Infrared Fun

I have owned several converted infrared cameras over the years and love the effect.  However, it always meant a commitment to another body and lens as I had a dedicated lens calibrated for infrared and it was bulky so, I rarely took it along.  Then I thought about having my old point and shoot converted.  The Canon G11 will shoot in the RAW format, has an articulated rear lcd, manual exposure controls and so much more.  So, off it went to Lifepixel for a conversion.  It’s a total no brainer.  It’s compact and I carry it with me a lot more often…

 

Canon G11 Infrared Converted

 

 

 

 

Nikon D800 & Cape Florida Lighthouse

After putting my D4 through it’s paces, it was time to pull out the D800 and give it a go.  We headed to Key Biscayne to check out Florida Lighthouse.  All I can say about the D800 files is “WOW!”  I am totally impressed with the resolution of the files.  They are clean and oh, so sharp!…

 

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO f16 @ 1/250

 

Not only are the files beautiful, the metering system is exceptional.  Shooting through one of the windows to the view outside rendered a great exposure with no exposure compensation necessary…

 

Nikon D800 AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO F8 @ 1/350

 

A climb to the top of the lighthouse provided a great view of the coastline.  The wind was blowing so hard I felt that I would be blown off the lighthouse if I didn’t hang on so, with everything at infinity, I dialed the aperture wide open to get a fast shutter speed to prevent camera shake…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO f4.5 @ 1/1500

 

As a final test for the D800 while visiting Cape Florida Lighthouse, I made a 3 frame handheld hdr of one of the lighthouse keeper’s house and finished it using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.0…

 

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR...100 ISO f11 @ 1/90 (base exp)

 

I have to say that my first impressions of the D800 are very favorable.  It has exceeded my expectations.  Stay tuned.

Nikon D4 Strolls Along The Anhinga Trail

After a deluge that dropped over 4 inches of rain we awoke to a beautiful morning.  We pulled into the Anhinga Trail parking lot at sunrise…the first to arrive.  I quickly set up my D4 with the 200-400mm and 2X teleconverter and headed down the path as early morning light bathed the fresh new day in a clean, clear warmth.  Near the end of the paved trail on the left I discovered three fledgling Green Herons.  They were quite oblivious to us as they worked the water’s edge catching a bug or two…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/350

 

I spent the better part of an hour with the youngsters photographing them in various poses and perches…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/350

 

and capturing interaction between siblings…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/20

 

I moved to the backlit side highlighting it’s downy feathers on it’s head and added a bit of fill flash to bring out detail in the bird…

 

Nikon D4, Af-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/250

 

Of course I had to make some images of the bird the trail was named for…the Anhinga!  And they were more than cooperative perched right on the fence along the path posing for a photo or two…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/500

 

The male still has some of his breeding plumage with the blue eye ring a telltale sign for one…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 200-400mm f4 VR, TC-20E III...200 ISO f8 @ 1/350

 

I continue to be amazed at the image quality of the 200-400mm with the TC-20E III.  The D4 rocks when I have to increase the ISO to keep a fast enough shutter speed to prevent motion blur.  It certainly was a productive morning.  While the weather was holding, we headed back to town for breakfast and then to Key Biscayne and Cape Florida Lighthouse.  Stay tuned.

Chasing Storms

Storm Chasing At It's Best!

 

I once heard a storm chaser comment that he’d much rather be out chasing storms than having them chase him.  Well, after five years of chasing now, it is in my blood!  There is nothing like the thrill of the chase…and the photo opportunities that abound!  If you are interested in seeing nature at her finest join me next month as Excellent Photo Adventures visits Tornado Alley in search of the “Perfect Storm”!  There is one space available May 13-21, 2012.

My friend Rich over at Lightning Trigger can get you all set up for those incredible lightning storms in your future…  Tell him Laurie sent you!