Red, White and Blue

While those three colors represent the flag of the United States of America, they are also the three main colors in today's image.

We had the opportunity to come across a few different red foxes while we were out in the Tetons.  This one was the most entertaining to watch.  We got to watch this guy run, roll, play and bury himself in the snow for several minutes before he escaped into his den.

One of the reasons we even got the opportunity to shoot this guy was because of scouting we had done earlier in the week.  We had received some information from some local sources that there were a few red foxes in the area of the Shane Cabin.  On one of our days before the workshop started we went to investigate.  After cruising up and down the road to the Shane Cabin a few times, we finally spotted two foxes along a hillside.  We watched them and decided that they must have a den in the area.  Sure enough after watching them for a bit we saw them disappear into the den.  This was helpful for a few reasons.  First, we knew where to bring the workshop group to photograph them and second, we could photograph them in better light.  The first day we spotted them it was pretty grey and nasty.

Aperture-priority, 1/1,250 sec, f/8, ISO 400, Compensation: +1

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The scouting and planning paid off here.  The workshop group all got great shots of this fox.  And, even better, in much better light than we did a few days before.

This image was made using my Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.



When I arrived home yesterday afternoon the light was great, so I grabbed my camera and headed to the bird blind.

I usually have cardinals at the feeders on a regular basis, but I never manage to get  "good" shots of them.  They seldom stay in the same place very long.  I also perfer not to photograph them on the ground or at the feeders, due to the fact that I like a more natural setting.  So, waiting on them to get on a log and stay for more than 3 milliseconds takes a little patience.

ISO 4000, 400mm, F/6.3 @ 1/640th second

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When I said the light was great earlier, it was.  It was perfect, soft, even, overcast light.  As it got later in the evening, I had to bump the ISO up to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any kind of movement, though.  I mentioned earlier that these guys never stay in the same place much, right?  So I bumped the ISO to 4000 to get a shutter speed of 1/640th.

This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  This setup was mounted to my Sirui tripod and PH-20 Gimbal Head.

Another North Carolina Waterfall

When I started researching waterfalls I wanted to stop at on my trek across North Carolina, I knew this one was a must see after viewing a few images of it.

The one was a little tougher to track down though.  It seems several people have several different names for it.  I saw it listed as Cathedral Falls, I saw it listed as Shoal Creek Falls and I saw it listed as Bird Rock Falls.  Tracking it down was a little harder since it had several names.  Also, it was not visible from the road and it was on private property.  The property owner allows visitors to enjoy the waterfall as long as the park along the roadway and not on their property.

I basically found the GPS coordinates online for its location.  Once I got there, I parked the car, got out, walked a little, got back in the car, drive a little, made a lot of u turns, spotted the red building, parked along the road and followed the "private property enter at own risk" signs until I saw the falls.

ISO 50, 15mm, F/22 @ 1 second

I shot this with my Sony A7R II, Metabones Adapter and Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  I had all of this mounted atop the Sirui W-2204 tripod.  

This waterfall was a little tough to shoot, simply because if you wanted to include the entire red cabin, you had to include the sky, too.  Although the sky was a no nothing overcast sky, which was great for shooting the waterfall, it's not so great when it's part of the image.  I attempted to overcome that by using On1's new suite 10 to help process the image.  I was able to boost the colors of everything else and add a vignette to try and draw you away from the sky.  

I, myself, am not a fan of the included sky, but I am big enough fan of everything else that I can learn to live with it.

Sailboat Sunrise

Our first morning of the workshop in Apalachicola, FL we went to a place called Two Mile.  Two Mile is a popular boat launch for local fishermen, but it is also a great spot to photograph sunrise and sunset because of a few boats that make great foreground object in both East and West directions.  This morning we had a great one, too!

Although the boats that are mostly photographed there are the old, dilapidated, shrimp boats, I choose to isolate this sailboat during one of the moments that the color was really, really peaking.  

This was shot with my Sony A7R body, a Metabones Lens Adapter and my Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens.  I also used my Vanguard Abeo Plus 232CT tripod.

ISO 100, 70mm, F/16, 0.4 seconds

ISO 100, 70mm, F/16, 0.4 seconds