Sunday, March 25, 2012

Always be ready - part two

If you want to get the shot you have to always be ready. I was driving to a spot in search of photographs when I came across this eagle flying low over Lexington avenue. I quickly pulled over (safely) and grabbed the camera. Since I was already going to shoot, I had the camera on the front seat.

This eagle only stopped long enough to pick on the road kill. It took off and landed on a nearby building so I drove to a better vantage point just as the golden sunrise lit the scene.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My First Book Cover Photo

Swift House DSC_1540 by Mully410 * Images
Swift House DSC_1540, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
This photo was selected for the cover of the Minnesota National Guard - Camp Ripley Training Center and Arden Hills Army Training Site - 2011 Conservation Program Report. It's my first cover.

I donated the photo to the guard last year. My guard friend, Mary, said that photos from Camp Ripley usually get selected. This cover is a little bit more special because I made the photo at the Arden Hills Army Training Site.

It's a chimney swift house. From allaboutbirds.org
A "flying cigar," the Chimney Swift is rarely seen perched. Its high-pitched twittering is a familiar sound during summertime in the city as it flies high above, catching small flying insects.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Always Be Ready

I try to be ready for photography at all times. When I'm driving around I often have a camera on the front seat because anything can happen at any time.

I spent Saturday afternoon at Sucker Lake in Vandais Heights looking for waterfowl. The light left me well before sunset and I was hungry so I left early to get a DQ blizzard and a couple chili cheese dogs. The 500 f4 was on the D7000 mounted to the mono pod in the back seat for the drive home.

I was driving into the sun and saw a couple large silhouettes darken the sky. I figured eagles right away so I kept my eye out and quickly pulled into the Shoreview library parking lot. Fortunately, the two eagles were perched in trees easily visible. I parked and torn the Lenscoat cover off the 500 and extended the Gitzo monopod. I got about 10 quick frames of the eagle on spruce as it flew off. The other eagle left as I moved to get a better view.

If you plan to photograph birds, it pays to always be ready. Not only have your camera with you but have it setup for bird shots: Aperture priority wide open and auto ISO at a speed you know you have to hit for a sharp image. Eagle on Spruce_8727.jpg

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