Kip’s Comments 2-12-18

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole - Image 485474 - (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eye Criteria

Except for very specific cases, I delete any and all photos where the eyes of my subjects are not sharply focused. If the eyes are not sharp, the image will not work. The image just will not look acceptable so the file gets deleted. An exception may be a unique motion or positional shot, but that does not happen very often.     

Today’s cameras focus so much better than earlier models. Since I use “back button focusing” on a routine basis, I have learned that as long as the subject remains at the same distance from the camera, I can set the focus once and forget it. My camera does not “focus search” since pressing the shutter release does not active the focus mechanism. The back button focus process really improved my rate of successful images! Contact me if you want details on back button focusing.   

Other than one scenic image shot early this morning, all of my images shared today show eyes that are sharply focused. As you scroll through the pictures, imagine how they would have looked if the eyes were blurry. None of the images would have worked. By the way, eyes with multiple colors that cause the pupil to stand out (bald eagle or rough-legged hawk) are much easier to focus on than dark eyes like the horned lark or lapland longspurs.      

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon Carcass:     

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon Carcass - Image 485409 - (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon Carcass – Image 485409 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon Carcass - Image 485414 - (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon Carcass – Image 485414 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree:             

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 485426 - (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 485426 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole:     

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole - Image 485474 - (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole – Image 485474 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole - Image 485477 - (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole – Image 485477 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Horned Lark:     

Horned Lark - Image 485432 - (© Kip Ladage)

Horned Lark – Image 485432 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Lapland Longspur:     

Lapland Longspur - Image 485438 - (© Kip Ladage)

Lapland Longspur – Image 485438 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Lapland Longspur - Image 485440 - (© Kip Ladage)

Lapland Longspur – Image 485440 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer in Brush:     

Whitetail Deer in Brush - Image 485519 - (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer in Brush – Image 485519 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer in Standing Corn:     

Whitetail Deer in Standing Corn- Image 485533 - (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer in Standing Corn- Image 485533 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Oak Tree at Sunrise:

Oak Tree at Sunrise - Image 485451 - (© Kip Ladage)

Oak Tree at Sunrise – Image 485451 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

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