January 18, 2020

My Canon 90D camera with its 1.6x crop factor due to the small sensor size nicely caught this vermillion flycatcher with a Canon 100-400mm lens set to 400mm hand-held.  Since I seldom shoot hand-held, I favored a higher shutter speed of 1/500 second and set the image stabilization to Mode 1 so all directions were...

September 28, 2019

 This baby zebra is a genetic mix-up that made it turn out spotted, and dark, rather than white with black stripes.  My Canon 600mm worked perfectly for this rare chance to photograph a unique animal.

I know of no other place in the world that offers the abundance and variety of both bird and mammal photography as...

June 28, 2019

Wildlife photography presents many challenges.  How do you approach wildlife closely, make pleasing compositions, determine the ideal exposure, and make sharp images?  In this article, let’s cover the techniques for making super-sharp wildlife images.  While there is a lot to it, once you adopt quality shooting te...

June 14, 2019

Here is a new update posted on July 17, 2019.  I have been using two Mr JanGear floating blinds lately.  I like both version 1 and the much different version 2.  Of the two, I prefer Version 2.  Instead of one floatation tube full of air in version 1, the new version 2 has two floatation tubes that are blown up wi...

May 28, 2019

                                        Calliope Hummingbird Stretching

While teaching my popular hummingbird photography workshops at the spectacular Bull River Ranch in British Columbia, I noticed a small group of prick...

January 6, 2019

 I like the row of trees in the foreground, the snowy Tetons in the middle, and the clouds radiating out from the mountain peaks, and also the clouds resting on some of the peaks on the left.  I manually focused on the trees using a magnified live view as the trees and mountains and clouds are all at infinity....

November 30, 2018

 All the exposure data is similar for all the images made on the overcast day.  For this image, I used f/6.3, 1/200 second, and ISO 1250.  Since I used manual aperture and shutter speed, I set those and the camera selected ISO 1250.  Of course, keep in mind I had the EC set to +1, or the camera would have set ISO...

November 26, 2018

By John Gerlach

I nearly always use a tripod as it aids me in making quality images.  That means I use a tripod whenever possible, but there are times when I cannot use a tripod, so I use other tactics to help me shoot sharp images. 

The image stabilization switch on my lens is set to mode 2 so I don't get any...

August 29, 2018

 A white admiral butterfly is about to take flight as the dawn temperature rises.

My photo career began in the seventies when I bought Canon photo gear to make images of wildflowers, frogs, and insects.  Close-up photography has always been great fun for me since I can find so many interesting subjects without trav...

August 11, 2018

Sunrise at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

by John Gerlach

Canada geese are a blessing when they hold still, but they do make waves when feeding!

Muscatatuck NWR is a few miles east of Seymour, IN.  It contains many marshes and small lakes that attract lots of birds and is a major breeding ground for wood ducks....

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