Archive for September, 2009

Eat Up!

Posted in Pennsylvania Elk, Wildlife Photography with tags on September 30, 2009 by bobshank

Last Tuesday evening, our first evening on the elk range, provided a lot of action for us. We saw quite a few bulls that night and they were bugling, fighting for breeding rights, and grazing. It was a beautiful sight!

At one point, this young bull came out of the woods where he had been lying down and resting. He proceeded to graze in the tall, green grass not far from me. I quickly panned my camera on my tripod to his location and shot a series of  photos. This is one of the best ones I captured.

Young Bull Eating Grass

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Rescued Elk Doing Well

Posted in Pennsylvania Elk, Rescued Bull Elk with tags , on September 29, 2009 by bobshank

The bull which was rescued from the swing at the old Benezette School is doing well. We saw him last week on Thursday and he was hanging around with a spike bull. He looked healthy and seemed to be doing just fine. I suppose he took his place with a spike bull because he knows he cannot compete with the bigger bulls, especially with only one antler. Or maybe his head is just a little lopsided, which has kept him off his game so far. Either way, it was nice to see him in the wild and doing well. This was an amazing story and so far this rescued bull seems no less for the wear, not counting the removed antler. Here are two photos I captured of him last Thursday.

Rescued Bull Update #1-1 Rescued Bull Update #1-2

Tough Lighting Conditions

Posted in Pennsylvania Elk, Photography with tags , on September 27, 2009 by bobshank

What do you do when the lighting conditions are extremely challenging when you are out with your camera?

It seems to me there are at least three choices you can decide on:

  1. Complain about all the great shots you are missing
  2. Quit altogether and go home
  3. Keep trying and see what happens

Fortunately for me, I decided on the third choice this past week when I was on the elk range. My good friend and photography colleague, Dick McCreight, had a big part in this important decision. You see, when you are out photographing with someone else, they can spur you on and keep you working even in tough conditions. Yes, I complained a little about the tough lighting conditions and the problem I had focusing on the elk, but working with Dick helped motivate me to keep at it. I am very glad I did, too.

Here is one example of how “keep trying and see what happens” can turn out to be the best decision a photographer could make.

Bull in the Fog

Just Back from the Elk Range!

Posted in Pennsylvania Elk, Photographers, Wildlife Photography on September 25, 2009 by bobshank

I just returned from three awesome days spent on the elk range in Benezette. It was productive and we heard a lot of bulls bugling. The weather was unseasonably warm, but we saw one bull breeding a cow and many bulls are busy keeping their cows together while fighting off satellite bulls who want some of the action.

The weather was tough at times for photography with the fog and haze, but being with other wildlife photographers made up for the lulls in action. My photo colleague and I saw Buckwheat, Odie, Willard Hill, Steve Miller, and Tom Murphy.

I will post more information about this trip in upcoming blog entries. Here is one photo I captured this week:

Spike Laying Down

Batteries Charged?

Posted in Photography, Preparation on September 18, 2009 by bobshank

I have a  photo assignment tomorrow and I just remembered that I need to charge my batteries before the big event tomorrow. There is nothing worse than packing for a photo trip and realizing that the batteries need to be charged.

My protocol calls for charging to be done the night before a photo outing. I also purchased an inverter for my truck so I can charge my batteries when I am away from home or out away from electricity for extended periods of time. I always pack my charger and its power cord in my photography bag because I never know when I might need it.

Today’s tip is short and simple–charge your batteries so they are ready when you need them!

Top 7 Photos of the Year

Posted in Baseball, Sports Photography with tags on September 17, 2009 by bobshank

I am the photographer for the Lehigh Valley Baseball Academy. Part of my agreement with them is to pick my 7 favorite photos of the year to hang on their walls. The prints are 12″ x 18″ and framed in a black frame. Here are the top 7 for this year. Let me know if you like them by posting a comment.

LVBA 2009 Top 7-1

LVBA 2009 Top 7-2

LVBA 2009 Top 7-3

LVBA 2009 Top 7-4

LVBA 2009 Top 7-5

LVBA 2009 Top 7-6

LVBA 2009 Top 7-7

Always Learning

Posted in Photography, Podcasts with tags on September 16, 2009 by bobshank

I was not a very good student in high school. Things got a little better for me when I attended Temple University, and by the time I got to grad school I was a much better student. Since then I have always tried to keep learning. The old saying is surely true, “You learn something new every day.”

In the world of photography I find it necessary to learn something new because there is so much to learn. And learning is fun, too!

I have an iPod which allows me to listen to a number of photography-related podcasts. They are informative, teach me some new lessons, and are fun to listen to while I am driving.

Here is a list of some of the photography podcasts I listen to frequently:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
Camera Dojo: Digital Photography Enthusiasts
D-Town TV
Digital Photography Life
Lightroom for Digital Photographers
The Image Doctors
Photofocus
This Week in Photography