What a month! After a long winter the birds came back strong. I spent almost the entire month doing still photography using the 100-400 mm lens, handheld. It was a refreshing break from being locked to a tripod and less frustrating than waiting for video action.
Birds of May can be seen at: May 2013 Birds
Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Another first image, what a spring! Redstarts have been everywhere and highly visible because of their orange wing bars and constant flashing of their tail as they flutter from branch to branch. According to the Cornell Bird website this behavior is used to flush insect prey off branches and leaves so it can be eaten, seems like a lot of work.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Another in the series of warblers from last week. Spring woodlands have been more brown than green so the colorful birds have been very welcome subjects. Another image shot hand held with the 100-400 lens, image stabilizer on. Since starting shooting Canon video it has become my favorite lens for both wildlife stills and video. With the 7D crop factor it is a 640 mm lens, remember when a 600 mm lens was financially out of reach.
Monday, May 27, 2013
What's in a name? In this case it is very descriptive but that's not always the case as in the Magnolia Warbler which acquired its name from the tree it was first seen in. Photographed in the backyard.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I don't know if it is the weather or just the coincidence of me being outdoors when the warblers pass through but I have never seen the woods alive with warblers like this year. Technical: Captured with center point autofocus, cropped for subject placement, in this case vertical.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This guy has been very tolerant of photographers and seems to enjoy performing, if I can be so bold to give it a human characteristic. Footage was obtained over two seasons. Both the Canon 7D and C100 used to record footage.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
My first love in photography is wildflowers and finding a little color at my feet is a joy. If you are wondering about the blue, it is the sky. I'll let your imagination determine the camera position. Technical: 100 macro, f 7.1, late morning light.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The warblers have arrived, trees are alive with movement. The challenge is locking focus and getting a decent shot without background clutter or a bird sprouting a branch from its back. Technical: slight cropping, 500 mm lens on Canon 7D
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The warblers are in the trees and the sparrows are at the water making it a little easier to get a shot of them. Tiny but busy birds, it's just a matter of waiting for them to get close. Technical: cropped vertical, 500 mm lens on Canon 7D
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The butterflies are coming out of hibernation with Mourning Cloaks in open areas and commas in the woods. Butterfly photography is grab shooting unless you have a good food source. Technical: cropped to vertical, handheld using a 70-200 mm lens.