When in Doubt, Step Outside

For a couple of weeks I’ve been plotting and planning every day to get to a local marsh area with herons and egrets, but I haven’t done it. So I wasn’t making pictures at all, and that got depressing. Quick fix: Step outside and remember the beauty right where I am now. PS: The Nikon…

Sharp, Well Exposed Failures

I broke away from my owl obsession by visiting an old favorite location, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve. And there, armed with a Nikon D500 and the previously praised Nikon 200-500 f/5.6, I got some nice BIF (Bird-In-Flight) images. A year ago, I would have been thrilled with these two images, because I struggled to…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

    For most of my life, the words “affordable high quality 500mm lens” would have provoked outright prolonged laughter. “Affordable” and “quality” are relative terms, but this $1400 lens feels like an incredible value so far. It’s been on one of my cameras every day since it arrived six months ago, and my favorite…

Anger Management – Now Featuring Owls

One reason I espouse the No Bad Light philosophy: I like to sleep in. But this morning I awoke at 5:00 AM feeling ticklish, only to discover my bed constituted an essential section of a massive ant trail between the bedroom baseboards and the kitchen. I dealt with the ants and tried to go back to…