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April 23, 2016

Was at East Fork State Park just east of Cincinnati, to check the Blue Bird status.  One box had just hatched babies in it..  Parents were starting feed them bugs.   Mom is on the left and dad is right.  Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600mm sport lens on a tripod.


April 20, 2016

Went to Armleder  Park in Cincinnati, this evening  to hike around just to see if anything new is showing up.   In the bean field there were some Solitary Sandpipers feeding the water edges.   They were far out in the field for any good photographs but took a few documentation photos.  Did see a bald eagle fly by put I was in the woods and couldn't get a clean shot.   Walking in I jumped a large bird and thought it was a Barred Owl but only saw it for a second and lost it.   But later when leaving I heard the Barred Owl calling.  Best part of the evening is finding a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers building a nest.   All photos shot with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a monopod.  On one the Sandpiper images I added a Sigma 1.4 TC to the lens.


April 19, 2016

This evening on my way home I drove through the Oxbow in Indiana.   Did get a couple of Warbler photos.  They were in poor contrast light but it was good just to see them.  First was a Palm Warbler and then a Prothonotary Warbler both were beautiful birds.  Then I saw 2 immature Bald Eagles.  From a distance I thought they were vultures.  Almost to far away to get any good shots.   All photos were taken with nikon D7200 and sigma 150-600 sport lens on a monopod.  All the pictures were taken form a distance and cropped.


April 17, 2016

Sunday morning decided to check East Fork State Park to see if the Prairie Warblers have arrived. And they were in one of the fields calling. Was able to get some photos before the light got too harsh. The bright Sun can blow-out that Yellow. Got a quick shot of a House Sparrow and on my way out took a couple of photo out my car window of a Killdeer. All photo were taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport Lens on a tripod except the Killdeer was out the window.

Also, tried my hand at video.  Singing Prairie Warbler.


Singing Praire Warbler


April 16, 2016

Went to Armleder Park Saturday to check for new visitors since it is warming up. At first light got a few nice shots of Red-winged Blackbirds singing. In the back area near the bean fields there were quite a few Yellow-rumped warblers feeding in the trees. Also got a few quick shots of Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding in heavy cover. And a bonus Photo of a wall lizard sunning himself. All photos were taken with a Nikon d7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a tripod.



April 14, 2016

After work I went of French Park in Cincinnati, my old stomping ground.  There  were a pair of Mallards in the creek.  Got a few shots of the ducks.   Hiking along the creek I jumped the Great Horned Owl.  He flew off before I could get a shot but he didn't go far.   Just watched him for a while.  Then I started to slowly try to get closer and find  a open spot in the trees to photograph.

He tolerated me for quit some time and he moved to a few different branches.  I was able to shoot from several open spots in the trees and brush.   About 40 minutes later a dog walker walks right between me and the owl.   I don't think I need to say anymore.   All photos were taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600 sport lens on a monopod.  The 2nd owl image I also used a sigma 1.4 TC.



April 9, 2016

It was a cold, windy and cloudy Saturday Morning with flurries in the air.  So I went to the Cincinnati Zoo to check how the tulips were doing.  I wanted to do some macro flower shots but the wind was to hard to work with.  Did try  a few tulips shots with a used Sigma 50mm macro I picked up a few weeks ago.  It was too cold for many of the animals to be out.  Tulip shot with Sigma 50mm macro Nikon d7200.   Redhead duck and Painted Dog were taken with Sigma 150-600mm sport and Nikon d7200. 

All were shot hand-held.


April 5, 2016

On my way home from Indiana today I drove by the Oxbow to see if anything interesting was around.  Didn't see much, a few ducks and geese, but there were a number of Cormorants on the water.  Was only able to get out of the car and snap a few shots from quit a distance.  Images taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm hand held.   Both images were cropped quit a bit because the birds distance.  Just record shots no wall hangers.


April 3, 2016

Went to Armleder Park in Cincinnati again this past weekend.   Saturday, was so windy it was almost impossible to shoot.   Sunday morning it was cold but the wind had eased up.   Did get a few images in the morning nothing great but better than getting Skunked.  All photos (In-mature Red-tail Hawk, Muskrat and Sparrow) were taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm sport on a monopod.  Except the Killdeer it was form the car.  Muskrat had poor low light with sun from behind.


March 29, 2016

On my way home from work in Indiana, I was able to stop by the eagles nest in Brookville.  The weather was nice and had good evening light.   Talked with a few photographers that had been at the nest site for awhile and they said activity was slow.  I did get a few fly byes.  The chicks were starting to pop their head just high enough to see the top of there heads.  Got a bonus photo of a Great Blue Heron flying by.  All photos were with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm sport on a tripod.


March 27, 2016

After Easter Sunday Mass I went to Armleder Park.  Still sort of slow there but as temps warm new subjects should start showing up.  Did have a nice willing Killdeer to photograph from the car when I first arrived.  Also got a few shots of Carolina Wrens chasing each other.

killdeer was with nikon d7200 and sigma 150-600mm sport from car and the wren shots were the same except out in the woods on tripod.


March 26, 2016

Early Saturday I headed to East Fork State Park to see it the Blue Birds were back.

They are starting to take ownership of bird boxes and building  nest.  Also was lucky to photograph a Killdeer and Brown Thrasher.   All photos were taken with Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm lens on a monopod. 


March 25, 2016

Went out Friday evening to check on the Osprey nest in Morrow Ohio.  They were courting and mating so I think they should have eggs soon.   Nikon D7200 and Sigma 150-600mm sport at 600mm



March 20, 2016

Went to Brookville IN to photograph Bald Eagles.  The pair are on the nest with eggs.  The day was very windy but the light was good in the late afternoon.  Got to try some flight shots with the Sigma 150-600mm sport lens.

Top 2 photos f9@ 1/1000 and 1/2000, ISO 800

Bottom was with 150-600 plus sigma 1.4 TC on a Tripod.


February 21, 2016

It was the start of the Salamander Breeding season.  East Fork State Park just outside of Greater Cincinnati Ohio is a great place to find Salamanders.  I got to photograph a few nice Spotted Salamanders after a night rain.  

Top photo was taken with Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens, 300mm, f11@ 1/20 on tripod.

Bottom Photo Sigma 180 Macro f11 @ 1/15 on tirpod



October 20, 2013

I went to Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati Saturday afternoon to try to find some color to shoot. It was a cool wet day just after a earlier rain. On the way back to my car I spotted some colorful milkweed plants. And was lucky to find a unlucky bee on one of the flowers. I set up my tripod with a Nikon D300s and Sigma 180 macro. ISO 400, f8 @ 1/50sec, spot meter with cable release.


All post processing was done in Lightroom 5. WB Adjustment, Cropping, Highlight- Shadow- Whites-Black, Clarity, Vibrance Adjustments all done in LR. Below is the Raw out of camera and the adjusted photo.

Raw File

Processed Photo



October 13, 2013

This morning I took a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo. There was a mix of clouds and sun. I like photographing the Gorillas first thing in the morning because of the warm directional light.

Posted are a copy of original raw file and finished photo. Raw file was taken with Nikon D300s, 300mm f4 lens, tripod and sb800 flash. Manual mode- 1/60 @ f6.3, iso280 w/flash. Used fill flash to open dark shadows in the face and eyes.

Image was processed in Lightroom 5 only. White balance, highlights, shadows. whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance and crop adjustments were all done in LR. I am finding myself doing most of my post processing in the LR Develop module or PS Camera Raw.

Camera Raw

LR Processed Gorilla Photo


Oct 8th 2013

My first image is a macro shot of a wet fly. The image took a 1st place print at our camera club.
10-4-2013 (Tri-State Photographic Society)

Image: Sept 15, 2013 at Armleder Park Cincinnati, Ohio. Early AM after a light rain.
Nikon D300s, Sigma 180mm macro, f16, 1/10sec., iso400, tripod, cable release.
Cropping, White Balance, Clarity, and Contrast adjustments done in Lightroom 5. Levels, Sharpen and Vibrance adjustments in Photoshop CS6.
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