I thought this was a very appropriate photo to start off the year – metaphorically “taking off” into the sunrise of 2014. One photo from my recent trip to NM/AZ.
I’m pleased to announce that my photo of two moose calves has been published in the spring/summer 2012 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada! Look for it the next time you’re browsing the magazine rack. This is at least my third full page photo that has been published with OPC.
With 2011 wrapped up, it’s high time I updated my blog again. 2011 was personally a great year for photography, with trips to Algonquin Park, Banff NP, and a month-long road trip that took me to Florida, WV and various other locales. In many ways I felt I improved my technique, shooting productivity, general vision and became a much more effective photographer this year, which I’m really happy about.
I’ve uploaded a new batch of photos over the last few weeks, and I’ve also launched a Facebook page. I expect it will a better way of connecting with the public, and encourage you to check it out and ‘like’ the page! Updates will almost certainly happen more often on that page.
All the best!
I’ve been working on getting more photos processed, and have been busy uploading lately. There is lots more to come, including more photos from a recent trip to Banff NP and area.
View the updates page HERE
For the past few weeks I’ve been on the road, concentrating on nothing but bird photography. The focus of my trip was Florida, and particularly for birds and associated activity that was more specific to this time of year. I traveled nearly 10,000km and came back with over 300GB of photos (after initial evening culling sessions). Generally, most birders visit Florida earlier in the year, but in early May there are many different opportunities for rookery activity, baby chicks of many sorts and several species that are generally only present in summer, including the black-necked stilt and least tern. I made Snowy Plover and their chicks a major target, and am happy to say I more than met my goals for capturing images of both them and Wilson’s Plover with chicks, not to mention baby burrowing owls! You can see a rough video of their antics here.
My only regret is that I couldn’t spend more time in Florida and visit a few other areas. I lost a few sessions to weather, but overall weather was conducive to bird photography, if a bit windy at times, making it difficult to achieve photos on calm water. I managed to visit most of the hotspots in Florida, including St. Augustine rookery, Viera Wetlands, Cruickshank Sanctuary, Blue Cypress Lake, Kissimmee Prairie, Merritt Island, Fort de Soto, Venice Rookery, Bunche Beach, Lido Beach, Tigertail Beach, Little Estero Lagoon and Cape Coral. Whenever I return, I would like to make a point of visiting Joe Overstreet and area (snail kites), the Everglades (earlier in the year is better), and Merritt Island (also better earlier), and Wako/Lox/Green Cay.
On my way home I spent some time in West Virginia photographing warblers with Jacob Spendelow. It was a very fun and rather productive weekend, with several lifers for me. Currently vegetation is quite advanced in southern Ontario and makes deciduous forest shooting more difficult. I plan to work on some targets locally, and perhaps warblers within a few hours of home for the next few weeks. It’s hard to believe that the peak of spring bird activity will be winding down by the end of the month.
I’m happy to share that one of my indigo bunting photos is published in the spring edition of Outdoor Photography Canada. It’s on page 10, and is a full page photo. Check it out!
Lately I have been photographing migrant ducks locally with considerable success, having taken photos of species I previously had less coverage of, including horned grebes, red-breasted merganser, redhead, american wigeon and white-winged scoter. Stay tuned for photos, and in the meantime, I have uploaded some new photos and am slowly making headway with my enormous photo processing backlog.
To be honest, I would have never expected to be published in NG, let alone on the cover. As unbelievable as it may seem, this was also my first cover!
Thanks to all for your interest in my blog; I hope to have more images here to share with you. Check out some of the many new images I have uploaded at my website.
UPDATE: It seems Stephen Colbert featured this issue quite prominently on the March 3 episode with lots of air time with the cover showing!
I just updated the gallery component of my site. The design is a bit cleaner, likely much easier to navigate, and most importantly, better for search engine optimization. Check it out!
Note that if you had subscribed to my previous gallery’s RSS image feed, you will need to modify the URL you’re using, as this has also been changed.
What a year it’s been. From winter raptors and Algonquin Park photography early this year, to the shorebirds and songbirds of spring and summer, it’s been an extremely productive year for photography. I managed to add 68 birds to my life list, which now stands at about 210 species. Yesterday I finished off the year by adding the much sought-after boreal owl to my list. Next year should yield many more birds, particularly with a trip to Florida in February, and more targeted shooting for specific species in the spring and summer. I am also eagerly looking forward to delivery of the 1D Mark IV, which should further expand the boundaries of what is possible photographically.
Happy New Year to all!
I’ve been pretty busy lately, and haven’t added as many new photos as I should be. Fortunately (in a way), bird photography slows down around now and so hopefully I’ll have a few shots up soon! I have almost an entire spring/summer’s worth of photos to process, let alone upload, so stayed tuned.