Flying Puffin

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Horned Puffin
Horned Puffin

I don’t know if there is anything more challenging then photographing a puffin in flight! But it is sure fun! These are from last week – I’m back out there today!

Bear Update

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A brown bear sow with two spring cubs digging for a clam.
A brown bear sow with two spring cubs digging for a clam.

The folks who were willing to wade through the maze of testing and other covid requirements were sure awarded with an absolutely amazing trip! Three sows appeared with spring cubs, including our favorite Crimp who has triplets this year! We saw lots of nursing, cubs playing, clam digging, even a wolf and fox, it was incredible. Plus, were basically the only ones in the fields the whole time. Looks like 2020 will be a year to remember in Alaska.

Olympus E-M1X and 300 f/4

60 Second of Bats

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Five bats in 60 seconds.

I don’t typically share mistakes, but this is an interesting one. This was from later in the evening from my single bat image.

The way I do bat photography is with a Cognisys Sabre. I set the aperture and ISO, then put the camera in bulb mode and let the Sabre manage the shutter. I can tell the Sabre to take continues exposures for a set length of time. At the beginning of the night when there is some ambient light, I do back to back to back 3 or 4 second exposures. Later in the evening I switch to 30 second exposures. So the Sabre captures photo after photo until it senses a bat. Then it fires my flashes and closes the shutter. That way I don’t capture multiple images in the same frame.

So what happened here? Before going to bed, I always check on the setup, change out camera batteries etc. Well, I must have accidentally bumped off of bulb mode to 60 second manual exposure. In this mode, the Sabre keeps firing the flashes, but has no way of closing the shutter. So this is 4 or 5 separate flash firings which is why the rocks in the background are exposed, and 5 different bats! The bat activity really comes in flurries as you can see here.

I’m going to make some small changes to the setup next winter and looking forward to having everything fine-tuned and working great – lots of possibilities here! I have noticed that skunks and other animals will sometimes climb up on this giant water table at night which could provide some cool opportunities for back lighting from below and doing other creative things with the flashes.

Grand Teton

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Grand Teton at sunrise, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Grand Teton at sunrise, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

We have been going back through our entire photo library as part of the big project – it has been a fun trip down memory lane! I thought I would share some of these images from the past. Hard to believe this was 13 years ago!