Monday, December 28, 2015

Busy Week for Photography

Wow this has been such a busy week for photo shoots!!!  I was honored to take photos of 2 families in the last 2 days.  The O'Connor's and the Lewis's.  This is something new for me since I normally photograph wildlife.  Both families were so much fun and they loved their photos!!!

Tuesday Dec. 22nd I was able to spend some time at my favorite place, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.  Below are some of the photos I took that day; enjoy...

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Finally a Black-crowned Night Heron Awake!!!

Last weekend I found two Black-crowned Night Herons asleep in the trees.  Today was my lucky day I found five Night Herons awake at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert.  I really need to go buy a lottery ticket since I even got one of them in flight!!!  It's been an exciting day today :-)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Great Photo Weekend

This weekend has been cloudy on Friday and cloudy and rainy on Saturday perfect days to take photos outside.

Friday afternoon after work I went to Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert to take photos and see if I could find birds I hadn't seen before.  I was lucky to finally see both male and female Black-crowned Night Herons.  They were both sleeping in trees and was able to get a photo the female awake before I left the preserve.

Saturday I had 2 photo shoots lined up and unfortunately they cancelled on me so I took the opportunity to try out Veteran's Oasis Park in Chandler.  I was on the hunt for Birds of Prey since a photographer I met in Gilbert said he had great experience photography raptors.  I was lucky and was able to photograph Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawk and a Hen Harrier.

My favorite photos from the Veteran's Oasis Park were a cute little Verdin and the biggest Jackrabbit I've ever seen.

Below are some of the photos from Friday and Saturday.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
Above and Below -
Black-crowned Night Herons

Above and Below -
Great Blue Heron

Anna's Hummingbird


Neotropic Cormorant

Snowy Egrets

Veteran's Oasis Park
Above and below -
Great Blue Herons

Red-tailed Hawk

Hen Harrier


Mourning Dove

Above and below -
Turkey Vulture


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Late Afternoon Photo Shoot

I tried something new this weekend to practice my action shots in the late afternoon.  I went to my favorite place the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ.  It was a spur of the moment thought when getting home from work on Friday.

Friday was an overcast day perfect for taking photos.  I arrived at the preserve around 4:00 p.m. so I didn't have much time before the sun was setting.  I learned a lot that day on how difficult it is to take action shots in low light and without a tripod.  I will definitely be going back for another late afternoon photo shoot to practice some more.

Below are photos that some what turned out; enjoy.

Baird's Sandpiper

Canada Goose

Cooper's Hawk

Canada Geese

Belted Kingfisher

Neotropic Cormorant

Snowy Egret