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Ducks In A Row

Ducks In A Row

 

I remember a warm summer’s evening connected with this image. We were at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary walking on the paths and looked back towards the west across the lagoon. An old log was sticking out into the water and was lined with ducks, a lone bird paddled his way out to the end. I liked the way that his wake melded in with the ripples on the water. The golden light  before sunset was an added bonus.

Nikon FM, Tamron 70-210mm, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro

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Maya The Wolf

Maya

Sherri and I spent an afternoon at the Northern Lights Wildlife Center near Golden, BC. We had booked a photo session and were taken for a walk in the wood with a wolf. Maya wandered about and through the trees and I photographed her as she more or less followed her handler.

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Coot Wake

Coot Wake

Rain was not a deterrent when we went out to Vermillion Lakes. This little American Coot was in a hurry going somewhere. The wake that it left behind made a pleasing pattern in the water with the rain drops spotting the surface.

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Coot And Reeds

Coot And Reeds

When the weather turns overcast and the clouds move in so that I can’t see the mountains, there are still things to photograph. We went out to Vermillion Lakes just to enjoy the outdoors and see the sights. I managed to capture a few frames that I thought were decent. I loved the patterns in the water.

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Lookout

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Here is an image from a few years ago. Sherri and I visited the Northern Lights Wolf Center near Golden, British Columbia. We enjoyed a photo shoot with Maya.
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Goldeneye And Swans

Goldeneye And Swans

In a bit of a departure from my usual processing, I took this shot of waterfowl. It was a dreary day, overcast with a bit of sleet falling. The lower light kept the shutter speed down to 1/200 sec, which wasn’t able to stop the fast beating wings of the Common Goldeneyes. The image had a rough quality to begin with that reminded me of some old film images. I further enhanced that quality with Nik Software’s Analog Efex Pro. I hope you like it.

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Kestrel Watch

Kestrel Watch

There are a pair of American Kestrels that patrol our neighbourhood. The smaller birds head for cover when ever they hear the distinctive call. This one was circling near our house, calling. I saw it land in the tree and ran inside to grab my 400mm telephoto and was hoping it would still be there when I got back. Lucky for me the bird cooperated. I moved around trying to better angles but the Kestrel remained high in the tree.

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It’s Raining Again

It's Raining

Well, it was raining, snowing and/or sleeting when I made this image, near Peyto Lake in Banff National Park. At 7000 feet the weather is a bit unpredictable and usually cool, even in the summer. The Gray Jays are very curious birds and followed me around as I was shooting landscape image. When I switched to trying to get their picture, they jumped around from branch to branch quite quickly, not cooperating. I managed to get a good frame with it’s head turned.

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Wading Bird

Wading Bird

In this image, I thought that the structure of the components were quite simplistic and would lend themselves to a monochrome treatment. I did brighten the body of the Lesser Yellowlegs as it was in deep shadow. I used Photoshop CC and Nik Software Viveza 2 to selectively brighten and the black and white conversion was done in Silver Efex Pro 2. I finished the frame with an Ambrotype toning in honour of the yellowlegs.

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Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

When shooting water birds, I often like to include a reflection in the image. I think that it helps to establish the creature’s habitat.

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Alone In A Crowd

Alone In A Crowd

With the dwindling light at Slack Slough near Red Deer, Alberta, my 80-400mm @f/5.6 was down to 1/20th of a second. The fast moving Lesser Yellowlegs were hard to photograph but one held still long enough for me to capture this image. When I looked at this frame on my computer monitor, I was struck by the contrast between the blurred birds and the still one.

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Deer Fields

Deer Fields

Driving around on the back roads is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, but also a great source of material. We were motoring down a gravel road when we saw this doe standing on the edge of a small valley. I stopped the truck, rolled down the window and snapped a few quick shots. This is the one I liked the most. I find opportunistic the most common for me. I shoot pictures of what I come across.

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The Redpolls Are Here

Red Poll Light

The cold weather has brought all of the little bird to the feeders. Around our place the Redpolls come when the weather is the coldest.

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Two Bear Cubs

Two Cubs

A mother bear and two cub were grazing just beside the Ten Mile Brake Check east of Golden, BC the other day. I got out of the truck, because they were on the other side of the fence. The zoom on my Nikon P6000 just didn’t reach far enough to get a good close up like my friend John Marriott does, like this one.I was trying to get close enough to shoot through the fence, but I had gotten too close and the mother bear scooted them up the tree before I could back off again. Opportunity lost because of impatience. I was glad that she was still wary of humans, but was sorry to have disturbed her.

What are your wildlife stories?

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A Bit Of Wildlife

Canola Doe

After seeing John E. Marriott’s spectacular wildlife at his seminar Tall Tales, Long Lenses: Bears, Wolves And a Million Bucks, I was inspired to post a few of my wildlife shots.

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Wildlife Photography Seminar With John E. Marriott

Tall Tales, Long Lenses: Bears, Wolves, and a Million Bucks is the name of the seminar with John Marriott on Friday February 18, 2011. The seminar is sponsored by The Camera Store and will be presented at the Ramada Inn, downtown Calgary, Alberta Canada.

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Nov 13 and 14 California Bighorn Sheep workshops (via Kelly Funk’s Blog)

If I wasn’t headed to see Joe McNally in Calgary on the same days, I think I’d like to go see the Bighorns with Kelly.

Nov 13 and 14 California Bighorn Sheep workshops Join ‘Outdoor Photography Canada’s’ columnist and Kamloops photographer Kelly Funk for a look into the world of the Thompson Okanagan’s charismatic California Bighorn sheep.  This is a workshop for intermediate to advanced photographers, concentrating on the finer aspects of wildlife photography.  Participants should have a sound working knowledge of camera basics, including: histogram, manual vs. aperture and shutter priorities, focus tracking, … Read More

via Kelly Funk’s Blog


Pika

Pika Pose

Small mammals like Pikas can often be harder to photograph than large mammals like Elk and Bison. First off, they move faster. There is less to focus on. Even when you are close, they are still small in the viewfinder. So when the Pikas do stop for a moment, it’s time to fire the shutter.  (more…)


Return to Yellowstone

On October 1, 2010, Sherri and I will be headed south, to Yellowstone National Park. This will be Sherri’s first visit to Yellowstone. We were close last year when we stopped at Rexburg, Idaho on our way to Boise. I haven’t been to Yellowstone since the early 1970’s and have been wanting to go back for a while. There are more hydrothermal geologic features in Yellowstone than in the rest of the world. So there’s lots of interesting things to see, not counting the landscape and the wildlife. I don’t have any recent images from Yellowstone, so I’ve found some great images on Flickr for you to peruse.

Colorful shore of the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring.

Used under a Creative Commons licence from: Alaskan Dude /Frank (more…)


Wildlife-how close is too close? (tip) (via Kelly Funk’s Blog)

All too often I see tourists lining the highway, creating “bear jams”. They run across the road in front of traffic to get a snap of an elk. Kelly, John, Darwin, Moose and other true professionals I know, all have a great respect for wildlife. None of them would consider endangering or frightening an animal in the field.

Wildlife-how close is too close? (tip) If you’re a serious wildlife photographer, or even a conservation minded individual that loves animals of all kinds you’ve probably been in a situation that left you wondering whether or not you were too close…I certainly have.  From as early as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by wildlife, but from the moment I picked up a camera I can assure you that I became far more sensitive to their behavior and well being.  I’m not ashamed to say I us … Read More

via Kelly Funk’s Blog


A Lazy Long Weekend

Canola Doe

Well, I’ve been off since Thursday night and it’s now Monday afternoon. I’ve hardly posted anything and I only got out last night to do some shooting. Where have I been? Well, mostly down in the Bat Cave working on my computer, and sleeping in. (more…)


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