A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Today’s post comes from visit to the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend. Arising early Sunday morning, I watched the southeastern skies as the sun began to make it’s appearance. As sunrise neared, it became quite evident this would be a very colorful sunrise, so I quickly dressed and headed outside. Here is what I was treated to:

Sunrise over Lake of the Ozarks

Sunrise over Lake of the Ozarks

Sunrise over Lake of the Ozarks

As the sunrise progressed, a pair of Canada geese glide out from behind a nearby dock (and swimming a bit slower than my shutter speed!):

Sunrise over Lake of the Ozarks

Sunrise over Lake of the Ozarks

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with IS “Off”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/2 sec. to 1/20 sec.

 

 

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American White Pelicans

Today’s post features some more recent American White Pelican images that I captured about a week ago at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO) :

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Coming up … how good are these guys at fishing?

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 thru ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5 and f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/250 sec. thru 1/1000 sec.

 

 

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Call of the Wild

Today’s post features an image I captured last week at the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). With the recent large sways in the morning temperatures, a lot of fog/steam has been occurring at the Lake. On this particular morning, a lone gull was sitting on a dock buoy in heavy fog, calling out in the early morning:

Gull calling out in the fog

Not only have American White Pelicans been busy fishing at the lake, but the gulls have been very common lately, fishing for small shad.

Coming up … more American White Pelican images

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/6000 sec.

 

 

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Fun Friday: “Another Bad Hair Day!”

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a migrating American White Pelican with his head feathers standing up, as if having a bad hair day.

I spent a little over a week recently, at the Lake of the Ozarks. One day, as I worked outdoors, I looked up to see a handful of American White Pelicans flying overhead, as they made their way to the lake. Of course, my camera gear was inside (Murphy’s Law), but I quickly ran inside and grabbed my gear. Here is one of my favorite images of the day:

American White Pelican

I was very fortunate … a small group of 5-8 pelicans remained in the cove for 3 days, giving me lots of opportunities for more photography.  I’ll be sharing some of my captures in the next post or so.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, at 400mm
  • Handheld, with ISO “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Falls Park

Today’s post features a night image that I captured at Falls Park (Sioux Falls, SD) back in September.  This is a panoramic image, created by combining multiple images (I believe I used 8 in this panorama) in Lightroom, to get a single, panoramic shot:

Coming up … for the past few days, I have been busy capturing images of American White Pelicans as they migrated through the Lake of the Ozarks … I will share some of my favorite images in upcoming posts.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, with IS “Off”
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 3.0 sec.
  • Eight images were captured and combined into a panorama, using Lightroom Classic editing software
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Fun Friday: Downhill Slalom

Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a Bighorn Sheep ram that was climbing around the slopes of the Badlands, while the rest of the group was grazing on the tall prairie grasses at the bottom.

Although “sure footed”, this ram had quite a ride to the bottom of the rock formation, when he was ready to join the group:

Bighorn Sheep ram

So much fun to observe nature in action!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, with IS “On”
  • Handheld, with ISO “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/500 sec.
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Mallard drake

Today’s post features a Mallard drake that was swimming next to the dock, while I worked in the butterfly garden at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Mallard drake

Mallard drake

Coming up … more action with the Bighorn rams of the Badlands NP.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, with IS “On”
  • Handheld, with ISO “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5 and f/7.1
  • Shutter 1/160 sec. and 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Chippie

Today’s post comes from the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri), a couple of weeks ago. As I worked in the butterfly garden, this curious little chipmunk sat on the seawall and watched me very intently:

Chipmunk

Fortunately, I had my camera with me (I always try to have it available when outside … you never know what will happen)!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens, with IS “On”
  • Handheld, with ISO “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/7.1
  • Shutter 1/500 sec.

 

 

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Moving Into Night – Badlands

Today’s post features the magnificent nighttime skies that are prevalent over the Badlands of South Dakota. Immediately after the sun began setting, I moved to another location and captured the transitioning skies:

Sunset begins, over the Badlands:

Sunset over the Badlands NP

As the sun sets, the clouds above took on the hues of the sunset:

Transitioning into Night at the Badlands NP

Transitioning into Night at the Badlands

Transitioning into Night at the Badlands

A short time later, the northern sky began to twinkle above me:

Early night sky over the Badlands

When it became a bit darker, I captured a series of 5-minute exposures and combined them together to get this star trails image, with Polaris (the North Star) in the center of the trails:

Star Trails of the night sky at the Badlands

Looking to the south, a glimpse of the fading Milky Way stretched out over the southern skies:

Milky Way in the Badlands

Night photography has become one of my passions over the past couple of years and I enjoy not only the peacefulness of the heavens above, but the beauty of our universe.  Coming up … a few more Badlands images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, with IS “Off” (top photos) and Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8 manual lens (night skies)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO variable, ISO 200 to ISO 800
  • Aperture f/16 (top photos) and f/2.8 (night skies)
  • Shutter variable

 

 

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Colorful Badlands Sunset

Today’s post features a couple of sunset images as the sun dropped towards the western horizon, over the Badlands NP of South Dakota.  I have never seen a “bad” sunset here … ok, if it is really cloudy it might not be good sunset material.  But typically, I can always count on some really nice sunsets here. Here are a couple of images I captured in September, during my visit to the park:

Sunset over the Badlands NP

Sunset over the Badlands NP

The bottom image is an HDR image (combining 3 different images of differing exposures, into one image).

Coming up, more Badlands images, including some more wildlife and some night sky images of this incredible and open area.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, with IS “Off”
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter: Variable speeds to get varying exposures

 

 

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