Recently I had an opportunity to photograph some hummingbirds (at a hummingbird feeder). I happened to have three completely different types of cameras handy so I decided to do a quick test to see what kind of shots I could create with each of them.
I’ve photographed hummingbirds in the past (without a feeder) and I can honestly say that they’re some of the most difficult subjects to photograph there is. If you’re looking to freeze them you need a crazy high shutter speed, perfect timing and a little luck. But even when you have perfect conditions you’ll get different results depending on the equipment you use. For my testing I had a big DSLR, a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, a super small point and shoot camera and I even broke out my iPhone to see how it could fare. The results were a little surprising…
“the Stars Over the Pier”
Recently I took a trip to the Emerald Isle in North Carolina and it gave me a great opportunity to photograph the ocean at different times. I’ve always loved shooting at sunrise and at sunset but from where I was staying sunset pictures just didn’t make for good pictures. Sunrise, on the other hand, had some great potential and I even got out one morning to see what I could capture. But what excited me the most was trying to get out late at night to see if I could capture some stars out over the ocean.
This week’s Featured image of the Week I chose to share an old picture of a scarlet macaw I photographed last year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
I have a great appreciation for creatives. I know so many amazing photographers it’s not even funny. I know even more amazing designers who have taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. It’s a rare thing when great photographers are also incredible designers and Glyn Dewis is both – and more because he’s also an inspiring instructor.
Great photographers and great designers know the secret to realizing their vision is to see the final image in your mind and then use the tools at your disposal to fulfill that vision. Cameras and software are tools but having vision is something you need to find within. What Glyn has created with his first book, appropriately titled: “the Photoshop Workbook”, is an instruction manual to using one of the most important tools that can help you start thinking about your final images in a whole new way.
“the National D-Day Memorial”
For this weeks Featured Image of the Week I want to share a shot from my recent visit to see the National D-Day Memorial and talk about a technique I use when processing a shot like this to get a nice contrast in my final image.
As a photographer I’ve been shooting for decades now and I’ve used all sorts of equipment over the years to capture images. For the past ten years or so that’s involved digital cameras that can sometimes be pretty big and heavy.
As I’ve been getting older I’ve been thinking a lot about lightening my load and being less obvious (nothing screams “photographer” like a gigantic DSLR with a f2.8 zoom lens attached). As long as I’m not giving up much performance I’m perfectly willing to forego my gigantic rig in favor of something much easier on my shoulder – whenever I’m not on an assignment, that is. I’m still going to have my big gear for the important stuff but this article will talk a bit about my adventures with Mirrorless Cameras.
“a Preening Macaw”
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last shared something here on my blog. Eight months! Well hopefully there won’t be another gap like that in my blog posting…
I took a bit of a side trip back to the world of retail audio/video and it left me with considerably less time than I expected. While the lack of time was certainly a negative it did have some positives. Working for a national retailer gave me some serious discounts on some new photography products that I really love (I plan to talk about them more in the weeks to come). But until then here’s a little background on this weeks Featured Image of the Week:
“Sukacita in Black and White”
This week I was challenged to create five new versions of some of my images in black and white (it’s called: “the five day black and white challenge” on Google+). Regular readers here know that a huge percentage of my images feature color and to take part in a black and white challenge was a lot of fun for me.
If you’d like to find out more about my black and white conversions (and this shot of Sumatran Tiger, Sukacita) then be sure to keep reading after the jump.
“Quenching Her Thirst”
For this weeks Featured Image of the Week I chose a new shot of Sumatran Tiger Sukacita who is enjoying a drink from the large pond in her outdoor habitat. This is another shot captured at the National Zoo (in Washington, DC) and it’s been the basis for some very interesting conservation conversations on social media.
This week for my Featured Image of the Week I chose another shot from the National Zoo. I visited the zoo a week ago to see how all of the youngest animals are doing but I also spent some time getting some shots of the adults. This is a shot of lioness, Nababiep, relaxing and keeping an eye on her cubs. To get these kinds of shots there’s a few things I like to do to really help me increase my odds of success.
In a previous Featured Image of the Week I shared a few tips that I use to help me get my shots at the National Zoo. This week I’ll be sharing a few more tips.