IMAGE OF THE MONTH and ARCHIVES

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Seagull Harrassing Eagle

May 9, 2020

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR MAY    "Hey You, Get Off My Rock"

Cook Inlet near Clam Gulch, Alaska

This mature Bald Eagle was enjoying his high perch when this seagull decided it wanted “his” rock back, making several noisy and close passes, trying to make the eagle fly. Wasn’t successful…

In the background is Mt. Redoubt, an active volcano whose last last major eruption was in 1990, lasting six months. In 2009, a lesser eruption occurred.

Canon 5DSr, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 182mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f8, ISO 125, handheld.

Cheetah Cubs

March 26, 2020

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL    "Cheetah Parade"

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Three year old Siligi (Masai name for ‘hope’) and her 7 five month old cubs have caught international attention as well as being a top tourist attraction in the Reserve. Normally cheetahs have 3-5 cubs, so having 7 is rare, much less keeping them safe for 5 months. But as of last month, only 2 of Siligi’s cubs have survived.

Click on the image to see the whole cheetah parade panorama.

Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 100mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f8, ISO 160, handheld.

Back-lit Leopard

March 3, 2020

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH    "Photoshop To The Rescue"

Mara North Conservancy, Kenya

Photographing a subject that is strongly sunlit from behind can be difficult. First there is the problem of exposure—the subject is very underexposed while the parts in sunlight are very overexposed. Then there is lens flare, as direct sunlight scatters back and forth among the glass elements within, producing a heavy haze that obscures the image and makes focusing difficult.

That is where Photoshop comes into play—correcting the exposure of the subject and taming the haze—and reproducing what the human eye sees.

Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/320 sec at f7.1, ISO 200, handheld.

Giraffes Necking

January 31, 2020

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY    "Timeless Ballet"

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Teenagers of all species have different methods of establishing their societal hierarchy, in other words, their ranking. These young Masai Giraffe males are performing an ancient dance called necking. At the start it involves just leaning and pushing against each other, but later involves head butting and body slamming, each trying to dodge the opponents blows while preparing for their counterblows. This is a long, slow process, with no immediate winner.

Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 286mm, exposure of 1/640 sec at f8, ISO 125, handheld.

Chinese Cheetahs

December 20, 2019

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY    "Chinese Cheetahs"

Mara North Conservancy, Kenya

The Mara North Conservancy is owned and managed by local herders, who give the 11 lodges within the conservancy exclusive access to guide visitors within the conservancy. However, there are several main roads that pass through, so you often see local cars and supply trucks passing by while you are photographing wildlife. Motorcycles, usually cheap versions from China, are permitted on the main roads.

Since they are often seen speeding along the rough gravel roads, the guides call them "Chinese Cheetahs".

Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/250 sec at f7.1, ISO 500, handheld.