Archives for May 2013

We Found Foxes!!!

How can you not love a simple holiday drive with friends (and my trusty camera) when you come across a fox sitting near the road.  You slowly approach and see another, and another, wait there are four, no, five kits!  OMG!  We found a fox den!!!…

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At first they all disappeared into the rocks (their den).  All except mom who lay nearby unconcerned at my presence…

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I slowly approached (with my 24-120mm lens at 120mm) a little closer to the rocks and then sat down and waited.  It took less than sixty seconds before the first kit popped it’s head out, then another and another.  They looked at me, became a bit bolder and began inching closer a little at a time until, mom raised her head, made a little noise and they scampered back to the rocks…

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She was a great mom and, while very tolerant of my presence she kept her kits wild and at a safe distance from people as she should.  I respected that and kept my own council and did not encourage the kits closer in any way.  I couldn’t believe our luck and even though I only had the 24-120mm lens with me, I got some great environmental images and some memories that I know will warm my heart every time I think of those darling little foxes!  Camera and exposure data: Nikon D4, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR @ 120mm ISO 100 f8 @ 1/60 sec (all images, top image cropped to pano in Photoshop CS6).  NEF/RAW files processed in Nikon Capture NX2, finished in Photoshop CS6 using NIK Detail Extractor slightly on the foxes but, not on the background.

Today, I Celebrate…

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The mountains are calling and I  must go.

-John Muir-


Story behind the image…

This is the view to the east from my cabin at the lodge in Alaska that I visit each year.  Early one June morning as I stepped from my cabin I looked up to see this beautiful scene spread out before me with the rising sun touching the tips of the distant mountains and the clouds stacked up above them with a pending storm brewing.  I quickly ducked back into my cabin, grabbed my D3x with AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 VR lens (which I keep handy for just such moments) and zoomed to 92mm to get this composition.  Being in the land of the midnight sun in the summer months provided plenty of light so that I could keep my ISO down to 200 set my aperture to f11 and still have 1/350 of a sec which is plenty fast enough to hand hold.  The sun had not yet reached the foreground hills leaving them to fade to dark providing a nice base from which the distant mountains rose.


Today I Celebrate…

In Grateful Memory!

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Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

-Abraham Lincoln-


Story behind the image…


On a visit to Pearl Harbor several years ago we were paying our respects at the USS Arizona Memorial when an officer walked up, pulled a crumpled piece of paper out of his jacket and began a silent prayer.  It was such a powerful moment with his head bent over the paper, his crisp, white uniform and the light bouncing off the white marble like a giant soft box creating an almost unearthly glow.  I slipped up closer and clicked off a few frames then stepped back and left him to his silent prayers.  ISO 200 f8 @ 1/45 sec.  I chose my exposure based on 200 being the lowest ISO on the D700, f8 providing me enough depth of field for the scene and the resulting 1/45 sec fast enough to comfortably hand-hold.  Nikon D700 with AF-S 14-24mm 2.8 @ 19mm.

Happy Birthday Dorthea Lange



One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind. To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. I have only touched it, just touched it.

-Dorthea Lange-