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Stories Behind the 10s – Japanese White Eye


From the Photographer: Karl Fiegenschuh 

I was in Japan for a Winter wildlife photography trip with Martin Bailey.  I had a couple of days free in Tokyo after the workshop.  I spent one afternoon photographing the Japanese White-Eye in the Shinjuku Goyen National Garden.  The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and dozens of birds flittered through the branches. The park was full of visitors on this Sunday afternoon enjoying the sunlight and the beautiful trees. There were only a few photographers around and I was asked several times what we were photographing. And, no, I don’t speak Japanese – It was remarkable that several people overcame their natural shyness to approach a foreigner and to speak English.

I was fortunate to be able to get some amazing images of these very photogenic birds in such a spectacular setting. Afterwards I wandered through the rest of the beautiful park before eating a nice sushi dinner and returning to the hotel.

Technical Data: Canon 7D Mark II camera with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens,  with 1.4x teleconverter. Handheld at 1/500 sec., f/9,  at ISO 640.  Cropped to a portrait format and slightly edited in Lightroom.

Salon Acceptances -February 2021

Our February Salon was held as a virtual salon due to the restrictions placed on us for Covid19

Here are the Salon acceptances for February – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you once again when we emerge into safer environment.

Paul Kammen Great Gray Owl 8
Eric Gusrafson Ringneck Pheasant 8
Mariann Cyr Courting Laysan Albatross 8
Jordan Randall Cedar Waxwing 8
Berry Mullin Common Goldeneye 8
Karl Fiegenschuh Pair of Otters 8
Joe Fierst Sunset Glow, Big Dipper and Aurora 8
Roslynn Long Foraging Goldfinch 8
Ron Lahr Night Lightning 8
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Elk 8
Don Wendel December Frost on Birch Lake 8
Alan Schulz Oystercatcher in Sorrel 9
Don Specht If You Go Low – I Go High 10
Kathy Bishop Dewey Beauty 8
Mike Sweet Reddish Egret 8
Diane Herman Sunset Clouds with Acacia 9
Deanne Probst Sepia Dunes 9
Sandy Swanson Sandhill Crane in Flight 8
Mariann Cyr Red Pine 8
Tom Hansen Cardinal 9
Dennis Randall Couch’s Kingbird 8
Jordan Randall Frozen Sunrise 8
Karl Fiegenschuh Sandhill Crane Formation 9
Rick Graves Frost Crystals on Leaf 8
Dave Klein Prairie Chicken Attack 9
Roslynn Long Trumpeter Swan Fishing 8
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Rabbit in Clover 9
Richard Gotz >House Wren with Lunch 8
Alan Schulz Bald Eagle Portrait Detail 10
Don Specht Morning Snack 9
Scott Landseidel Buck with High Rack 8

 

Stories Behind the 10s – Frost Crystal

From the Photographer: Rick Graves 

This image was created on December 1, 2020 at a small frozen pond near my house. The morning was calm and cold. The November snow had mostly melted. It was a prime morning to look for transparent ice and see if there were leaves or other interesting stuff frozen in the ice. I ventured out about mid-morning. When I arrived at this particular pond the ice was indeed very clear but the interesting frost crystals that had formed on the parts of leaves and twigs that were sticking out of the ice was an unexpected bonus. I moved along the edge of the pond photographing ice crystals and leaves for about a half an hour before I discovered this much larger crystal. I spent several minutes determining a good composition and making multiple images for the focus stack. Fortunately for me, the shadows from a small woodland area between this portion of the pond and the sun kept the frost crystals from melting this late in the morning.

Technical data: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens, Gitzo GT3530LS tripod, Kirk BH-1 ball head, Manual mode: ISO 200, 0.3s, f/14, 10 image focus stack processed in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Salon Acceptances – January 2021

Our January Salon was  held as a virtual salon due to the restrictions placed on us for Covid19

Here are the Salon acceptances for January – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you once again when we emerge into safer environment.

Paul Kammen Blackburnian Warbler 9
Mike Sweet Snowy Egret 9
Deanne Probst Sand Dune Splendor 9
Eric Gustafson Timberwolves 8
Sandy Swanson Foster’s Tern Acrobat 9
Mariann Cyr Cascada Paine 9
Tom Hansen Mississippi River Swans 9
Jeanette Mayo Determined Great Horned Owlet 9
Linda Scher The Hunter 10
Dennis Randall On the Hunt for Food 8
Jordan Randall Bluebell Bloom 8
Ron Johnson Hungry Squirrel 8
Greg Triplett Slot Canyon 9
Barry Mullin Sage Creek Gang 9
Karl Fiegenschuh Sandhill Silhouette 8
Joe Fierst Loon in Flight 8
Rick Graves Frosty Leaf 9
Dave Klein Great Gray Owl 9
Roslynn Long Eastern Bluebird Getting a Drink 9
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Eagle Juvenile 8
John Pennoyer Prairie Lake Sunset 10
Dave Perez Wood Duck Hen 8
Alan Schulz Kelp Goose Family 8
Don Specht River Otter with Bullhead 9
Scott Landseidel Elakala Falls WV 8
Paul Kammen Hawk Owl 9
Mike Sweet Brown Thrasher 9
Diane Herman Boreal Owl with Red Squirrel 9
Deanne Probst Ubehebe Angel,Owl or Alien 8
Eric Gustafson Yellow Warbler 9
Sandy Swanson Loon Stretch 8
Mark Ye A Hoar Frost of a Morning 8
Mariann Cyr Walrus Pod in Fog 8
Tom Hansen Whitetail Buck in October Snowfall 9
Jeanette Mayo Woodie with Crabapple 8
Linda Scher On High Alert 8
Dennis Randall Focused 9
Jordan Randall A Straddling Yellowthroat 10
Rick Graves Frost Crystal 10
Dave Klein Snow Goose in Flight 10
Roslynn Long Green Heron Stretch 9
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Blue Heron 9
John Pennoyer Ice at Tettegouche 9
Dave Perez Elk 9
Alan Schulz Birches and Fog Pan 8
Don Specht Prairie Blue-Eyed Grass 9
Scott Landseidel Coyote – 4 Off the Floor 8

Stories Behind the 10s – Snow Goose Landing


From the Photographer: Karl Fiegenschuh 

I took this photo at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Reserve near Socorro, New Mexico.  Bosque is one of my favorite places to photograph birds. Not only are the snow geese seen here, but also sandhill cranes, roadrunners, Gambel’s quail, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, and mammals such as coyote and javelina.  I’ve made the trip to Bosque four or five times in the last 15 years and every time it is a little bit different. The US Fish and Wildlife Service manage the refuge by flooding or draining ponds, and by contracting farmers to grow, then harvest corn at various times during the migration season. Sometimes you get lucky and the freshly mowed cornfields are close to the road.  Thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes land to feed, as seen in this image. Then if a predator or a farmer’s tractor comes near, the birds can take off in spectacular “blast offs.”  

I find the trip to Bosque to be an inexpensive photo trip. Flights to Albuquerque are inexpensive; rental cars are cheap, as are the hotels in Socorro.  Then the only challenges are the dozens of photographers, with the thousands of dollars worth of the longest lenses you will ever see, vying for the best photo locations. Fortunately, there are miles of roads on which to set up.  To complete the photo vacation, nearby are the three Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument sites where there are ruins of 17th Century Franciscan Monasteries and the dwellings of the Pueblo people (particularly spectacular in the snow).  If you aren’t interested in old ruins you can visit the Very Large Array (VLA), a radio astronomy observatory with its 27 antenna dishes which has been featured in the movies:  Contact, Terminator Salvation, and Grand Theft Auto.  White Sands is also only 150 miles away and well worth a trip there. Enough of a travelogue….  The Salon Judge for this image was right: I spent over two hours at this location on this particular day. I took around 200 images and did get some “keepers.” This particular image was the middle one in a burst of three.  I chose it for the optimum position of the prominent goose.

Technical data :  Canon DSLR with a Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens,  Gitzo tripod with a gimbal head. 1/250 sec. at f/16, ISO 250 with matrix metering and zone autofocus. I did some minor corrections in Lightroom and didn’t crop.

Stories Behind the 10s – Taking a Sip


From the Photographer: Rick Graves 

This image was created in August, 2020 at the Henderson Humming Bird Garden.  This garden was suggested to me by a fellow club member.  It was a beautiful Summer morning.  There were many humming birds flitting about the garden.  After observing their behavior for a while, I placed my chair facing the area containing this particular flower, set up my tripod and settled in to wait for some action.  Of the many shots taken over the next half hour this one had the best background and bird position. 

Technical data:  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, Canon EF 1.4X III teleconverter, Gitzo GT3530LS tripod, Kirk BH-1 ball head, Eddie Bauer Captains Chair, Aperture Priority mode: ISO 800, 1/800s, f/9, 560mm

Salon Acceptances – December 2020

Our December Salon was  held as a virtual salon due to the restrictions placed on us for Covid19

Here are the Salon acceptances for December – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you once again when we emerge into safer environment.

Paul Kammen Blackburnian Warbler 8
Mike Sweet Big Appetite 8
Mariann Cyr Shooting Stars 8
Tom Hansen Wisconsin Elk Opener 2020 8
Jeanette Mayo Hoverbird 10
Linda Scher Territorial Japanese Snow Monkey 8
Dennis Randall Soaking up the Sun 9
Karl Fiegenschuh River with Cranes Morning Light 9
Trista Snapko Great Horned Owl 8
Rick Graves Checking Out the Flower 8
Dave Klein Grasshopper Sparrow 10
Roslynn Long Indigo Bunting Blues 8
Joe Miller Breakfast on the Beach 8
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz River Otter Crunch 8
Richard Gotz Hummer 9
Dave Perez Great Horned Owl 8
Roger Williams Red-Bellied with Prize 8
Scott Landseidel BlueBird & Three Leaves 8
Mike Sweet Looking for Mom 8
Diane Herman Immature Coopers Hawk 8
Eric Gustafson Perched Male Humming Bird 8
Mariann Cyr Greater Prairie Chicken 8
Tom Hansen The Advisory 8
Dennis Randall Spicebush Swallowtail 10
Jordan Randall Bufflehead Beauty 10
Karl Fiegenschuh Snow Goose Landing 10
Joe Fiesrst Inquisitive Young Owl 8
Rick Graves Purple Prairie Clover 8
Roslynn Long Eastern Bluebird and Blossoms 9
Joe Miller Smoky Sunset 8
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Sand Dune Landscape 10
Richard Gotz Woody Wood Duck 8
Alan Schulz Yellow Leaves in Bavaria 9
Scott Landseidel Buck In Snow 9
Mariann Cyr Prairie Smoke 9

Salon Acceptances – November 2020

Our November Salon was  held as a virtual salon due to the restrictions placed on us for Covid19

Here are the Salon acceptances for November – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you once again when we emerge into safer environment.

Mike Sweet Crimson-Collared Tanager 8
Diane Herman Lilac Breasted Roller Grabs Mom 10
Mariann Cyr Yellowstone Pronghorn 8
Jeanette Mayo Fall Wood Drake 8
Jordan Randall Fall in Motion 9
Barry Mullin Landing Gear Down 9
Joe Fierst Butterfly Tinkle 10
Rick Graves Taking a Sip 10
Roslynn Long Flight of the Sandhill Crane 8
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz River Otter Pair 8
Alan Schulz Kelp Goose Gosling Portrait 9
Don Specht Marsh Marigolds 10
Kathy Bishop Columbine Beauty 10
Scott Landseidel Bald Eagle B&W 8
Paul Kammen Ice Fields Parkway Mountains 9
Mike Sweet Fisher Family 9
Diane Herman Badwater Basin Sunset 8
Deanne Probst Maple Tree Shadows 8
Eric Gustafson Yellow Headed Blackbird 8
Tom Hansen Swallow Love 9
Jordan Randall Indigo Songs at Sunset 8
Joe Fierst Green Heron with Snack 9
Dave Klein American Oystercatcher Portrait 8
Roslynn Long Robin in a Snowstorm 10
Dee Hunnisett-Dritz Sunflower Life 9
Richard Gotz Eye-to-Eye 10
John Pennoyer Pasque Flowers in April Snow 9
Alan Schulz Kings on Shore 9
Don Specht American Avocet – Splashdown 8
Scott Landseidel Wet Baby Barred 10

Stories Behind the 10s – Angry Eagle

 
From the Photographer: Karl Fiegenschuh

Some years ago I participated in a photo workshop in Katmai, Alaska.

The bears had come down from the mountains to the coastal plains, but the salmon had not started running yet. So for a day or so we, and the bears, just stood around waiting for the salmon to arrive.

After a little while, taking photos of bears eating grass, started getting repetitive. Fortunately, an eagle arrived to give us something different to do.

Technical data:  Canon 1D Mark III;  500mm lens and a 1.4x tele extender; 1/800 sec and f/6.3. Cropped to fit the frame and made some minor adjustments in Lightroom.

Salon Acceptances – October 2020

Our October  Salon was  held as a virtual salon due to the restrictions placed on us for Covid19

Here are the Salon acceptances for October – Congratulations to you all – your images will be moved forward for judging in the end of year competition. The year end images will be showcased and the competition results will be announced at the May meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you once again when we emerge into safer environment.

Paul Kammen Big Horn Sheep 9
Mike Sweet Death Valley Zabriskie Point 8
Jeanette Mayo Late Migrants 8
Linda Scher White Tailed Eagle over Hokkaido 8
Dennis Randall Flavorful Fungi 9
Dave Klein Fog Near Grand Portage 8
Alan Schulz Plover at Sea Lion 8
Kathy Bishop Fog, Rhodies and Redwoods 8
Scott Landseidel Muskrat Lunch 8
Diane Herman Grey Breasted Spurfowl 8
Deanne Probst Wolf Creek birch 10
Sandy Swanson Morning Maestro 8
Jeanette Mayo A Golden(rod) Opportunity 8
Emily Coffey Dolphin Playing 8
Linda Scher Adirondacks Forest Stream 8
Dennis Randall Eastern Towhee 9
Karl Fiegenschuh Angry Eagle 10
Joe Fierst Ramshead Pair 8
Ron Lagerquist Monarch Butterfly 8
John Pennoyer Michigan Lily 9
Dave Perez Heron Nesting 8
Alan Schulz Albatross and Rookery 10
Don Specht Willet – Spreading Wings 8
Kathy Bishop Forget Me Not 9