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Abstract Image, Sunset over Lion’s Head

 (Patrick Kriner)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!

Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite National Park

 (Patrick Kriner)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

 (Patrick Kriner)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!

 (Patrick Kriner)

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!

Bald Eagle Flying over the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (Patrick Kriner)

 

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!

Happy Independence Day

 (Patrick Kriner)Happy Independence Day!  Many thanks to the sponsors of our annual fireworks and Independence Day celebration here in Sylvania, Ohio.  A very special thank you to all of the men and women who serve or have served our country in the armed services.  Their efforts have protected our freedoms for centuries and we are forever grateful for them and their families for the sacrifice they have made.  All gave some, some gave all.  God Bless America!

On a personal note, since July 4th is also my wife’s birthday I wanted to thank every communtiy across this great land that scheduled fireworks in recognition of her birthday.  Happy Birthday Elizabeth Ann!

On Watch

Lioness on watch.  Masai Mara, Kenya (Patrick Kriner)

 

On Watch.  I labeled this image “On Watch” because of the event surrounding this image creation.  I was travelling within the Masai Mara located near Nairobi, Kenya.  We were transversing the park watching for something to photograph.  Our guides noticed a mass of Wildebeests gathering near the Mara River and thought a crossing of the migration was about to occur.  As we moved our Range Rovers near the river I noticed this Female Lion keeping her eye on the movement of the wildebeests across the river.  Her gazed did not move from them as their numbers grew to large proportions.  I was thinking that she knew what might be happening and hoping that her next meal might come across from the other side of the river and move in her direction.

The migration of the herd is something to see.  Its sometimes called the ninth wonder of the world because no one knows why it happens from season to season as the Wildebeests and Zebras move between the Masai mara and the Serengeti.  However, the raptors and other carnivores who live in the area have seen it occur time and again and know how to prepare for it.  I originally thought the grass blocking the Lion’s face was a bit of a problem.  However, when I opened it on screen, I could tell that it was part of the story and enhanced the image I was trying to capture.  I printed this image in color on my original pass through my portfolio.  When I thought to see how it might look in Black and White, I was amazed on the quality of the image and the impact the a duo toned image could have in this scenario.  I printed a few copies on Epson’s Cold Press Bright  Signature Worthy Papers and the results were astounding.  I liked it so much I ran off to my framer’s shop to have one framed for myself.  You too can have one for your home or office.  Printed in 13×19 inch format, this image is a stark reminder of life inside the Masai Mara and how events in the park can provide for some creative imaging that stirs the imagination and urges me back for another African Safari.  Enjoy!

Flight 25

 (Patrick Kriner)

 

The sun is shining here in Northwest Ohio, but it is still cold.  Hoping that golf season would start, but again we wait.  Here is an image I call Flight 25.  I know, its a boring title.  But I could spend hours coming up with new and descriptive titles for the posts of Eagles in flight from my recent trip to Alaska, but there are better things to do around the office and posting images of Bald Eagles is one of them.  In addition, I have already started posting images to a hard bound book I am working on for future publication. I have many flight shots from my trip and this is one of my favorites.  So much so that I chose this for the cover of the book.  It didn’t hurt that I had a lot of blue sky to the right where type would go giving a Title to my book.  For many of these flight shots I was using a short telephoto zoom lens.  We were working from a boat for most of the flight shots and I was able to capture many images.  The trick is to try and catch them in the air as they approached the boat and then follow them with my focus button until the time to trip the shutter.  Since my camera gave me 8 frames per second, I was able to get a large number of flight shots illustrating many different facets of Bald Eagles in flight.  So ignore the boring title and enjoy the beautiful image capture of a Bald Eagle in Flight.  More to come!  Enjoy!

 

Snowy Owls in Winter

 (Patrick Kriner)Here is another image from my experience photographing Snowy Owls in Quebec, Canada.  This is an image capture of a female Owl as she takes flight.  Watching these owls for a while you can get a sense as to when they might be lifting off and taking flight.  Timing is everything and I think I captured a really nice angle here with this one image.  The female Owls have the brown feathers or “burrowing” that you see here in this frame.  The males are all white and are often times difficult to locate.  We did find a male a few hours away and were able to track him down.  We spent several hours trying to get the best images.  He was very skittish and hesitant to come near us.  Although there wre only 6 or 7 of us in a group, he stayed quite a ways away from us on a fence or in a tree waiting and watching for food to present itself to him.  Below left is an image of the Male Snowy Owl.

 (Patrick Kriner)We were provided many opportunities to photograph the female owls, but this male was very illusive.  One interesting fact about Snowy Owls is that they are monogamous.   They will only mate with one female.  In the winter when the Owls leave their Arctic territory and fly elsewhere, the male and female may not winter in the same location.  Upon returning to their Arctic home they will reconnect for mating season.  They spend months away from each other but reunite during the summer months having travelled many miles from their winter hideouts to their mating territory up north.

Photographing Birds in any weather is fun and exciting.  I am currently preparing to fly off to Alaska to photograph American Eagles along the coast.  Returning at the end of March I will have many images to share with you.  We just survived winter storm Rocky and are looking forward to an early spring.  Enjoy!

 

Snowy Owl in Winter

 (Patrick Kriner)

February is a great time to go looking for Snowy Owls.  These Owls can be found in Ontario and Quebec north into Canada.  This particular bird was found in a farmers field around Quebec City, Quebec.  Snowy Owls are pretty territorial.  When winter comes they fly down from the Arctic region where they spend the summer, and usually return to an area that they visited before.  Our guides were able to track these birds through the use of GPS.  Once they established a way point where a Snowy was known to frequent, they generally found them there each and everyday while they stayed in the area.  While photographing these birds we also saw them get a little aggressive with other Snowy Owls that came into their area.  Each bird flew higher and higher among the trees and structures showing off how high they could fly.  Once one of them established a dominant position, the other bird quickly flew away.

It was fun photographing these Owls.  I was using my 200 to 400 mm zoom lens with a 1.7 tele converter on it.  This was usually enough reach to get good close up images of the Snowys.  Our guides had brought a few mice with them incase there wasn’t any food in the area.  The snow this particular season was not very deep and food was quite plentiful.  Patience was the key here as these birds only ate when they were hungry.  If they had just found a mouse or Vol to eat, they would fly back to their perch and stay away until they were hungry again.  Sometimes this was a 20-30 minute break in our shooting.  Standing around in 10 degree weather waiting for an owl to have her lunch is a bit crazy.  We were pacing back and forth to make sure we were keeping blood to our feet so our toes would’nt freeze.  We were dressed for the weather but sitting around wasn’t helping us keep warm.  I have been told that there have been sightings of Snowy Owls here in Northwest Ohio near the lake.  I have yet to see one, but will continue my search while the weather remains cold and the snow continues to fly.  Enjoy!