I have a lot of great bird photos (many of flying birds) on this page of Nikon D2x photos. Many of those deserve to be on this page.
Roy Harrington and I were taking a photography workshop in Yosemite
Valley, and at the end of the final day, we were on the Merced River and
Roy was trying to set up a great 4x5 shot of El Capitan. I had one shot
left in my roll, and had a 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens on, and I snapped a photo
of his camera. You can see the distorted valley, and the inverted image
on the ground glass of his camera. This is one of the best "snapshots"
I ever took.
I took the original version of "Water Off A Duck's Back at Stowe Lake in San Francisco, but 10 years later, with a digital camera and a bit more experience, I got a better version. This one was taken with a Nikon 80-400mm VR lens and a D100 camera. I like the way that the beads of water "frozen" on this mallard's back.
My wife Ellyn and I were visiting my parents in Yachats, Oregon, and on
this day the tide was very low and the beach very long. I caught Ellyn
in the air as she leaped across a tiny creek of water returning to the
ocean. The photo was taken with a 20mm f/2.8 lens.
This was taken early in the morning at the Palo Alto Baylands on the San
Francisco Bay using a 600mm f/4 lens. The sun was low enough and red
enough that the water picked up some of it's color.
I took this one just as the sun rose above the cliffs in the background
on the Merced River in Yosemite valley. The river was still so there's
a pretty good reflection off the water, and I liked the frame of
greenery. This was taken with a 20mm f/2.8 lens.
Ellyn and I were on our way to Ecuador for our first trip to the
Galápagos Islands but we spent a couple of nights in Miami Beach
so we could visit the Everglades. None of the Everglades photos were
very good, but I liked this one, taken straight up at noon under the
influence of a Mai-Tai or two with a 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.
I used a 600mm f/4 lens at the San Francisco Zoo to get this shot.
This is a reflection of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley in the Merced
River. I think the stones in the water make it look a bit Japanesey.
I took this at the Palo Alto Baylands on the San Francisco Bay. I had
spent a half hour with my 600mm f/4 pointed at an egret that was out of
range, praying that he'd move closer. I suddenly realized that there
was a sparrow in the bushes behind me, so I slowly turned the lens 180
degrees and he completely filled the frame. If he'd been a couple of
inches closer I wouldn't have been able to focus, and I'm sure if I'd
moved the tripod he would have fled.
This shot was also taken at the San
Francisco Zoo with a 600mm f/4 lens. On the larger version of this
photo, you can even see the drops of drool coming out of his
mouth. I don't recall for sure, but I may have used a doubler on
this shot, so the lens was effectively 1200mm f/8.
Just as the sun was going down, my friend Kristy was standing
near a window in a wall near the big cathedral in Assisi, Italy.
The light was perfect, and the orange color of the stones in the
wall made the light even warmer.
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Tom Davis ( email@example.com)