David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reflection – Little Blue Heron

This Little Blue Heron was after a meal and ignored any photographer.  I liked the reflection of all the colors on this early morning April day.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5, 1/400, -0.33


Baseball – Grandson

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Took my grandson for his coach pitch try outs.  I am glad he asked me because I enjoy the heck out of watching him play.  The following pictures are from his last year in T-ball.



Hummingbird – Resting

These are a couple of past hummingbird photo’s I like.  While visiting my in-laws one time the hummingbirds were passing through on their migration.  They always seem to hang around at least a couple of weeks with a few staying longer.

I took so many pictures it seemed like my camera was telling me to slowdown and enjoy.  So that’s what I did for a couple of days.  I would get up early in the morning and just sit on the porch watching them come and go as they chattered back and forth.  I noticed one of the branches where they perched was going to be a good spot as the sun starting up.  I set up my camera where I could get some of the blue sky in the background.  I used some fill flash to try to get some of the shadows but not over power.

I have to thank my mother in-law for making up the special solution.  It was my job to keep the feeders filled as they buzzed around me with in inches. 

Nikon D300s, Nikon 500 @ f/4, 1/2000, EV -0.67, Better Beamer flash


Nikon D300s, Nikon 500 @ f/5.6, 1/640, EV -0.67, Better Beamer flash


Willet – Why I Like Early Morning Light

These were taken on Bolivar Flats early one morning.  I will get up at 04:00 and leave the house at 04:30 in order to get to the Galveston ferry by 05:30.  I can sit and think or just close my eyes waiting for the 06:00 ferry to get me to Bolivar.  Not long after 06:00 I am on the beach and it gives me a great feeling.  I love the sound of the water, distant birds, crisp cool or cold air and the thought of laying in the muck…..well not so much laying in the muck.  You get the idea.

Special light for special times.

Nikon D300s, Nikon 500mm @ f/4, 1/400, ISO 200


Nikon D300s, Nikon 500mm @ f/4, 1/2500, ISO 200


Nikon D300s, Nikon 500mm @ f/4, 1/8000, ISO 200


Egret – Is It A Miss

I was watching two Egrets that were close.  When this one shook and fluffed his feathers I knew or hoped it was going to take off.  I quickly but not fast enough tried to get ready for the action.  Well I missed, as I reviewed the image I thought about cropping for a different appeal.  I liked what would have been otherwise deleted.

I entered this one in a photo contest and was told by one judge he really liked the shot.  But, the other judges didn’t because it didn’t show the bird.  Oh well, I’ll keep it. 

Nikon D300s, Nikon 500mm @ f/4, 1/5000, EV -0.67, ISO 200


Don’t Forget About Your Local Park

After an early morning outing that turned out to be a bust I decided to drive through a local park on the way home.  This is just a reminder your local park can offer some good opportunities.

All shot with a Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5.6






Black-bellied Whistling Duck

These were some difficult pictures taken one early cold foggy morning.  I watched the weather forecast and it was going to be bright and beautiful – not.  So many great opportunities but wait….I could barely see most of the time and the fog would not lift.  I had to work these over a bit because of the foggy look.  I waited and watched enjoying the morning even though the camera was having a tough time focusing.  Finally a small break around 09:00 which is usually the time I am headed back to my car to head home.  Even though it was a difficult morning for taking pictures it was pretty cool just being there sharing a moment with nature.  Now that warms the heart.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/800, ISO 250



Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/1250, ISO 400



Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/640, ISO 400



Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/640, ISO 400


Great Egret – Nest Building

We can learn from our feathered friends.  I remember watching this one  for sometime as it struggled to lay the foundation of the nest.  Never giving up after many attempts.  Finally getting this one in position gave me a smile.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/125, EV- -1.33, ISO 200, Tripod


Northern Cardinal

Whenever visting my inlaws I like to set up and watch them come in for the bird seeds and water.  Thanks to my inlaws they have been fed for years.  You can stand at the kitchen window most anytime of the day and there is usually some type of activity.  They are named after the red robes worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals.

All taken with Nikon D300s, Nikon 500mm @ f/4, between 1/100 – 1/320, Flash, Tripod







This little guy would not leave me alone while trying to photograph some small birds.  He was cutting up and just being a ham.  He wanted my full undivided attention.  He won, I started watching him more than the birds.  He approached me several times and got within a couple of feet and we just stared eye to eye.  I whispered and he listen.