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Amazon links to my gear

I’m going to start doing some product reviews and write ups for the various, mostly Nikon gear I have. The first one I will probably do it for my Nikon D500 camera. If people use these links they will get the same Amazon price as normal, and I will get a referral fee. I’ve never done this before but know of many web sites and podcasts that seem to rely on it.

In the past decade or more I’ve used about 10 cameras and 20 lenses and quite a few other things like camera bags, tripod, flashes, etc.

Hopefully the blog posts are useful and informative, and the amazon links make it easy to find the product in case you want more detailed info or want to actually buy it. I’ve bought many things from Amazon, including my most recent camera – the Nikon D850, which I love.

Here’s a photo from Great Falls taken with my Nikon D810 and 24mm PC lens.

Great Falls / Potomac River

Winter Sun Angle

I grew up in New York and spent lots of time on the beach, and on the water (we had a boat).

For the past decade or so I have visited my hometown and taken lots of photos on the beach of birds and the landscape too. What I find so interesting is the dramatic change in how the winter sun angle vs. summer sun angle changes the landscapes and photos.

In the winter the sun basically rises and sets over the Atlantic Ocean.

Lido Sunrise

My Happy Place

In the summer the suns sets way to the right in the above photo, behind the dunes and usually does not make for photos that are as interesting to me.

This image uses the dune fencing to make shadows and lines that I really liked.

Lido Sunset
Most of these images were taken in early February, so this isn’t even the extreme.  I bet that in December it might be even more to the southern part of the horizon.

And as a way to contrast the sun angle take of the above photos, here is one that doesn’t include the sun, but instead has a nearly full moon.  This is the same location as the first image above, without all the wind blown sand covering the ramp.

Lido @ Night!

Shooting the ramps in Lido Beach are one of my favorite things to shoot, because they are so common, and can be shot in so many different ways to create unique visuals.

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The first 3 are the same ramp, and the last one is a block away.

One thing I find cool, is what I show images like these to friends that live there, literally yards away from the spots the images were taken, and they say they have trouble recognizing the location, or they don’t see it that way, that the images look so different than how they think of it.

This last image is an example of an abstract from reflections on a thin layer of water on the sand along the edge of the surf. I started using this technique, where I have a camera, tripod and no shoes (usually barefoot) – and if the sky and light are right, what I try to do is wait for a wave to come in, and then as it recedes I race towards the ocean and take a photo, from a relatively low angle to make for a larger reflection.

Where I go to Reflect

The resulting image is about half sky, a quarter reflected sky, and a quarter sea and sand/dune.

I’ve decided to take 2018 off from sharing new images, and have not posted anything to flickr all year. As such, I’m going to make a few blog posts for now using images from flickr. Over the years I have posted thousands of images on flickr, and early on I was posted every day very rarely skipping a day. That habit and drive was good and motivating at the time. Now is different both for where I am, and where social media is at. more on that another time.

Favorite Osprey Photos

Photographing osprey is one of my favorite things to do.  Seeing the full cycle of returning from migration, nest building, mating, incubating, and then hatching, feeding and eventually fledging and utimately migrating again is so rich in animal behaviors and photographic opportunities.

This is one of my early images (2006), taken near Reagan National Airport from a boat.  I struck up a conversation with a local guy at the marina and he offered a ride some day, and I asked if we could do it right then and he said ok.  He had a small aluminum skiff.

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This is probably my favorite osprey image of all time (2011), taken at a private location where the nest is fairly close to land and the birds were relatively used to people being nearby.  So the adult female would chirp a bit and then be at ease again if I approached.

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This image is from Maine (2011) at a great local secret spot.

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This one is from the same nest as my favorite image, where the female was feeding the 3 chicks (2011). I like how you can see all their eyes and the little chunk of fish being fed to the chick.

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This is a migratory osprey seen in Cape May New Jersey in 2016.  I think the bird is so well lit due to the Fall sun angle combined with the sandy beach and light being reflected up.

This back at my favorite spot and I love seeing the mom and chick sitting together in the nest.

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This image was unique to me, the first time I had seen this.  The osprey’s brood patch is visible, where she removed some feathers so she can better incubate the eggs. This is from near Annapolis Maryland.

Finally here are 2 more nesting images from out by Easton Maryland.  Both are nests with chicks that are maybe going to fledge in a few weeks.

Wet mom (2012) returns to the nest, with chicks trying to be flat, and hidden.

And lastly, an image I drove to a spot specifically hoping to see this shading behavior on a day that was 95 degrees or more (2016).

 

Happy New Year

a new nikographer.com

For the longest time I have had nikographer.com set to forward to my blog’s page with an about me page.

I’ve finally gotten a blog from wordpress that will be nikographer.com proper, without any redirects or different domain names. Yay! I don’t know why I waited so long but now it’s up and I will customize this over time and make it more of a home for my various photography related work.

This is a photo from Great Falls taken in Feb of 2015, and shared a couple years later on flickr. It’s one of my most viewed images on flickr with over 70,000 views.

Frozen Great Falls