Life as seen through my lens…
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Just in time for Christmas, this picture and a number of other new 8 by 10 prints by me are now available to buy from Studio Seven Arts, at 400 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Featured subjects of these new pictures include Yosemite National Park and the bridges of San Francisco as seen at night.
If you’re in the area, go check them out! 🙂
In time for the holidays I’ve teamed up with a small group of national artisans and writers from the east coast in North Carolina to the west coast in California who are taking part in a free (no purchase necessary) holiday give-away.
For your chance to win, check out http://www.facebook.com/roundhousecandles/app_228910107186452, and while you are there, see what this emerging candle maker has to offer. You could even win a picture of your choice from my growing collection of images as an 8*10 print, signed, matted, and ready to frame.
Gotta love auto-focus! The 3D focus tracking on my Nikon camera is usually pretty accurate, but for some reason for one shot out of a sequence it decided to switch from the F-18 Super Hornet that I was tracking and shooting to this bird in the foreground! It was back to the Super Hornet in the next shot a fraction of a second later! I guess it knows me too well and didn’t want me to miss the bird. 🙂
Although the focus on this shot was less than crisp, looking at this one again I decided to share it anyway because I love the way the contrails are glowing in the afternoon sun…
It’s a wonder I didn’t burn out my vision during Fleet Week this year – the number of times I ended up tracking planes as they flew right in front of (or very close to) the sun… but they sometimes make for cool shots, as with this one of a United Airlines Boeing 777 taken on the Friday!
When you’re loaded with a high-power zoom lens and a formation of 4 Blue Angels flies low directly over your head from out of nowhere, there is no way you’re going to get them all in the frame, even if you are able to zoom out quick enough!
Another case of near blindness as this formation of 5 Blue Angels flew pretty much right in front of the sun.
The thing with shooting from the deck of a big ship when what you are taking pictures of is flying all over the place is you don’t always get a clear shot, because bits of the ship sometimes get in the way. I was stood on an elevated gun platform on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien to watch the display, but even from there I occasionally found my shots blocked by things! This was the final Blue Angels fly-by of the Saturday display and someone just had to stick a whopping great mast in the way! So inconsiderate! 😉
You can find my full set of Fleet Week 2012 photos here.
As a child brought up on a diet of 1970’s British TV, I have fond memories of Johnny Morris and in particular his show Animal Magic. In the show he would introduce viewers to animals around the world and would often give the animals human characteristics as he interacted with them.
His love of nature the wild and the desire to have his viewers relate to the wonderful creatures he had them mirror human situations often resulted in some of the best comedy on children’s TV and was compelling viewing for young and old.
As my love for photographing wildlife grew, I found myself adding captions to many of my photos in a way that was clearly inspired by my childhood love of Johnny Morris and Animal Magic, as can be seen here, with a series of photos capturing the interaction between a young Bald Eagle hatched this year and its mother (as watched from 900 feet away)!