Monday, September 3, 2012

Sunset on the Farm

Sunset on the Farm by UpstateNYPhototaker
Sunset on the Farm, a photo by UpstateNYPhototaker on Flickr.
Every photographer has a favorite subject to shoot. While I don't know if I could ever pick just one, farms have to be near the top of that list for me.

Each barn tells a different story. With the state of farms today and the rate these treasures are lost you have to wonder if this barn will soon become another cookie cutter home.

This photos was shot near Palatine, NY in Montgomery County.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunset Road

Sunset Road by UpstateNYPhototaker
Sunset Road, a photo by UpstateNYPhototaker on Flickr.
I went for a drive near Palatine, NY in search of a late summer scene or two to photograph. As I was driving down a rural road this beautiful late summer light was spread out in the road before me. I couldn't stop fast enough. I grabbed this shot with my 80-200 F/2.8 Nikkor.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Green Heron

Green Heron by UpstateNYPhototaker
Green Heron, a photo by UpstateNYPhototaker on Flickr.
I did more wrong here than I did right but I am fairly pleased with the result. I stopped at the Mill Pond Park in Charlton, NY this morning to see what I could photograph.

The Mill Pond is more or less a glorified swamp that is covered in neon green algae. It is usually chock full of frogs and is usually good for a Great Blue Heron sighting or perhaps a wood duck or two. I was lucky enough today to observe a pair of Green Herons hunting (successfully) for frogs. Unfortunately the successful frog hunting took place a little out of the reach of my 80-400 VR (I did get some sub-par shots).

Last night I was playing around with some of the settings on my camera and making some test shots and I left the camera on ISO 1600. That was the main mistake that I made here (not checking my settings) although without the higher shutter speed, this might have been blurrier. I was able to minimize the noise in post but there was nothing that I could do about taking a shot that was partially obstructed by leaves.