Lack of Blue – Too Much Blue?

What does a hobby wildlife photographer do on a ugly, rainy, cloudy, dark, depressive Sunday? He/she watches YouTube clips about other wildlife photographer in action, reads about lenses, cleans all equipment and if there is still some time, shoots photos of whatever like the cat on the sofa [portrait lense], smurfs [macro lense] or the chimneys across the street [telezoom].

Chimneys

I ended up with a question, though. All these YouTube wildlife photographers are out there and record in rainy, cloudy days. The “real” wildlife photographers are out there under any conditions? Or because there is nothing to shoot, they have time to record?

Having given some thoughts, I [almost] decided not to buy the 200-500mm lense but the 300mm f/4 Prime instead, with the 1,4x teleconverter. Pricey though.

Happy Friday

Sorry that I am not smiling, it was very, very cold that day. Looking forward for some outdoors photo shooting over this weekend. Maybe the lack of smiling was also in anticipation of the this weekend weather forecast. Sunshine during the week and rain and cold over weekend. It will be fun.

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Happy Friday.

Selected Photos 2017 – Outlook 2018

Like every year in January, I browse through the camera roll of my flickr account and select a few photos to create a slideshow of the shots which I like most and create a short video for YouTube. First time, I used one of own piano improvisations for the sound track:

This year, two of my photos have been selected by Flickr to be shown in Flickr’s “Explore” section, a photo of two Pied-billed Grebes and a shot of a jumping Humpback Whale, taken at Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

Finally, I was able to spot Black-crowned Night Herons, in St. Eustache, and one of the shots made it into the collection. Another highlight was the observation of two Common Moorhens in Park de la Frayere.

Thanks to the Nikon D500, I was able to get more consistently good shots of birds in flight. It may be true that a good camera is not needed to be a good photographer but without the high frame rate of the Nikon D500, taking photos of birds in flight would have been a frustrating endeavour.

There is a collection of close shots of different bird species and white-tailed deer which I like very much and from which the photo of the curious American Yellow Warbler is my favorite shot of 2017.

Nevertheless, comparing Selection 2017 with 2016, I cannot see major progress regarding the quality of my photos. I was able to get out more frequently and create more opportunities for pleasant photos, though.

I decided for the domain name, faunaflora.photography, of my website about identification of species in Quebec and finished programming and design: Fauna & Flora Photography. I had to go through a rebranding of different social media accounts.

2018?

There are a few species which I really would love to encounter this year. Among them, Snow Goose and Fox are due. I plan recording many more videos. Besides ND filters, I have the necessary equipment. A small investment comparing to the rest of the hardware. Nevertheless, I want to replace the Tamron 150-600mm with a Nikon 200-500mm. I am not convinced of sharpness of my Tamron tele zoom lense and I don’t like its bokeh.

Anything else? Going outdoors and searching for animals to watch and take photos is a lot of fun. A perfect balance to my sedentary work life. There will be another change which will have a major impact in opportunities. More about that in January 2019.

 

Circling Around – Videography

The original idea, my plan I may say, was to create videos, maybe even longer documentaries, of wildlife in Canada. As usually, I worked on this project not only to get it somehow done but to approach it methodically and fill out all the gaps. Having starting with the small Lumix pocket camera shooting photos of ants on flowers, I prepared a list of what I need to learn on the way to get there. Continue reading

Pippy Park Success

Stubborn! It worked with the second intend. Walking along Kent’s Pond and then down to Long Pond, I passed Pippy Park and found the Fluvarium I was looking for the other day.

All the people walking or running along the lakes and river definitively doesn’t help spotting birds and other animals. Nevertheless, I saw Dark-eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches, American Crows, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintail, Common Terns, an Osprey circling over the lake at high altitudes, a sparrow like bird which I am not able to identify and flocks of European Starlings. Even a squirrel crossed my path. The first squirrel I saw here in St. John’s.

Here the unidentified sparrow like bird. Can you assist me with the ID?

Unidentified