David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dead Horse

It was a cold crisp early morning at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.  Less than a handful were there for the sunrise.  In my opinion it is the best time to see the color changes and the shadows give way to light as the sun comes up.  A great place to relax and reflect.  A must see if in the area.

Nikon D800, 1/15’s, f/11, ISO 100, single exposure


Balancing Act

Sometimes I just have to smile at them.  More often than not they tend to pick out some of the most flimsy branches to land on.  It makes for a good photo op as they constantly flap their wings trying to stay in one spot.  A real balancing act.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200’s, f/7.1, ISO 200, manual exposure


Fading Light

Made a quick trip to High Island Smith Oaks Rookery last Thursday evening.  Just the way I like it with only a few people taking pictures.  With the sun fading behind the tree line most had already left for the day.  There was only one other photographer (Barbara) that was willing to wait it out and catch the last light.  It was pretty neat as the BIF’s activity picked up greatly.  They were coming from all directions to settle for the night.  I was never short of a subject and able to try many different camera settings.  Love to learn.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/8000, f/4, ISO 1000, spot metering


Holiday Look Out

Hope you are looking out for a great holiday weekend.  Enjoy!

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200’s, f/7.1, ISO 200, manual exposure


Tip Toe

Sometimes when I need a little boost I review my American Avocet file.  I really like watching these delicate and graceful birds as they move around.  Bolivar flats is a special place for shorebirds.  You just have to be patient and wait and then maybe, just maybe, you get lucky as they come close.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/640’s, ISO 1000


Looking Back

Recently made my first trip to High Island Smith Oaks Rookery.  The weatherman and my phone app had a beautiful morning in the making and I wanted to get there early to catch some backlighting captures.  I arrived early enough to take a short nap.  As I looked up toward the sky I could see the stars and thought – Oh Yeah.

Forgot my small flashlight so out comes the iPhone to help guide me.  The trail is so dark you couldn’t see with out some type of light.  Made my way to the platform I wanted to shoot from and set up.  Hmmm, I asked myself where is the light.  I looked up from under the covered platform and there was a thick cloud cover.  Whoa, but the weatherman said….  About an hour after sunrise and still fairly dark I decided to leave.  This capture of a Snowy reminded me of what perhaps we both were looking for…The Sun.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/125’s, f/5.6, ISO 640