I was out shooting the sunset last night when I noticed a group of Harlequin Ducks swimming my way. I swung my lens down on the nearest pair and just then one of them needed a stretch. Or whatever it is ducks do when they do this. I know the lighting is pretty crazy here...
You only get this light when the sun has set and the rays are bouncing off dark clouds above, hitting the water.
I guess it is an ocean mammal weekend? Took this shot many years ago while boating off the coast of California. If you've never tried to sheet dolphins/whales and such, you'd be surprised. It's much harder than it looks! They are only out of the water for fractions of seconds.
One of the nice things about bald eagles is that they are so steady. This guy was sitting on some pilings where I always walk, but much closer than usual. So I walked back to my house and got my 6D and mounted the 400mm. Back to this area and he (she?) still sitting there. Took some shots, then walked down to the beach until he/she got uncomfortable and took off. Very handy for us photogs that they are so casual!
In our previous two homes, we had a swimming pool. Always enjoyed the view, not to mention the occasional swim. But now my backyard is something entirely different. And the swimmers are quite a bit more frisky. Looks like a mom and three little ones. They are so cute!
Since my chicken photography doesn't seem to be too popular, perhaps I should switch species? Not really, I have been wanting to do some slo-mo studies of gulls for some time. Got a chance yesterday on the ferry.
This image breaks many, many, rules. Precisely why I like it.
I never tire of these herons. I'm lucky enough to have them on my beach nearly every day. They peacefully fish, such a delight to watch. Once they get a glimpse of me with my long lens, off they go. I purposely had set this shutter speed so I'd get some blur.
One of the photography clubs I belong to has a monthly competition. Last month the challenge was "macro photography" and I entered an image I posted here on the blog quite some time ago. Voting is done by the members of the club. My image happened to win that particular challenge and my prize was a nice new Lowepro camera bag.
The bag is perfect for just the camera body and one zoom lens, ideal for walking/hiking. I took it out on of my regular walks and was rewarded with some images of two gorgeous hawks. Not sure I have ever taken a back lit picture of a hawk like this. What a beautiful creature.