Sunday, March 18, 2018

Snow Geese Blastoff (uncut)

Sometimes a video is needed to share the experience, something I have commented on before. To make the still shot work I think a sense of order must be distilled out of the organized chaos of 600,000 or more birds in flight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Snow Geese at 16K

I just returned from Loess Bluffs NWR at Mound City, MO. and was surprised to learn yesterday's count was about 750,000 geese. However, the biggest surprise was quality of images shot at an ISO of 16,000, almost literally shots in the dark. I moved back to Canon after an experiment with Sony and this was its shakedown visit. Both shots recorded using auto focus.

ISO 16,000, 1/8 sec @ f5.6

ISO 16,000, 1/60 sec @ f4.0

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

and then it snowed!

 This weekend I had the opportunity to put a GoPro in the yard and watch the ice melt. With at least 6 inches of new snow I will soon get a chance to fine tune my technique.

Technical: GoPro @ 30 second intervals for 3 hours, auxiliary battery.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Morning Ritual

I made my annual visit to Shakopee last month to see the ducks and swans at Memorial Park, a great way to enjoy a peaceful morning with the birds. While watching I could not help comparing their morning ritual to mine.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pine Marten and Peanut Butter

Everyone loves peanut butter! I'm sure pine martens prefer a hot lunch but will settle for this when MacDonald's is closed. This was the highlight of my second trip this year to Sax Zim Bog.  The red pail handle is an indication of the chaotic feed placement at this location.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A little backyard fun

You can't win with squirrels at the feeder so why not just enjoy them? This activity was recorded over several days so I could capture the decisive moment with the squirrel jumping onto the feeder. It was easy recording it jumping off, all I had to do was open the door.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Waiting for a handout

I made my yearly visit to Memorial Park in Shakopee yesterday. These swans clearly knew what to expect when I sat down. There was not much activity so I played with the GoPro to get this shot.