David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: May 2013

Baby Alligators

A few more of the baby alligators and mama from last weekend.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/60, Better Beamer Flash, ISO 200


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, Better Beamer Flash, EV -0.67, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1600, Better Beamer Flash, EV -0.67, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, EV -0.67, ISO 1250



All In The Family

Thanks to Doug Haass (http://doughaassphotography.blogspot.com/) and Tim Timmis (http://timtimmisblog.com/) recent blogs on the baby alligators.  After they told me where to find them they were easy to locate.  First time to actually hear them chirping.  Pretty cool in real life.  I will try to get some more pictures up later.

All shot with Nikon D4, 500mm, f/22, 1/60 flash, EV -0.33, ISO 640





D4 with 2.0tc

I have been working with the 2.0tc in the backyard a few times and finally decided to give it a try.  Initially I took several shots but wasn’t happy reviewing them in camera.  I thought it was off the mark so I took it off and continued my normal shooting.  I didn’t want to risk missing the photo ops with the baby alligators.  Once I reviewed them on the computer I could have kicked myself for not taking more.  Oh well, lesson learned.  This post is mainly for those considering a 2.0tc.  I am not saying it’s for you but it’s good to know it worked for me.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/8.0, 1/60, SB900 flash better beamer, ISO 640


Under The Wing

These were taken at the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island, Texas.  The first one was taken early morning under a thin overcast which can be good.  The second was shot a little later in the morning the next day under a full sun.  I have darken around the egret to help control the harsh background lighting giving it a better appearance since lighting conditions were changing quickly.  Shortly after, I packed up and headed home.  While on the way home I drove by another location and was rewarded with a willing photo subject.  Will share it soon.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, EV -1.0, ISO 500


Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/4.0, 1/1600, ISO 320



This guy seem confused with all the snake action in the other water drip pool.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, 1/500, ISO 1600, monopod


Bird Hunter – Returns

Had to chance to get back to Laffitte’s Cove in Galveston, Texas the last part of April.  Really wanted to see some more neotropical migrants.  Before I got there the Bird Hunter was already in place.  The first photo was his second catch.  Just a feather left as he got that one down pretty fast.  After making two other misses (I don’t know how he missed with lightning strikes) he did something real odd.  He had some type of plant or algae growth on his head.  Perhaps this was causing the misses by slowing him down.  He raised high into the air and then slapped himself down hard into the water.  I believe this cleared all the growth off his head.  One smart snake.  The next strike was on target as the rest of the pictures show.  It’s hard to imagine flying non-stop for about 18 hours from South America.  All they want is some food and water and maybe take a bath before their next leg north.  In an instant, it’s over.  Every time a bird came close to the snake the birders and photographers yelled trying to scare the bird away.  Nature is Nature.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250




I wish I could pause time when the lighting conditions are right .  Of course that’s not going to happen so you have to take full advantage of conditions that may present themselves.  This great egret was certainly presenting a good opportunity as it tried to keep its balance on thin branches.  It kept flapping its wings for balance giving some nice backlighting shots.  It wasn’t able to maintain and finally flew.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/4, 1/800, ISO 640