More moving objects

More practice with long lens, continuous focus, reticle sighting and birds gliding on the wind.  Getting the equipment set up properly is just half the effort – tracking and exposure make or break the effort.

For the technical among you:  Olympus E-3, continuous focus mode, 1/2000 sec., f/4, ISO 100, 5fps shooting.  300mm, f/2.8 lens with 1.4x teleconverter.  Olympus EE-1 reticle sight.

I like how the first image looks like an X-ray of the wings, with everything fitting together perfectly to complete the form.  The second image highlights the streamline form of the bird, making it easy to glide with the wind or shift directly quickly. The last image shows off the wingspan that enables gulls to grab the wind and fly fast or hover in one spot looking for food or a landing zone.


Cold water flying

Late October weather usually precludes any Lake Michigan water sports unless you’re a polar bear club member.  Still, technology can give an edge for the truly hard-core water lover.  The water temperature off Door County was probably in the 50’s but with a great wind blowing there were people ready to ride the waves.

1/1000 sec., f/4.0, ISO100

1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO100

1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO100

Looks like lots of fun, zipping along on a wind-propelled surfboard.  There were several people out with their sails and wetsuits – maybe a class for the weekend.  Just the sport for a nice beach bonfire for afterwards with plenty of hot dogs and marshmallows.


Autumn – yet another year

Door County colors were variable this year – you really had to wander around the peninsula and look for the spots of gold and red.  Seemed the leaves were changing quickly.  So much so that the edges would be brown while the interior was green.  Trees had a rusted appearance to them rather than iridescence.  Fortunately the sun cooperated while I was there so there was no lack of light.

The last subject caught my attention.  There are bluffs along parts of the peninsula, edges of the Niagara Escarpment broken off by winter, waves and erosion.  Crumbling limestone cracked and falls toward the lake.  Looks like this tree got caught between rock and soil, successfully struggling against both to keep moving upward.  Strength through struggle.

Just a little fall

Colors in Wisconsin seem pretty variable this year, probably due to the unusual weather through summer very early fall.  I did make it up to the northern part of the state, though, and found some nice scenery.  Here’s a few autumn images for those of you missing the changing season.

Morning Watch

It’s the time of year when sunrise closely matches my drive to work.  Which fortunately takes me right by Lake Michigan.  I’m making a point of taking my camera along in case something great shows up and it turns out to be a good idea.

There is a local marina right by a nice hill overlooking the lake and breakwater.  This morning there was more haze than clouds, enough to give a somewhat dreamy effect to the scene.  A few waterfowl were wandering around looking for breakfast, nice addition to the composition.

Watching a sunrise is something to take time and consider as conditions change each second.  It’s easy to keep looking for different light and perspective, only to forget there are other subjects being affected as well.  Fortunately I turned around and behind me was this high-rise, a glass and steel structure waking up to the early light.  What you see is simply the sunrise reflecting off the windows of the building.

Earlier this week there were clouds heading east over the lake, with just enough gap under them for the horizon to be clear as the sun came up.  Just at that right moment when the light caught the underside of the clouds, right before the sun was hidden behind them, I was very happy to have thought this through and planned for just this image.

Only a few more days of this confluence of my time and the sun’s position.  Hopefully the week will deliver open skies and interesting subjects.