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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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Nature’s Snowplow

This bison was found in a snowbank and plowed his way to the road.  Very sturdy beasts for sure.  At this stop, I started out using my 500mm lens on a tripod and then switched to the 100-400, which was a good move.  Ended up with a good variety of shots.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II lens, handheld

Manual mode, 1/1000 sec @ F6.3, ISO 400, spot metering off the snow

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Since the colors were muted in the snow, converted it to B&W using NIK Silver Efex Pro II

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More Harris Hawks

Here are a few more Harris Hawk photos from last weekend.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II lens or Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/6400 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, 500mm

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Aperture priority, 1/4000 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/3200 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 500mm

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Dive Bombing an Osprey

Had lots of fun taking Osprey photos on my Indiana trip.  Their nest was still active with two large chicks along with two protective parents.

The parents had some challenges when flying as several small birds would chase and dive bomb them.  It was obvious when the Osprey would take an abrupt turn that they were being chased.  Made for some interesting flight shots.

Ended up using all focus points as it was a challenge to keep a single focus point on the fast moving action.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 100-400 II lens, handheld

Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 1/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Aperture priority, 1/2500 sec @ F8, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, + 1 2/3 exposure compensation, 400mm

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Great Horned Owl

Made my summer trek back home to Indiana a couple of weeks ago with limited expectations from a wildlife photography perspective.  We usually go in June when the Osprey’s are nesting and there is an abundance of Sandhill cranes in the area.  Therefore, I left my 500mm lens at home and traveled light with my 100-400 II lens.

To my surprise, the Osprey’s were still around along with some Sandhill cranes.  Best of all, found this Great Horned Owl along a dirt back road.

Just after sunrise, I was driving along my usual route when a bird caught my eye with just a glimpse of something flying just under the tree canopy as it spread over the road going up a hill.  I crested the hill and saw the bird gliding very low about one foot above the road.  Thought to myself that it wasn’t a hawk but had to be an owl.  He flew up into a tree near the road.  When my car got closer, he flew away and continued down the road.  As he approached an intersection with a paved road, I thought that he was going to get hit by a car if he continued his path but he took a quick right turn before getting to the stop sign.

Drove very slow while scanning the area when I spotted him lying in the grass along the road on my right side.  Had to go past him and turn the car around to get into position for some photos.  The first photo shows what he looked like after I turned around.  Slowly inched the car forward to try to get to a better position with the grass out of his face.  Made it to that position but there was some trash just on the left side of his head.  Had to move again to get the trash behind his head.

Had to remove my teleconverter and use ISO to 10,000 to get my shutter speed above 100.  Luckily he stuck around for 10 minutes which allowed me enough time to remove the teleconverter and get several photos.  On my computer, I can see the reflection of my car in his beautiful eyes.

Aperture priority, 1/80 sec @ F8, ISO 12,800, evaluative metering, 560mm

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Aperture priority, 1/125 sec @ F5.6, ISO 10,000, evaluative metering, 400mm

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