Tag Archives: Nature

Indian Ladder Falls

This was probably one of my favorite hikes of this past weekend.  It was apparently somewhat of a local secret at some point in the past, but judging by the number of people we saw on the trail, it’s quite popular (and for good reason).

NIKON D200 @ 55mm — ¹/1 sec, ƒ/13, ISO 100 | zoom in
Indian Ladder Falls

This was another photo that was greatly enhanced by the Cokin ND Filter.  Without it, I never would have been able to get that milky, soft, water effect which I really like.

Raymondskill Falls

This last weekend, my wife and I ended up hiking to numerous falls around the Delaware Water Gap.  We had a great time, and I got to play with my new Cokin neutral density filters.  While I’m not quite done sorting all the images, this one stood out as one of my favorites.

NIKON D200 @ 31mm — 1.3 sec, ƒ/16, ISO 100 | zoom in
Raymondskill Falls

For those who aren’t familiar with neutral density filters, Wikipedia has a pretty decent explanation.  Essentially, the filter allows the shutter speed to be slowed down so even on sunny days, motion blur can be achieved — a must for waterfall photography!  I’m still learning exactly how to use them and under what circumstances they work out the best, but this seems to give the desired affect!

Backyard Deer and Fawn

This is one of those situations where you just happen to be in the right place, at the right time.  Seriously!

About a week or so ago I was just getting ready to go to work when I looked out our back picture window to see what looked like a deer grazing in our pasture.  Living out in the country, this is really no unusual event.  However, after looking closer, I realized that this wasn’t a deer grazing at all, but a mother deer nursing her fawn.  The fawn looked no more than a week old and after quickly getting my wife, we simply stood there and watched nature for a while.

NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in
NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in
NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in
NIKON D50 @ 300mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/11, ISO 200 | zoom in

After a bit, mother and fawn moved off a few more yards and she proceeded to try to clean the fawn.

NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/180 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/250 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 160 | zoom in

After a while, both mother and fawn passed over the hill in the background to graze some more.

Yet one more reason I love living in the country!