Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dive! Dive! Dive!


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Originally uploaded by Mully410 * Images

I really love this shot. I locked focus while he was on the branch and waited for him to dive towards the feeder. It's luck that his flight kept his head in the focal plane. I like how his claws are visible.

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Nikon D7000; Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-ED

1/1250sec
F 5.6
ISO - 400

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bald Eagles Changing Up Who Minds the Nest

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Bald Eagle DSC_5884
by Mully410 * Images


Tonight, I stopped by the local bald eagle nest after work. This nest has been around for a couple years. This year I decided to make a point of checking it out regularly. Both eagles were present tonight. One in the tree (above) and other in the nest. After a couple minutes of waiting, this eagle joined the other on the nest.

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Bald Eagles on Nest DSC_5898
by Mully410 * Images


I'm not entirely certain if they swapped out who was minding the nest. All eagles look the same to me. Within a few minutes, one of them took off and landed on a branch near by.

Bald Eagle Landing DSC_5903
Bald Eagle Landing DSC_5903
by Mully410 * Images


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Bald Eagle Landing DSC_5905
by Mully410 * Images


This eagles hung on to this branch for only a few minutes and took off into the background.

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Eagles DSC_5911
by Mully410 * Images


I have a couple more photos on my Flickr site. Go ahead and click on the link below and then on the four tiny arrows to enlarge for a full screen slide show.





For my photography friends:

I use a Nikon D7000 and an old Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-ED lens on a Manfrotto monopod. I set up for 400 ISO to keep a high shutter speed especially since this lens doesn't have any vibration reduction. AF-A, 39 point, 3D focusing and auto white balance. I rarely spend more than 5 minutes post-processing any image. The above eagle images were cropped to about 50%.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I visited the Minnesota Zoo

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Smile DSC_3556
by Mully410 * Images


After much debate with myself, I picked up a used Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-ED lens today. This is a really old lens and it's a bit beat up on the outside. It's a fixed focal length...no zooming. It's second fixed focal length (aka...prime) lens in my bag. The first one was the Nikkor 35mm F1.8...which is awesome, by the way. It's well known in the photography community that prime (non-zoom) lens are sharper and produce higher quality images. Naturally, I was skeptical.

After spending a few hours at the Minnesota Zoo today, I am convinced. This lens is awesome. I must have grabbed the focus ring in a futile attempt to zoom about a hundred times but I'll get used to it. This lens is built like tank. All metal and way heavier than all my other lenses combined so I used my monopod. Since this 300mm an F4 it gives me an extra stop that my Nikkor 70-300 doesn't have. That means higher shutters and lower ISO in lower light situations. I hope to find a teleconverter that will work with it so I can get out to an equivalent 630mm for some closer otter photos at Lake Marsden.

Here is a slideshow of my zoo trip. You be the judge:



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