Astrophotography Test - High ISO/Noise Reduction = ON - Image 41743

Kip’s Comments 1-7-16

  Astrophotography Test – Confusing and Painful Early last week I attended an informational photography presentation on the topic of astrophotography. Usually photographers are recording large amounts of light in various compositions. With astrophotography, we are photographing pinpoint light sources (stars) and possibly something in the foreground. In addition to the composition issues, other details …

Blue Jay in Tree (Vignette) - Image 409965

Kip’s Comments 12-29-16

  Am I A Winner? For many, many years I have been fighting a serious battle, a battle that appeared I was going to lose. My challenge has been to outsmart the neighborhood squirrels who think I hang suet cakes for their enjoyment. I have tried many ways of blocking the tree rats from getting …

Waxing Gibbous Moon - Image 292341

Kip’s Comments 12-29-14

  A Free Astronomy Lesson I am still trying to learn the operational procedures of the long lens I recently added to my camera bag. Long lenses, with their extreme magnification powers, not only make the intended photo subjects larger, but they also magnify movement of either the subject or the camera or both. For …

Darrin Paddling the Cedar River in December - Image 292215

Kip’s Comments 12-28-14

  It Was Fun While It Lasted Who would have ever thought that we would have several weeks when we could paddle local rivers during December in Iowa! We did and I enjoyed it. From a foggy Sunday to cloudy days to even a few sunny days. It really was fun while it lasted. As …

Trumpeter Swans - Image 292159

Kip’s Comments 12-27-14

  Small and Large Today’s wildlife observations ranged from small to large, from at home to out in the field, from human-habituated to truly wild. Early this morning Emerson and I watched backyard birds. I noticed a white-breasted nuthatch seemed to stop at a perch before flying to the feeder. I photographed the bird at …

Mallard - Image 291873v

Kip’s Comments 12-26-14

  Another Warm Day, More Time on the Water in December! Wow, I wish this warm December weather would continue for a few more months, but I know it won’t. After hearing this morning’s weather forecast, I thought I better enjoy the warm December conditions one more time, on the water, before typical winter weather …

Bald Eagle - Image 291697

Kip’s Comments 12-25-14

  Merry Christmas To All May each of you be filled with the joy of a child on this Merry Christmas Day!   Today we celebrate the ultimate gift to mankind, the birth of our Savior. ¬†For that I am so thankful. Mother Nature blessed us during this holiday season too. I personally enjoyed our …

Whitetail Deer - Image 291316

Kip’s Comments 12-24-14

  Looks Can Be Deceiving If you happen to be out watching birds, be careful on your species identification. From a distance this bird could be mistaken for a bald eagle. Notice what appears to be a white tail. This bird is actually a rough-legged hawk. I recognized it by its size, behavior – hovering …

Fat Tire Biking in Mud - Image 291272r

Kip’s Comments 12-23-14

  Soft and Hard Trails When your kids are home and the plan is to go riding, even though Mother Nature has brought rain and dark skies for days on end, you can either stay inside and forget about your plans, or you can adapt. Today Zach, Andy, and I decided to go for a …

Bird Blind in Rain - Image 291135

Kip’s Comments 12-22-14

  Illustrating Dark and Dreary and Lack of Activity Well, once again we have another dark and dreary wet day. At least we don’t have to shovel it! I wondered how to illustrate a day of nothing but dark and rain. How about a wet bird blind with no activity. It was the best I …