My first week of 2015 was wonderful, from a photography perspective. I enjoyed many ‘firsts.’
My lovely bride gave me a wonderful Christmas present – she enrolled me in a 52 week Photo Challenge. This class teaches photography techniques through a series of challenges. The first challenge was ‘selective focus.’ Without getting too technical, this technique uses aperture to control depth of field (the amount of the image that is in focus). As a nature/wildlife photographer, this technique is the staple of what I do. I submitted this image for the challenge.
I’m excited to continue the challenge and moving forward on my journey to better photography. You will hear more about the challenge in the coming year.
I found an American Kestral for the first time – actually two! They are a small Falcon, formerly known as a Sparrow Hawk. They are colorful and make a great image, if you can find them and have them sit still long enough!
I participated in the National Bird Count Day for the first time. My partner was an experienced birder who had done bird counts in California. He taught me how to ‘see’ the smaller birds and helped with identification techniques. Here’s one of my images that day.
The next day, Susan and I were heading out and I found this beautiful bird in a tree near our mailboxes. I thought it was a Merlin, but I was subsequently told it’s a Cooper’s Hawk.
And then there’s the Wild Turkeys in the Carson Valley. I found them in a snowy field on the west side of the road – great light, although I don’t know if I used the natural light very well.
And what week is not complete without some Eagles? I found a beautiful Bald Eagle south of town, and a pair of Goldens north of Genoa.
And so, the year started great. Thank you for following my blog and being a part of my Journey!
Enjoy – Photorogr