Flyby . . .

This Great White Egret finally decided to do a flyby, after an hour of trying to get close enough for a decent shot. Patience paid off as he gave me one pass. Image was captured at 10 frames-per-second using a Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera and Nikkor Z 100-400mm @400mm (DX crop 600mm), f5.6/6400sec.

Shimmering Birches . . .

During our visit at Rochester, Minnesota we took time to visit one of our favorite hiking areas, Chester Park. It was plenty cold for this Texan (low 40’s) as I captured this image in brisk winds with overcast skies, which is my preference. The soft, diffused light on an overcast day, allows all the nuances of colors to be expressed in their full glory.

Autumn Splendor . . .

A recent road trip to Minnesota provided an “obsessed color photographer” with a plethora of vibrant, autumnal hues in which to entice me. This image was captured just off the road in Rochester, Minnesota near the Olmsted Historical Society. Perhaps Lucy Maude Montgomery said it best, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I couldn’t agree more!

Autumn Wonder . . .

There is nothing quite like driving through the Julian Alps in Slovenia when the towering Larch trees begin to put on their autumnal yellow dress! I captured this photo as we wound our way along the main narrow, mountain road that runs through the Triglav National Park, which lies in the southern part of the Julian Alps. Shooting from a higher viewpoint, I was able to include more of the mountains, which added a dramatic background and spatial depth to the overall scene. I like my photographs to have attitude!

Autumn Sky . . .

Image captured from my driveway using a Nikon Z9 with a Z 24-120mm f/4 lens. The Nikkor Z 24-120mm is an absolutely stunning lens that is super sharp! An awesome zoom range that covers a wide range of my photography needs. Of course, I’m lovin the stellar Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, as well. These two lenses rock!   

The Heron Strut . . .

A stunning Great Blue Heron struts along the lakeshore reacting to my whistle. I was fortunate to be within twenty feet of this magnificent bird to capture this image. With this type of fleeting moment, timing and anticipation on my part was more important than frames-per-second.

Deer Crossing . . .

I was happy I had my Nikkor Z 100-400mm lens on my Z9 camera when this doe decided to saunter across the road in front of me. I quickly zoomed to 400mm and waited until she entered my compositional ‘hit zone’. It’s great when things all come together!

Reflecting on Reflections . . .

We have all seen untold waterfowl pictures with blue and green tones that dominate the color of water due to a blue sky or green forest, or the confluence of both. I prefer to step out and push the artistic envelope by including surrounding environmental structures and objects that add color pizzaz to the water, and as a result, add more visual impact and intrigue to my waterfowl images.

A red storage container with white lettering and a yellow building located across from a small cove, and a blue sky transformed the cove in to richly, saturated colors. Without their effect on the water, I would have quickly lost interest in capturing images at this location. No excitement, no photograph

If your waterfowl pictures aren’t visually exciting, next time try looking for a place where nearby colored structures and objects are creating colorful reflections on the water.

Technical Notes: Images were captured using a Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera and a Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. Both are dynamite tools for capturing waterfowl, wildlife, nature, sports, or anything else you can imagine!

Happy Independence Day – July 2, 1776

Today, back on July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress debated, unanimously voted, and ratified in to law our Independence. This day, and not July 4th, was the historic day we officially declared our Independence from Great Britain. As a result, for many decades Americans celebrated this momentous occasion on July the second. I love this quote from John Adams, our second president, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence on the milestone significance of this day, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

Historical note: It was not until 1870, when the U. S. Congress would decree July 4th as an official federal holiday.

Image Acquisition: This image was handheld using a Nikon Z9 camera/Nikkor 100-400mm S lens @400mm. The Z9’s awesome in-camera vibration reduction allowed me to shoot a shutter speed of 1/13sec., to obtain the desired effect. As an available light photographer, being able to shoot at such slow shutter speeds without a tripod, is a dream come true!