Lensbaby Control Freak…

So I took the Lensbaby Control Freak with Double Glass Optic out for a spin the other night.  Not too many pictures came out, but since Sydney was in ultra-spaz mode, it isn’t the fault of the lens.

Sydney a la Lensbaby Control Freak

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Once the dog finally ran out of steam, I was able to snap the above image.  I can definitely see that once I get familiar shooting with the Control Freak, it is going to be one of my favorite lenses…  I already have many ideas for both still and video shots.  I need a system to start keeping my ideas tracked…  Hmmm…  iPad perhaps?

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More New Orleans photos…

So I have had a productive start to the Memorial Day weekend!  I was able to finish off another day of post processing photos taken during our trip to New Orleans.  I only have a few more days to edit, then I will have all the main photos up.

New Orleans Vacation

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The vacation was much needed after a long winter, as well as celebrating my rehabilitation after the accident last August.  It was the first time I was able to get out and take some pictures in quite a while.  I also had to realize some new limitations as I was unable to move the way I used to, so some angles were just unobtainable.

The trip was a success as Stacey and I had a great time, the sun and warmth did wonders for spirit (and leg!), but also really got us thinking about leaving Alaska at some point, sooner than later…

7D test Timelapse…

So I broke out the intervalometer and the 7D on the drive home a few days back, and tried my first timelapse video using the Canon…

My first timelapse with the 7D

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I realize it needs a b it of work, but I learned a lot with this first test.  I can see neutral density filters will come in handy, especially on bright and sunny days. I still need to play around a bit with shutter speed, ISO, and F-Stop, as well as post production…  But that is the reason why we play around and try new things!  I have an idea on what to try tomorrow…  🙂

Extreme weather photography…

I enjoy photography, and need to get out more…  I also love extreme weather.  There are some talented photographers out there that capture amazing images of amazing weather.

William Phuoc caught an amazing lightning strike that hit about 600 feet away from where they were shooting.  Not only that, but he caught video of the strike as well!  I have been attempting to insert William’s video, but WordPress is being difficult, so you will have to simply settle for a LINK.  Trust me, it is worth it!

Raptor at rest…

Last week we had a visitor…

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle at Rest

This mature Bald Eagle was larger than most.  It was rather far off, so I had to use my 100-400mm lens at full zoom, and even then crop the images down to get the shots you see here.  From a distance, we were wondering if it was a porcupine that had climbed into a tree.  It turned out to be an eagle that was preening.  It sat there for a good 45 minutes before quietly flying away.

We get some entertaining wildlife in the greenbelt behind out house on occasion.  I have seen cranes, moose, fox, and even a few bears.  Eagles come through as well, though they rarely stop to visit…

Gorgeous video – Tahiti…

I found this video on one of my favorite videography sites, Planet5D…

This is a fun, colorful and beautiful video that gives wonderful ‘bite’ into what there is to do in Tahiti.  The colors draw you in, and the personal touches revealed by local life simply reaffirm what we all already know – Tahiti is beautiful!

Hint – Watch this in HD if you can!

Blast from the past: Bears at Katmai…

So, quite a few years ago, I was quite lucky and took a trip to remote Alaska.  I stayed at an amazing fishing lodge on the Agulowak River.  While there, a group of us were able to take a flight over to the Katmai National Park which is known for bears!

Bears!

It was an amazing and memorable trip, and an experience of a lifetime…  The adrenaline rush of walking in bear country, knowing that, without question, a bear was within 100 yards of you at any given time, is a feeling that you can’t get anywhere else, doing anything else.  While still relatively new to photography, I think that a few photos actually turned out OK!  Enjoy…