OSPREY / UPDATE


If you have been following this blog, you will recall that last weeks post was on the osprey nest,

that is being built near my home here in Western New York. This last week, as I watched their progress, I was taken back one morning, when I noted that the nest had been taken down. Sitting on top of the pole was the osprey, and my perception of the expression on this raptors face was what the hell. They had worked so hard to build this nest, and for obvious reasons, mankind took it down. I personally was a little annoyed by this, having spent so much time observing their activities, but I understood that the power wires being present, may present a hazard to the pair, as well as cause problems for the utility company.

Continuing to keep an eye on these two, I am pleased to inform you that in todays travel, I noticed National Grid trucks conned off and the fine gentlemen present were making accommodations for our new residents.

A big deal

I approached the gentlemen, and asked them if I could take a few photos, and asked them what the plan was. They informed me that they were placing a new pole in, and the new pole was ten feet higher than the original. In addition they were mounting a special platform on top of the pole to serve as a base for the osprey to rebuild their nest. I asked them if they thought this would work and they felt confident that the raptors would not abandon the site. They also told me that upon arrival this morning the male was sitting atop of the pole and they had already starting to rebuild.

 Over the course of the day these guys worked like mad men to complete the job , and let me say I was impressed at how quickly they completed this job.  Late this afternoon my curiosity had taken hold, and  as I returned to the site to see if the plan had worked, I was delighted at what I discovered. Sitting atop of the platform with the start of a new nest was an Osprey.

We like it

As I watched, the Osprey would fly off, only to return a few seconds later with marsh grass, and or a stick in which it carefully placed as it continued to rebuild the nest.

padding for the new nest

Over the summer I will continue to monitor the Osprey’s and keep you updated as to their activities.

My last shot for today will be this of this Osprey in flight . Thanks for reading.

Osprey in flight

Keep snapping.

My Best,

Michael

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ON THE AGENDA/ TODO


A quick update. Later today I will be bringing you an update on the Ospreys. 

In addition I am announcing my appointment and newest position. Working on this HARD.

Meeting with clients regarding wedding recently shot

Working on photo Submissions for NYSOWA photo contest may 1st deadline, NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Tackling a few computer issues

A few chores here at home.

And posting some shots that I hope will be enjoyed.

FEEL THE BANG!!!!!!!!!

Mike

Ospreys


In my travels, I often find myself noticing things that most people overlook. Case in point was the spotting of some sticks on a utility pole. The first thought through my head, was how in the hell did that get up there? Then it occurred to me, that I have seen this before. What I was seeing was the start of a nest. Unsure of what bird was building the nest, I noted the sight and returned a few days later to see how the construction was progressing. To my surprise, sitting perched on top of this utility pole were two magnificent birds of prey. Upon some investigation I learned that these were Osprey’s, and this was the first time I had seen them in this area. Over the coming weeks, I will return to the site to see how they are progression. The shots were snapped with a Canon 7d and a Sigma lens combination. Shot with an iso of 400 @ F8 and used a shutter speed of 1/500.

Mated Osprey

 

Osprey approaching nest

 

 

Pileated Pride Update


A quick update to my experiment with Pileated Pride’s Home style Suet. I found the suet to be very well received by several species of birds that Image the feeders on a daily basis. In fact they devoured the suet within 2 days of me putting it out. The quick consumption made the task of video taping and photographing difficult, so the footage I did capture was not what I had intended. In the future I may post the footage we have, depending on the quality after rendering. 

In summary the suet is by far the best product we have used. Downy’s , Hairy’s, as well as red bellied’s were spotted hitting the suet and then quickly flying off, only to return a few seconds later  for another bite.

Disappointingly however the 2 pileated woodpeckers that have been nesting in the woods in the back yard did not have the opportunity to score themselves some of this treat. Based on the results of my test, I plan on ordering more of the product and placing it in various locations so the pileateds have the change to enjoy, and this will allow me some great photo chances. You can check out home style suets products here. Tell them Mike sent you. 

Views on Wedding Photography/ Photography through the Eyes of the Hunter


Wedding photography. The term itself is a very descriptive phrase and most would think that it is pretty simple and basic. I am going to take the term and expand on what I like to call the two types of wedding photography.  As most would  think, wedding photos are generally posed shots that include friends and family and members of the wedding party. This is the traditional perspective that most have when they hear the term “Wedding Photos”. This type of photography is great and visually pleasing to the eyes of the viewer, and I partake in this type of photography. In addition I also like to implement a little of my own perspective when I am shooting a wedding. What I mean by this, and after some lengthy considerations, I define what I do as almost a photojournalistic approach to wedding photography. I shoot everything, what may be insignificant to you may mean the world to a newly wedded couple. Informing every client I work with, that my preferred method of approach while shooting is to not have them realized that they are being photographed has allowed me to  capture some incredible shots, that turn out to be the favored shots by clients, over the shots they posed for. We could speak volumes about this, but to keep to the point, I also want to touch on the fact, that this is not just taking a candid wedding shot. What is produced by my  method is a photograph that captures the pure emotion and feelings of people. This tells a story in itself, and creates a memory that is frozen in time to be relived by simply viewing the photo. To even further expand on the topic, when a photo captures a look, or an expression of body language that conveys to the viewer how much a bride adores her husband or vice versa, to me that is the most epic type of photo to capture. One thing to remember, it’s not about your creativeness or your style that is the priority here, it is in fact about the bride and groom. By interacting with them and their guests, I become an unnoticed fixture that is present in the room and this allows me to capture those intimate, memory filled shots that are not only popular with my clients, but the people they choose to share the shots with.

Posed portrait

I define my approach as “Photography Through the Eyes of a Hunter”.

In summary, I refer to the popular suggestions by most, that as a photographer you must have a speciality. I am going to step outside of this ideology and state for the record that my involvement as a wildlife photographer has given me the skills and approach I currently use when I am shooting a wedding. Wildlife photography often times requires stealth and by implementing the “Stealth Factor” into my approach to wedding photography, this has proven to be a vital element in what I do.  Most experts in the field would say why would you hire a  photographer to shoot your wedding when in fact that photographer is considered a wildlife photographer? Great question, but here is the outside of the box thinking. There are some that would disagree, but we as human beings are in fact animals, or at least that what science says, and being as advanced as we are; we partake in traditions and customs that have been handed down generation after generation. Much in the same manner as our wildlife friends do, even though science says it is by instinct when we are talking about species that are not as advanced as human beings. I say Human beings are the most provocative animals on this planet, and our traditions whether instinctual or practiced provide the most interesting and emotion filled photos that we could ever hope to photograph. In summary when you are seeking a wedding photographer you are in fact seeking a wildlife photographer .

Unposed

Anyway, I hope that this post will open a door into the think tank and help you to understand why I feel that specializing is not always such a great thing. My approach to photography may be unique , but I can tell you that it seems to work for me, as the positive feedback and comments continue to come in from those that allow me into their lives and give me the honor of photographing some of the most important events in their lives.

PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE EYES OF THE HUNTER.

My best,

Michael.

PAINTED SKIES


Dusk Shoreline

A very cool aspect of photography is night photos or more commonly known as low light photography. This happens to be one of my favorite types of photography, and with some new inspiration, I decided that is was time to revisit night photography.

The photos were snapped on Olcott Beach, right here in Western New York. In this shot I took 3 separate photos all at the same exposure times and focal lengths and then stitched them together to achieve that panoramic effect.  My oldest friends Jim and his Wife Barb were with me as Jim learns these techniques, and let me add he is quickly becoming a photographer, as he impresses me more and more with how quickly he learns things.

We proceeded to snap several photos as the sun faded behind the horizon as we enjoyed the view of the Toronto shoreline from Olcott beach.

Here are a few more photos, hope you enjoy. Until next time, I wish you all a Happy Easter, and get out there and keep those shutters clicking.

Stars at Sunset

Sunset with Pier

Pier @Sunset