or birds in the best habitat pictures. Zoos in your local area are good for finding animals in a habitat created by the Zoo staff, but photographing them in the wild is such a thrill that I can not imagine spending much time in my Zoo other than to take my grand children just for the fun of it.
I urge you to go out into your area parks and wildlife preserves and try to observe these animals in their own natural habitat. The end result will be much more rewarding than in a captive environment. Enjoy!
Incoming! Watching these beautiful predators along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska was surely a sight to see. Diving, soaring, flying on the wing, these Eagles would search the area for food. Their talons would be tucked up under them as they would fly toward the water and then at the last second would pop out to grab the fish that they were able to see from far above the water. Even if the fish were near our watercraft, they did not seem to care about us. I was able to capture many of my flight shots with just a 70-200 zoom lens at about 135mm. They were that close. Thankfully, my camera has a great auto focus capability and can capture at rates of about 11 frames per second. I guess that is how I was able to bring back over 5000 images for 5 days of shooting.
The weather around the bay was a little bit of a challenge, and there were a couple of trips that were cancelled due to inclement weather. But we made the most of our time on the water and found some of the best places to photograph. Using local guides in these situations is essential to find the right places to photograph. Getting to Homer, Alaska was easy, finding the best place to photograph Bald Eagles needed an experience guide and a boat that gave us the flexibility to land the craft and get on and off with our camera gear. Our guides were experienced. They managed the wind and the waves to keep is just the right spot to photograph and also get us onto land when the Eagles were perched along the coast line. As you might see from my Eagle Gallery, we had various lighting situations which rendered the water many different colors. More to come, Enjoy!
I am Looking at YOU! I just finished a difficult task that I was procrastinating on since March. I reviewed every image I captured on my trip to Alaska and deleted those images that didn’t make the grade. Through that process I found many hidden jewels in over 5000 images which ended up in a book I entitled ” Eagles of the Kenai Peninsula.” I processed over 50 images and created an interesting montage. I will be posting information on how you can view the book or maybe even purchase one for yourself. The above image was one that really intrigued me. It seems that the Eagle is looking right at me. When photographing wildlife, its often patience that finally gets you the best images. There are pictures of Bald Eagles and then there are what I call show stoppers. Those images that make me stop and say wow, I need to post this. So look for many more Eagle pictures here on my blog and watch for details about the forth coming Coffee Table book, “Eagles of the Kenai Peninsula.” Enjoy!
Mt. Sneffles from the Field. One of the last nights during my recent trip to Colorado, we found ourselves in a field of grass below Mt. Sneffles. It was a stormy night and capturing an image like the one posted here required another HDR exposure. I really liked the fence line that wound its way through the field as well as the dark stormy clouds above the mountain. While my friends were working on flower macro photography, I found this composition to be quite appealing. I worked the composition and exposure fore quite some time and didn’t realize the quality of the image until I was able to open them up on my computer and work a little post processing magic.
One of the challenges we have as photographers is to capture the image as we see it in our camera. No Fluff, no computer magic, no plugins etc. Those of my friends who are purests would poo poo this image saying it was impacted too much by computer software. I agree that the computer work on this image was intense as I captured 5 different images with five different exposure values. In the old days where Ektachrome was king, this image would have been a lost cause. Today, in a digital world, the opportunities to create some great Fine Art photography is endless. Are software packages a help or a hindrance? Are they a quick fix for a bad photograph, or are they another tool that we as photographers can bring to the table to assist in recreating that image that we saw in the field? This debate will go one for some time. For me, its a great way to capture and print images that I would not otherwise capture and share here on my blog, Enjoy!
It was the last morning of our Photography trip to Ouray, Colorado this morning. We had limited time to shoot as we needed to check out of our rooms and head to Grand Junction, Colorado as we prepared for our flights home tomorrow. We found a great site at Crystal Lake and were treated with some great reflections. As we worked the field and tried many different compositions with the Red Mountain reflecting in Crystal lake, one of my friends found this butterfly clinging to the bottom of this flower. Now people will tell you that while it is cool outside, Butterflies will stay in one place until the sun pops up and warms their wings. This was about 8 in the morning and the sun was not yet shining on this flower by the lake. We broke out our tripods and macro lenses and went to work capturing this fantastic image of a Butterfly and the flower.
When photographing with a macro lens the depth of field is very narrow. If the lens is not parallel to the subject, part of it could be out of focus. So, the struggle for us was to make sure the sensor on our cameras were parallel to the wings and head of the Butterfly. It took us each quite a while to get situated with the Butterfly and get our cameras in the right position. We were taking turns capturing this nice image while the sun continued to climb in the sky. We knew if the sun found its way onto this flower, it would only be a matter of time before the Butterfly would be warmed by the rising sun and fly away to points unknown. Time was on our side as all of us were able to spend a little time with our friend the Butterfly. It was the last image I was able to capture on our trip and turned out to be a great send off from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Enjoy!