Chasing the Wildlife

Normally, I shoot in aperture priority mode. However, I really wanted to capture a little movement without the blur. So, I put my camera on manual and set out again.

Fall in summer

I really need to get out more. These are the result of yet another outing in the apartment complex. This time I wanted to focus on some of the wildlife around the lake.

This was before I switched my camera to AF-C. Results were a little blurry.

This was before I switched my camera to AF-C. Results were a little blurry.

So far, I have had trouble catching action shots and maintaining a crystal clear focus. After reading a few things online, I found a couple tips that helped me along the way.

I wanted to practice quick shots while maintaining clear focused, photos.

I wanted to practice quick shots, while maintaining clear, focused photos.

I was pretty happy with a lot of the shots. I’m finally starting to gain confidence behind the camera. There have been a few times during my shoots, usually on the days above ninety-eight degrees, where I would rather just whip out my camera phone and be done with it.

He stood still for about twenty seconds.

He stood still for about twenty seconds.

I’m glad that I have kept trying.

I had to be quick but I loved the practice.

I had to be quick but I loved the practice.

Because finally, after sweating and getting eaten alive by bugs, I got a shot I could be proud of.

Movement stopped in not-so-blurry time.

Movement stopped in not-so-blurry time.

The next little project wasn’t as easy. I noticed a squirrel in a tree. Well, less “noticed” and more “got screamed at by” a squirrel in a tree. He was making so much noise I felt like it was an invitation to take a couple pictures. The sun was setting by this point. So, my light source, and knowledge on how to adapt to the situation, were failing.

He was building a nest and refusing to sit still.

He was building a nest and refusing to sit still.

I just felt like this was pretty sitting beside the water.

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This little thing flew by when I was on the ground trying to make this shell look as pretty on the screen as it did in real life.

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What kind of bug is this?

Before my camera battery died, I was able to snag this shot. This is the second time I have been left with a dead battery while out shooting. If anyone has any recommendations of off brand batteries that are reliable, I’d love to hear about them. I was looking into buying a couple of the Nikon brand ones for spares. But, I was unsure if there may be a cheaper option or if going with the Nikon ones are my best bet. Any suggestions?

This was taken from the little beach by the lake. Sometimes you just have to look up to make life more interesting.

This was taken from the little bench by the lake. Sometimes you just have to look up to make life a little more interesting.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

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62 thoughts on “Chasing the Wildlife

    • It’s terrifying at first! But, I love the amount of control it gives you. To be fair, I started on manual outside where there is plenty of light. It makes it less intimidating/frustrating. 🙂

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  1. Your photos are beautiful and I love your narratives. My sister and best friend are both photographers so I like to think I’m somewhat discriminating. (smile) Keep it up and thanks for checking out my blog, stopalongtheway.net

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  2. Nice shots – thanks for visiting my Blog.
    One thing about camera batteries. You can buy them on eBay for one fifth the price Nikon originals are worth.
    But some models will only work with genuine Nikon batteries. Nikon & Canon fixed this in a camera update.
    I shoot Canon and Olympus use eBay sourced batteries as well as original without any drama – but I carry 2 spares.
    Good Luck with the photography.

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  3. A lot of excellent pics here. I especially like the one of the bird taking off, not only for the stop action but also the fine contrast of colors and the diagonal lines in the pic. Marvelous!

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  4. jinnijocreations says:

    Hi, what wonderful photos, they make me what to run out and get my camera. In fact, you’ve encouraged me to learn how to use it properly. Beautiful work and would love to follow you. Stunning. X

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