Stephen Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Roll Review - Images #17-#35

Remember, these are my grades and comments based on memory only. The grade is based whether it came 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

17) Gulf Fritillary on Sunflower - (H)
Madison County
August 18, 2011, 10:53 am
Overcast, 89 degrees
17-35mm, 1/160@f5.6,  Hand Held

Grade C

This is another shot I am concerned about. The butterfly was moving so much I had to continually adjust for brightness and dark. The shot was quick and close focus, wide angle, so it is a "who knows" type of photo.

18) Praying Mantis - (V)
Madison County
August 18, 2011, 4:00 pm
Cloudy, 81 degrees
180mm, 1/500@f5.6,  Tripod
Grade B+

It took forever to get this seemingly easy shot. Just when I would think I had it set up, the mantis would move. I was using a very shallow depth of field so focus was critical. To get the lens parallel with the mantis I had to lay my face on the ground. That made the sky come into the frame (which I did not want) so I repositioned several times. Oh, and there was a breeze gusting. Who knows?

19) Green Tree Frog Resting - (H)
Madison County
August 22, 2011, 3:52 pm
Clear, 99 degrees
60mm, 1/2@f13, Tripod
Grade A-

This was a very close-up shot with a horizontal composition. I want to see this one myself.

20) Ruby-throated Hummingbird - (H)
Madison County
August 22, 2011, 5:12 pm
Clear, 99 degrees
500mm, 1/40@f4, Tripod
Grade A

This should be a pleasing image if the touch of blue in sky shows through behind the bird. I was trying to catch his "ruby throat" shining, but he was moving his head a lot.

21) Smooth Green Snake - (H)
Madison County
August 23, 2011, 6:57 am
Cloudy, 77 degrees
17-35mm, 1/10@f9, Tripod

Grade A

This was a cool moment when I found the snake. This is also the shot I was VERY distracted on because of the fawn walking up on me (see "Splendor In The Grass.") I'm curious about how the goldenrod foliage will look in the shot.

22) Purple Gallinule Searching - (V)
Rankin County
August 24, 2011, 6:54 am
Clear, 77 degrees
500mm, 1/50@f4, Tripod

Grade B+

It was odd light, but the shot is really dependent upon whether or not I caught the tension of the bird as it focused on another bird coming into its territory.

23)  Gray Squirrel - (H)
Madison County
August 24, 2011, 3:22 pm
Partly Cloudy, 94 degrees
500mm, 1/30@f4, Tripod

Grade C

This may be one that ruins this roll. My shutter speed was probably too slow to keep this from being technically good. Also, the foreground tree I liked at the time I shot, but it may be distracting. The light was also very flat, so....

24)  White-tailed Deer - Doe & Fawn - (H)
Madison County
August 29, 2011, 12:23 pm
Clear, 94 degrees
500mm, 1/80@f4, Tripod

Grade A+

The heads of the doe and fawn were turned in opposite directions. There is a possibility of the light being "hot." I also noticed the fawn quickly moved its head about the same moment as I shot.

25)  Foxtail at Sunrise - (H)
Madison County
August 30, 2011, 6:58 am
Clear, 68 degrees
60mm, 1/125@f8, Tripod

Grade B+

Great light on dew-covered foxtails. This one depends on the mood the early morning light creates.

26)  Gulf Fritillaries and Dew - (V)
Madison County
September 7, 2011, 6:40 am
Clear, 54 degrees
60mm, 1/6@f25, Tripod

Grade A-

This was extremely hard to shoot because of the positioning of the butterflies low in the dew-covered grass. This was compounded by the fact that I found these after the sun was coming up, so the background may burn out.

27)  Mud Snake (Farancia abacura) - (V)
Madison County
September 7, 2011, 5:05 pm
Clear, 76 degrees
17-35mm, 1.3 sec@f9, Tripod

Grade B+

Finding this mud snake was the first cool thing. Getting the shot set up with a shy snake and unbalanced light was the challenge.

28)  Pearl River Sunrise - (H)
Madison County
September 8, 2011, 6:26 am
Clear, 54 degrees
17-35mm,  2.5 sec@f16, Tripod

Grade A

This should look good. The challenge was capturing the clouds at the peak of light.

29)  Green Darner - (V)
Madison County
September 8, 2011, 7:55 am
Clear,  58 degrees
60mm, 1/3@f16, Tripod

Grade B-

Pretty straightforward shot. However, it was very low light, there was a slight breeze, and the dragonfly was resting on an unstable leaf.

30)  Alligator at Moonrise - (V)
Madison County
September 12, 2011, 7:20 pm
Clear,  78 degrees
500mm, 1/13@f4, Tripod

Grade A

The slow shutter speed may be the killing factor here.

31)    Strawberry Bush Seeds & Acorn- (V)
Madison County
September 16, 2011,  7:54 am
Clear,  56 degrees
60mm, 8 sec@f22, Tripod

Grade A-

Long exposures can sometimes fool you.

32)    Decaying Fall Leaf - (H)
Madison County
September 26, 2011,  5:23 pm
Clear,  79 degrees
500mm, 1/200@f7.1, Tripod

Grade B+

This should be fine.

33)    Canada Geese in Flight at Sunset - (H)
 Madison County
September 26, 2011,  6:44 pm
Clear,  76 degrees
500mm, 1/500@f8, Hand Held

Grade A

I swung around and took this shot in an instant. The geese came in by surprise and my focus/composition time was an instasecond.

34)    Praying Mantis and Dew - (H)
Madison County
October 1, 2011,  7:15 am
Clear,  47 degrees
60mm, 1/6@f16, Tripod

Grade A-

Should look good. After I shot this, I remembered I had already taken a mantis photo, a month and a half earlier. That is one of the problems/challenges of this whole process.

****35)   Foggy Sunrise - (H)
Madison County
October 5, 2011,  7:21 am
Clear,  51 degrees
60mm, 1/160@f16, Tripod

Grade A

This should be a nice shot. It just was not supposed to be "the end."

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