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The Eclipse – Oregon 2017

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

While a over a million people flocked to Eastern Oregon to photograph the eclipse, Bob, Laura and Diane chose the west side of the Willamette Valley from backroads (the winery route) to avoid jams.  Most wineries had events and are nicely positioned on hills above vineyards.  We had a nice table next to the vines and positioned 2 tripods, each with a long lens (one with the ND filter for partials), calculations done in advance, and we rotated our 3 camera bodies around.  The sky was clear and the winery folks kept our special eclipse wine glasses filled.  What a day!

© 2017 Laura Mooney

We chose to photograph the partials with a plain “eclipse” ND filter and did not add color.  The sun naturally is white and only picks up color through the atmosphere at sunrise or sunset or special environmental circumstances.  The spots are sunspots.  Following is a selection from the sequence.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Natural starburst (no filter) worked the same as we teach you in the field – small portion of sun visible through leaves, notches in rocks, etc.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

So what do you call an eclipse sundowner???  Whatever your photography quest… make sure you enjoy life!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And use the sun and the moon to capture artistic images.  We work hard on our adventures to position you to take advantage of this.  From our Galapagos adventure…

© 2016 Bob Harvey

And from our Iguazu Falls Adventure, the falls by moonlight…

© 2013 Bob Harvey

Please consider joining us on one of our photography adventures. And we just added a Galapagos 2020.  And Iguazu Falls in 2019.  Link our Calendar.

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Macros and Close Up Photography

Post 2 – Options for shooting close up

We really enjoy using a 105 Nikon macro lens.  It’s sharp, and once you make friends with it, the creative options are endless.

Glasswing butterfly, Belize © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Glasswing butterfly, Belize
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

This butterfly is about 1.5 inches tall.  The transparent wings enable you to see right through to the background.  It is very important to position yourself so that the background enhances, not distracts.  By using my 105 macro, I was able to be back far enough not to scare the butterfly off the leaf and to pick a depth of field that got the butterfly sharp and the background in soft focus.

Golden orb, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Golden orb, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

This spider was about 8 feet high in a tree.  Another technique we like to use is extension tubes with a long lens.  Extension tubes are hollow, allowing that sharp 400mm lens to bring in subjects close that are too far to reach with a macro lens.  Depth of field is a bit trickier, but my goal here was to put the background blooming tree out of focus for a nice painted background.  Remember, extension tubes are hollow, tele-extenders have glass and serve a different purpose.

Crocodile, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Crocodile, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Extension tube attached to a 80-400mm lens at 400. They can also help you keep your distance!

Jaguar prints, Belize © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Jaguar prints, Belize
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes, the wide angle lens is needed when all the edges of the paw print need to be sharp to define the print.  Prints of the elusive jaguar is a regular find on our way to Caracol, Belize.

Leaf cutter ants, Belize © 2014 Bob Harvey

Leaf cutter ants, Belize
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Night photography of leaf cutter ants with backlight from flash, extension tubes on the 28-300mm lens.

Pineapple, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Pineapple, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Extension tubes on a zoom lens enables you to select the composition most pleasing to you.

Heron feather, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Heron feather, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Frigate bird, Galapagos © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Frigate bird, Galapagos
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

Drops on a leaf, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Drops on a leaf, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Leaf, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leaf, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Frog, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Frog, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Remember to always be on the lookout. Sometimes great subjects are almost invisible while you are hiking down a trail.  Take your time, look around, and explore different techniques for capturing small subjects.

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Galapagos Photography Adventure

Post 3 – Life around the islands

We are always on the lookout for those magical moments – the beauty of courtship, cute babies, interesting partnerships, artistic angles, birds flying by, dolphins jumping…  There is no end to the photographic opportunities on and around the islands.  We work to determine the best way to photograph all of it.  Is depth of field important? How does the background play?  Is a fast shutter speed important to stop the action?  These are all important considerations for each photo.

Sunset on the Samba © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunset on the Samba
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Nazca boobies courting © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Nazca boobies courting
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Baby boobie © 2014 Bob Harvey

Baby booby
© 2014 Bob Harvey

 

Sally lightfoot crab resting on a marine iguana. © 2014 Bob Harvey

Sally lightfoot crab resting on a marine iguana.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Red-billed Tropicbird © 2014 Bob Harvey

Red-billed Tropicbird
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Abstract, frigate bird © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Abstract, frigate bird
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Flightless cormorant © 2014 Bob Harvey

Flightless cormorant
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Sea lion pup © 2014 Bob Harvey

Sea lion pup
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Marine iguana and lava lizard © 2014 Bob Harvey

Marine iguana and lava lizard
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Dolfins appear off the Samba and we spend fun moments "catching" the jumps. © 2014 Bob Harvey

Dolphins appear off the Samba and we spend fun moments “catching” the jumps.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Flightless cormorant on lava, backlit with first sunlight. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Flightless cormorant on lava, backlit with first sunlight.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Fur seal yawning © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Fur seal yawning
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sea turtle swimming up to the shore. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sea turtle swimming up to the shore.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Galapagos Photography Adventure

Post 1 – Galapagos Islands Special Wildlife Encounters

With every landing, every boat outing, every snorkel… surprises await us.  At any moment, we can get a glimpse of something flying by or swimming by.  And then there are the special actions and expressions that we don’t want to miss.  It is important to be ready to capture those moments.

Flamingos in a pool hidden in a lava field. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Flamingos in a pool hidden in a lava field.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Using his inflated red pouch, a male frigatebird flies above females trying to get their attention.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Waved albatross, just reunited and performing the courtship dance. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Waved albatross, just reunited and performing the courtship dance.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

A sea turtle approaches during a snorkel, very exciting. © 2014 Bob Harvey

A sea turtle approaches during a snorkel, very exciting.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

A sea turtle swims toward my kayak. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

A sea turtle swims toward my kayak.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sea turtle swimming by. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sea turtle comes up for air.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sea turtle goes swimming by in the shallows. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sea turtle goes swimming by in the shallows.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Marine iguana  © 2014 Bob Harvey

Marine iguana
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Giant tortoises © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Giant tortoises
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tortoise in a pond © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tortoise in a pond
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tortoise taking a mud bath. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Tortoise taking a mud bath.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The light is low and golden, great time for capturing wildlife. It takes careful positioning of our zodiac to get us in just the right place for dramatic light and a good background.

Galapagos penguin © 2014 Bob Harvey

Galapagos penguin
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Blue footed booby © 2014 Bob Harvey

Blue footed booby
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Looking into the water for a catch! © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Looking into the water for a catch!
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

I will be posting more of our favorites from the 2014 Galapagos Adventure over the next few weeks.  If you would like to join us on our next departure, April of 2016, contact me at diane@naturephotographyadventures.com for more information.  Space is limited!

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