ISO200 60mm f/4 1/160sec
Heres the last of the edits from the other days zoofari adventure. I always love the bear exhibit as the large beasts pace from side to side and occasionally take a dip in their bear pool.
I was drawn to this photo because of the motion that it had as the bear had sneezed as it was making its turn to pace back in the other direction, leaving a bit of motion in the paw and head. Last year at the exhibit I seen the two bears (One brown, one black) get in a bit of a brawl, and was sticking round hoping that I would be lucky enough to capture a similar quarrel through the lens. No such luck this time around.
As you can probably tell over the last few posts, Ive really enjoyed shooting and editing these “wild life” shots, and its made me kind of excited to go on some actual wildlife photo adventures in the future. Im not one for hunting and killing animals, but I am down to do some big game shooting with the ol’ canon!
ISO100 79mm f/4.5 1/200sec
The Mighty Lion! What an absolutely stunning ruler of the animal kingdom!
Our zoo just recently redid their africa exhibit to include these majestic beasts, and it definitely had me excited. I remember as a kid, watching the Lion King feeling like I wanted to grow up to rule the kingdom like Simba. I always seemed to walk a bit taller after watching the movie, building a sense of courageous self confidence from Simba’s adversity defying triumphs. But then the whole thing was lost when my sister started watching the movie 4 times a day… Evvvverrrry… Siiinnnggglleee… Daaaayyy!!! However I did see it recently again, when it came out in 3D and absolutely loved it! (Forever Young my peeps… Forever Young) Continue reading
ISO100 187mm f/5.6 1/250sec
I decided today would be a good day to take a brake from all the constant working, and took my Sister and Niece to the Zoo. Its still spring hours so we didn’t get a whole lot of time to make it through, and ended up skipping one of the larger exhibits as we had already managed to squeak by the zoo staff and got an extra 30 min in after close. he he Continue reading
ISO200 55mm f/5.6 1/60sec
Looking through my previous Daily Exposures, it wouldn’t appear that I am much of an outdoorsy person. However that is far from the truth, I absolutely love exploring the great outdoors. I grew up running through the woods of my Grandparents back yard, making make shift forts out of fallen trees (They lived on a lake too so when the trunks of the trees would get pulled out of the ground they would create this little creeks of water making a sort of mote around my fort ). Continue reading
ISO200 214mm f/5.6 1/640sec
I love breaking the rhythm and exploring new places or revisiting places I haven’t been in years. Today, I did just that, exploring a bike path I used to travel each day on the way to work some 4 years ago. It wasn’t the original location of choice however it led to a wonderful day of shooting.. as well as some great exercise . As my good friend Hogan and I set out for the evenings photo walk the sun was still pretty harsh in the sky and most of our initial exploring was taking beaten paths off the main trail, to see what kind of idiotic danger we could get ourselves into. Luckily the only danger we came across was the random horse droppings, that if it weren’t our awesome Ninja like awareness and reflexes, would have resulted in what Im sure would be a far more interesting… yet disgusting story. Continue reading
ISO 200 250mm f/6.3 1/80sec
Wow! Thanks for all the get well wishes guys!! Unfortunately over the weekend I was progressively getting sicker and sicker, and still have a bit to go before Im back up to par. However this morning I do have a decent amount of energy and am ready to fight back against this cold or whatever it is.
Yesterday I took a day trip out to visit with my grandma, and while I was out there I took the opportunity to explore the great outdoors in her backyard. She always has different feeders in her backyard and every time we visit were sure to see some sort of wildlife out back. With the winter, her backyard isn’t as buzzing as it typically is in the summer, but I was delighted to see a few active critters scurrying and flappin about.
Most the animals were spooked by the sound of my shutter, but not these guys. They stood there ground and held their heads high as they perched up top the feeder. Actually I think they mistook my shutter for the chirps of another bird haha. With every new frame they called back with a single quick chirp in hopes for another response. I would hold off for a second and they would go back to their loose attention, but once I started shooting again they continued to try and communicate with, what they must have thought was a foreigner. Maybe a vacationing bird from over seas? It makes me wonder if birds can understand the chirps of another kind. Is it all one chirping language with various dialects, or a vast array of different feathered languages?
ISO 400 220mm f/5.6 1/500sec
I love the beauty in simple. And this to me definitely has this beauty. About 6 or 7 feet to the left was a group of birds all standing by one another, at least 15 or so occupying all 3 lines. Yet these three are off on their own separated from the pack. Did they leave the pack or did the pack leave them? The bottom bird looks in the opposite direction even, as if to good to give attention to the rest. Or is it shame?
Like I said I love the simplicity of this shot, with a tad of interest with the bottom bird breaking up the rhythm a bit by looking off to the side.
ISO 100 116mm f/5.6 1/80sec
This was actually an idea that my girlfriend came up with last night that I really liked. I recently moved to Michigan from living on the beach in Virginia Beach area, and I have boxes of beach decorations that I had in my apartment out there including various shells and starfish. I thought the starfish out of context would be rather interesting concept, as if he were on vacation.
This was shot right in my driveway with the starfish on the snow covered rear window of my brothers car. It worked out perfectly that the setting sun was falling right in between my neighbors pine trees giving the warm attractive bokeh lighting effect in the background.
In the end it turned out to be a beautiful mending of my two worlds. One part Beach Boy, other part Michigander.