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Bluebirds Day 2

First I am going to share my setup with you. I have my Canon 5DM4 with a Tamron 150-600mm lens mounted on my Really Right Stuff BH_55 ball head. This is mounted on my Vacu-pod, which is attached to the driver window. Attached to the camera is a Canon 600 EX II RT flash with a MagMod MagBeam to extend my flash output and a Quantam Turbo SC battery pack..

Today I took a slightly different approach. I zoomed in a little closer and used a wider aperture to give me less depth of filed, realizing I was not going to get as many flight shots. After my first few shots in the horizontal orientation, trying to get the birds flying into the box, I shifted to a vertical composition and decided just to get them right at the box...

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Bluebirds are Back!

This is the third year that bluebirds have nested in our box outside my home… This year I decided to experiment with adding fill flash to the images… Here is a without and with flash example. To learn more about my setup, my settings etc., read the blog.

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Too Much Time On My Hands?

Every once in a while I will look at a picture and think “What if?”  Yesterday I was looking at the pictures of the horses and riders on the beach and I remembered a series of rodeo pictures I took a few years ago where I applied a filter and did some layer blending to make a grittier more illustrative look and I thought “What if I applied that look to some of these images”

Here are the before and after images that I have done so far.  Please let me know what you think before I spend too much time working on more.

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"Do or do not, there is no try" Yoda

Most of the times I have photographed the horses on the beach have been sunrise sessions, but this year they hosted a couple of sunset sessions as well. It had been fairly overcast and a bit rainy this day and I was debating not going to the session, but about 20 minutes before I had to leave, the sky started to clear a bit.  I wasn’t sure if it was really going to clear up or not and it takes a half an hour from my hotel to get to this beach, and I decided I might as well try...then the sun broke through and made the most beautiful light we could have hoped for. This lasted for about 45 minutes before the sun disappeared behind the clouds and the light got flat. I am so glad I made the decision to go, it just proves, that sometimes you have to listen to Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”

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