Thursday, December 31, 2009
I am not where I want to be but I have grown this year in my photography skills and my post processing skills. I also added some new equipment. My son Shane started a blog and has been more active in photographing wildlife with me. I will cherish this time we spend together and hope it continues when he becomes an adult.
The blog has grown also. I seemed to have lost a few regular viewers but since I started posting more wildlife I gained many more new viewers. All my numbers are up over last year in hit, pages viewed and time spent on the site. I want to thank everyone that has stopped by once or every day.
By the way it is Thursday so stop by Shane's site for a new post.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
It is Tuesday so please visit Shane's site for a new post.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
This photograph was taken on one of the beaches in Hawaii during our vacation this past year. That's it for now, presents need to be opened and dinner eaten before I head to work at the fire station today.
Please keep our military in your prayers and mind today. There is many men and women that are off keeping our great country safe and free that can not spend time with there families on this holiday.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Go visit Shane's site for another new post, please.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Today is Thursday and that means a new post on Shane's site (SNP whitetails). Please stop by and don't forget to comment good or bad, it is the only way he will learn.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
At first I was going to apologize for posting Elk after Elk and then whitetail ofter whitetail, but then I realized that it was my blog and that is what I like to photograph and post. Besides I don't have anything else right now. But I will keep trying to mix things up once or twice a week. The photo is what it is, a nice doe posing behind a rock. The video last 29 seconds and is a nice 4X4 buck standing in tall brush. If you turn your volume up like last weeks video you can hear it raining and at one point you will hear the buck also. I don't think the video is soft, when viewing it larger it seems sharp but effected by the dense fog we had that day. Taking photos was almost impossible most of the time.
I recently picked up the November-December issue of Bugle magazine. If you get a chance to pick one up the cover shot is by Ronald "Buckwheat" Saffer and is a great shot of one of our local bulls. There is also a fitting tribute to the late Yellowstone icon bull elk number 6 entitled "Elvis Has Left the Building". The article is not very long but good with numerous photos of this famous bull.
Friday, December 11, 2009
A couple videos from SNP to end the week. The first one is the only one I took the first day when the weather was good, just playing around while waiting for something to happen, it last 29 seconds. The second one was taken during the heavy rain and fog the second day. It is nothing special but I like watching the young antlerless deer eating and watching the action, it last 22 seconds. My videos are kept short because at the present time I have nothing to edit them with. They are exactly as they came from the camera. In order to keep the size small enough to upload to blogger they need to be about 35 seconds or less. I still have allot to learn about shooting video with the DSLR and need hours of practice.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
These photographs were taken in July when my family and I traveled to Hawaii on vacation. This was the best part of the trip for me. If you have been reading this blog for sometime then you know I am very patriotic and next to wildlife the U.S. military is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. These photos show the memorial over the U.S.S. Arizona, the third photo is portions of the Arizona that can be seen above the water, two of the photos are a plaque and a wall listing the dead inside the memorial. Remember if you click on the photos they will get larger.
I would like to thank all veterans past present, deceased and alive that have worked hard to keep this great country safe and free.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
No photographs today, at first I thought I needed to post a photo with the video but then I realized, these were taken with a DSLR. I had to set the white balance, ISO, aperture and shutter speed just as if I was taking a still. These were taken the second day of my trip to SNP, both give you an idea of the lighting conditions as it was raining and foggy. Both also show antlerless deer, the first being 32 seconds. It is nothing exciting but it does show and antlerless deer up close chewing gum. The second video last 38 seconds and shows three deer feeding. Sorry I did not have them all in the frame all the time, I was to close to make that happen with the lens I was using.
It is Thursday so please visit Shane's site for a new post.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Don't forget to visit Shane's blog today for a new post.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I just realized that other than the video I never really told you about the trip. I learned about Shenandoah National Park by viewing Willard's blog. We tried twice before to get there in the last year but weather or something else always seemed to mess up the trip. When I noticed the Hills were there for the whitetail rut I emailed Willard to see if the week I had available would be a good time to go. His reply was it should be the peak of the rut. He got me, just kidding Willard. When photographing wildlife nothing is a given from the weather to the animal. I awoke at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning two weeks ago and was on the road by 2:40. After driving over three hours I pulled into the Big Meadows the same time as Coy and Andy. Shortly after Willard and Billy came pulling in. They told me the places to go and we set off in search of whitetails. The weather was a little warm with increasing clouds. The typical rut activity was not present. The bucks were not curling their lips, chasing the does or locking up with other bucks. I seemed to be the only one tickled by the days events. But of course I had never been there and didn't know any better. For the day I seen upwards of 100 deer and about a dozen bucks photographing many. The trip out of the park was an experience in itself dodging deer along the road on almost every turn.
The next morning I awoke to rain and fog. Getting in the park before sunrise I ran into Willard and Billy again, they quickly departed for home but I was determined to get some whitetail photos. Seven hours later I left the park after seeing about 25 to 30 deer and three bucks. I did get some decent videos and a few good photos. The next morning I got to the park about the same time only to find it was closed. It snowed the night before and I was informed it would be about two hours before they opened the park. I decided to wait it out. I never said I was very smart. An hour and a half later I was told it would be another three or four hours because of black ice. I am not that stupid, I left for home. All in all it was still a good time and the first of many return visits. I hope to get back in January for some whitetail and snow photos. I really need to quit looking at Willard and Coy's blogs before they get me in trouble for taking off every chance I get. But then maybe my wife likes me being gone.
Friday, November 20, 2009
UPDATE to today's post. I added four more links to my links on the left. If you like wildlife these are sites you will enjoy, http://sullivanshollow.blogspot.com/, http://rangersadventures.blogspot.com/, http://hannibalsanimals.blogspot.com/, and one for the firefighters out there http://statter911.com/. Stop by and check them out sometime, you won't be sorry.