>Day 044 – 02132011

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The smoke of a controlled brush fire helped me create this dramatic photo at the Doran Beach Park marshlands.

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom lens.

Technical data: 1/800th sec at f/5.6, ISO 100.

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>Day 042 – 02112011

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The weather is still sunny and nice enough to visit the great outdoors in this part of the world.

Our weekly pilgrimage to Bodega Bay, California, yielded the image above. I took a series of 25 photos showing this snowy egret (Egretta thula) feeding on crabs it had found at the banks of Doran Creek. Eventually I might post the rest of photos in the series in my Flickr page.

Once again, my trusted Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM zoom lens came through with flying colors.

Technical data: f/5.6, 1/800th sec, ISO 100.

Day 021 – 01212011

The sun has returned to our side of the world and the days are gorgeous and warm during the day. At night, well, let’s say winter is still here…

I took this photo during our hike into Annadel State Park near Santa Rosa, California. On our way to visit Lake Ilsanjo I spotted this view of a semi-dry creek beautifully reflecting the early morning sun. Some of the rocks in the creek look like they’re floating in space.

Corrections to the White Balance and Color Saturation were performed in Adobe Camera Raw. Detail Sharpening was done in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Technical data: aperture f/4.0, exposure 1/80th sec, ISO 500.