Monday, March 27, 2017

Leaves Melting Into Snow

The 22 inches of snow which fell two weeks ago is still hanging around even though it's the last week of March. It's been chilly and full sun has been sparse. But, there's been enough sun to heat up fallen leaves and twigs so that they melt down into the snow.

Instead of bracketing exposures, which might have been a good idea, I made single exposures, compensating for the fact that the camera's meter will try to make the snow gray. To be fair, though, the snow was gray as it was overcast, drizzling and the snow is two weeks old. One stop extra in addition to the metered exposure was about right.

I used my 5D Mark III and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro lens. I used ISO 400 and f/11. In post processing I boosted saturation a bit and lowered highlights some. Hopefully in a couple of days we'll see some sun. I'm overdue to check on the Bald Eagles.

All of the fallen leaf portraits can be viewed at

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Morning on Peebles Island

It's been a while since I've been over to check on the Bald Eagles at Peebles Island State Park. Since I've checked on them we've had two frigid weekends with low temperatures in the single digits and a 22 inch blizzard.

I was hoping there'd be enough of a path from snowshoers that the slightly over a half mile walk from the parking lot to the nest viewing site would be negotiable in my cross trainers. There was, although I had to use my monopod as a walking stick/ski pole a couple of times. Here's a view of the trail conditions for the half mile walk.

iPhone 7 with Camera+ app

There were a couple of smarter people with snow shoes on the trails, one of them also there to check on the Bald Eagles.

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM at 150mm.

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM at 150mm.

It was good to see a Bald Eagle tending to the nest and presumed egg(s) although in the half hour I hung around I did not see the other adult eagle. Here is a not so great shot of the nest with the lens maxed out to 500mm and cropped to 100% followed by an iPhone shot from the same location aimed at the nest.

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM at 500mm.

iPhone 7 with Camera+ app

Lastly, you rarely leave Peebles Island without a few White-tailed deer sightings. This one was enjoying the show shoe trails as was I.

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM at 370mm.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Time to Get March Started

These Hudson River sunsets were made on March 1st at my usual spot. All are five image DHR composites made with my 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. The bracketing was -1, 0, +1, +2 and +3. I intentionally processed these to keep the silhouette of the trees, etc. rather than bringing in noise by raising the shadows.

I've posted them in chronological order although they were all shot within a few minutes. The first two were processed in Photomatix Pro using the "balanced" presets and the second two with the "photographic" presets. Not a lot of difference with these particular files.