Thursday, May 9, 2019

Raptors in Focus: Bird Photography Workshop 2019 at VINS

It was a treat to have attended the raptor photo workshop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) on May 5th. The workshop, hosted by local photographer Rob Strong, began with a slideshow presentation about camera basics and tips for shooting birds. Approximately, fifteen photographers were in attendance and by looking at their photography gear; this was not their first time at bird photography.

Camera Gear: Nikon D500, Tamron 150-600mm, and monopod with ball head.
Camera Settings:
1. AF-C Settings - Release Priority - Set to Focus.
2. Focus Tracking with Lock-On (A3 Group) - Blocked Shot AF Response = Setting "2".
3. Subject Motion - erratic.
4. Assign the PV Button to "AF Area Mode option - Single Point AF".
5. AF Area- D25 and Single Mode.
6. AF Mode - AF-C.
7. Set- up Back Button AF to rear Button (A8).
8. Frame Rate - Set to 10FPS.
9. Shutter Speed - Start at 1/2000/sec.
10. f/stop range – as low as possible.
11. Cap ISO at 4000 (Target not over 1600).

We moved outside, and our first raptor model was Bridport, a Rough-Legged Hawk. Flying between his two handlers, Sarah and Sara, we practiced our panning. I found this to be more difficult than I thought it would be.

Aurora, a Barn Owl, was our second model. I think it had a damaged wing, so it could not fly. We took many pictures of the owl perched on Sarah's hand and on top of a post.

Kent, a Red-Tailed Hawk, was our third model. Kent is a long term resident at VINS.

Chesterland, a Harris’s Hawk, was our fourth model.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Barred Owl

I had a chance to try out my new Tamron 150-600mm lens today. My neighbor called and said “There is an owl in our yard.” I was over in a flash (Brent with his camera was not far behind). I only wish I had time to check my camera settings (still had it set to .jpg from when I was helping out taking photos for eBay). The experience of hanging out with an owl for 10 minutes was well worth it.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Water of the Upper Valley

My local newspaper, The Valley News just featured my new photo book titled, "Water of the Upper Valley." The article featured five images from the book, including the one above. I even love the article’s title, “Water Works.” The photos and the books can be purchased on my website. The book is also available on Amazon.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Cats

A family of feral cats has been living around my folks home in Florida. Here are some photos right after their morning feeding.