Heron

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @270mm, 1/400 sec., f/6.0, ISO 720

So I got a new toy, lens, and had to try it out. So last night I went to my local park hoping to get some photographs and I caught this guy in a tree over the creek. In addition to trying out the lens I wanted to see how far I could push the ISO on my camera. Typically I would not shoot at this high of an ISO, but because I did not have a tripod, I had to keep a high shutter speed to avoid the blur from not being able to hold the lens steady. Overall I was impressed with the sharpness and the low noise.

Bleakness of Winter

Nikon D7500, 35.00mm, 1/125 sec., f/9.0, ISO 200

Another one from a few weeks ago when I went out with a prime lens to see what I could photograph. Not that nice of a day, but that is normal for winter around here. Typically we don’t have a lot of snow and we normally left with the dull browns and grays. The blue/gray of the sky gives you an idea of what the overall temperature in the scene, and I avoided warming it up in Lightroom so I could capture the cold late afternoon. Finally, As you eye moves from the bottom center towards the top you can see the flock of Mallards that were hanging about.

Humming Bird

Nikon D60, 55.0-200.0mm @200.0mm, 1/80 sec., f/5.6, ISO 800

We have a few bird feeders in our back yard, and recently two Humming Birds have been visiting. I finally got out the camera to take a few photographs of them. As it was getting late the light was not the best, so I had to up the ISO to hand hold the camera. This is one of the better photographs I took of one of them at the feeder.

Lands Run Falls

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @30.0mm, 1/100 sec., f/5.0, ISO 400

A week ago my family took a vacation to the Shenandoah NP region of Virginia. Spent much of the week hiking and driving along Skyline Drive. One of the hikes we took was to Lands Run Falls which is where I took this photograph. In addition on Friday morning while drinking my coffee on the deck of our rental, I saw this bear walking across the back lot. This was the second bear I saw, the first was crossing Skyline Drive, he was about 60 ft. away.

Black Bear

What’s For Dinner

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm@140mm, 1/640 sec, f 5.6, ISO 250

While out taking pictures in the woods behind our development, I heard two Barred Owls. I followed the sound and was able to see one fly away and the other head into a tree, although I did not know which one. While looking for the owl I saw it fly out out from a tree not more than 30 ft from me. I followed it to this tree, and I was able to get a few pictures of it. Other than the ghost image of a tree branch in the lower right this is one of the better pictures I was able to get. If you look close you can see its dinner (mouse I think) in its mouth. I only which I had taken a longer zoom lens with me.