Friday, February 22, 2013

Snowy Owls!

Recently, a couple of fellow photographers had gone out and gotten some great shots of some Snowy Owls that are near Calgary. I've always wanted to photograph these amazing animals in the wild, but have never had the luck of seeing any before. I found a website run by some local bird watchers which provided some specific locations of recent sightings, so I decided to head out for a drive to hopefully spot a couple of these gorgeous creatures!

This beauty I spotted on a post on Hwy 22x just East of Hwy 24. It stayed there for quite a while, even with me out of my car and standing on the shoulder of the busy highway. I took another step towards it, just to get a bit closer for my 500mm lens, and it flew off. No problem though! Got 20 shots of it before it did fly away. Now onwards to look for some more. Went to a few other locations SE of the City out in the country but didn't see any others. Got some great shots of some old barns, came across an abandoned farm which provided some great shots too, and will provide a great location for a shoot with a model or two in the near future. It's drives like that, that can provide not only great wildlife sightings like the Snowy Owl, but location spotting for future shoots with models and other photographers.

I'm hoping to get out Feb 24th for a drive SE of the city again, to see if I can spot some more, and hopefully take my girlfriend with me as she loves owls too.

I'll be on my first vacation in 17 years on Feb 28th, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I will no doubt get some amazing photos of this location, and can't wait to share them with you!!

I'll update my blog when I get back from vacation!

See you then! :)


Friday, February 15, 2013

New Photos This Weekend!!!

I haven't been out too much lately with my camera. Not because I don't want to shoot, but I have been spending time with my girlfriend.

This weekend I'll be heading out to find some Snowy Owls East and SE of Calgary. I've always been fascinated by birds of prey (Eagles, Falcons, Owls, etc..) and especially owls, they just seem more majestic than most of the other species.

I'll be equipped with my new D700 (which I got in late 2012) and my old 50-500mm Sigma Apo F4-6.3 lens. This is the lens I've always used for my wildlife photography, and although it's an older and slower lens, it has worked extremely well for my use.

Last year I didn't get out to the mountains much, as I was concentrating on my portrait/boudoir/fashion work. This year, I'll be concentrating mainly on Wildlife and Landscape photos again, with some portrait work mixed in.

I hope everyone has been keeping well, and there will definitely be some new photos to follow, tomorrow. I've also recently started a 500px account so some select photos can be seen on there now. The collection grows on a weekly basis. :)

Cheers! And have a fantastic long weekend!!