Friday, January 22, 2016

A Couple Videos

Life is what happens while you are making other plans. Some how life has been squeezing photography out of the schedule. Things like health issues you own or family members, work, weather always seem to keep getting in the way. When I do get my camera out I've been shooting move video than stills. Video takes longer to process & is tougher to share. With all those sucking sounds on my time, blogging had totally disappeared. That doesn't mean that I haven't been getting to Great Meadows, just not as often as usual, and mainly to participate in the Thursday bird census, rather than photography

Back in November; back before the impoundments were filled with ice; back before snow covered the ground; back when if you saw your breath it was only until the sun crested the horizon I did go to Great Meadows to capture the morning departure of the Canada Geese. The day before I had been there for the bird census. The days had been warm, but cold over night so mist was covering the impoundments. The next day had the same forecast, so I arrived expecting the same conditions. Alas there was no mist, but lots of wind. That's a bad combination for still photography, but not so bad for video. Here's a short video I compiled of Great Meadows awaking that morning.

That seems so long ago.  Today it is the middle of winter. This morning was freezing cold. The impoundments were mainly ice with just a few open patches of water. The members of the bird census were moving quickly to try to stay warm. At the far end of the lower impoundment we encountered the beaver whose lodge is nearby. Ever the diligent engineer, he was working against the elements to keep the water open, trying to break up the ice that would trap him until warmer days

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Moving Day At The Refuge

I decided to reward myself for two days worth of chores around the house, with a morning of photography at the refuge. Today, I decide to focus on improving my video skills. I What I am finding is that using your camera for video is even more challenging than still photography. There are so many more ways to make mistakes - audio, motion, etc. I editted down the keepers to a short video of my visit.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

It's been a while

It is interesting who life always seems to get in the may. I haven't been visiting the refuge as much recently. Othen when I do it is to participate in the weekly bird survey. I don't always bring my camera. After the brown twig & stick season isn't very interesting.

With spring in full force, I knew I would want to take my camera. While still focused on birding I did take a few snaps of things that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy them.

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I know it's been a while, so remember that you can click on the image to go see a full size version. Also you may notice something different about these images. They were all taken with my Panasonic Lumix GH3. This camera is also very good at video (expect to see some in the future). I have been playing around the 16:9 aspect ratio that video is shot in, even for my still images. Let me know what you think of them.