Monthly Archives: February 2013

Some Skycrane Footage

The arrival of Erickson in town to carry out a lift was described in a previous post which you can check out here. While I was predominantly shooting stills for this lift, I continue to grab some video footage when … Continue reading

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Old Pandas

We were talking about baby pandas at home the other day. Apparently, San Diego zoo has a new baby panda. This reminded me about a trip we made to the zoo there in 2002. They had a new panda on … Continue reading

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The Mighty Skycrane

Regular readers of this blog will know how much I enjoy shooting helicopter lift operations in the city. Midwest Helicopters are the local operator and a great bunch of people who have helped me out lots of times. This lift … Continue reading

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Gulls During the Break

The eagles and the ducks got our attention but the gulls were also around on the Mississippi.  Gulls don’t tend to get much interest but, if you have been standing around for a while waiting for something to happen, the … Continue reading

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First Crossing Shot of the Season

Just a quick joke.  I was out shooting wildlife when there were a couple of airliners overhead.  It is a bit early in the year for airshows but I guess this might count as my first crossing shot of two … Continue reading

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Ducks in Flight

The eagle trip to the Mississippi provided plenty of times when the big birds were either elsewhere or just sitting in the trees wondering what to do next.  This meant either doing nothing ourselves of having a practice on the … Continue reading

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Wintery Suburbs

Coming home to Chicago recently, we were landing just after some snow had blown through the area.  We made a slightly unusual approach to Midway and did some maneuvering pretty low over the suburbs near the airport.  I love this … Continue reading

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Cheap Macro

While the idea of trying macro photography has always been of interest to me, I have never got around to actually doing it aside from an old lens I had in my pre-autofocus days that had a macro setting.  The … Continue reading

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Bald Eagles

It has been a couple of years since I last made a trip out to the Mississippi to take pictures of the bald eagles that fish out there.  Last winter it was pretty warm and my schedule was a bit … Continue reading

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32 Bit HDR

While HDR might be a topic that causes all sorts of heartache for some people (they either love it or loathe it), I find it to be a really useful tool in some situations.  I have played around with some … Continue reading

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