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  • 5th Annual New Jersey Highlands Juried Art Exhibit

    I have the great privilege of being among the finalists for the 5th Annual New Jersey Highlands Juried Art and Photography Exhibit at the Morris Museum

    Museum Entrance

    New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    My finalist entry within the exhibit is titled “Summer at Kincaid Woods”.  Taken in Summer 2017, I was hiking back towards my car when I found myself bathed in warm late day light as I passed over wetlands and through woodlands.

    I hoped to best capture the mood of that moment.  My limited edition (1 of 25) piece is matted and framed to 16″x24″ on archival quality paper and materials.

    Dave Blinder picture

    Kincaid Woods in Summer by Dave Blinder New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Landry

    Opening reception took place the night of January 11th 2018.  The artwork remains on display at the museum in Morristown until February 18th.  Please let me know if you visited and would like to provide feedback on your experience.

    Museum Attendees

    Crowd View New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    I would especially like to thank my friends Jim, Geoff, Len, Pauline, Ellen, and Douglas for coming out in support. Great mingling with the other artists and outstanding organizing by Morris Museum Staff and the Highlands Coalition.

    NJ Highlands Coalition Directors

    Elliott Ruga and Julia Somers New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    Dave Landry picture

    David Landry Photographer, Denville Resident, POWWW Boardmember New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    NJ Highlands Painting

    New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    Morris Museum Visitors

    Crowd View New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    Morris Museum Exhibit

    New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography ExhibitMorris Museum Morristown, New JerseyJanuary 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

    Morris Museum in Morristown NJ

    New Jersey Highlands Coalition Juried Art & Photography Exhibit Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey January 11, 2018 Photo by Dave Blinder

     

    Morris Museum visitors information:

    Morris Museum
    6 Normandy Heights Road
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    PHONE: (973) 971-3700
    EMAIL: info@morrismuseum.org

    Museum Hours:
    Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm
    Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    The Museum is Pay as You Wish on the second and third Thursday of each month from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

     

    If you have any questions or feedback on my article or artwork please contact me at dave@daveblinder.com

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  • Winter Hiking at Former Greystone Psychiatric Park / Central Park of Morris

    I felt ambitious in today’s 8°F temperatures and took a short drive in search of winter birds and outdoors adventure.  After some internal debate, I settled on the Central Park of Morris County vicinity as I thought the diversity of trees and grounds might yield cold weather wildlife sightings.

    Central Park of Morris

    Upland meadow in Winter.  Former Greystone Pyschiatric Park now incorporated into Central Park of Morris and falling under the jurisdiction of Morris County Park Commission. 1/6/2018 photo by Dave Blinder.

    The last time I visited this area, the final remnants of the Kirkbride building of the former Greystone Psychiatric Park was still being cleared away.  No public access had been possible due to safety precautions.  Ironically I had been subdued by local police for illegal “urban decay exploration” a couple of years back, which I find humorous because all of my time is spent photographing and studying solely nature.  This incident is story for another time.

    Greystone Psychiatric Park nature walk photo

    Meadow and Wetlands in Winter.  Former Greystone Pyschiatric Park now incorporated into Central Park of Morris and falling under the jurisdiction of Morris County Park Commission. 1/6/2018 photo by Dave Blinder.

    As you can see from my mobile photographs, the former “No Trespassing” and “Keep Out” signage has been removed from the Kirkbride grounds as well as most adjacent lands.  I did observe newly posted signs by the Morris County Park Commission alerting hunters that hunting is by explicit permit only.

    Pileated Woodpecker damage hole picture

    Pileated Woodpecker cavities.  Former Greystone Pyschiatric Park now incorporated into Central Park of Morris and falling under the jurisdiction of Morris County Park Commission. 1/6/2018 photo by Dave Blinder.

    I only encountered a few species of wildlife on my walk which is fine with me.  Pursuing wildlife is mostly just a vehicle I drive to get me outdoors.  Today’s sightings included: Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer (big bucks).  I also saw a good deal of Red Fox and Cotton-tailed Rabbit tracks dotting the frozen landscapes.

    New Jersey hiking nature picture

    Uphill meadow in Winter.  Former Greystone Pyschiatric Park now incorporated into Central Park of Morris and falling under the jurisdiction of Morris County Park Commission. 1/6/2018 photo by Dave Blinder.

    The former Greystone grounds could use some help combatting invasive plants such as Multiflora Rose and Barberry.  However, the wildlife habitat still looked very good to me with mature trees including Pines, Cedar, Spruce, Oaks, and other trees which I have to study up on.  Conifers in particular are of high value in our area as they make for great shelter for various hawks and owls.  Fox and deer also find good shelter and bedding at the bases of some Conifers.

    In my home area, central Morris County, we do not have much acreage of intact forest due to housing developments and extensive highways.  Hence, we should conserve each remaining stand of trees and acreage of meadow to provide homes for our native New Jersey wildlife.

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    Cross-country Ski Trail in Winter. Former Greystone Pyschiatric Park now incorporated into Central Park of Morris and falling under the jurisdiction of Morris County Park Commission. 1/6/2018 photo by Dave Blinder.

    After doing a bit of internet research, I found this 2017 press release by the Morris County Government. 

    “The (Morris County) Freeholders, in June 2016, subsequently approved a long-term management and use agreement with the state to manage the additional 126 Greystone acres for passive recreational, conservation, historic preservation or farmland use by the Park Commission…..”

    “Under terms of the management and use agreement, the state would deliver the property to the county in suitable condition for passive public outdoor recreation, such as walking, hiking, picnicking, nature watching, or for conservation purposes. The county could add active recreation uses in the future.”

    Active recreation most often means organized sports or playgrounds.  Ballfields and playgrounds mean the removal of wildlife habitat and potentially degrading nearby natural lands by way of herbicides, pesticides, and erosion.  For those of us who find great value, beauty, and of course the diverse health benefits of natural area it is important that we express our opinions to our voted representatives.

    Local governments have tough shoes to fill as they must balance the needs of large populations.  However, in the most respectful way possible, nature lovers should “remain voices for the voiceless” and speak up for our trees, waterways, wildlife, and health concerns.  It can never hurt to send your local elected officials an email on topics of concern.  I plan on forwarding this article to both the park commission and freeholders to congratulate them on the public opening of this land and to speak of the high value of wildlife habitat conservation.  Don’t be shy, speak up.

    New Jersey wetlands picture

    Watnong Brook in Winter. Former Greystone Psychiatric Park now incorporated into Central Park of Morris and falling under the jurisdiction of Morris County Park Commission. 1/6/2018 photo by Dave Blinder.

    If you would like to stretch your legs and walk these peaceful trails you use Google Maps to navigate to the nearest parking area.

     

    For any comments or questions on the photographs or concepts in my article please contact dave@daveblinder.com

  • ​Nature photography with a purpose
    New Jersey Lizard

    Five-lined Skinks are the only wild native lizard found in Northern New Jersey. I came across the large stunning male basking on a tree. Quite a peaceful moment we shared together in May of 2009. Photographed with the Tamron SP 180mm macro lens.

     

    I always strive to get beyond the “pretty picture” with my nature photography and videography. I feel that being outdoors with my camera has been a continuous adventure and I hope that many others will have the same outdoor opportunities I have had.

    When exhibiting a photograph in a gallery, be it brick & mortar or on the internet I provide as much context as I can. I hope to document natural history while doing my best to be a steward both to the visual arts and to the environment.

    I have shared many personal encounters with native wildlife and find immense value in all plant and animal life be it great or small in size. My view is that a nature photographer must be a voice for the voiceless. We should strive to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. Empower yourself to make a difference by planting trees, joining a non-profit, documenting illegal dumping, submitting wildlife observations to your state. Every person can make a difference.

    Not sure how you can contribute to the environmentalism movement? Send me an e-mail and I will give you more tips – dave@daveblinder.com

  • Upcoming Reception and Exhibit at Morris Museum

    If you are available, come join the fun and celebration of local art with us for the opening of the 2017 New Jersey Highlands Juried Art Exhibit in Morristown.

    NJ Fine Art Photography

    Thursday, January 11th 2018 5:30PM Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ 07960 Light refreshments will be provided Please RSVP by January 8, 2018 to Julia Somers at Julia@njhighlandscoalition.org

    One of my favorite photos of 2017, “Kincaid Woods in Summer” will be shown along with other finalists including local paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces.

    My limited edition artwork is matted and framed to 18″x24″. I have hand numbered both the mat and the print as #1 of 25 using an archival quality Micron fine art pen. The mat and print are also hand signed.

    NJ Fine Art Landscape Photography

    One of my favorite photos of 2017, “Kincaid Woods in Summer” will be shown along with other finalists including local paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces. My limited edition artwork is matted and framed to 18″x24″. I have hand numbered both the mat and the print as 1/25 using an archival quality Micron fine art pen. The mat and print are also hand signed.

    Opening reception:

    Thursday, January 11th 2018 5:30PM
    Morris Museum
    6 Normandy Heights Road
    Morristown, NJ 07960

    Light refreshments will be provided

    Please RSVP by January 8, 2018 to Julia Somers at Julia@njhighlandscoalition.org

     

    Full details of the Juried Highlands Art and Photography below

    Public display dates:
    January 9, 2018- February 18, 2018

    Public Visiting Hours and Information

    The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region.  The 5th annual Juried Highlands Art and Photography Exhibit, which coincides with this festival, will feature a selection of works featuring the landscapes, flora, fauna, natural, cultural and/or historic resources of the Highlands of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

    Curated by New Jersey photographer and Coalition trustee Dwight Hiscano, juried by a panel of prominent local artists and gallery owners, and judged by Alexandra Willis, curator for the Morris Museum.

    About the New Jersey Highlands Coalition:

    The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region, to promote the missions of the NJ Highlands Coalition’s 80+ nonprofit member organizations, and to fund the Small Grants Program which supports local grassroots organizations.  As a nonprofit organization in Boonton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition works to protect, restore, and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of New Jersey’s Highlands, now and for the future.

  • New Jersey Wildlife Photography: White-tailed Deer in Meadow

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    White-tailed Deer in Meadow
     
    Mercer Meadows, New Jersey
     
    Taken on a recent nature photography excursion, this frame is one of my favorite wildlife shots of the year. The soft light, swaying vegetation, and mostly concealed animal gave me an opportunity for a strong image. Photography and art are more about feel, emotion, and mood. Subject is not always paramount.
     
    How would you describe the feeling of this image?

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  • Landscape Photograph – Jonathan’s Woods in Autumn

    This image is one of my favorite recent photographs.  It was taken on November 4th 2017 mid-morning on a bright overcast day.  This Autumn was not a colorful foliage season in my area but I was fortunate to come across a picket of golden hued Beech Trees whilst walking a wooded trail.  The trail is situated within Jonathan’s Woods in Rockaway NJ.

    New Jersey Fine Art Landscape Photography by Dave Blinder

    Jonathan’s Woods in Autumn. A wooded trail meanders through a pocket of vivid American Beech trees in November. New Jersey Fine Art Landscape Photograph from Rockaway Township by Dave Blinder.

    My goal with this image was to capture a frame which a viewer could easily place themselves into.  I had quite an immersive nature experience on this pleasant walk with the fragrant smells of the deciduous forest, the earthy palette of the woodlands, and the slightest breeze on my face.  If this image is successful the viewer should also have an engaging exploration within the frame with no coaxing of words or other cues.  We shall find out when I print and exhibit the piece!

    I should easily be able to make a 20″ x 30″ print from this full frame capture.  This wide angle perspective is brought to you by the Tamron USA SP 15-30mm VC lens.  A lens this wide gives an extremely broad perspective and will also make objects nearer to the camera appear larger.  This characteristic can be utilized by the landscape photographer to simulate three-dimensional space in a two-dimensional capture.  It helps the the Tamron 15-30mm is also exceedingly sharp.  Camera utilized was the Sony A7R which produces highly detailed and vivid images of my treks.

    Thank you for stopping by and be sure to get out and appreciate your local nature.  Purchase the lens through my Amazon Affiliate link helps support my art.

    Do you have any thoughts or questions about the image?  Leave a comment on this post or send me an email to dave@daveblinder.com

  • Recent Video Production: Denville Beekeeping

    I recently completed a short digital video project on beekeeping to be used as a learning tool for the Denville Community Gardens. I filmed local resident, naturalist and beekeeper Mike Leone, of Rockaway Township New Jersey, to provide both the action and dialogue.

     

    Conceptually, Mike and I wanted to keep the video informative but also upbeat.  This was easy to achieve as Mike knows many pearls of wisdom about the importance of honeybees and the work which goes into beekeeping.

    I found a terrific poppy royalty-free soundtrack online by Kevin MacLeod to set the tone.  I created the intro animation myself by drawing a cartoon bee from reference images. I then drew basic animation paths to bring our pollinator to life.

    The filming was done in two stages. For outdoor filming I utilized the Tamron 16-300mm VC PZD All-In-One lens. The broad zoom range lens allowed me to frame environmental and detail shots. Mike and I recorded the voice-over indoors using the R0DE VideoMic Go wired into my Canon SL2 DSLR.

    I have received great positive feedback from this Beekeeping production and I look forward to taking on more educational projects in the future. Let me know if you have feedback or comments on this video.  I have included a few affiliate links above if you wish to purchase the same equipment I use.

    Are you interested in collaborating with me on your own video project? Get in touch today by emailing me at daveblinderphotography@gmail.com

  • Swamp Walkers at Jonathan’s Woods in Rockaway NJ

    Yesterday in Rockaway Township NJ, I was outdoors photographing wildlife and scenery when I came across this scene.  Something I have never seen before, a recreational club whose soul mission is to walk up bodies of water.  Two club members mentioned to me that this is just a precursor to the club visiting a pub.

    Whenever I feel like I’ve seen it all, I am reminded otherwise.  I was glad I had my tripod and Tamron wildlife lens ready to go to add credibility to my sighting.

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    This area is a quite scenic section of the Beaver Brook.  POWWW has a small kiosk and parking for two cars right on Old Beach Glen Road for Beaver Brook access.

     

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  • Video: Fall Beekeeping at Denville Community Gardens

    When my friend and fellow POWWW board member Mike Leone (actually POWWW’s VP) asked for my help in producing a short beekeeping video I took little hesitation in saying yes.  We created this short info video on behalf on Denville Community Gardens.  The purpose of the film is to explain the great benefits of pollinators while discussing some trials and tribulations that may stump beginning beekeepers.

    Initial filming took place at the Denville Community Gardens which is located on Diamond Spring Road just outside of Downtown Denville.  I chose to film with my Canon SL2 DSLR which is a great compact and simple camera for clean 1080p video.  For filming optics, I chose my Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens for the ability to film both broad scenes as well as close-up shots of the honeybees.  Voice Over audio was recorded after-the-fact by wiring my R0DE VideoMic GO directly into my SL2.

    Camera information aside, I was very pleased to help web-publish the invaluable information about the ecological important of honeybees.  More pollinators = more fresh local food = less processed food with preservatives and refined sugar.  Many green and sustainable practices do require a time investment, however the health benefits and feelings of self-gratification make for any easy offset.  I also greatly enjoy creating outdoor education content as I can use my multimedia background while both teaching and learning.

    If you have any beekeeping questions or video production questions please leave them in the comments and I will route them to the appropriate individual.

     

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  • Yucatan Wildlife Photography with the Tamron 18-400mm 

    I hope this post is helpful for others looking to photograph wildlife near Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum. I also want to thank Tamron USA for lending me the jacknife of all travel lenses, the new 18-400mm. The broad range of this ultra telephoto All-In-One helped me image everything that moved (and a few things like ruins which did not move). I would sincerely recommend this lens to anyone looking for a versatile travel lens especially for nature which is one of my niches (addictions?).

    Yucatan birding

    Tropical Mockingbird in Cozumel Mexico

    Tropical Mockingbird
    Cozumel, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority +2/3 exposure compensation
    1/320th F/9 ISO 3200, 400mm

    My first time observing this species. I could easily have mistaken this bird for the Northern Mockingbirds I often see at home. Body dimensions and wingtips do stand out to me as differing slightly between the two species.

    Tamron 18-400mm bif

    Turkey Vulture in flight and Caribbean Sea

    Turkey Vulture in flight
    Cozumel, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority +2/3 exposure compensation
    1/4000th F/9 ISO 6400, 400mm

    The same vulture species we commonly see cleaning the roads in New Jersey. I like the small breaking wave of the Caribbean Sea in the background. I also like sharpness of the flight feathers now suspended in the frame. The Tamron 18-400mm VC did a very good job at tracking the action and also resolving the fine detail. Kudos to the Canon SL2 Rebel also for a clean enough shot at ISO 6400.

    Tulum Mexico Nature Photography

    Partially Leucistic Yucatan Jay in Tulum Mexico

    Yucatan Jay – partially leucistic
    Tulum, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority +2/3 exposure compensation
    1/1250th F/8 ISO 25600, 300mm

    The genetic condition of leucism in birds will often cause a loss of pigment. I am not a scientist but I do know this condition varies from albininism as an albino animal should have discolored or pink eyes. Anyhow, this was quite a challenging photograph to capture as I was in the deep shade in a grove of trees, shooting almost vertically, and dealing with extreme heat. ISO 25600 is never a desirable as fine detail is sacrificed for a brighter exposure in low light.

    Note that the shaded walk to the ruins of Tulum (approaching from the public beach side) has diverse trees including fruit trees making it a decent patch for birding.

    Mexico Sandpiper Picture

    Sanderling sandpiper in Tulum Mexico

    Sanderling
    Tulum, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority +1 2/3 exposure compensation
    1/250th F/9 ISO 400

    A raised natural rock perch, overcast light, and uncluttered background brought this scene together for me. Sunrise Beach in Tulum is a very pleasant yet small public area. Lisa and I both enjoyed taking photographs here and you can walk on the scenic exposed rocks at low tide. It would be hard to take a bad picture in such a place.

    Mexico Amphibian

    Gulf Coast Toad in Coba Mexico

    Gulf Coast Toad
    Coba, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 1/3 exposure compensation
    1/25th F/10 ISO 1600, 100mm

    An obliging subject at the base of a tree near ruins at Coba. Possibly my first time observing a Gulf Coast Toad, it’s dark lateral markings remind me a bit of a Wood Frog. An aperture of F/10 was selected to offer more depth of field than my typical walk-around setting of F/8. This is an uncropped image, the Tamron’s 1:2.9 (check this) macro ability is very useful for photographing small wildlife.

    Yucatan Wildlife Photography

    Striped Basilisk lizard at Coba Mexico

    Striped Basilisk Lizard
    Coba, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 1/3 exposure compensation
    1/320th F/9 ISO 800, 400mm

    I did crop in on this, I played hide and seek with this lizard for several minutes but it was not going to sit still for me. A male Basilisk would like similar but have a large angular crest atop its head. I would have preferred a cleaner setting for the shot but my goal when I travel is to document as much wildlife diversity as I can.

    Macro Insect Photography

    Carmine Skimmer dragonfly in Cancun Mexico

    Carmine Skimmer Dragonfly
    Cancun, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 0 exposure compensation
    1/200th F/8 ISO 400, 400mm

    I took this on a golf course during a morning walk from my resort. The Tamron 18-400mm looks like a good choice to me for dragonfly shooting. 400mm of telephoto reach, a short minimum focusing distance, and reputable Vibration Compensation (in lens anti-shake stabilization) are all very useful in the field.

    Isla Mujeres birds

    Cormorant and Gulls silhouette in Isla Mujeres Mexico

    Cormorant and Gulls silhouette
    Tortugranja, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 0 exposure compensation
    1/2000th F/8 ISO 200, 227mm

    I chose not to use my lens at its furthest zoom for this image to show more context. Compositionally this is a pretty basic rule-of-thirds layout. The muted scene looks rather postcard to me which is neither good nor bad, “it is what it is”. This might print well for a dentist’s office.

    Ctenosaur Iguana picture

    Ctenosaur (spiny-tailed iguana) in Mexico

    Ctenosaur
    El Ray Ruins, Cancun, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 0 exposure compensation
    1/250th F/10 ISO 400, 400mm

    This large adult iguana is either surveying his territory, enjoying the breeze, or doing whatever else iguanas do. They are actually quite territorial and will confront other iguanas invading their turf. A good number of the iguanas we saw had tails in various stages of regeneration which is a nice evolutionary trick to have.

    Fringe-toed Foamfrog

    Sabinal Frog (aka Fringe-toed Foamfrog)

    Sabinal Frog
    El Ray Ruins, Cancun, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 1 exposure compensation
    1/160th F/9 ISO 800, 400mm

    A very diminutive frog and hard to locate at first. I chose to show its flooded grassy environment to provide context and scale.  A big thank you to Bill McGighan for identifying my photo for me.

    Cancun Crocodile Picture

    American Crocodile in Cancun

    American Crocodile
    Cancun, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Aperture Priority + 1 exposure compensation
    1/500th F/10 ISO 400, 200mm

    A small individual, this one was on the edge of the lagoon just behind a gift shop in Cancun. I had seen another tourist couple looking down in the lagoon and had a hunch of what they were looking at. After a couple of photographs and a quick conversation with the couple from Manchester UK we bid the reptile and the humans good day.

    Mexico butterfly picture

    Gulf Fritillary Butterfly in Cancun Mexico

    Gulf Fritillary
    Coral Beach, Cancun, Mexico
    Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD lens + Canon SL2
    Manual Exposure
    1/100th F/8 ISO 1600, 227mm

    The wildlife habitat at Coral Beach was less than overwhelming, however it did have more vegetation than most other parts of the tourist city. Coral Beach (also called Mirador) is a very pleasant place to walk around and a good way to avoid the crowds on the rest of the boulevard. Vibration Compensation saved the day on this shot, with a low handheld shutter speed of 1/100th at ISO 1600 I did not want to raise the ISO at the expense of fine detail.

     

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments about the photographs, locations, or lens/camera setup I will do my best to help.

     

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