Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Places, New Faces

Tim has rented some new equipment for the weekend so we went out this morning to try out the equipment with a little bird photography. We went to one new place I had been keeping an eye on, but at high tide, there is really not much activity. So we went to old faithful, Bushy Park, only to find the same fate there. After about 20 minutes in the car, I was ready for a nap (mono is really kicking my butt) so we decided to head home. Shortly after our departure, Tim realized that probably one of the best places to take photos was right under our nose. We pass it every time on the way to Bushy Park and we have run by it!! Why had we never thought of this place before?? And we were not disappointed. Although, I have to say, I still have a lot to learn. I took a lot of pictures but not many were keepers. But after seeing what this place has to offer, I will have plenty of time to practice. Here are a few of my favorites:

The White Ibis


The Great Blue Heron


The Anhinga


The interesting thing about the Anhinga is that it does not have oil glands to help shed the water away. Therefore, when it gets out of the water, it must spread its wings and literally air dry! :)



The American Coot


And finally the Red-tailed Hawk. I had a terrible time trying to get a great picture of him even though he gave me several chances. This would have been a great time to know all the ins and outs of my camera so I could have figured out why my pictures where not coming out correctly. Well, you live and learn. I know where he lives :)







I officially have a new favorite place. I will keep you posted!!! Thanks for following!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thanks for Visiting

One morning in early February, I was driving into work around 7 am and I saw one of the professors on campus behind the field house looking through binoculars. This is not something I see everyday, or ever, so as I was walking past him I smiled and asked "Are you looking for anything in particular?" He had a big smile on his face and he said "Yes! There is a goose on our campus that has never been spotted in the state of South Carolina. I think he was separated from the flock while he was migrating from Mexico to Canada and he ended up here!" Rare goose....never seen in the state before....you have my attention. He explained he had not seen the goose for a few days but he was certain the goose would stick around for a while. After quickly explaining my new found hobby of bird photography, I asked if he would email me a picture of the goose and if I saw him, I would take some pictures for him.
From that day on, I brought my camera to work with me everyday and would walk around campus when I had the chance to look for him. A week and a half had gone by and there was no sign of the goose, and with a defeated attitude, I stopped bringing my camera to work. Well of course, who would decide to show up when I did not have my camera...that's right. The Greater White-Fronted Goose from Canada. I quickly jumped out of my truck and took a picture with my iPhone. It is no Canon T2i but it can sure take a good picture. I drove as fast as I could home to grab my camera and raced back to school. I don't know why I thought he would sit still...I mean, I just want a picture goose, sit....stay....wait for me to get back!! He did not. I spent about 1.5 hours walking around with no goose in site. So I jumped in the truck and decided to call it a day. But wouldn't you know it, behind a tree in the middle of campus I see him. I park illegally (the sign of a true photographer....illegal acts make the picture that much better) and ran over to him. Over the next two hours I would follow him around campus and get some great shots of him. Here are a few of my favorite:















I have not seen our friend since this day. I hope he has a great trip back to Canada and manages to find his old friends. Thanks so much for visiting and giving me an opportunity to get some great pictures of you. As soon as you find your way back to Canada let me know and the check will be in the mail!!

Thanks for following!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WATCH.....out!!!!

I really was just minding my own business. Sitting there, taking pictures at the men's basketball game against Gardner Webb. Then all of a sudden, Gardner Webb steals the ball, he breaks away, two CSU athletes chasing him, he takes off from the free throw line, preparing for a dunk....



#0 is close behind him and manages to get a hand on the ball. He emphatically blocks the ball....



The crowd erupts as the ball goes sailing out of bounds....but wait....that looks rather close. Is that ball coming at me????



And that was the last picture that lens would take that night. Apparently lenses are not made to withstand #0 (Harper) enthusiasm. I sheepishly walked towards the corner of the gym to assess the damage, praying the entire way it was just the lens. I was really upset by the whole ordeal but Tim's reaction was not what I expected (I should have known better :)). I told him the story and he actually started to grin, quickly asking the question "does this mean we get to buy a new lens??" So needless to say our new lens (costing about 10x more than the one I broke) was delivered by our friend at UPS only three days later.

I did manage to get a few shots before my lens broke, but I only had 13 keepers. Here are a few:







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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Taking My Photography to School

Ok, so I am not going to school for photography, but after noticing several birds hanging out around my office the past few weeks, I decided I would spend Saturday morning taking pictures around campus. Despite the construction on campus interfering with the background of my pictures......



I think I was pretty successful.











It is a little funny how often I notice birds now. And I seem to always notice unique birds....or at least unique to me having never taken a picture of them. But I did notice on this photo outing, that I have only been taking pictures of larger breads of birds. I have not even tried to capture the beauty of a smaller bird. Well....now I know why. Do you know how fast those things are?!?!?! I managed to get two pictures of a blue jay but this was out of 20 or so pictures of blurred, blank, or half a bird pictures! :)





It sure is a lot of fun though. Till next time, thanks for following!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A New Page

New and exciting things have been going on in my photography world. In case you missed it, I won a photography contest through DGRIN with this picture:



For my efforts I received a year free SmugMug account and $100 worth of free prints through SmugMug. SUPER EXCITED!!!!! So Tim and I have decided to split our websites and each have our own. I have to say it was a little sad but it will be for the best in the long run. Tim has really taken off with the sports photography and has really started making a name for himself. I, on the other hand, continue to miss taking a picture of the game winning shot because I am too busy storming the court to celebrate with the rest of the fans and the team.....oooops!!! I have also started to get really excited about the challenges through DGRIN and expanding my creativity that way.

So as of today, my new website is being launched. Be patient...I have no idea how to make a website so Tim is currenlty doing all of the leg work and I am just pointing saying "I want that." My website is going to have a couple of purposes. The first, obvious purpose is to sell my photos. But I am also going to be posting all of my entries into contests and allowing people to pick their favorite. I am also going to continue expanding in the Nature/Wildlife/Landscape photography realms. So here goes nothing.

Today I braved the 19 degree temperatures and 20-30 mph winds to take pictures downtown. This weeks challenge is called "Vanishing Point" and I instantly thought of Rainbow Row. Walking around I found a few more ideas so here are a few of my favorites:









As always, comments are always welcomed. Thanks for following!!!