Stephen Kirkpatrick

Monday, October 10, 2011

Roll Review - Images #1-#16

Remember, these are my grades and comments based on memory only. The grade is based on the shot turning out as I had planned. The resulting photographs may be far better or worse than I expect.

SHOT LOG (My Backyard) 
Nikon F5, Fuji Velvia 100
1) Pearl River Swamp Sunrise  - (H)
Madison County, MS
July 6, 2011 - 6:01 am
Clear, 75 degrees
500mm w/2xTC, 1/40@f8, Two Tripods
Grade A+ 

Nice, powerful, misty sunrise.



2) Sawback Turtle on Snag and Reflection - (H)
Leake County, MS
July 7, 2011 - 5:27 pm
Partly Cloudy, 93 degrees
500mm, 1/200@f4, Tripod  
Grade A

The reflection should be good and the turtle 
should be easily visible on his precarious perch.




3)  Long-jawed Orb Weaver Spider at Sunrise - (V)
Madison County, MS
July 8, 2011 - 6:17 am
Partly Cloudy, 82 degrees
180mm w/ET, 1/2500@f2.8, Tripod  - fuzzy focus
Grade A+ 





This was shot directly into the rising sun. I purposely 
shot it out of focus so the spider was not so graphic, 
but more of an eerie, fuzzy image.



4) Passionflowers - (H)
Madison County, MS
July 15, 2011 - 4:34 pm
Cloudy, 83 degrees
60mm, 1/400@f5.6, Tripod  
Grade B 





A little bit of experimenting here. The edges of passionflowers
 look like wirey hairs. I focused tight 
on these fine elements and let the main part 
of the flower go totally out of focus. 
Should be interesting.




5) Alligator Resting in Swamp - (H)
Rankin County, MS
July 18, 2011, 3:48 pm
Cloudy/Sprinkling, 87 degrees
500mm, 1/80@f4, Tripod 




Grade B+

Because I was so close to this alligator, I composed this shot in an 
unbalanced way to include some duckweed and 
to lend a sense of place to the image.






6) Bullfrog - (H)
Stone County
July 21, 2011, 7:11 am
Sunny, 80 degrees
500mm w/2xTC, 1/125@f8, Tripod 





Grade B 

I hope the warm, early morning light will give 
this shot life and highlight 
the bullfrog. 





7) Pied-billed Grebe on Nest - (V)
Stone County
July 21, 2011, 7:46 am
Sunny, 81 degrees
500mm, 1/125@f8, Tripod





Grade A  

This was a hard one to shoot. The grebe was nervous 
on the nest and I had to compose and shoot 
very quickly. There was a white
fragrant water lily flower in the foreground 
that I hope does not take over the shot
This is one I am anxious about.





8) BLANK !
Greene County
July 22, 2011,  7:38 am
Cloudy, 78 degrees
  putting in batteries





Grade F

What a stupid mistake.






9) Daisy Fleabane and Grasshopper - (V)
Madison County
July 29, 2011, 10:23 am
Cloudy, 90 degrees
180mm, 1/200@f7.1, Tripod





Grade B+

This image was an experiment of making the 
grasshopper a small part of the composition.
The little white daisies may be 
too busy for the image. It was 
hard to compose and predict the 
depth of field I needed.




10) Trumpet Creeper and Clouds - (V)
Madison County
July 30, 2011, 11:29 am
Partly Cloudy, 90 degrees
17-35mm , 1/200@f14, Hand Held





Grade C

I think the white clouds in this photo are going to cause an underexposed (dark) image. I tried to compensate for it, but I am still concerned.




11) Indigo Bunting Singing in Sunrise - (H)
Madison County
August 1, 2011, 6:28 am
Clear, 80 degrees
500mm w/2xTC, 1/4000@f8, Hand Held (resting on tree limb)





Grade A-

I really have no way of knowing whether this image will be 
pleasing or not. As I shot it directly into the sun with such a long lens set up, it will be "hot." The light may swallow up the small bird. Just don't know.




12) Eastern Box Turtles Mating - (H)
Madison County
August 1, 2011, 10:03 am
Clear, 90 degrees
17-35mm , 2.5 sec.@f22, Tripod





Grade B

This will be more of an "interesting" shot than a wonderfully lit and composed work of art. These turtles mating simply had to be photographed.
Don't blame me, I was "forced" to do it.




13) Bolete Pores - (H)
Madison County
August 2, 2011, 11:02 am
Clear, 90 degrees
60mm , 5 sec.@f32, Tripod





Grade A+

 The underside of this particular fungi is wonderfully structured. The chambers, light/shadow, and design 
of the pores is graphically interesting. Long exposures can be deceiving.




14) Sunrise and Canada Geese - (H)
Madison County
August 3, 2011, 6:20 am
Clear, 82 degrees
500mm , 1/250@f4, Tripod





Grade B+

The problem I had here was trying to capture the geese with their heads and necks visible. They were swimming 
straight away from me. Then, just as I was about to 
call off the shot, they started to turn. 




15) Red-tailed Hawk Panting - (H)
Madison County
August 4, 2011, 7:23 pm
Clear, 96 degrees
500mm w/2xTC , 1/200@f8, Tripod





Grade A

The heat was bad that day. This hawk was panting and trying to cool off with his wings open. The light is good here.



16) White-tailed Deer - (H)
Madison County
August 18, 2011, 9:58 am
Clear, 87 degrees
500mm, 1/15@f4, Tripod





Grade B 

This is a very different kind of image for me, but I like it. The
focus is on some leaves in the foreground. The lighting was interesting and when the doe heard something and turned her head to look, I snapped the shutter.



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