For the Joy of it.
4 PM on Sunday, in wind and snow squalls, this man whooped like a kid on the gentle slopes of the par 9 golf course in Highland Park.
Me? Silent. On snow shoes. What else were we to do?
Sunlight and Bluebell's Gaze
The meaning of her gaze escapes me. Perhaps, curiosity. Perhaps, benign indifference. She is patient and still through many camera adjustments that settled on F10 & 400 mm.
Chickadee In Flight
The image is a triple exposure composed out-of-camera. The bird is copied and located in its correct location on the original background. the time delay between exposures is about 80 milliseconds and the exposure time is 1/4000. The chickadee flaps, folds its wings, and rides the arc of gravity until if flaps again.
Additional settings 210 mm F4.
Foraging on a Winter's Day
Ain't he handsome? POV from ground level, F2.8, 200 mm, 1/1600.
Northern Cardinal in Flight
Prefocus on a tripod and high shutter speed to minimize motion blur. F4, 400 mm, 1/3200. I've been working on cardinals and chickadees for a few weeks. This is the best I have to show :)
This is a multi-exposure composed out of camera from a rapid burst of 5 frames. The dim and flat light of the afternoon was not good for fine detail. Nor did the subject stand out well from the background. But, the burst capture was an unusual set of frames that nicely illustrates the dexterity of the bluejay. I composed with B&W background and blue color highlights to draw out the subject.
Bluejay on the Wing
A fun experiment with subject behavior, camera settings, and pre-focus.
The Depth of Field (DOF) at my settings and 10-12' distance was 6". I've done the same type of capture at F5.6, 560 mm, and 30' distance, where the DOF was about 4". The advantage this time was greater DOF and lower ISO (from the lower F#).
Innocence and Curiosity
Some white tails are not camera shy. I love these encounters where a wild thing is curious about my presence and intention. She's a beautiful creature!
Who Will Love a Little Sparrow?
Curiously, the tiny feet don't freeze even as my fingers and nose do.
The Piebald's Companion
One of two companions. They are social animals. Who's the matriarch? This one is the largest, but the piebald has charisma.
I was originally from a seashore town in New Jersey where, as a boy, I loved science, nature, and art. Minnesota was a destination to study Physics, but soon thereafter became my home. I work in St. Paul as an R&D scientist and pursue nature and wildlife photography for the love of it.