Third Night's a Charm

A little experiment tonight - I put the 2.0x Tamron teleconvertor on the back of the 600mm lens for 1200mm of focal length on the DX-format, Nikon D500. Focusing is a bit more challenging, but the result was notably better than the 600mm version. I've tried this experiment a number of times on different camera bodies - this is by far the best result I've had with the 2.0x on. 

Moon (stack of 52 images) 

First Visit to Magee Marsh

Yesterday marked my first visit to Magee Marsh for spring migration and WOW! The day was hampered by some heavy rains, but that brought the insects and the birds down low. My trip was cut short a day by camera issues, but I added nine new species to my count and some great, up-close bird experiences. 

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Sedge Wren

Black-Throated Green Warbler

Northern Parula

Black-Throated Blue Warbler

Baltimore Oriole

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

House Wren

Tennessee Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Never did get the shot of the Canada Warbler I wanted - whether it was poor lighting or the camera started acting up. They look good small, but not blown up. 

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

A Sleepy Screech Owl

Other finds, but limited photo opportunities included the Wilson's Warbler, Bay-Breasted Warblers, Nashville Warbler, Lincoln Sparrow and a lost Black-Throated Gray Warbler from out west. 

Dance Dimension - 2018 Recital

Today marked my 16th year enjoying the Dance Dimension Spring Recital. We love Miss Lois, Miss Tootie, Miss Andrea and all the wonderful teachers. When the scheduled photographer was double booked, I stepped up to capture the show. Check out the two galleries below - click to enlarge the images, and swipe right or left to scroll (or arrow keys on your computer.) For 5x7 or 8x10 prints - please send me a note and contact information on my Contact Page.

Birds, Birds, Birds

Spring Valley Wildlife Area has been hopping the last few days - giving some great photo opportunities. 

Prothonotary Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Black-Throated Green Warbler

Eastern Kingbird

Female Red-Winged Blackbird

Sunny Monday

The weather is beautiful today, but the birds weren't too up for posing. 

Canada Goose in Fog

Prothonotary Warbler

Female Red-Winged Blackbird

Pileated Woodpecker Finds Breakfast

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Mirgration Time - 2018

The birds are hopping (at Spring Valley Wildlife Area)!

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Male Mallard

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Sunshine!

Out looking for migrating birds today. Some Yellow-Rumped Warblers and Ruby Crowned Kinglets, but no keeper photos. Three nature reserves, and the closest (and last) park saved the day with this beauty. 

Northern Barred Owl

This very beautiful and patient Northern Barred Owl was only feet of the travel and at staring at me at eye level. 

Where Have I Been?

My apologies - I've been absent from the blog (and somewhat photography) for several weeks now. The end of February marked the sale of our farmhouse and moving into our new home. Glad to have sold the old home, but unfortunately we're not finished with the remodel on the new house yet. Excuse number two, I've started a job search after wrapping up seven years leading Product Innovation for ACCO Brands. Maybe I'm biased, but two pretty good reason I haven't been getting behind the camera as much as I would like (not to mention the horrible weather we've had.) Hopefully I'm back - I'm still working on the house and searching for a new job, but both those are a bit more manageable now and the weather is improving. 

Here are a few shots from Spring Valley Wildlife Area     

Female Lesser Scaup

Osprey with Catfish

Mallard Pair

American Coot

Great Egret

Song Sparrow

Thanks to Chiiz Magazine

A special shout out to Chiiz magazine. Chiiz staff reached out to me back in October to feature my macro photography in a future issue of the magazine. Issue 11 (February 2018) focuses on macro photography and I'm featured with a two-page spread. It's great to be featured alongside other great macro photographers like Nicky Bay. You can check it out in here

Preview - Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

Christmas will come early this year - just in time for Macro season. 

Venus Optics announced a new full frame macro lens for Nikon F-mount: Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra. The US price will be $399. Here are the details:

  • It is a macro lens for full size of manual focus.
  • The shortest shooting distance is 173 to 223.5 mm and shooting magnification 2.5 to 5 times is available.
  • It is possible to secure a working distance of 40 mm (5 times) to 45 mm (2.5 times) by optical design with a special configuration. It can correspond to various lighting to obtain better shooting result.
  • By adopting ultra low dispersion lens (UD lens), by appropriately suppressing chromatic aberration and color fringe, it is possible to capture images with high sharpness and high color reproducibility.
  • Each lens is coated with multilayer coating, minimizing ghost and flare. Therefore, under a strong light source, it is possible to take pictures with a very high contrast and neutral color.
  • Adopting a metal enclosure with excellent robustness.
  • It is compact, lightweight and excellent in portability.
  • Shipping starts in April 2018

source: NikonRumors.com

I look forward to addimg this to my camera bag. 

Hong Kong: Part IX

The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers at China Hong Kong City in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Check off another box on the Hong Kong Instagram bingo card.

Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers

Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers

Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers

Hong Kong: Part VIII

Located between the Jordan and Yau Ma Tei MTR stations you'll find the Temple Street market - also referred to as Night Market. Feel free to haggle over trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, fashion wear, jade and 'antiques.' Fortune-tellers crowd the car park and outdoor food stalls for the strong stomached. 

"Night Market" Temple Street, Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Part VI

Another one from the Hong Kong trip - The Peak. With an elevation of 552 m (1,811 ft), Victoria Peak it is the highest mountain on Hong Kong island with great views of Central, Victoria Harbour, and Lamma Island. We were only blessed with two clear nights in Hong Kong, making our way the The Peak on the second of those nights.

The Peak - Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Part V

Located in Diamond Hill, Nan Lian Garden is a nice respite from the busy city. Opening in 2006, the gardens were designed in the classical Tang dynasty style and are maintained by the Chi Lin Nunnery.

Nan Lian Garden - Diamond Hill, Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Part IV

Ocean Terminal Mall was the recent focus of well-known French urban artist, Invader. An interesting challenge to try and capture an intriguing photograph of someone else's art. His distinctive 3,564 creations can be seen in 74 cities in more than 30 countries, including 132 in Hong Kong.

Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde by Invader - Ocean Terminal Mall, Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Part III

International Finance Centre (Hong Kong) Towers One and Two. This 15-second exposure captures the very end of blue-hour and the busy rush hour traffic. Tower 2 (on the left) is the second tallest building in Hong Kong (415 m), behind the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon and the eighth-tallest office building in the world. The Bank of China building in the back right is my favorite Hong Kong skyline feature.

One and Two International Finance Centre (ifc), Hong Kong