Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Spider

I don’t particularly like spiders. But I happened to find this one rather interesting and decided to watch it for a short while. I found it at the base of the umbrella of this plant. I’m not sure what it is other than it is in the carrot family.

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It climbed up and didn’t quite like the cluster that it was on so the moved over to another cluster.

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This seems to be better.

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Getting into position…

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Okay, now it’s waiting for lunch.©2011 Steve Borichevsky

It remained motionless for quite some time.

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Still waiting for lunch.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hogback Mountain, revisited.

I first took you up to Hogback Mountain back in December 27,2009. It is located on the town of Marlboro Rt. 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro, Vermont. The area was covered with rime ice beck then. Not this trip! This was the first time that we had perfect views from the mountain.

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Looking over towards New Hampshire.

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A rare shot of the photographer who found himself on the wrong side of the camera. ©2011 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

After the shower passed.

We spent a weekend with my parents in upstate New York. After a shower passed through, I had a chance to take some fern pictures. Many folks dread not having the sun shine. For a photographer, an overcast day can be a bonanza. When the sun is bright the shooting can be limited to a few hours of the day and only in a few directions. On a cloudy day, you can shoot all day long and point your camera just about anywhere you want.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky
 
Visit Watery Wednesday

Monday, June 27, 2011

Least Tern

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This is a Least Tern Nest. Not a whole lot of engineering going on here. The trick is to keep it above the extreme high tide line during a full moon or a new moon. On the beach, the nesting areas are off limits to humans and are fence off. This one was in an area where there were other sun worshipers laying on the beach. With a long lens and some cropping, I got a nice photo.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Surely this bug is a Bruins fan.

I wish I had a little more time with this animal. It didn't like my presence. It seemed to be a moth that has wasp-like features.

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In this photo, the moth is beating its wings, presumably to maintain body temperature, or perhaps to fan out pheromones.  I really don’t know.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Black-billed Cuckoo

I absolutely do not believe I got this bird! I was walking on the Old Rockport Road and heard a hallow cu cu cu call. And there he was! It looks like there is a lot of light, but shooting this was extremely tricky because the amount of backlight on the bird and the New England hardwood forest can drop the light levels down.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, June 24, 2011

Forgotten Photo Friday, Buona Fiesta

Just to remind you not to kvetch about the weather, here are the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria as the were seen last February.

Eastern Point Light 2-21-2011 10-12-56 AM

Here are the Nina and the Santa Maria last week. The Pinta is out for practice.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lance-leaved Coreopsis

This is one of my favorite flowers in Dogtown. The Lance-leaved Coreopsis blooms from May through July, but has made its appearance here in mid June. It seem to be a favorite with the bugs. I’ve seen numerous critters taking advantage of this flower.

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©2011 Steve Borichevsky

Above is possibly an Pearl Crescent. It is hard to tell because it is showing some wear. Below is an American Lady.

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A little cricket like but finds a convenient perch.

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Variation on a theme? This is a different flower with a different bug!

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This crab spider is just waiting in ambush for a bug to come and feed. I had a short time during lunch or I would have waited to see if there would be any action.

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This fly is taking advantage of the bounty. It is probably too big for the little jumping spider to tackle. Do you see the spider at 8:00?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New toys! New toys!

I got a new camera. What can I say, I work hard and sometimes I have to reward myself. So in a not so uncommon yet seldom disclosed act of self-gratification, I bought myself a new Nikon D5100. Yes, this is the camera that Ashton Kutcher pimps.

Why am I showing you this photo? Basically, it should hit the cutting room floor. I took my new camera and old lens out for a walk at lunch to see what it can do. This was taken at with my 70-300mm Nikkor lens. Not the best lens but it is relatively affordable and I do most of my close up work with it. This Oxeye Daisy was taken in the shade at ISO800. Quite frankly, I’m stunned. I expected it to be a grainy mess.

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With my D80s, taking it up to ISO400 was the limit that I would shoot. At ISO800 in the shade, this experiment proved to me that I can start shooting with higher ISO values with confidence.

Next is a picture of the schooner Thomas E. Lannon. I’ve shot the Lannon a bazillion times. Again, this is not my best shot, but there is something extraordinary about this shot that I didn’t get with my D80s. Now mind you, I’ve taken a lot of good photos with my D80s but I also have to push the limits of my affordable lenses because the next step up is out of my justification level.

Take a look at this photo. The Lannon is sailing by Ten Pound Island. The 70 to 300mm lens is set at 200mm.©2011 Steve Borichevsky

This is a crop of the bow of the Lannon taken from the photo above. ‘nuff said.

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Now we have a Common Pondhawk. It needs a bit of cropping. This was shot at 300mm, f/8.0, 1/200 sec, and about 8 to 10 feet. This pushes the lens to its limits.

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There you go.

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Now let’s push the limits of the photo.

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Okay, if you need to crop a photo this much, then you should reconsider your gear. But take a look at this!

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So, basically, I’m a happy camper. There is a bunch of features on the camera that I really like, but I’m just playing at this point, getting used to the camera and lens limitations. Am I going to toss my D80s into the harbor? Heck no. They have lots of life left in them, and for shooting situations where I’m not pushing the envelope of my lenses, they are still valuable tools in my box.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Fishermen head off to Expedition Impossible

Yes, this is the video that landed them the Expedition Impossible gig. Check it out Thursday Night on ABC, 9/8c.

Enjoy.

Can guys that make a living on water make it on the sands of Morocco? Find out!

Kaos Seine Boat Practice

©2011 Steve BorichevskyIt’s time to prepare for the Saint Peter’s Fiesta seine boat races. I stopped by St. Peter’s marina to check out the start of practice of the Kaos team.

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That is Jimmy T, center on the starboard side. Behind him is Joe Sanfilippo, who hopefully you will see in the Expedition Impossible show coming up Thursday.

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This is a great shot of Gloucester. Draggers, Seine boats and Fort Square.

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Visit Watery Wednesday

Sunday, June 19, 2011

California Quail

This lovely Sheila has the eye of all the boys.

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©2011 Steve Borichevsky

Visit Camera Critters for more photos from the animal kingdom.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Point Fermin Lighthouse, San Pedro, California

The Point Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874 and was the first navigational aid into San Pedro Bay. This lighthouse was built in the Stick Style. The lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 to 4:00. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong time so we didn’t get in.

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©2011 Steve Borichevsky

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