Archive for January, 2009

Photos from Chincoteague

Posted in Wildlife on January 20, 2009 by bobshank

I just posted some of the photographs I took at Chincoteague last week. You can view them here. I spent two days at this wildlife refuge and saw a lot of wildlife! I thoroughly enjoy this special place and the birds especially are amazing! I spent almost one hour watching two great egrets and one blue heron fishing and feeding on small fish. It was incredible to watch their sneaky tactics to find the swimming fish and then plunge their beaks into the water the catch their dinner! I also was able to capture of a few of the birds in flight as they were flying. This is not an easy task even with a good camera, so I was thankful for the few in-flight shots I was able to capture. Check out the photos and let me know what you think of them.

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New Website Features

Posted in Website on January 10, 2009 by bobshank

You now can order prints online from this website! Some of you have wanted this feature to make it easier to order prints with your credit card. Well, now you can do this! I have found a relatively easy way for you to order the prints you desire. When you get to the Order Prints page you just need to enter the photo ID number of the specific photograph you want to order. Then when you arrive at the shopping cart you can increase the quantity of that print or continue shopping to add other prints to your order. I suggest you either write down the photo ID numbers of the prints you want to order or make a list of these photo ID numbers in a separate spreadsheet so you can toggle back and forth to enter these ID numbers on the Order Prints webpage.

If you have any questions or problems with this new feature, please let me know. I continue to find new and better ways to enhance this website but your input is invaluable.

Next week I will be traveling to Ocean City, Maryland for a conference. I hope to arrive early and make a side-trip to Chincoteague to do some bird and wildlife photography. This will be a welcome change from the snowy scenery we have currently here in the Poconos! More snow is expected to fall tomorrow and we just had an ice storm this past week. Nature sure has a way to keep changing and providing beautiful photographs for us to capture!

Are you still using your camera this winter? There are some neat photos just waiting to be captured if you can brave the elements and endure the cold temperatures and windy gusts!

Wrestling Photographs

Posted in Sports on January 5, 2009 by bobshank

This past Saturday our nephew, Shane Rosenberry, was in a wresting tournament at Whitehall. It was my first attempt at shooting the sport of wrestling with my camera. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and learned a few things along the way! One obvious lesson was that the lighting in a gymnasium is not the best for photography. Even with my fast 70-200mm lens with an f-stop of 2.8 I had to bump up my ISO to 400. I was able to capture a few decent photos and you can check them out by clicking here. I continue to learn more and more about the fascinating art of photography!

Our upcoming PA Elk Photography Experience will be taking place the first full weekend in February. I am looking forward to this trip and I am sure we will have a great time! This past week, over the New Year holiday, we saw a lot of elk. The cows were herded up in large groups and stayed in the same area for two days before moving to a new location. We didn’t see all that many bulls, but we did manage to see 7 nice bulls. I will hopefully post a few photos from this trip in the next day or so.