Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Lights

Shooting Christmas lights can be fun and after a while - kind of boring. So I decided instead of the typical Christmas light shot done with a tripod and long exposure...that I would just play.

Taking my d90 and an 18-70 I tried all kinds of different shots. I pretty much settled on an exposure of 1 second. That seemed to work best for me.

I drove around until I found a yard that was decorated with very colorful lights. This shot was of a small tree and some very colorful lights.

Go out and have fun. Merry Christmas.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sandhill Crane Family

Last time I saw this family was in April. Mom and Dad where on the nest and Junior was waiting to be born. Now Junior his about ready to head south.

This family was in a field not very far from their nesting sight. As you can see I was able to get close to them. I just walked slowly toward them. No sudden movement.

It was a ton of fun. Hope to see these guys in April on the Platte River!

Nikon d7000
Nikon 300 f4
Nikon TC 1.4

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunset on the Prairie

So this happened tonight. Simple shot. Light was awesome - so just find something to shoot.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200 afs 2.8

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Just Hanging Around

This little guy was just hanging around the other night. I had to use all my proper long lens hand holding skills to get a sharp image.

I was shooting with a 300mm f4 plus a TC 1.4 - so any little movement that I did was going to be exagerated - not to mention a little big on a little piece of grass - I needed everyone to remain calm.

I like the results.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tall Grass Prairie Flowers

The Spiked Gayfeathers are just starting to bloom on the prairie. These flowers are spectacular and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200 2.8

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Big Bluestem 2

I took advantage of an amazing NE sunset tonight. After looking through many images of the Big Blue Stem grasses I saw this image that appears to have a dragon fly in the background.

Sometimes cool things happen - but they don't if you don't get out there and shoot. I try to shoot everyday. It is good discipline and good for my soul.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200 2.8

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hot Air Ballooning

If you have followed this blog at all you know that I love hot air balloons. I love to chase them. I even get to crew for a balloon company now.

You might say I stalk hot air balloons. If I see them I chase them.

One of the key elements in a ballooning photograph is obvious the balloon. This balloon is one of my favorites in the Omaha area because of the bright colors. They just pop.

Another key element are clouds. A balloon with a clear blue sky - it is OK. A balloon with a grey sky - not so much. But a balloon with some cool clouds that add depth and drama - very cool.

I took this shot last night. I was out walking my dog when a balloon rose up in the Elkhorn River valley east of Valley, NE. The chase was on.

Nikon d7000
Nikon 70-200