Year of the Tripod?

I’ve never been comfortable working with tripods, despite my conviction that a solid platform improves the technical and compositional quality of images at pretty much any shutter speed. For birds in flight, tripods limit my range of motion, even with a gimbal head. But the image above, shot on the last day of 2016, reminds me why…

Sharp, Well Exposed Failures

I broke away from my owl obsession by visiting an old favorite location, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve. And there, armed with a Nikon D500 and the previously praised Nikon 200-500 f/5.6, I got some nice BIF (Bird-In-Flight) images. A year ago, I would have been thrilled with these two images, because I struggled to…