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Friday, December 25, 2015

Birds with the Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm lens

Shot today at Five Rivers.  Really love this cam and lens combo for birds.  Settings were Tv1/800, F6.3, ISO auto.  All edited in iPhoto.
Enjoy, Jeff

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Street Work with the Fuji X-PRO1 and a Fujinon 18mm lens

Lark Street is our very little SoHo.  One of the few places in Albany to do Street Work.  Luckily, I found some willing subjects and a good scene in front of the Flower Market.  Edited lightly in iPhoto. Settings were ISO 800, F2 and a fast Tv-not recorded as shot in Aperture Priority.   Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, November 15, 2015

This Morning's Backyard

Shot with a Nikon D7200, Sigma 150-600mm lens at 600mm.  ISO 1250, F6.3, 1/800sec, AWB .  Shot with a monopod to enhance stability.  The most difficult part was to find a clean background to not interfere with the main subject.  Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Festival of Nations, Albany, NY

These shots had to be in color!  Beautiful native clothing and wonderful to see the children of so many nations side by side.  Shot with a Nikon D7200, 600B Speedlight with a Lumiquest Ultrasoft soft box.  Settings were generally ISO 800, F5.6, 1/50-1200 sec with AWB using a Nikon 18-140 VR lens.  Enjoy, Jeff

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Best Bird Shot!!

Really lucky this afternoon.  Able to time this shot of the Chickadee coming in for a landing!  Equipment: Nikon D7200, Sigma 150-600mm VR lens at 600mm, ISO 2000, F8, 1/340sec.  Nikon 600B Speedlight fired with remote transmitter at 1/8 power.  Aluminum covered cardboard reflector to bird's left. Small LED light bank over bird's head.  Enjoy, Jeff


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Refining Backyard Bird Photography














Today I was working to get some more inflight images.  Quite challenging.  Gear setup the same as with recent posts but because the light was better I was able to use 1/8 flash power which actually gives you a quicker burst of light than full or half power.  The duration is shorter so with a fast shutter speed of 1/320 sec, greater ability to capture spread wings.  Timing the shot is the challenge!  I am learning to anticipate behavior unique to each type of bird to help me fire the shutter at the right moment.  Enjoy, Jeff


Saturday, October 3, 2015

A New Approach



pre editing








Concerned that my first approach was not getting enough light as the perch was at the edge of the woods, I placed a stand in the open, created a branch to the feeder as a perch, set up the flash and added a reflector to the pole throwing and bouncing ambient and flash burst on to the subject.  Much more pleased with the results on this overcast day.  I loved the flying bird but of course had to get rid of the feeder on the left.  That is why G-d made Photoshop.  Enjoy, Jeff

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Digital Infrared





Today I ventured out with my "new" old Nikon D200 which I had converted to a pure infrared camera with a 850nm filter.  Only IR light hits the sensor, thus images represent the heat of objects.  These were shot this afternoon at Five Rivers Environmental Center in Delmar, NY.  The camera is used without need for a red r72 filter to reduce visible light, just expose, compose and shoot after a custom white balance is set.  Different but interesting to me.  Enjoy, Jeff


Saturday, September 26, 2015


The Scrum








I knew Albany had a Rugby team, the Albany Knickerbockers, but I have never photographed them.  Till today. They play at the Frisbee Ave sports field.  What an intense physical game!  I used the Nikon D7200 with the Sigma 150-600mm VR lens.  Shot at F8, 1/2000 sec mostly and Auto ISO.  I shot 836 pics, distilled it down to 15 to save and picked 5 to send.  Enjoy, Jeff


Back Yard Birds









As the insects are leaving for the season I challenged myself to try small bird photography.  What fun!  I set up a perch/stand from some branches about 25 feet from our back porch which served as a "blind", allowing me to see the birds but  far enough away that they did not care about me. On the tree to where the perch was nailed I set up an oiled sunflower seed feeder.  About 4 feet in front of the perch I set up a remote flash to fire at 1/2 power.  The Nikon D7200 was attached to my new SIgma 150-600mm VR lens at 600mm, AWB,  ISO 1250,F8.1/200 sec with a wireless flash transmitter.  I used a ML-3 remote to fire the camera to reduce camera-lens vibration. 

Images were shot as JPEGs and lightly edited in iPhoto.

Overall for my first shots, I am pretty, pretty pleased!

Enjoy, Jeff