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Brazos Bend State Park – Treasure Hunt

Unlike past trips my goal was to hurry and cover other areas of the park that I rarely venture.  Not an easy task with so much to see and photograph.  I simply had to make myself stop and move on.  Just like being on a treasure hunt.

Nikon D800, 105mm, 0.6’s, f/11, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Nikon D800, 105mm, 0.6’s, f/11, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Nikon D800, 105mm, 1/60s, f/11, Ev +0.67, ISO 200, flash (I’ve posted this one before – taken that morning)


Nikon D800, 105mm, 1/25’s, f/5.6, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Nikon D800, 105mm, 1/40’s, f/5.6, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Nikon D800, 105mm, 1/40’s, f/5.6, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Nikon D800, 105mm, 1/40’s, f/5.6, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Praying Mantis

Taken this morning at Brazos Bend State Park. This little guy was about 2″ long and blended in real good. I was bent over looking at something else when I must have made him nervous and saw the movement. If he hadn’t moved I most likely wouldn’t have seen this photo op.
Nikon D800, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/60 flash, Ev +0.67, ISO 200


Alligator – Spot Light

With the levels low a large number of alligators gathered in one area.  Their fishing skills were good but, of course, I was always looking the wrong direction.  The early morning sun was blocked by the trees casting a dark shadow.  However, there were a few small spots that offered some good light and it was just a matter of time before one slowly moved into position.  Sometimes you just have to wait it out.

Nikon D4, 500mm + 1.4tc, f/5.6, 1/2500’s, ISO 1600


Portrait – White Ibis

While taking some pictures of baby alligators this White Ibis decided to check me out.  So I turned and gave him one shot.
D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/2500, SB900, -0.67 ISO 1250


Red-shoulder Hawk – Surprise

After slowly walking around Brazos Bend State Park 40-Acre Lake, Doug Haass and I were about to leave the trail.  Doug quickly said hawk and pointed to the tree.  Not sure why the hawk didn’t spook because we walked up real close to its perch.  Both of use slowly got into a better position for a better appearance.  Well, he decided to hang around a little while.  My tripod wasn’t set up for the shots causing my back to almost holler uncle.  When I was about to straighten up and adjust the tripod he took off – away from us much to my dismay.  What happen next was real odd.  He flew, without slowing down, right into an oak tree which was more like a thick bush and almost disappeared.  One wing was spread out as the rest of his body was into the thick branches.  I thought he was going to break a wing or hurt himself with the force he landed.

As quickly as he flew into the tree he came out.  I totally missed his exit.  After coming out he turns directly towards us which surprised me.  He’s coming fast and filling my frame.  The D4 is set for 10fps and I only manage 6 shots.  Three were fully in the frame.  Not sharp to my liken but I will share.  Ahhhh, what a rush!

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/1000, EV -0.67, ISO 500


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/800, EV -0.67, ISO 500


In Search Of

This past Saturday, I made an early morning trip to Brazos Bend State Park where I met up with fellow photographer Doug Haass.  We were looking for the baby alligators that hadn’t been seen for a couple of days.  After searching for awhile Doug spotted one tucked into some plant growth.  There were at least two or three.  One came out for a quick look but didn’t stay long before disappearing.  I think they are on their own.  Mama is no where to be found.

The first picture is Doug walking the trail.  That’s a heavy load but it’s the tools of the trade.  (Notice how nice that Canon looks when it’s taken by a Nikon – ;-).  The second is the baby alligator coming out for a quick peak.  The next two ( Red-eared Slider Turtle and Dragon Fly) were taken with a 2.0 teleconverter.  Still working with that set up under different conditions.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 500, SB900 with Better Beamer


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/250, ISO 800, SB900 with Better Beamer


Nikon D4, 500mm + 2.0tc, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, 500mm + 2.0tc, f/8.0, 1/800, ISO 800, EV -0.33, SB900 with Better Beamer


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



I was watching some ducks as they nosed down looking for something to eat.  Two remained behind as the rest slowly swam away.  The entire time I kept wanting them to “duck, duck, come on now, just duck, please duck”.  Well, they finally did Duck and it gave me an unrestrainable smile as I took their picture.

Nikon D300s, 500mm, f/4, 1/640, ev -0.33, ISO 200