Monday, May 20, 2013

A Matter of Perspective

Hi all!  Just a quick hello to let you all know I'm around but it's quite busy right now. Of course, my work and posts are collecting and waiting for a write up but I don't know how quickly I'll be getting to them.  But in the meantime.....
None of the work today is my own.  These are from Mr. Micheal Ada.  He's a close friend of mine who wanted to try his hand at photography in Saguaro National Park.
He takes some brilliant shots and adds a different "flavor" to the shots I would normally post.  With his permission, he gave me the green light to post his work.
We work as a team often scouting various locations to film.  In the shot below, he captures a Turkey Vulture lifting off from several hieroglyphs.  Epic!!!
I'm loving his new lens because it captures all the detail on the bird's wings.
The Turkey Vulture begins to catch the thermals and rise.
Meanwhile, the Saguaros continue to bloom and the birds take advantage.  Below the female Gila Woodpecker enjoys this easy food source.
I taught Micheal how to pish birds out.  And he did!  I'm so proud of him for doing this!!!  While he's not a birder, he does have a steadier hand than I do with the camera.  Not that I'm jealous, but he captures this Black-tailed Gnatcatcher perfectly!
When I was reviewing the shots, I was stunned at how well these photos of this bird turned out!!!  Really excellent work on his part.
To be honest, it was nice to not have a camera and snap shots.  I occassionally enjoy going without the camera just to call things out and observe with the naked eye. 
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Things are going to get crazy right now.  I have a lot on my plate but I'll post at least once a week next month.  There'll be coverage on the Phoenix Comicon(non-bird:), Guatemala(national parks and birds/animals!), and several personal triumphs over these past weeks on the road searching for elusive critters.  But for today, I'd like to thank Micheal for his contributions at Las Aventuras!  If you're visiting Tucson, bring plenty of sunblock, a hat and of course, water!!!  More coming soon!

21 comments:

  1. Michael took some awesome shots, Chris! I love the birds shots and the cactus. Tell Michael, well done!

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  2. thanks for sharing your friend's work! really nice shots!

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  3. Great photos! Thanks for sharing them, Chris.

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  4. That second picture illustrates the frustration Nature has with the News that the Monsoon in the Southwest is going to shift from July/August to September/October. That's going to have major impacts.

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  5. Wow, Chris... Michael takes fabulous photos. He has a true talent with the camera. Thanks for sharing...

    Tell him he did GREAT.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Oh my gosh! If that monsoon prediction happens, it would be devastating! I hope it does not come to be.

    Betsy, I will let him know:)

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  7. Eileen, I will let him know. I'm sure he'll be smiling from ear to ear:)

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  8. Michael definitely has an artistic eye with his photography! Really puts a new perspective on what I normally see and pass up. Great work!

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  9. Nice job Michael. Nice and clear bird shots. What size lens?

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  10. Nikkon 28-300 lens Gaelyn. A very nice lens for wildlife.

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  11. Beautiful photos by your friend - thanks so much for sharing.

    Never tire of seeing your wonderful wildlife :)

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  12. Your friend Micheal has a good eye.His captures are brilliant:)

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  13. Michael's photos are lovely.

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  14. Twój przyjaciel zrobił bardzo ładne zdjęcia. Ósme jest dla mnie urocze. Pozdrawiam.
    Your friend made ​​a very nice picture. The eighth is my cute. Yours.

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  15. Sorry you've been tied up with too much to do Chris. I hope that you manage to get out in the field again soon. Great that you've got Micheal's images to fall back on - they're rather good!! Yes, I though his name was a typo too, until I checked the signature on the images!!

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  16. Great captures by your friends Chris. Its nice to have a friend behind the camera while you observe nature and all its glory.

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  17. Chris, Micheal did a very good job. I like the black and white photo of the cactus skeleton. Take a deep breath, relax...and have fun!

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  18. Your friends photos are fantastic! Love them all. You sound like you are busy but happy!

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  19. Wonderful photos, Michael!!!!

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