Socorro County, New Mexico.
For my final entry in the seven-day challenge, I picked a photo that is only about one year old. Last January, we visited the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge in southern New Mexico. There were many photos that came from this trip, and if you would like to see more, you can view them here.
This photo also turned into a bit of a training exercise in my learning how to use Lightroom to remove unwanted objects. If you go to the original post linked above and look at this photograph, you’ll notice some large pipes coming out of the ground in the lower left corner of the image. No doubt they are part of the irrigation system that provides water to the plants in this field that are used to provide feed to the large number of birds that spend time here. Thanks to the magic of Lightroom, the above image no longer contains any plumbing.
To capture those birds in flight, I needed a fast shutter speed and small aperture to keep a wide depth of field, necessitating a high ISO. Nikon D7000 f/32 1/320 sec. ISO-1250 Tamron 18-270 mm @ 50 mm. Post processing in Snapseed and Lightroom.
It’s been fun sharing my favorite nature photos. It was hard to be selective and pick out my absolute favorites, but it has given me some ideas of new prints to make and hang. Time to think about redecorating.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.
For my day 6 challenge post, let’s go back to August, 2015. Not so long ago, we visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. On our previous visits to the park, the herds of wild horses were always elusive, clearly visible only through my longest telephoto lenses. Continue reading
Bryce Canyon, Utah.
One of my favorite images was serendipity. Our plan to visit several national parks in Utah was cut short by a late October snowfall. We awoke early in the morning to get to Bryce to capture the sunrise, but when we stepped out of the motel, we discovered Continue reading
Fargo, North Dakota.
Morning on the Red River of the North. Sunrise and sunset are a photographer’s favorite times. As I am not always an early riser, my portfolio features far more sunsets than sunrises. Here is one of my favorite exceptions, taken at 5:13 AM in September 2015. Continue reading
For my Day 3 Nature Challenge response, I submit a view of the Pacific Ocean from a viewpoint meant for visitors to look the other way at Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai. It’s another example for photographers to be reminded to look behind you. Continue reading
Park Rapids, Minnesota.
It’s Day 2 of my Facebook Seven-Day Nature Challenge. One of my favorite shots from our Northern Minnesota travels features a mother loon and her chick. Continue reading
Lake Itasca, Minnesota.
Last week I was challenged by my wife’s brother, Terry, to put up my best nature photos in a 7-Day Nature Challenge. Being on a long road trip, I put off my challenge response until I had time to put together my collection and share it. Continue reading