"Desert Phantom" - Great horned owl, First Place, Mile High Wildlife Photo Club, June, 2014
"Ram in Repose" - Polychrome Pass, Denali N.P.
First Place, Scenic and Wildlife Category, Mile High Wildlife Photo Club, July, 2014;
"Boomerang" - Bald Eagle
Second Place, Wildlife Category, Mile High Wildlife Photo Club, January, 2014
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Changing Depth of Field (DoF)
Five factors affect DoF:
1. Aperture size
2. Focal length
3. Distance to subject
4. Digital sensor size (as measured by the crop factor)
5. Distance between camera sensor and lens.
When in the field and would like to increase or decrease the DoF one usually changes the aperture. But other options exist. One can change the distance to the subject or change the focal length or use a different camera body with a different size sensor. The questions becomes, then, do I increase or decrease the factor? I use a simple rule:
All five factors are inversely proportional to the DoF, except Distance to Subject.
This means to increase the DoF, one decreases the factor. So increasing the aperture size (decreasing the number) will decrease the DoF. Increasing the focal length will decrease the DoF. Increasing the sensor size (as measured by the crop factor usually 2.0, 1.6, 1.3, or 1.0 for full frame) will decrease the DoF. Increasing the distance between the sensor in the camera and the lens (as in adding an extension tube), decreases the DoF. But, for distance to subject, increasing it, increases the DoF, (this is the only exception) all other things being equal.
Hope this rule of thumb works for you as well as it works for me.
Summer 2014 Newsletter
My first encounter with a snowy owl was on the tundra above the Arctic Circle in Alaska while in search of polar bears. I fell in love with these beautiful owls and hoped to someday be able to get a closer, sharper, higher quality photograph than the one I shot that day. Subsequently, I traveled to South Dakota, where 30 were reported at Lake Andes. No luck. Traveled to Vancouver several times, where 20 were reported, but did not get THE shot. I made numerous trips to the fields near Denver International Airport for a reported snowy owl. I never found it.
It could be considered an obsession.
Finally, on a trip to Calgary, Canada, I captured the photograph that I thought I would never get: a male snowy owl (all white), flying toward the camera at sunset.
"Snowy Glow" - Snowy Owl
First Place, Wildlife Category, Mile High Wildlife Photo Club, Febuary. 2014; Second Prize, Nature-Wildlife Category, Prix de la Paris Photographie, June 2014.
My obsession has been cured.
Images of snowy owls and hawk owls from my Calgary trip can be viewed in my Birds of Prey Gallery.
Birds of Prey Collection
Arizona in the early spring is a photo opportunity fantasy land. Wildflowers, hummingbirds, raptors and bobcats abound. On our Arizona visit in April, Beth and I did not find bobcats, even though my cousin Don found one in his backyard in Tucson, just days before we arrived. We did see and photograph raptors and hummingbirds.
Ferruginous Hawk - Desert Museum, Tucson
Broadbilled Hummingbird - Madera Canyon
On a quick stop at Monument Valley, Utah, I was able to catch the famous mittens in early light:
Morning Mittens - Monument Valley, Utah
Four National Parks in 11 days
In the May/June of 2014 my friend Bob Karcz and I took a photographic road trip from Denver to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton Lakes (Alberta, Canada) and back. Photographic opportunities included wild horses, black bear cubs, a wolf feeding on an elk carcass, grebes, nursing moose calves, a cinnamon bear cub, coyote pups and mountain vistas.
Coyote Pups, Yellowstone National Park
Stormy Sunset, St Mary's Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Denver to Glacier (and Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Waterton Lakes) National Park Image Collection
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That's all for now.
Wishing you and your family a super summer.
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