Labor Day Weekend Sale

 

Labor Day officially marks the end of the summer. 

The retailers use it as another excuse to offer sales… so why not…

I am jumping on the Labor Day Weekend sales and it’s your chance to save big time.

 

FLASH SALE 40% off!

 

Bring a little nature into your life, relax and soak in the beauty that I have captured and am sharing with you.

 

“All is a miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred millions of worlds around a million of stars, the activity of light, the life of all animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles”

                        Francoise Voltaire

 

 “Capturing the Light” digital – Now $3.59

 

“My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”  Blu-ray video – Now $14.97

 

“My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal” digital download - Now $11.97 or rent for $3.57

 

Each one of these are great holiday or birthday gifts. 

 

The ebook is filled with 68 images of incredible nature, and the “My Stretch of the River” features over 57 minutes of breathtaking beauty. The video is super to have on the big screen TV without the sound during parties. 

 

Never have the prices been this low!

 

Use the coupon code of LDW40 at checkout for these bargain prices.

 

“Capturing the Light” digital book click here.

 

“My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal” click here.

 

Now that you’ve finished shopping and feel great knowing you own or will be gifting, did you know that 250,000 bats summer about 10 miles from my home?

I got a little batty at the Yolo Basin Wildlife area with Rob Sheppard, former editor for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and a real bat enthusiast (http://www.natureandphotography.com/),  where these 250,000 bats roost in the expansion joints of the bridge. During the summers they fly out in mass and return in small groups. 

This was the first time I had ever experienced the bats flying in, in the early morning.  We started out in the dark and had to use flash to photograph.  It was tricky because you could just make out movement, you aimed the camera and fired with the flash on, hoping there would be bats in the frame!  Obviously a lot of hit or miss involved.

It is much easier during the fly out which takes place around sunset and last for 15-25 minutes.  The bats fly out in waves, the night we were there in two waves. You are photographing a stream of bats against the darkening sky as they leave the bridge to hunt insects.  The camea trick for photographing these Mexican Free Tailed bats is to use a fast shutter speed, because the fly very quickly. With a telephoto lens a shutter speed of at least 1/2000 sec was needed.

 

Here are a few pictures:

 

 

 

 

And for fun, the moon was coming behind us Saturday night. Using Photoshop and 2 pictures – the moon and the bats – I overlaid the image of the bats – and this is a winner to use for Halloween!

 

 

Big Changes Coming to My River!

 

After a summer of big releases from the dam ranging from 1700 -2300 cubic feet per second, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced there will be a cut back to 800 cubic feet per second by Saturday!   The river will be less than half the size it was earlier in the week.

I wonder what this means for my wildlife friends on the river.  I am amazed at how quickly they seem to adapt to these unnatural flow changes.

I’ll keep you posted.  Here are a few recent photos with the current 1700-2300 cfps flow:

 

 

 

 

Have a great and safe holiday weekend and… keep on taking great pictures!

 

 

 

P.S. If you didn’t take advantage of the 40% Flash Labor Day Sale… go back to the beginning of this email and get yourself a present – or someone else – at these wild low prices.