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Recent Processing: 2022 Weeks 1-3

January 19, 2022

I hope to make this a regular blog entry, much in the same way that I hope making processing images a regular thing over the course of 2022. No plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.

I started my processing for the year with a shot from last year at La Lomita Wildlife Photography Ranch in Uvalde County, Texas. I still have a number of shots from this trip to process and I stumbled into this folder to do some work.

© Jim Miller – Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)

Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)
Uvalde County, TX – March 2021
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 483mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/160 at f/10 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1121
Image Size in Portfolio: 4560×3648

It is always fun to go back through days where I was in the bird blinds at La Lomita. The still very winterized vegetation and cool day (as shown with the very gray background) helped the Green Jay pop that much more. Can’t wait to make my trip back out to La Lomita this year. Of note on this one is both that it is effectively a full frame shot (taking into account my penchant for moving to a 4×5 format) and the other is I didn’t need all 600mm of my Tamron 150-600 to get this into a full frame. Getting this relatively close to a beautiful birds like the Green Jays is why I love going to La Lomita.

I processed three images from my trip to southwestern Weld County, Colorado and the ponds at St. Vrain State Park. This was part of a two day trip that took me here and a nature area in Larimer County, followed by a very early morning trip up to Rocky Mountain National Park and a swing by Walden Ponds on my way home.

©Jim Miller – Plains Forktail (Ischnura damula)

Plains Forktail (Ischnura damula)
Weld County, CO – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Tripod

ISO 400, 1/400 at f/13 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1123
Image Size in Portfolio: 3218×2575

© Jim Miller – Plains Forktail (Ischnura damula)

Plains Forktail (Ischnura damula)
Weld County, CO – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Tripod

ISO 400, 1/200 at f/16 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1121
Image Size in Portfolio: 2448×3060

All things considered, I was actually too early in the season at St. Vrain SP to do the damselfly or dragonfly work that I had hoped to do. Another couple of weeks would have been the right time to try to make these images as most of the odonata early fly dates for Weld and Larimer counties are a little later in the year.

St. Vrain SP was a place I noticed when I traveled to Colorado the first time in 2018. I had other distractions on that trip that kept me from making the trip down to this park. These Plains Forktails were fun shots. I thought that this was the first time I’d made images of these damsels, but as it turns out an earlier trip in 2019 in Colorado Springs had produced a couple images of this species.

© Jim Miller – Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Weld County, CO – June 2020
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 300mm f4 L w/1.4x teleconverter
Tripod

ISO 400, 1/640 at f/13 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1122
Image Size in Portfolio: 3218×2575

There are two birds that early in life caught my attention. Red-winged Blackbirds and Killdeer. Both were very prevalent where I grew up. And neither were willing to give me the time of day when it came to making good images. This Killdeer was actually keeping a watchful eye over recently hatched birds and I was doing my best to both respect its space and the baby’s space. I would have preferred not have to deal with some of the vegetation that was close to this particular pond, but you can’t always get what you want (that sounds very lyrical… they should write a song around that thought…).

More to come in the upcoming weeks.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 19, 2022 10:18 pm

    Wonderful.

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