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Capturing A Moment In Nature


The past year I have been working on a project that I have wanted to do for a while.  I just received a proof and I would like to share the cover photo of my new book.  Capturing A Moment In Nature due out in the fall of 2018.  I am excited to see my project completed and I cannot wait to share it with you.  A book that is filled with some of my best images and wildlife photography tips.

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Birds In Flight

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There is nothing more challenging than trying to take a still photo of a bird in flight.  In this blog post I want to hit on a few key tips for making this challenge a little more easier.  First of all you must have patience.  This is probably the most important aspect to wildlife photography.  Without it, you are not going to get that photo that you have always dreamed of taking.

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Lighting plays a very important part in photography.  Capturing a photo, wether it is an action shot or a still shot, light is what photography is all about.  Never shoot into the sun.  Your best shots will be on an overcast day.
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Keeping a low profile is also another key element to wildlife photography.  Most animals will not stick around if they see you.  And keeping your distance is very important if you want to get a great shot.  Try never to disturb an animal in the wild.  A good photographer will get the shot without causing the animal to run or hide.  Choosing the correct lens to get the reach you need will help you to accomplish this.  I use a Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens and it has quite the reach, along with not breaking your pocket book.


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Free hand shooting is the best for action but if you have to use a tripod you need to use a pan head.  That way you can pan and move the camera along with the bird or animal as it moves.

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But the most important tip I can give you is making sure your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the animal or bird in flight without blur. Set you shutter speed to at least 1/1000 of a second to 1/2000 of a second or faster if your camera is capable of doing so.  The faster the better.


Check back for more tips and beautiful images.

Until next time….

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The Hen Harrier


The Hen Harrier Hawk is a bird that is very hard to catch setting still.  This was a rare treat to catch this one setting on a stump listening for its next meal.

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What made this very special was another Hen Harrier came by and tried to knock the first one off of the log and I got the shot.

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The Hen Harrier Hawk, also known as the Norther Harrier, gets its nick name years ago from preying on free range fowl.  The Harrier is a migratory bird migrating south in the winter months.  Each year I see this wonderful hawk circling the fields, dancing in the air with its circling flight, as it flies low to the ground.

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The bird has an owl looking head with beautiful feathers.   If you have ever seen an Hen Harrier Hawk you will for sure know that it is not like any other hawk.   I had the opportunity to get many shots of this beautiful bird as it sat and listened for its next meal.

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The hawk decided it needed to stretch its legs and wings.  I never realized a bird could get in that many positions.  It was amazing.

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Eastern Bluebirds

 

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One of my most favorite subjects to photography is the Eastern Bluebird.  They are so photogenic.  The male is bright blue, while the female is less colorful.

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The little bluebirds listen and look at the ground to see and hear their next meal.  They feed by dropping to the ground and catching insects. untitled-1-of-1-2-jpga

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The Eastern Bluebird is a sign of spring and I love to hear them sing and watch them work building their homes in the boxes that I have in my yard.

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