SYMPHONY OF NATURE

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Great Egret in Flight

Here is a flashback image I took way back in 2004 of an absolutely beautiful Great Egret in flight that was taken with my first "true" digital camera, a Nikon D100. Although the quality is not as crisp and clear as I can produce today with my current equipment, I have always had a fondness for this shot, and with the help of modern editing software, I have been able to remove most of the noise of which originally accompanied this, and now it is closer to the moment I saw than ever.

I know it is no "Mona Lisa" but it is a shot I would like to include within my first book of which I am working on at present:)


 Great Egret In Flight


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

National Geographic Profile

For those not aware, I maintain a profile page on National Geographic Magazine Online. If you get a chance, check it out and like some of your favorite images if you are so inclined to do so. Nat Geo is a good way for me to get increased exposure across the globe, and in turn I learn a lot by seeing some of the most amazing images ever produced. Thanks everyone from the great state of Texas, USA!!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For the love of Dragonflies

Dragonflies have always interested me because they possess such amazing capabilities, especially from a sheer flying perspective. They are aerial acrobats/assassins that possess such great speed they can readily catch their prey in mid-air faster than a blink of the eye. For years I have attempted to capture a picture of this behavior, but unfortunately they are quicker than me at present, and I mostly have to suffice with still closeup shots of them staring intently into my lens.

Dragonflies are very good insects to have around, so next time you see one, take a  brief moment to observe them and appreciate how spectacular they truly are.







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Friday, June 12, 2015

Great Egrets Fishing

This year, I have decided to augment my wildlife photography with quick video clips as well. This is a new medium for me; hence keeping them short and sweet at present until I can master the art of video editing. Hopefully by adding this into my arsenal of skills, you will get a better feel of the moment I am attempting to capture through my photography. 

In this little snippet of digital wonderment you will see several Great Egrets residing in a very fast flowing stream attempting to catch any little morsel of which would be unfortunate enough to wander into their field of vision.

Egrets and Herons have excellent eyesight and once something comes into their view, the likelihood of escape is low.

video




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday Flashback Image - Red-Eyed Tree Frog

In December of 2007, this image of a Red-Eyed Tree frog was selected by the editors of National Geographic to be worthy of the prestigious "Daily Dozen" selection. This was the first of many images of which I have since been honored to have been selected, but it will forever hold a special place in my heart as there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a brief spectacular moment in time that you witnessed, prominently displayed for all to see and enjoy as well.

This image was taken in Costa Rica in 2007 with my Nikon D100 camera, and although the digital quality is nowhere near what I can produce today, I still receive a lot of positive feedback on this image, and that is something I am truly appreciative of.





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

American Alligator

To be a good wildlife photography you have to get up early (my biggest nemesis), willing to go out in all type weather conditions, and go where most sane people won't thread. That said, after an afternoon of slogging my way through mosquito infested swamp water in 90 degree heat, I was rewarded in spotting this American Alligator (#1 Pic) half submerged and very aware of my approach. Very stealthily, I adjusted my lens and was able to take several shots before he decided to end our photoshoot abruptly.

The second image was taken a week ago or so very near the same place I took the first.




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Monday, June 8, 2015

Great Blue Rookery

Last week I stumbled upon a cool "Great Blue Heron" rookery as I was meandering about observing the swollen and fast flowing Trinity river here in north Texas. Spring rains have caused widespread flooding the likes that have not been seen in many years in these parts, and I simply wanted to see it firsthand before the waters abated and returned to their normal levels.

As I was approaching the river's edge, I started to faintly hear the distinctive sounds of birds whereas at first glance eluded my vision, until... I noticed a large seemingly dead tree way across the river that was adorned with young Great Blue Herons making a lot of noise in the process. I quickly surmised this was a rookery and although the distance probably exceeded what I would normally attempt to take a picture of with my 600mm camera lens, I decided capturing the moment was at the very least worth the attempt.

The midday temperature was hovering in the 90's (Fahrenheit), and the sun was high in the sky of which did offer me some advantage from a lighting perspective to pick up of some of the finer details I would otherwise lose. I have not yet processed all the shots taken, but here is a glimpse of a couple of images I have worked on of which to give you a sense of the scene I was privileged to see.

Great Blue Rookery 3


Great Blue Rookery 1

Great Blue Rookery 2

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