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Sandhill Crane

Found this Sandhill Crane while exploring the back roads of NE Indiana.  Was checking out my favorite Osprey nest when this Sandhill started squawking right behind me.  Almost made me jump.  Turned around but couldn’t see him with a high berm along the dirt road.  Walked up an entrance into the field and saw him walking around very close to me.  He was apparently calling a couple other cranes that were hanging out in the field near the osprey nest.

1/800 sec @ F9, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II with 1.4x III teleconverter, handheld

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Gun Range Photos

Made a trip to the local gun range with my two brothers while visiting them over the 4th of July weekend.  We typically don’t go home over the 4th of July but it worked out great with being able to spend more time together.

Got a chance to shoot several rifles and pistols and my camera, of course.  Took my 100-400mm lens this time for the Battle Creek airshow, which also worked out well for the gun range.  It was a blast shooting their guns but I also had lots of fun taking photos.

My first gun when I was in 7th grade was a .45 cal flintlock muzzle loader.  My goal at a young age was have an extensive gun collection but my wife is pleased that I changed gears to photography, except for the cost.

Converted these to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, in order to bring out the smoke and mood of the photos.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II lens with 1.4X III teleconverter, hand-held

1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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1/1000 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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1/1000 sec @ F7.1, ISO 3200, evaluative metering

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F-22 Raptor

Got a chance to see the F-22 Raptor again for the 6th time at the Battle Creek, MI airshow over the 4th of July weekend.  It’s an amazing plane that never ceases to amaze me with its maneuvering capabilities.

While planning a trip home to visit family this summer, just happened to look up the F-22 schedule and saw it was going to be in Michigan fairly close to home.  Took my two brothers with me and they enjoyed the show as well.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II with 1.4X III telconverter, handheld

1/1000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 368 mm

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1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 1 1/3 exposure compensation, 560mm

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1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 560mm

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1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 318mm

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Black Skimmer’s Landing Gear

This black skimmer was doing a fly-by and actually skimming at Bolivar flats, which is a somewhat rare event in that location.  From my experience over the past several years, they usually just fly around looking for a place to land so this was a very nice change of pace.  Especially since this was during a guide trip that I was leading with three great guys from New Zealand, Canada and Indiana.

It’s always a challenge to capture these birds in flight while using a ground pod since your range of motion is limited while laying on the ground.  Added bonus was he briefly turned directly towards me.  Also like that his feet were hanging like landing gear coming down.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head.

1/1250 sec @ F10, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Dance of the Reddish Egret in B&W

Partial sun turned into a cloudy morning at Bolivar Flats along the Gulf of Mexico.  The colors were somewhat muted so I converted these into B&W to bring out the feather detail.

Watching Reddish Egrets dance around while fishing is always a good time and provides some great photo opportunities.  This egret was very energetic and would launch himself out of the water to look for unsuspecting fish as the tide was slowly receding.  In the last shot, he got all puffed up while chasing a white morph reddish egret away.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head.

Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F9, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Guess Who?

This juvenile Burrowing Owl seems unphased by his sibling jumping on her back.  Got several shots of the encounter with him reaching around and looking like he was trying to kiss her and then they fell over.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out my car window

Aperture priority, 1/500 sec @ F5.6, ISO 6400, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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Intimidation

Here are more photos of Burrowing Owls trying to intimidate prairie dogs that got too close.  They do a great job of expanding their body size with their feathers, which makes for some cool photo op’s.  Hoping to get the opportunity to see them again.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out my car window

Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 700mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 700mm

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