Wild Wednesday 43/52 The Circle of Life

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I’m behind reading and responding to blogs again, but this is my normal for most the year as I’d much rather be out and about with my camera than at home doing laundry,  mopping, and scrubbing doing housework.  Mind you, I like a clean and tidy house I just wish I wasn’t the one always responsible for doing it.  Just sayin. Why I set myself up for that is probably what Psychology majors study. I don’t want to go there I just wish He-Man and I worked out something very early on that he would do laundry, dishes, and house cleaning when I was away from home.  Funny, early on he didn’t see that coming in the future even though I love to travel and adventure.

Musings and rant over; I have been busy finishing the Maternity images for my friends with a pretty quick turn around time: Just two weeks! If I were a busy Portrait/ Event Photographer it might be a month or more before receiving your images from your event or session. Just so you know.  Retouching and editing aren’t as easy as one might think it is. Hair and skin tone are a major time suck! En mon avis.  Highlights, and Shadows…Oh vey!  Landscapes, birds, and the night sky are ever so much easier to develop than people! For me anyway!

With the parents to be permission, here are a few images that I made during the session.

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I love you with my whole heart

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Family Order

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The Kiss

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Not knowing how to do Maternity Portraits as a professional knowing this park and a few poses really helped to make the session I hope a success for all of us.  For me, it was challenging, and so much fun to shoot!

I put in my request to photograph their baby as a newborn. I hope that works out. I think that would be so much fun! I have props!

Next up I have Baby Girl’s “Save the Date/ Wedding Announcement images to develop, and she’s picking her wedding dress, and I am going to be there along with her best friends to see which dress she chooses this week-end.   Although she’s warned me I’m not to make one. Not one remark about the price of the dress or her tattoos.  I’ll hate both and be biting my tongue, but I will b/c it’s her life she’s over 18 and she has a dream dress in mind. I won’t say a word. I won’t say a word. That’s going to be my mantra all week!  A and H will be there to hold my hand and keep my tongue in my mouth in case I start to. 😉 Baby Girl is so clever!

My Mom and Step-Father were visiting and stayed with us for several days, but they are flying home to FL as I type this. It was lovely and too short seeing them.  They were busy visiting both sides of the family in two weeks. Their visit was especially nice on the heels of visiting them in FL.   Now for me, it’s time to develop Baby Girl’s images, and I went to the Renaissance Faire one day this past week-end and have those images to go through and develop too.

It’s been a wild week of Family, Fun, and Adventure.  I hope this post finds you well, and living the best life you can this week.

Nikon D810| Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D| Hoodman Digital Film| Natural Light| PS CC 2018

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Wild Wednesday 20/52 Deep Greens and Blues are the Colors I Choose

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On Saturday I went birding locally in the morning hoping to see a Lazuli Bunting. They’re only here in the Spring and I heard they were spotted in a place I’d seen one four years ago.  It was a stellar morning of birding! Not only did I get a brief look at the Lazuli Bunting, but I also saw lots of Violet-green Swallows. 🙂

Both birds have amazing colors.

Lazuli Bunting Male-  He’s song bird.

Lazuli Bunting

Violet-green Swallow Male

Violet-green Swallow

…and I got the “look” from a White-tailed Kite while she was hunting. You know how much I like them. My favorite of the Birds of Prey.  I like to think she was wishing me a Happy Birthday. 🙂

White-tailed Kite

I had a birdy long week-end that included some hiking/walking . Saturday I hiked just a smidge over a mile half of it was uphill and the beginning was steep.  Monday I hiked a bit over 2 miles, and Tuesday afternoon I hiked just over 4 miles.  He-Man and I hiked a trail we hadn’t hiked in a couple of years. It was good to get out and really stretch our legs.  Mind you, I feel so out of shape since having the flu and not doing much hiking since. I’m glad I made the loop up and down! I had doubts about being able to make it up to the second trail-head to make the loop. A couple of spots are steep. On two of the hikes I had some elevation gain which I like.  I like uphill for the first leg…more payoff for the exertion, and the reward is the downhill on the way back.  However, what I find is that there is uphill on both ends! I’m usually tired by the time I reach the upper elevation, and it’s work to get up those uphills on the way back.  I’m always so thankful I completed the hike, and if I carried my Garmin tracker seeing the stats always makes those uphills on the way back more rewarding.  I was tired and needed some extra Yoga stretches to ward off being really sore Wednesday, but I kept thinking “maybe I’ll get my groove back, and hike a couple times a week again.”

One can hope! 🙂

I hope you all are having a good week!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| San Disk Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Wordless Wednesday 38/52 Chick-a-dee

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Look who's come for Breakfast

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Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm @500mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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Wordless Wednesday 29/52 Western Bluebird

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Nikon D700| Nikkor 300mm| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC2017

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Wordless Wednesday 25/52 Nuttal’s Woodpecker

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Nuttall's Woodpecker

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm @460mm| f/5.6| ISO800| 1/1600s| Hoodman Digital Film|PS CC 2017

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American Bald Eagle & Me

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I was birding on Saturday June 3rd looking for an Indigo Bunting and upon my arrival to the location soaring over my head was an American Bald Eagle! That’s a big deal in Santa Clara County. Eagles have been making a comeback here for the last few years which is super exciting to birders, but there are still only a handful here.

Anyway, it flew across the pond to a grove of tall trees and perched there and looked like he/or she was settled in for a long rest.  I watched it for sometime then moved to the grassy area to photograph Western Bluebirds which I’ll be sharing soon.

Then I followed some Red-winged Blackbirds a bit then turned around to check on the Eagle and OMG! It was flying right for me!

I brought my camera up to my face in lighting speed, and fired off a burst of images following its flight path.  We made eye to camera lens contact, then it veered right and headed for the northern hills, and I lost it.  I was doing my happy dance! Isn’t that wing span somethin’?

Click on the image to see it better. WP compression isn’t working for me again. 😦  I may have to mess around with image sizes again to find something that looks good without having to click on an image.

I received my 200-500mm back from Nikon Service on Thursday, but I haven’t felt good enough to get out with it.  I hope tomorrow this bug is over being in my system so I can go out and play!

Hope you all are having a great start to your week-end!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 300mm f/4| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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Wordless Wednesday 20/52 In the garden with Pharaoh and Amun

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Amen in the form of a Ram protecting Pharaoh

Nikon D810| Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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