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Posts tagged “ducks

Birds and a Panamint

Yup…more birds, and a BEAUTIFUL Panamint I found with my daughter…

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That little Panamint was awesome.  He was being harassed by a Raven that was evidently trying to keep him in the road to be run over.  Lucky for the snake, not so much for the Raven, we were the first car to come along, so I scared off the raven, grabbed my snake hook, and moved the little guy out of the road.

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Strollin’ through the Park one day…..

Yes, in the merry month of May.  But it was a really nice day, so I went for a walk…

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I found a new artesian well, too.  Prettier than the other one, in my opinion.  I’ll be back again…

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Walk About Town

I took a quick walk around town yesterday afternoon, just looking for things to shoot…

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Spring Time Re-visited

I was tooling around in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo Ultimate 12 today, and stumbled upon some very interesting pictures that I took this past spring and, for whatever reason…I just never processed them to share.

So I did that today…and here they are!

Duelling Duckies

Duelling Duckies

These two Mallard Drakes were battling each other, each vying for the attention of a single female, who sat idly by on the shore preening herself, as if the commotion wasn’t happening.  She was good at playing coy, I can tell you.  And these Drakes were ready to kill each other for her attentions…

My Good Side

My Good Side

This gull flew back and forth in front of me several times from only a few yards away, right at eye level.  I can’t tell if he was interested in me, or something in the water, but he certainly had no problem presenting me with numerous opportunities for a good photo.

Perfect Form

Perfect Form

This gull just soared overhead for several minutes.  Now…I’m fairly proud of this shot.  See…this was taken using a 150mm lens, which, for in-flight bird shots…is NOT a big enough lens.  I managed to get this guy perfectly in the frame.  This one is not cropped.  It came out of the camera with this composition, and I think it is one of my best flight shots to date.  Can’t fathom what possessed me to pass on processing it before.

So that’s about it for now.  I found a few interesting images from this past spring that I’m going to play with.  If I find anything good…you’ll be the first to know about it.

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A Thought Interrupted…

So…I took these pictures a couple weeks ago.  I’m not real sure what happened, or how they got “lost in the mix”…but I never shared them, and I think they are worth sharing.  Just another day in the Town Park, but…I liked these shots…

Male Widgeon--f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 100

Male Widgeon--f/5.6; 1/500; ISO 100

Daffodil--f/9; 1/125; ISO 100

Daffodil--f/9; 1/125; ISO 100

Bottoms Up!!--f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 100

Bottoms Up!!--f/5.6; 1/800; ISO 100

Thanks for taking the time to look at another installment!


Another Day in Paradise

Took a walk around town, and a quick run in the desert today.  Took close to 600 pictures.  I liked a few of them, so…here’s a couple I liked.

Great Basin Fence Lizards--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Great Basin Fence Lizards--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Pair of Mallards--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

Pair of Mallards--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #1--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #1--f/9; 1/320; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #2--f/9; 1/250; ISO 100

Solitary Gull #2--f/9; 1/250; ISO 100

Flock of Seagulls...better than the band was...--f/9; 1/500; ISO 100

Flock of Seagulls...better than the band was...--f/9; 1/500; ISO 100

If ducks could smile, it would look like this.--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

If ducks could smile, it would look like this.--f/9; 1/160; ISO 100

Or perhaps like this...

Or perhaps like this...

Thanks for joining me!  As always, your comments and advice are MUCH appreciated!


Shitty Day? Take Some Pictures!!

Man, did I wake up a grumpy old shit today!!  I hate the world and everyone in it today, and to be perfectly honest, I have no idea why.  Just a rotten mood, I guess…

But I can’t think of anything that helps me feel better than getting a few good pictures, so I spent lunch at the park again, and even managed to get out for a sunset shot.

f/11; 1/1000; ISO 100

f/11; 1/1000; ISO 100

f/9; 1/60; ISO 100

f/9; 1/60; ISO 100

f/10; 1/640; ISO 100

f/10; 1/640; ISO 100

f/5.6; 1/250; ISO 100

f/5.6; 1/250; ISO 100

f/7.1; 1/320; ISO 100

f/7.1; 1/320; ISO 100

All in all, I really shouldn’t bitch.  I live in an area where I am able to go outside for a half hour or so and find perfect photo opportunities, and I can reliably shoot beautiful sunsets every week.  Couple that with the fact that I managed to make it through the day without getting an Assault Charge, and my shitty day wasn’t really all that bad…

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Lunch in the Park

Spent my lunch break at the Town Park today.  There is a Sharpshin Hawk that lives there, and I’m hoping to catch him with my camera one of these days.  Unfortunately, today was not the day.

I did get a couple more decent duck pictures.  One good thing about the park…there’s always ducks, and ducks can be fun to photograph…

I’ll start with a couple of the obligatory profile shots:

f/8; 1/200; ISO 100

f/8; 1/200; ISO 100

f/8; 1/500; ISO 100

f/8; 1/500; ISO 100

And than what I thought made a nice picture.  Nothing like a little competition to bring out an animal’s photogenic side…

f/10; 1/250; ISO 100

f/10; 1/250; ISO 100

Hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed taking them!