Tag Archives: Charleston

Great Blue Heron Young Watching Adults

These are not small birds any longer, probably can fly a little by now.

Great Blue Heron Young Watching For Adults - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Young Watching For Adults – click to enlarge

I took this while they were watching an adult from another nest landing. They were not overly excited so I guess they can recognize their own parents. Still, the adult meant food to them…a big interest at this age.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret

These are the types of images I look to capture.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

Besides the obvious need to be able to get in flight photographs the real issue is distance.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

The bird needs to be in the ‘sweet spot’ of a long lens, and have the light right for that spot. Both of which you have no technical control over.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

For these images it was position and luck. Luck was the bird not too close. Position was a clear open view from right to left.

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

The first shot in a series is a miss, a focus shot. I better have more clear opportunities panning with the moving bird or the sequence is all misses (the lens used needs a to shift focus fast).

Graceful In Flight, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Graceful In Flight, Great Egret – click to enlarge

These were shot using a Sigma 150-600 C lens. The distance was also right for my Tamron 18-400. However the focus speed is not near Sigma so I most likely would have missed these.

In fairness to the Tamron to reacquire focus the search must be from 18 – 400 or until it grabs the subject. A much longer search than Sigma.

Charleston Galleries Black And White

A walk around town near the galleries.

Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge

I admit to not having the ‘chutzpah’ to walk inside a few and start shooting. Probably wouldn’t go well.

Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge

I do have friends, but it seems pushy. The artists on display might frown on it.

Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge

For now I’ll be a tourist.

 

Tufted Titmouse, Long Time Not Seen

A bird I have not seen, or maybe noticed, in a while. They are a member of the Chickadee family and if you have one the other is near by.

Tufted Titmouse - click to enlarge
Tufted Titmouse – click to enlarge
Tufted Titmouse - click to enlarge
Tufted Titmouse – click to enlarge

In New England the flocks were mixed with both species. I assume the same down here since I recently photographed Carolina Chickadees in the same swamp area.

Tufted Titmouse - click to enlarge
Tufted Titmouse – click to enlarge

I also may have missed them since I tend to ignore any small birds in the thick branches.

Tufted Titmouse - click to enlarge
Tufted Titmouse – click to enlarge

 

In A City Fountain, Black And White

When the weather has turned back to the southern warmth, fountains in Charleston are filled with fun and photo opportunities.

In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge
In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge
In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge
In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge