Monday, February 20, 2012

Birds/Scenery - Quarry Lakes (Part 1)

Happy Presidents' Day everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your day! Anyways, I recently went to Quarry Lakes Regional Park and took some photos. I am here to share them with you. As you know that park used to be close to where I live, but since I moved, it's been kind of far, but I still go sometimes. :) It is a really nice park. I have 26 photos from the park and will be splitting them into 2 blog posts.

For those who are new to my blog. Quarry Lakes Regional Park is a East Bay Park located in Fremont/Union City, CA. It is in the SF Bay Area.

我今天有一些在 Quarry Lakes 拍的照片。我一共有二十六章照片,会把这些照片分成两个文章。

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best bird photos from 2011, use this link. To view my best Quarry Lakes photos, use this link. To view all of my 2011 Quarry Lakes photos, use this link.

Part: 1 | 2 |

Landscape shot

I only did 2 landscape shots. The rest of the photos are of the wildlife at the park. 

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

 American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Photography Tip: For photos of birds in flight, set your camera on shutter priority mode and set the ISO a bit higher. Set the shutter speed according to how fast the bird is flying. It is usually trial and error, but you will get the hang of it with some practice. I usually use a speed of 1/1000 or 1/2000, and sometimes I even use 1/6000 if the lighting accommodates. Also, if you have a Canon EOS camera, set your camera on AI SERVO so it will continually track the bird in flight. I'm not sure if other brands of cameras have this feature, but they may have it under a different name.

American Coot (Fulica americana)


American Coot (Fulica americana

Left: American Coot (Fulica americana
Right: Mallard Duck (绿头鸭) (Anas platyrhynchos)

Left: American Coot (Fulica americana

Left: American Coot (Fulica americana

Sea gulls in the sky! :D Really compliments the cloud and the blue sky don't you think?


Amazing photo right? I had to wait 20 minutes to catch it in flight, it was flying in and out of the tree, but was way too fast! Photography is all about patience! 

Same bird you saw above.
 This is probably a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis).

Another in flight photo! :D


Photography Tip: To get photos of birds taking off or about to take off (like the one above), put your camera on a tripod and aim your camera at the bird. Then it is a waiting game. Once you see signs of the bird about to take off, take several photos rapidly. Make sure you are on shutter priority and have a high shutter speed. Also, if you'd like, set your camera to take several shots when the shutter button is pressed down (the multiple image mode). You don't really need AI SERVO for this as the bird will most likely not be moving that fast.

 This is probably a Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis).

I will be posting the rest of the photos of this trip soon! Make sure you check back! I hope you have enjoyed today's photos! Please don't forget to share this blog post with your friends and family members! See you guys next time.

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