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Missed opportunities

Don’t you just hate it when you’re waiting for that right moment, or that right subject, but you just missed it by a split second.  It happened to me recently, while waiting for some pelicans to face me, or fly somewhat toward me, I so happen to spot a sea hawk, fly overhead coming in from the opposite direction.

I was lucky enough to be able to spot it right away once I brought my camera up, but it was too little too late.  It had lunch on it’s claws too.

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I did get the pelicans though, but that will come on a separate post.  So, has anyone else had this sort of missed chance at getting a great shot? Comment below and tell us your story.

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Shooting Terns (With a Nikon D5)

So on a recent trip the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I got the chance to do some bird photography.  Having finally received my Nikon D5 after a month and a week long wait (more on that later), I was excited to be able to getting myself re-acquainted with Nikon’s flagship DSLR body.  I rented Nikon’s 2x Tele-converter, and mounted my Nikkor 70-200mm VR II (which effectively makes it a 140-400mm F/5.6) and set out capture some birds on the beach.

Below is an example of 3 shots I’ve been able to edit so far.  More to follow once I get around to editing them more, and more on my thoughts on my real first try at action bird photography.

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Random Photos – NYC

Sorry I missed putting up random photos last night.  Our new couch gets to be very comfortable, especially after long days.  Anyway, I give you 3 shots, again from 2009, maybe 2010, but most likely 2009.  These were shot with my then brand new Nikon D700 with a 24mm F/2.8 Nikkor D lens.

Funny, when I say ‘then brand new Nikon D700’.  I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since I adopted into the Nikon system.  That’s another story for another post.  For now, please enjoy these shots.

 

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2016 Thompson Bucks County Classic – Part 1

 

Men's Amateur Racers speeding through the streets of Doylestown

Men’s Amateur Racers speeding through the streets of Doylestown

As I mentioned in my last article (seen here), the Thompson Bucks County Classic is one of my favorite events to watch in person every year. The action is fast and furious, and every year as the crowds get bigger, the electricity and the energy just gets multiplied with each passing lap. This year there were 4 races that took place. The Amateur Men’s kicked the day off, followed by the Kid’s Races.  Also, the Classic’s first ever Lenape Scorcher Race took place. (the bikes known as Penny Farther, or Big Front Wheels)

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And then we have our Pro Women’s, and Pro Men’s. Of course, in the center of all this action was the Doylestown Arts fest. Sadly, Alvin and I were not able to really soak in the Arts fest for one reason or another. It did seem fun, and definitely a lot activity taking place as we walked through the fest a few times to get from one place to the next.

Early specators

Early spectators

In years past, I really just approached the weekend as a spectator, taking in the sights and sounds. In the last few years though, I have been taken up in capturing the event, trying to share the joy I get when I watch the race unfold before my eyes. (more…)

Alvin’s Digital Follies – The 2016 Thompson Bucks County Classic

"Feeling the heat (in more ways than one...)" 2016 Thompson Bucks County Classic, Doylestown, PA

“Feeling the heat (in more ways than one…)” 2016 Thompson Bucks County Classic, Doylestown, PA

 

I apologize for taking so long to post since the teaser I put up in Snappy Friday.  My son and I had spent the weekend in the state of Pennsylvania to meet up with our friend, JP.  Yes, a road trip!  I do love road trips!  The reason for this road trip?  It was to try my hand at taking some sports photography, namely, the Thompson Bucks County Classic!

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Jezza’s Digital Follies – So many (cell-phone) cameras! (and some horses)

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Recently, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses rode through town to do a beer run.  They actually had to drop off a case of Bud at each of the local bars.  Well in any case, it became a spectacle.  I wasn’t actually expecting it to be that ‘chaotic’.  I’m not really going to talk about the horses.  Sure, they were magnificent beasts, all very well mannered and groomed to perfection.  No, I really want to talk about the cell phone or ‘iPhone-tography’ (is that what it is really called?) that’s just the craze these days. (more…)