Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Solstice Eclipse

Fighting a head cold and clouds - I managed to get a few shots of last night's lunar eclipse. Taken through a Questar 3.5 with a Canon 5D Mark II. Exposure times were between 3.2 seconds and 8 seconds.








Below - a collage of images taken through a 400mm lens with a Canon 5D Mark II showing the progression of the eclipse throughout the 3 and a half hour long event.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ducks, I hate Ducks . . .

Frank wanted to practice wildlife photography this weekend. Not surprising after he captured a great image of a duck at Sweetwater last weekend while working on his own. So, I thought I would indulge him. Back to Sweetwater sewage treatment plant we went.

I HATE Ducks. Noisy, foul smelling, ugly birds, with clumbsy flight characteristics (IMO). And, like most wildlife, completely uncooperative photographically and difficult to capture in any real interesting pose. After four hours at this foul smelling watering hole for these creatures, I was only able to snap a couple of passable images.









Frank demonstrates the proper way to complete a self portrait.

And - oh yah - Frank's favorite - yellow headed black birds. Baah!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010