David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: January 2014

Who Remembers

I remember laying there all alone.  No other person anywhere close by.  The cold wet soaking through my clothes.  But why?  I remember choosing not to wear my waders – what was I thinking!  I thought the weather was mild and it would be ok.  Oh yes, I remember laying in the muck.  My elbows, knees and boot toes sinking in the soft mucky muck water.  I remember looking back to see the crack of dawn as I felt the crisp cool morning in my bones.

As I refocused my attention I remember the ever changing colors.  It was happening much too fast.  But that is usually the case.  Every minute that passed not taking a picture was lost in time.  I was ready and waiting for a loner to step away from the pack.  Then it happen, a brave one moves forward into the open and presents the opportunity.  I remember when it became isolated and at the mercy of my camera as the shutter fired multiple times.  Capturing the light.  As usual, the difficult moments turn to awarding memories.

Nikon D4, 500mm +1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1000


Avocet – B & W

I was playing around with some black & white versions.  Hope you like the change.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/2000, Ev -0.67, ISO 1000


Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/7.1, 1/8000, Ev -1.33, ISO 1000


American Avocet

Finally, a visit to Bolivar Flats.  My schedule and low tides all came together after being away for a long time.  As I drove over the Galveston causeway I knew the conditions were going to be great.  The water was calm and the reflections were clear, a great indicator.

I rolled down my window as I drove down the beach just to take it all in.  As I gathered my gear and set off on foot I could hear the birds in the distance.  As I made the long walk I kept looking back at the horizon.  The colors were crisp as they kept changing.

I found my target, Avocets by the hundreds if not by the thousands.  There were two groups.  One just off shore and the other more in a tidal pool.  I wanted both but chose the tidal pool because I wanted the sun behind me as it rose.  The off shore group was just to far off to get a totally different look with beautiful colors.  I slowly made my way and found a spot to lay down in the muck.  The fun began and never disappointed or gave me time to rest.  It was a good morning.

Nikon D4, 500mm +1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 1000


Nikon D4, 500mm +1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 1000



Whoopers inbound, from the left and from the right.

Nikon D4, f/4, 1/1000, Ev -0.67, ISO 1600


Nikon D4, f/4, 1/800, Ev 0.33, ISO 1600


Whooping Crane

Recently drove to Lamar, Texas to see the Whooping Cranes I had been hearing about.  I couldn’t have picked a worse day, weather wise.  When I got there just before sunrise it was raining, cold and the wind was blowing just making it plum miserable.

My watch said it was close to sunrise but the heavy cloud cover could have fooled anyone.  I stood at the location for a short period looking and wondering if the cranes would show up.  I was wanting to see them.  I was watching the deer when I heard the Whoppers distinct call in the distance.  I set my camera up in the back of my truck for better viewing.  Sure enough it wasn’t long before the first group came flying in.  At that time I forgot about the long drive, freezing hands, shivering body, light drizzle and blowing wind.  It was now a good day.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/640’s, Ev -0.67, ISO 2000