Monday, February 27, 2012

Then and Now

The Bald Eagles are once again migrating through... it was this time last year I went out and purchased my beloved Sony A55. And then after trying to shoot the eagles from far away, I went out and purchased my Tamron 500mm lens. I've looked at my photos from then and compared them to now, and I can tell that I have gotten better. I know how to adjust the settings based on what I am shooting, and that helps. I hope to get better and better.... I still never feel like I have gotten the "perfect shot" when it comes to some things. Still hoping to get that "perfect" eagle shot.  I might have had it... but it was out of focus. One thing photography teaches you...try, try, try again! You'll never have the same result twice!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Choo Choo

Not my typical wildlife photo..... but my dad would be pleased! We were out traveling back roads and ended up near some train tracks. Saw a train coming, managed to snap it, and even waved at the conductor!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

OK, I really can't complain about this past winter. It's been so mild. But I think Mother Nature is all messed up and she thinks there is an early spring. I have green things popping up out of the ground. I saw an insect flying around today. The Robins and Cardinals are already singing their spring music. I've never heard it quite so early before! The snow is melting (what little bit we did have!) and the days are getting longer. I am so excited to be outdoors (more than I already am!) and get out on some adventures with my camera! Took this photo of a Starling today just looking at me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Winter's Day Cardinals

A cold and snowy day here, but I was able to enjoy all the birds visiting my feeders today, especially these Northern Cardinals!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Friends With Lenses

I'd say about 90% of the time I just pack up my gear and head out on my own to take photos. But occasionally, I head out with pals in search of adventure with our cameras. It makes for a good time and more eyes to spot good photo ops! Here are a couple of my photo buddies checking their camera settings before we hike!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Zen of Failure

Some pals and I hit the road this past weekend to Illinois is search of some popular winter feeding areas for Bald Eagles. Well, while Omaha was nailed with 9"+ of snow, we had rain and fog the entire time. Needless to say, not a lot of photo ops for us. Pretty much a bust. But we certainly had a great adventure and lots of fun in the meantime. So, even our best laid plans did not pan out, that's OK..... we still had a wonderful time and lots of laughs. I try to assume this attitude as much as possible.... in dog training, with work, with life! And wouldn't you know it... on the way back home, a pal let me know he saw some eagles hanging out at a certain place in Iowa, so we stopped.... and lo' and behold.... snapped some wonderful little shots! I always appreciate what Nature has to offer me! The best teacher there is.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Powers

OK, it's been a week since my surgery. I guess I thought I would have amazing super powers and be totally healed up in just one week. Yeeeaaah, not so much. It still hurts and my innards are swollen, and now I am pretty worried that I will not be able to run at next weekend's agility trial. Luckily, my dogs love the game so much, they'll run with just about anyone. (I will buy you dinner!) I was going for walks, but I have ceased most activity until stuff decides to heal up a little more. The incision looks awesome though, I am happy about that. So, I will attempt to be more patient about this healing process and try to get back to "normal" as soon as possible. And we all know, my "normal" is pretty different than the rest of the world's "normal"!