I haven’t been doing much photography of late. I always have a camera with me but just haven’t found anything that interested me. It’s been cloudy and gray for most of the last couple of weeks, not the best light for photographs.
These photos were taken with the Nikon D500 (a cropped sensor DLSR) and with the Sigma 60mm – 600mm f4.5 – f6.3DG 105. Used on the D500 the focal length becomes 90mm – 900mm so I get a good range.
Over the years I’ve had a love / hate relationship with Sigma lenses but their quality has improved greatly and this one is now my favorite lens. It is tack sharp, quite, and fast focus.
The University of Dubuque has a flying program that many future pilots attend and learn to fly. They also get their commercial pilots’ license. The U of D has many planes and on any given day at the Dubuque Regional Airport you can see many of them practicing their landings and take offs. I saw this guy waiting to take off and getting the landing plane in the shot was just good luck.
I was coming back from Maquoketa yesterday afternoon and I saw at least ten hawks sitting on fence posts, wires, and signs. This is the only one that sit still long enough for me to get even this shot.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I was lucky enough to capture this image of what I think is a Rough-Legged Hawk. Honestly I’m not very good at identifying species but I did look for a long time and it seemed to me that he is either a Rough-Legged Hawk or a Broad-winged Hawk. Fortunately for me, I have friends who are very good at bird identification. 🙂
That’s all I have for today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you that I shot last Saturday. It was the day of the Hawk. I think all told I saw 5 hawks on the short drive I took. I was actually looking for farm structures to photograph and not birds but you take what nature gives you. 🙂
There were two trees essentially growing out of the same spot making a big V. These birds had congregated on the right side of the tree and sitting all alone on the left side was a mature eagle. I shot several images of him but his eye was obstructed by a large branch and when I moved to get a better shot of him he of course flew away. I had the long lens in my hand so I couldn’t get both trees in the same frame.
I had just got into position to photograph this smaller hawk when he decided that I was too close. So I got a few frames of his butt but liked this one as he leaped into the air.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy the warmer weather if you are in our part of the world. Supposed to be very windy today with a high wind advisory issued for our state.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful.
I must have driven past this barn a hundred times over the last few years and never felt compelled to photograph it. Yesterday, however, sitting in the snow against a gray sky it was enough to entice me to pull over and grab a couple of images.
I had to go to one of our Cedar Rapids banks yesterday for a meeting. I always seem to find something of interest to photograph. Yesterday was no exception. On the way back from Cedar Rapids I noticed this large bird sitting in a tree close to the road. My first thought was it must be a juvenile eagle so I slowed down and pulled onto the shoulder. As I stealthy moved up (imagine me being stealthy) it became clear this was a large hawk. He let me get 4 images before he took off.
My new system arrived yesterday. There is a pretty steep learning curve to it and last evening was spent reading material, doing some minor assembly, and charging a series of batteries. It is a complex system but I am hopeful it will add another interesting dimension to my photography tool box. More work on it tonight and then Saturday the first trial (hopefully.)
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Friday, it took its sweet time getting here. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful.
Interesting day yesterday. Had four employee benefit meetings scheduled so I did a fair amount of road time getting to the different locations. The last meeting was in Monticello so I took the “Caves Road” and this little deer tried to get very familiar with my car. I was able to slow down and avoid hitting her and once I got pulled off the side of the road I grabbed my camera and got off a few shots of her running away. I didn’t have the right lens on for wild life shots but you go with what you’ve got.
I got back to the car and was sitting on the side of the road putting my camera back in it bag, when I looked back at the road I saw this Hawk sitting on a power line keeping a sharp eye on me. So back to the camera bag I went and was able to shoot this image from the car. I got off three clicks and he took off and offered me nothing but a butt shot. I’ve stopped wasting sensor space for butt shots anymore. 🙂
This final image occurred when I rounded a corner and out in a harvested corn field sat five eagles. Three took off as soon as I pulled over. The fourth one flew off as I slowly moved my car forward trying to get a clear shot of the eagle. This guy didn’t seem to mind me at all. I suspect if I had gotten out of my car he would have spread his wings but I shot about 10 images with him not paying any attention to me. He was far enough away from me to not be of any perceived threat to him.
So with only the 300 mm lens I couldn’t get any real close-ups but you get the idea. Our meetings were over at 6:00 p.m. so driving home in the dark I saw hundreds of deer. At least I thought I did. Boy I hate this time of year for commuting.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Thursday. The weather is supposed to improve as we move towards the weekend. Big birthday coming up in two days. Joshua turns 3. Got to be one of the most photographed kids around. Well maybe that title belongs to his Mother. I can’t imagine how many images I took of her growing up and that was with a film camera. I wonder if digital had been around then how many would have been on my hard drive today. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful. There are deer everywhere.