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Best of 2008

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

Another blog-inspired post, I’ve taken a look back through the photos I’ve taken in the last year.














More cooperative wildlife – yay!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

Clearly, not a problem last weekend. Of course, I don’t expect my luck to hold out on that front! 😉 Finally got a shot of a mule deer with antlers, and he let me get very close before leisurely getting up and trotting away slowly. They are remarkably habituated to people @ Lopez. Most of these were shot on a tripod, which enabled me to get very sharp, accurate results that were otherwise not possible as I began to lose light. This short blog post on TWiP has some very useful tips on tripod use.






I may add more landscape style shots to the set on Flickr later.

Morro Bay

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by hotelyankeefoxtrot

I brought out the 70-200 for a little bit of bird action on 10.6.08. For the most part, the 16-35mm hasn’t come off my camera since I bought it, so it was like revisiting an old friend. All about having the right lens for the job!

I’ve been trying to do at least one serious shoot per week, or more when I can fit it in, and I think it’s making a real difference in the quality of my shots. The best way to get better is to take many, many photos – practice makes perfect and all that. It also helps to go shooting with others who are willing to slow down and wait for the right time and right light, and certainly more prudent and safe to do so. I actually forwent the tripod for the most part – the bird shots are all handheld. With good technique, it’s possible to get pretty slow shutter speeds while handheld, but by the end of the excursion I was definitely ready to use the tripod again. It always helps when the wildlife is cooperative which they definitely were. 😛 I’ve been a real fan of the landscaping lately but things just came together for perfect wildlife shooting instead. None of the landscapes I shot really are up to my usual standard but it was more than made up for by the pelicans, egrets, and herons. If I get one great shot, regardless of subject, in a shoot, then I’m quite satisfied.

I’m also trying to get better at species identification. Here’s a few shots from the day.





And some non birding shots.


This is from a replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Nina (of Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria fame).
There are several black & whites along that same theme that I’m considering having matted together. I think they’re best viewed as a series for context…see the next few:
morrobay25edit morrobay23edit

morrobay21edit morrobay20edit



You can see the full set on my Flickr here.