Sunday, July 31, 2011

Photo of the Week! A Loon with Open Wings!

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f/4 AFS @ ISO 500, f/7.1, 1/2500
A symbol of Minnesota and one of the prettiest birds you'll see, graced me with this beautiful photo opportunity this weekend. This photograph was taken in north western Minnesota on a calm summer evening.

The hardest part of photographing loons has been find them when the environment was just right and the environment was just right last weekend. I'm talking about a nice low sun angle, calm water, a clean background not to mention a cooperative loon.

With all of the elements in place I slowly approached this loon from my fishing boat. I used my trolling motor which I operated by remote control. Once the boat was in position with the sun to my bad I fired away with my camera lens resting on the calm edge of the boat.

Now if that was the end I would have been excited with an amazing experience and photographs but that wasn't it. The loon suddenly leaned back and stretched his wings and I let loose another burst of shots. I knew immediately that the focus and exposure were dead on and I was ecstatic!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bass Fishing Tournament

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, ISO 1250, f2.8, 1/400, +2/3ev

As Chad and I have mentioned around a month ago we enjoy bass fishing as much as photography. When the summer months roll around we find ourselves on the lake more than shooting. A couple of weeks ago Chad and I got a chance to combine our hobbies and shoot a local bass fishing tournament.

It was a rough day on the lake to say the least for the folks participating. The day started at 6am with heavy clouds and wind. Then came in the rain, fortunately, it didn't rain too hard. By the end of the tournament the sun was out and the temps where approaching 90 degrees.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, ISO 1250, 1/320, f2.8

There are some similarities to nature and wildlife photography and event photography such as a fishing tournament, but not many. The biggest challenge was shooting from a boat as it was rocking back and forth. Other than that, it was getting good action shots of the fishermen landing a fish.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, ISO 1600, 1/2500

Chad shot mostly video while I shot all stills. Look for the video to show up on our blog in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Photo of the Week! Gull Gone Fishin'

Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500 OS, ISO 320, f/8, 1/1600
With all of the fishing Derek have been doing ourselves lately, this only seemed fitting. This Ring-billed Gull doesn't need a pole, lures or hooks though.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Photo of the Week! Grey Jay

Gray Jay
Nikon D90, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, ISO 1000, f3.2, 1/1600

After a warm 4th of July weekend, I thought I would post a photo with a little snow in it. This was taken last winter in northern Minnesota on a very cold and windy day. I have found that I'm much more apt to sit out in cold weather than I am in warm weather. I'd rather be a little cold than sweaty and covered in mosquito's!