Saturday, January 23, 2010

Angry Pete Dropped My 500mm

When a friend of mine, Angry Pete, opened the hatch of his Honda Pilot, he didn't heed the advice of countless flight attendants. The contents had shifted and the bag holding my 500mm f4 af-s II, D300 and tc-17e (retail value over $10000) rolled out into the parking lot of the park we were visiting to photograph a kestrel.

Let's see how well my camera insurance comes through....

500mm mount damage

Nikon D300 body damage

tc-17e teleconverter mount damage

Thursday, January 21, 2010

American Kestrel

Once I thought I could handle almost any subject in flight. I have pretty decent skills and equipment for shooting action, but this tiny falcon proved to be almost too much for me. In the end, having produced almost no decent images, I resorted to a primitive, pre-focusing technique to produce this photograph. What was not so primitive was the 1/8000 of a second that I was able to obtain, using the D3, to freeze the action in overcast conditions and while not panning with the subject. iso3200, f2.8..... I also set the D3 in "DX" mode which makes the frame smaller but increases the frame rate from 9fps to 11fps.



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Osprey Image in Natural History Magazine

My lead osprey image seems to be gaining popularity all the time. It appears as a double page spread this month in Natural History Magazine in the coveted "Natural Moment" column. The Natural Moment is a 3-page column that appears in every issue and is written by Erin Espelie.

The image is available for purchase in a variety of sizes and formats, with or without frame from Fine Art America.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Baby Chameleons at Workshop

These little guys are the stars of the show!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Phototrap Manual Price Reduced!

The Phototrap Manual is now priced at $75USD plus shipping!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Latest From Arizona

Hello everyone,

This is some new material from Arizona. Nothing ground-breaking here, but some decent coverage of some favorite species. I tried to get some low-to-the-ground, wide-angle perspective on a few things to show the desert environment.