Just a few pictures from this morning's sunrise

...It was cold this morning so we had a nice layer of fog over the river. Here are a few images I was able to capture between my times helping students...

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Practicing patience

"Patience is the art of hoping."  Luc de Clapiers

There are times when I am out photographing that I have to force myself to be patient. About a month ago, I was coming back from my morning kayak and getting close to the location where I get out of the water, when I spotted this Snowy Egret. I hadn’t spent much time being close to a Snowy in a while, so I diverted my direction and headed towards the bird. At first the bird was not in very good light, I almost left the area, but I saw it was heading to a more interesting spot, so I decided to sit and wait. As usual, whenever I am sitting and watching animals, I engage them in conversation. I was telling the egret how beautiful it was and asking it to meander a bit to my left so it could get in better light...See more images and read the rest of the story below.

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A different look

I have over 5,000 images of Great Blue Herons (I know I am a hoarder) and in that number are quite a few images of them in flight...But while I was photographing this heron, it made a sudden and rapid descent into the top of a tree, where it settled to perch...On the way down it twisted and turned in some amazing poses. And for me created some unique images I had never captured before. Check them out here.

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Focus, Track, Shoot, Repeat

A few months ago a client called me and asked what settings I used on my Canon 5D Mark 4 to photograph birds in flight.  I told him what I had tried, but let him know I really didn’t feel to successful at capturing birds in flight...He had a friend that was a professional drone pilot and we was going to see if his friend would fly the drone for us so we could try the different Focus Cases, focusing points and shutter speeds to see what worked best. Read the blog to find out my results

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How many iguanas do you see?

As I was leaving Wakodahatchee Wetlands, I noticed the orange iguana in a tree near the exit...

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A few more silhouettes

I have been going through the 1200+ images I have retained from my Florida trip, adding keywords, deleting more, and processing several.

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What Big Eyes You Have!

...looking at the pictures, I realized there is no way to convey the size of the alligator without seeing next to something you would recognize to give it scale. Since it was in the middle of the water, I did not have that opportunity.  So here are a couple of shots and you’ll just have to trust me, it was huge!

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One bird, many looks

...I found it interesting to see how much the images changed as the bird walked this path. It reminded me to continuously work a subject for as long as you can because you never know where the best picture will be.

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Sometimes you just need to have some fun!

... I happen to notice two images I took of the boardwalk and reflections, one going at about a 45 degree angle going from left to right and next image at the same angle going from right to left. The two images met at a peak in the middle and I decided to put them together to create strong graphical image...

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Long Exposure Creativity in Florida

I love the clouds in Florida!  Living where I do, the central valley of California, I don’t get to experience too many days of great big puffy clouds. Our norm is, to use an Ansel Adams quote, “bald headed skies.” So when I come to Florida I like to take advantage of the clouds.

In order to photograph long exposures during the day you need a very strong neutral density filter...

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