Some new friends from our local photography club told us about Huntley Meadows Park, a local wetland area. It has a long winding boardwalk over a marsh area created by beaver dams. We have gone there a few times to walk and photograph. The following photo shows three of the many geese in the park taking flight.

This photo was taken on April 11, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/8, 1/640 sec, 135 mm

Spring Birds at Huntley Meadows Park

We have been visiting Huntley Meadows Park looking for signs of what seems to be a late spring in the Mid-Atlantic.  In addition to the ever-present geese, a few new birds seem to be arriving each day. The following photos show a few of the birds we have seen. It has become clear to us that if we continue to photograph birds, we need a bird identification book!

A Little Birding

As we learn photography, we try different types of image capture. In Sri Lanka, we took a few bird photos while looking for elephants while on safari in one of their parks. Now that we are home, we decided to try to build on that experience to photograph birds in a local park.

The following photo is a hawk who is fishing over a lake near our home. We learned several things while photographing him (or her). The first is that we need a longer lens. We use an EF-S lens on our Canon camera that has a maximum focal length of 250mm. That doesn’t let us fill the frame with the bird. A second thing we learned is that autofocus (at least point focus on our Canon 200D’s) is nearly useless when photographing against a featureless sky. By the time the camera would lock focus on the hawk, it would be out of the frame.  We had to switch to manual focus selecting a focus point about 1/3 of the way into the scene to avoid focus lag. Finally, we realized that we should have adjusted the exposure to prevent the bird from silhouetting. Fortunately, we shoot in raw format and this could be partly corrected by adjusting the shadows in Adobe Lightroom.

We think a lot of this could be solved with different camera settings but knowing those settings will only come with experience. We don’t know if bird photography is one of our long-term goals, but it is interesting to learn the difficulty and problems solved for those whose passion it is.


This photo was taken on April 11, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/11, 1/250 sec, 250 mm

Not that way — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 13, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 13, 2018.

While walking along a marked trail in Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia, we came across a sign:



This path is not recognized nor maintained by park staff. If you choose to use it, proceed with caution. The path may be uneven, wet, and difficult to follow.

We decided not to go that way.

This photo was taken on March 23, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/80 sec, 27 mm


This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Breathe.

Last year we spent a night in Bago, Myanmar, in order to experience sunset at Golden Rock.  The next morning, we opened our windows to view the rolling hills, valleys, and mist, and to breathe in the fresh morning air in anticipation of the coming sunrise.

This photo was taken on February 7, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100,  f/22, 5 sec, 18mm