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The Best Photographic Subjects Are the Ones I Once Bounced on My Knee

My oldest Grandson Alec played catcher for one of the Millsap little league teams.   Here are a few images from a game against their future team-mates… the other Millsap Bulldogs.    The good guys won.

 

I was using the Nikon D700 with a Sigma 150-500 handheld from the outfield fence.  Low light was clearly not a problem.  Some of these were shot toward the sun and I had to adjust in post processing.  But the goal was to get a few memorable photos of my boy playing ball so I am pleased.  In this grandpa’s opinion it is nearly impossible to take a BAD photo of Alec unless I leave the lens cap on.

Large and In Charge

Large and In Charge

 

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Week 22 – Working At the Limits of My Equipment – Handheld, Low Light, Too Far

Great Horned Owl in Palo Pinto Hills

I saw the great horned owl fly over from a nearby hill and land about 30 yards northeast of my elevated stand.  He saw me and wasn’t concerned in the least.  I am sure he sees himself as the meanest thing the area, and he might be right.  This bird is beautiful and huge.  I was again using the Nikon D300 and the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4.  This was hand-held and out of the 8 images I took this is one of perhaps tow that were of marginal value.

This is heavily cropped and processed.  It won’t be featured on a magazine cover but I think it shows how impressive these birds are.  It was fun seeing him in the wild and being just close enough to get some kind of image.

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

Week 21 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Low Light and High ISO

  yearling whitetail after sunset

This is a young “button buck” that came by my stand after sunset.  You can only tell that he is a buck in the first image if you look close at where the antlers will be.  The light was obviously very low so the ISO is crank up to 3200.  The Nikon D300 doesn’t handle such high ISO’s very well.  The high ISO really pulls in the available light but at the cost of very grainy images.     I was about 25 yards away in a blind using a monopod with the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4 and a Nikon 1.4 TC2.  If this guy survives the predators maybe he will be show up next year as a small 4 or 6 point.

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Yearling Whitetail 2

Yearly Whitetail 2

Week 20 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Too Far, Hand Held

Great Blue Heron at Muddy Pond

I saw the great blue heron fishing at the far edge of a pond.  I stop in the side of the road and braced myself as best as I could for this hand-held image.   I was using the Nikon D300 with Nikkor 300 f/4.  I had lots of light so I opened the aperture for addition depth.  The distance was approximately 70 yards so this required a heavy crop and heavy post processing in an attempt to get a decent image out of the dozen I took.

Great Blue Heron at Muddy Pond

Week 19 – White Tail Doe

Went out this morning with my rifle and camera.  The rifle was for feral hogs.  The camera was for images like these.

Shot with Nikon D300 and Nikkor 300mm f/4.0.  Handheld and braced against the edge of my deer blind.   I think the 3rd and 5th images are my favorites from this series.

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Week 18 – Autumn Color in the Palo Pinto Hills

Taken about 30 minutes before sunset on the first evening of deer season west of Mineral Wells Texas.  You can see we are in enjoying our two weeks of autumn in north central Texas.

On this outing my camera was better equipped for wildlife than landscapes, but the wildlife were uncooperative.  This scene was several hundred yards away from me. I was using a Nikon D300 with Nikkor 300mm f/4.0.   As the sun dropped lower on the horizon it illuminated the stone amongst the cedar and elm trees.

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