I had a fun day out yesterday. Steve Bennett came by as well as a cameo appearance by Steve and Jane Mirick.
The lighting was great for both scope viewing and photography. The shorebirds were put up a few times by a Peregrine that seemed to be simply scanning the neighborhood as no real attempts were made on the peeps.
Here is a link to just a few of the 800+ images I took. (10 frames) I hope you enjoy them.
This day also marked the first day I took my new power wheelchair out into the field for a shoot. The chair worked very well… I can't say the same for me and the ramp. I messed up on the trajectory in lining it up at the top... one of the balancing wheels caught the far lip... I almost lost the thing over the side, but I was able to slowly slide it to the ground without blowing my back out again (I think), and hopefully not damaging the chair underside in the process
I plan to get a power lift installed in my truck as soon as I raise enough $$ for it. (If anyone is interested in donating, please contact me off list for the links to the two fundraising sites. Still another $2,500.00 or so to go). That will solve that problem. I did end up tweaking my lower lumbar region a bit, so today I spent against a heating pad editing this shoot. I don’t think I will be heading out alone again until I get that lift. I can’t wait! Thank you to Steve Bennett for standing by as I got the chair back up the ramp and into the truck.
I hand held the 500mm… I am going to need to figure out a way to make a mount to hold a monopod with a gimbal head in such a way I can keep it out of the way of viewing until needed. Some well placed tubes should give me what I need to start off with. One also to hold the tripod for my scope as well. I’ll have the chair all tricked out soon enough.