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Gene Coulon Park

Fall Color Before the Storm

Landscape PhotographyTim BoyerComment

Tonight the first of three storms is moving into Western Washington, so I got out for a quick trip to my local city park (Gene Coulon Park in Renton) for an hour. I could have photographed the Canada Geese that hang out there but went for the fall colors instead.  The geese will be there all winter the fall color will only be there a few more hours, the next sunny day we have there will only be bare branches at the park.  

Fall color at Gene Coulon Park
Fall color at Gene Coulon Park
More fall color at Gene Coulon Park.
More fall color at Gene Coulon Park.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and can, get outside today, it's gonna be a wet rest of the week.

Enjoy

Tim

Canon 7D Mark II Post #1 -- First Shoot Review

The Canon 7D Mark IITim BoyerComment

These are my first images with the new Canon 7D Mark II.  If you have this camera the first thing you need to know is Lightroom 5 or any Adobe product will not be able to download and preview a RAW file.  You will need to shoot RAW & Large JPEG or use the Canon Utilities to convert images into tiff files.  Adobe will have an update shortly.  Probably pretty soon since so many photographers have pre-ordered this camera.  

Male Mallard on a cloudy November 2nd at Renton, Washington's  Gene Coulon Park.  Image created at ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/200 of a second.  I was using the 7D Mark II and the  600 mm f/4 lens with a 1.4 Extender.  I like the drop of water below the bill.  A little post processing in LIghtrRoom 5, but no noise reduction.

Mallard ISO 800
Mallard ISO 800

This Horned Grebe was again created at ISO 800, something I never would have done with the older Canon 7D.  No noise reduction slight processing of the tiff file in LightRoom 5.  1/500 of a second, f/6.3.

Horned Grebe ISO 800
Horned Grebe ISO 800

Female Mallard 1/160 of a second, f/6.3.  She was in the shade, and this would have produced some noise in the older 7D, but nothing here, with the new 7D Mark II.

Female Mallard ISO 800
Female Mallard ISO 800

This Crow image was created at ISO 1600, 1/200 of a second at f/8.  Again with the 600 mm f/4 lens and the 1.4 Extender.  Cloudy day, best kind of light for a black bird, but I also was pleased - again - no noise. Nice!

Crow ISO 1600
Crow ISO 1600

I had some time to experiment with a resting Mew Gull.  The first one is ISO 800 at 1/800 of a second as f/6.3.  It's a little soft, but not bad for a cloudy day.

Mew Gull ISO 800
Mew Gull ISO 800

Mew Gull ISO 6400!   Created at 1/6400 of a second at f/6.3.  Okay, it's a little softer, but there was no noise reduction, and it was shot at ISO 6400.  Something I never would/could have even tried with the older 7D.

Mew Gull ISO 6400!
Mew Gull ISO 6400!

So far I like this camera.  Fast ten framed per second, a lot faster than the 5D Mark II I've been using, and a very noticeable difference.  Not very much noise, kinda like the 5D Mark III.  I noticed the autofocus was faster than the older 7D, and I think faster than the 5D Mark III.  Acquiring birds was very quick.  So, I'm very happy with my first day of shooting with this camera.  Now I'd like to go out and get some nice birds in some great light.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim

Bird Quest #21

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

  Catching up on the last month or so's worth of birds photographed this year.

These first three images are from a whale watching trip I took in the San Juan's out of Anacortes with Island Adventures in September.  I hadn't seen a Marbled Murrelet on the water in a long time.  I think I liked seeing this murrelet as much or more then the whales.

Marbled Murrelet off the  coast of San Juan Island.
Marbled Murrelet off the coast of San Juan Island.
A group of Common Murre.
A group of Common Murre.
Rhinoceros Auklet
Rhinoceros Auklet

The closest park to my house is Gene Coulon Park in Renton, WA.  It's just down the hill, so I can get there quickly when I need to get outside.  When the sun comes out in the  fall and winter even in the middle of the day the sun is low enough so it's possible to photograph birds and not have too much harsh mid-day light.  So, for one of my lunch breaks last week I went to the park to see what winter birds had shown up so far.

A Greater White-fronted Goose at Gene Coulon Park.
A Greater White-fronted Goose at Gene Coulon Park.

I was surprised to find the Western Grebe right in the little boat dock area by the Kidd Valley & Ivar's.  Lot's of Coots and Mallards but just one Western Grebe.  A cool bird for just taking a break in the middle of the day!

A Western Grebe at Gene Coulon Park.
A Western Grebe at Gene Coulon Park.

Mew Gulls are back now as well.  It really is fall!

Mew Gull on a log boom at Gene Coulon Park.
Mew Gull on a log boom at Gene Coulon Park.

Whenever I teach a photography workshop I always try to go a day or two earlier so I can locate the birds or just do a little photography on my own.  The gorge trip was really a landscape photography workshop but since I knew the dippers were there and I wanted to photograph them I took the big 600 mm lens with me.  There were about six to eight dippers flying up and down the river eating Coho Salmon eggs, singing and chasing each other.  it was great fun watching them.

American Diper on Eagle Creek, Columbia Gorge.
American Diper on Eagle Creek, Columbia Gorge.

When driving back from the Portland area on I-5 there are two great places to stop for birds, Ridgefield and Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuges.  This time we stopped at Ridgefield and besides the Goldfinch there were about eight Great Egrets and dozens of Great Blue Herons.  We even had two groups of Sandhill Cranes fly over us and  great close looks at a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

American Goldfinch on thistle at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
American Goldfinch on thistle at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Enjoy!

Thanks, as always

Tim

Birding/Photo Project 2013 #2

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

These images were taken on January 2nd prior to my San Diego Workshop.    Seems like a slow start now I'm 6 with 494 to go on my goal, but I have about 50 species to add from the recent Sand Diego Workshop.  

A coy American Coot at Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
A coy American Coot at Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
Crow eating spawned salmon at Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
Crow eating spawned salmon at Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
While Mallards are very abundant and we see them everywhere, they are still quite striking in the right light.
While Mallards are very abundant and we see them everywhere, they are still quite striking in the right light.