Coyotes and my equipment

...Photographing wildlife at the game farm allows you to fine tune some of your photographic skills. I was concentrating on using fill flash to add a catch light in the animal’s eyes and to bring out a few more details in their fur.  I have found from past experience that when using fill flash on animals the flash needs to be extended at least a foot above the camera to prevent the equivalent of red eye in the animals. In order to do this my camera/flash setup was rather interesting...

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Days 3 and 4 WIldlife Model Workshop

Here are a few from days 3 and 4 of the Wildlife Model Workshop.  Think about joining me for next year’s workshop!


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Day 2 Wildlife Model Workshop

Here are a few from the second day of the Wildlife Model Workshop.

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Day 1 - Wildlife Model Workshop

I just have time to post a few images from Day 1 on my WIldlife Model Workshop

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Further editing

I always like to put a few days or a week between the time I photograph and the time I final edit my images.  This gives me time to separate the experience from the images.  Sometimes I find images that I totally over looked in the early edits that are good, and other times I find images that I thought were good in the early edits, really aren’t so good, now that I have that time separation. Also getting to view the images on a big color calibrated monitor versus the small laptop can help find flaws in images that I did not notice at first.

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Bluebird Surprise!

I was surprised when I returned from Monterey to find the bluebirds were still in the box, I had expected them to have fledged. I spent about two hours photographing them on Saturday and I decided that would be my last day, as to make sure I did not interfere with their fledging...I wanted to try out my new flash and all the accessories, with the full height extension that I will be using in Montana during the wildlife model workshop...I was impressed how well the Vacu-pod held all the weight...

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Last week

Last week I was busy teaching a workshop on the Monterey Peninsula... We were concentrating on long exposures with neutral density filters, HDR, exposure stacking and night photography...   Here are a few that I took.

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Elkhorn Slough Day 4

I didn’t expect to go back to the slough on day 4, it was supposed to be a day of rest. But as fate or luck would have it, I woke up at 5:15 anyway, so I decided to go...I got to watch them eat clams, a crab and more of the Innkeeper Worms. I wonder how much food can still be down there after watching them eat? ...I am going to miss this place, and compared to this, it will sure seem quite when I next kayak on the American River.

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Elkhorn Slough Day 3

The last two days we had noticed one mother and child pair of otters that were especially comfortable around us.  For the most part they paid us no attention, except for the occasional visit when the young otter would put its paws on my boat and peak inside. I decided I was going to spend most of my morning with them if they were in their usual area...The otters swam around, diving for food constantly.  They are voracious eating machines. There were times they came up within feet of my kayak allowing me to take many close up images.

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Elkhorn Slough Day 2

No matter how much you plan, you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. After the first day of kayaking, we decided it would be worth it to go earlier and try to take advantage of early morning light. When I left the hotel in the dark, I didn’t realize how thick the cloud cover was, and it wasn’t just a thin marine layer it was heavy overcast...The downside of that was since the sky was gray, the water appeared gray in all my images and didn’t look too appealing.  Fortunately it is easy to correct that problem in the raw processing. If you don’t know how to do this in Lightroom or ACR than watch the video...

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