Been a very busy week here at the Desert Photo Retreat building a new photo blind along with a reflection water table! This one should be perfectly orientated for the morning light.
A gray fox coming in for a drink the same night I captured the owl.
A pair of Great Horned Owls nest on our property – we enjoy listening to them at night. On occasion, they will bath in the water hole. Last night, I was set up with my remote camera trap when one came in for a bath! He actually climbed into the water and splashed around, but unfortunately those images were inside my focus point. I never know for sure where to focus and usually chose the waters edge. When you are just 2 feet from the subject, I have very little depth of field. Here I went with f/8, which gives me about a foot of depth of field, but I lose a lot of stars at this aperture. I could pick up a lot more stars at f/2.4 or wider, but then I have even less DOF.
This was with a Canon 5d III (don’t want to risk my newest camera!), 24 Rokinon manual focus lens set at f/8, iso 1600, 20 second exposure and two off camera Nikon SB-28 flashes manually set to 1/32 power. Triggered this time with a Camtraption trigger. I also use Camtraption wireless triggers for the flashes.
This morning at the Desert Photo Retreat – it is amazing how colorful the desert has been this year!
This was last night with my camera trap. Working on capturing the stars at the same time as the fox in a single exposure.
A javelina capture last night near our RV with a camera trap and three flashes.
A Scott’s Oriole on a tree outside our RV a few minutes ago. Guests have reported seeing three Bullock’s orioles this week – the migrants are definitely beginning to pass through!
A gray fox emerges from a trail it often uses as it approaches our waterhole. Captured last night with a camera trap.