David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: September 2013

Boat Racing

I recently spent a weekend in Orange, Texas at their annual boat racing event.  I photograph two to three events a year and thoroughly enjoy myself.  I attend mainly for two reasons.  One, I use to race boats as a young man between the ages of 12 and 21 and I loved it.  Two, the people involved are some of the finest you will ever meet.  I would never trade that part of my life.  It was just awesome.

Weather conditions were not good Saturday with rain most of the time.  As the rain eased it allowed half of the events scheduled for Saturday to take place.  So there I am in the rain taking pictures and my big concern was my equipment.  At this point I’m going to make a plug.  For the photographers, you don’t want to get your equipment wet.  In order to protect my D4 and 500mm I used http://lenscoat.com/.  It worked great keeping my equipment dry.  Now if I can only find one for my body.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/22.0, 1/100s, EV -0.67, ISO 200


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/2000s, ISO 800


Ibas – Crab

Catching the crab probably caused this Ibas to have a panic attack.  He became everyone’s new best friend, as in let’s share.  It soon became crab meat.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/2500’s, EV -1.0, ISO 500



A silent prayer………


Avocet – Small Bite

Early morning feeding earns this Avocet a small bite as it constantly probes for a good meal.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/250s, EV -0.67, ISO 800


Red-headed Woodpecker

This is the first year to see two Red-headed Woodpeckers together while visiting my mother in-law.  I’ve watched them closely trying to find some type of pattern which would guide me to their nest.  Looking always resulted in no luck.

Most of the time they remain on the far side of my lens’ reach.  However, lately they have been coming closer on a more frequent basis and for good reason.  They are raising a young juvenile.  One of the parents flies in first to where water and seed is located, followed by the juvenile.  Once the juvenile lands the parent flies to a nearby tree.  This gives the young woodpecker a chance to learn by watching other birds feed.  It constantly squawks non stop as it makes several low flybys scaring the other birds but never landing.

The Red-headed Woodpecker family is beautiful to watch as they interact with each other.  Almost like a parent dropping their kids off at day-care.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/4000s, EV -0.33, ISO 800


Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/800s, EV -0.33, ISO 1250