Beautiful light and a beautiful bird combine in this image.

I had never seen an Evening Grosbeak until all of a sudden I saw a lot of them.

I had more opportuinities to focus my phtogorapohy on a new species of bird than I almost ver get.

All this right at home. NAture is always full of surprises.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/800 sec. f/5.6.

Evening Grosbeak

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Some birds you see all the time. Some birds you see only a couple of times ever.

Common Redpolls are cool looking little finch type birds.

I have seen them on four occasions.

The last time I saw one was in 2013. I have not seen one since.

I love the little bits of dappled sunlight hitting the Redpoll in this photo.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1250 sec. f/5.6.

Common Redpoll

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Some birds are a constant if you are someone who notices birds. The American Goldfinch is one of those birds.

I love the sharp side light hitting the Goldfinch.

The blue sky in the background and the almost completely dark tree branches help the bird to stand out in the photos.

The light side vs the dark side of the bird is interesting as well.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mmf/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 640. 1/6400 sec. f/5.6.

American Goldfinch

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Sometimes you jest get random surprises.

And I love when it coincudes with animals and photogrpahy.

One day we started hearing these strange bird calls we never heard before outside outr house.

Then sudenly this Northern Bobwhite appeared.

We didn’t know what it was at first. We had to look it up.

The bird hung out at our hosue for a while.

We don’t know if it was an escape from a home or farm, but it was cool to see one regardless.

Photo. Technical Details: Camera body: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/200 sec. f/5.6.

Northern Bobwhite

I think this is such a cool shot of Turkey Vultures.

It isn’t very often that you have the opportunity to photograph Turkey Vultures in flight and be at eye level if not a little above their flight.

I also have not had many opportunities to photograph Turkey Vultures this close and actually capture more than one bird in the frame at the same time.

Letchworth State Park seems to be a good spot for these opportunities.

Photo technical details: Camera body: Nikon D300. Lens Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 640. 1/800 Sec. f/5.6.

Soaring Turkey Vultures

I love birds. Especially birds of prey.

Owls are such a unique type of birds. I have not had many opportunities to photograph them in the wild.

However, I have had opportunities to see them up close in other circumstances.

It is really fun to get to look at them so close up. Being able o study them and see their mannerisms.

Creating these nice close up photographs of these owls was really a fun experience.

Photo technical details: Nikon D300S camera body. Nikon 300mm f/4 lens. 1.4 teleconverter. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1250 / sec. f/5.6.

Barred Owl

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I have been working towards photographing the 200 waterfalls in this book that I have.

Today I was able to make it to a few more. I went to the village of Honeoye Falls in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

The first subject I wanted to photograph there was the waterfall, Honeoye Falls.

I wanted to share a before and after photo series here. The image straight out of the camera and then the image after I did some post processing.

When I took this photo I had 2 filters stacked together at the end of my lens. One a polarizing lens to cut the glare from the sun. The second filter a neutral density filter to cut the light reaching my sensor.

This combination of filters allowed me to shoot at a slow shutter speed even in the bright daylight and white snowy scenery.

The drawback is I knew the stacked filters would create vignetting around the corners of the image.

I shot the image extra wide so that I would have room to compensate for the vignetting. I used lens profile corrections in Lightroom. Then cropped the image in from the edges and corners to eliminate the vignetting and other distracting elements from the image.

Then I used a preset for winter scenery that I like to create a more vibrant and cold look.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Tamron AF 18-200mm f3.5-6.3. Focal length 18mm. ISO 100. 3.0 sec. f/13.

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Create photographs wherever and whenever you can.

The zoo is a great place to practice your craft.

This portrait of a Barn Owl at the zoo turned out beautifully.

Photo Details: Nikon D300. 300mm f/4. Teleconverter. Focal Length 420mm. 1/320 second. f/5.6. ISO 1600

Barn Owl Portrait

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This photo is one of the first exciting wildlife photograph I ever captured.

This is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk flying with the prey it just caught.

I was just starting to get into photography. When this happened I was just walking through town with my camera. No plan. Just hoping to see something cool.

I saw something crash into a hedge along a building. Then I saw this bird emerge. I was lucky enough o get the camera up and trained on the bird reasonably well.

This is probably not a technically great image, but it is a meaningful image to me because it was in the beginning of my photography journey.

I love the feeling of movement that this image captures even with all its “flaws” but that sense of movement is the important part of the image. That is what gives it impact.

And you can capture images like this right where you live. This was right in town where I live. With my first digital SLR.

Photo details: Nikon D50. Nikon 70-300mm lens. At 300mm. ISO 800. Shutter speed 1/125 second. f/6.

Sharp-Shinned Hawk in flight

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It is so great when a majestic bird lands in a dead tree. The nice open view is so enjoyable.

The bright sunlight shining on the side of the Red Tailed Hawk creates such a cool look. The shadows on one side and the bright luminance on the opposite side. It even creates a shadow around the eye.

If you love birding and want to get good looks at raptors it could pay off to just stake out a dead tree with no branches to block the view. Wait and see if any birds come home to roost.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm lens. ISO 400. Shutter speed 1/1600 second. f/5.6.

Red Tailed Hawk

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