What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Again with the Mushrooms?

I was lazy this month, didn’t get out to shoot at all, so here’s another shot from last’s month’s safari.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Exposure 1/8th @f2.8, ISO 200.

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December 2016

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Redbuds in Virginia

A recent business trip found me in Virginia for some training. I stumbled upon this scene on the grounds of the training facility one day after class. Apparently called Redbud Trees, these were all over and all blooming with this wonderfully contrasting dark bark.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm lens @55mm. ISO 200, 1/40th @f4.0

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May 2015

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Pay no attention to the man in the weeds!

I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend at a local restaurant the other day and I saw this hill covered with dead weeds in a neighboring lot. Thought to myself – that might be interesting at sunset.

When I returned that evening, the restaurant’s outside patio was full, providing an awkward audience and a great soundtrack for me to work with. As I framed my shot with the weeds, toward the coffee shop and the sun beyond it, I laughed, wondering what the crowd on the patio was thinking of this 6’5” guy doing a really bad job of hiding in knee-high weeds with a camera pointed their way.

Concentrating on the shot, I knew I wanted to lose the background, but shooting into the sun doesn’t normally lend itself to shooting wide open. Enter the handy neutral density filter! In the end I shot this at ISO 200, 1/4000 of a second with my Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm at f2.8. The reddish bokeh (center, bottom) was from a car in the parking lot.

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August 2013

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