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Great TN Airshow 2011

This last weekend I went to the Great TN Airshow. This was my first ever airshow to attend, and I had a great time shooting it. I went with Jason who is a regular airshow shooter, and we got tickets for the flight line club which was directly across from where the Thunderbirds were parked. Another person there did catch a great shot of us shooting, as we apparently had synchronized lens movements as we were following the planes in flight.


Synchronized shooters

I knew that I would be shooting quite a bit that day, so threw my laptop in the jeep just in case I would need to dump memory cards during the day, and boy am I glad that I did that. Throughout the show, I was shooting RAW, and ended up shooting just over 101 gigs of pictures totaling about 4100 frames. I know many of those won’t be keepers, but I should have some nice keepers mixed in. I still have most of the pictures to go through, but I did get some of the static shots edited and posted last night. I will add an update after all of the pictures are uploaded, but here is what I have posted so far.


Reflection off of a prop


The Corsair, probably my favorite plane of the day


Thunderbird 1

The rest of the pictures can be seen at
http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/great-tn-airshow-2011/

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MTAC 2011

I have finally had a chance to get some new pictures posted from MTAC. I still have some pictures from MTAC to get to which were not ones that I submitted to the con as official photographs, specifically some shots of the Black Rock Shooter group that a few of my friends did for the show. MTAC is always a fun show, and even with it being on Easter weekend this year, it seemed to be very well attended and I had a great time shooting it.


Remi Mimura


Big Daddy from Bioshock


Lisa Furukawa in concert

The rest of the pictures can be seen at
http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/mtac-2011/

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A Quick Perigee Moon Shot

More to come.

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The Eagles are Coming, Well Sort of

This last weekend I headed out to Reelfoot Lake in search of some photos of bald eagles. I met up with my buddy Chase from Memphis on Friday evening, and we got our gear ready for the next morning. For the trip we rented between us a Canon 500 F/4 IS USM and a Canon 400 F/2.8 IS USM and then we each picked up a Canon 1.4 TC III teleconverter. We wanted at least one of the longer lenses to have that wide aperture in case the lighting was bad, and it ended up coming into play when we had to do some shooting in the rain.

We stayed at the Reelfoot Lake Inn which is where I stayed when I went to Reelfoot for the first time 2 years ago with the Music City HOG chapter. It is a nice family run hotel that is perfect for this sort of trip. Ruben, the owner of the hotel, hooked me up with a guide for the next day named Dwayne Dunn who operates Cypress Creek Outfitters. Dwayne came and got us around 5:15 on Saturday morning, and we headed out to the boat ramp to get the day started.

We spent the first part of the day shooting from around the duck blind where there had been quite a bit of eagle activity during the duck season. We saw some juvenile birds, but they were so far across the lake, that even with the long lenses, they were barely dots. We eventually switched to setting up on the boat with one of us in the front, and one in the back, and drove across the lake while we were shooting. One of the most surprising things for me was seeing flocks of pelicans flying overhead. That was very unexpected, but I was able to get some great shots, so that worked for me.

After a couple of hours on the water, we headed back and drove around through some of the wildlife refuge areas around the lake in search of birds. At once point, we were both standing in the bed of the pickup with lenses setup on tripods shooting as the truck crawled along next to a field of ducks. Once again, we saw a few juvenile birds, but we still had yet to see a mature eagle. Finally along a side road I saw a bird off in the distance in a tree so we stopped the truck, and when I took a look through the 500, I saw that it was our first mature eagle. We got out and setup, and were able to shoot, and the bird just sat there looking at us turning its head every so often offering a different angle to shoot it at.

We parted with Dwayne around 1, and then proceeded to drive all around the lake after a quick stop at the visitor center to get some shots of the injured birds in captivity, and to grab a map of where the eagle nests were located. We covered about 150 miles over 2 days just in driving around the lake, and were rewarded with a nice variation of birds, including a few more mature eagles. Some of the best shots of the birds in the nest however, were right in the middle of the town next to a construction zone. This is where I got some of my favorite shots of a pair of eagles together at their nest. It was amazing to hear them calling to each other as one would approach, and the situation would have been perfect, if the area around the nest was clear of twigs, but with nature, you shoot what you are dealt.

Overall, this was a great first attempt at wildlife photography. I learned quite a bit, and I am already making plans to return again next year armed with a longer lens, and a better game plan of when to be where around the lake in order to get some better shots of a mature bald eagle in flight, or swooping down to snag a fish out of the water. Per Dwayne’s suggestion, I plan to go next year when duck season is still happening and setup next to the blind, as the eagles often take downed ducks from the water before the hunters can get to them, and that is a shot that I would have to capture.

The rest of the images can be seen at
http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/reelfoot-lake-feb-2011/

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3 Cons worth of Pictures in One Small Post

While I was posting up my pictures for ConNooga, I realized that I had never posted my shots from GMX or Chattacon, so I will link to all of these in this one post.

First is GMX.


The rest of these can be seen at http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/gmx-2010/

Then Chattacon.


The rest of these can be seen at http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/chattacon-2011/

Finally, ConNooga.


The rest of these can be seen at http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/connooga-2011/

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