From Summer to Fall


It's now late September. My summer has flown by. I've got some updates for you guys about some new pieces of equipment I picked up over the summer that I've been having a great time with. In my last blog post, you guys may have read about my drone purchase and the fun I had shooting the transition from winter to spring with a view from above. Well, over the summer, I haven't given myself as much drone time as I would have liked, but that's because I finally purchased a full frame camera. I've been gushing over this camera, the Nikon D810, since the moment it arrived.

I ordered the camera on Amazon, used, from a private seller. When I got it, it had about 40,000 shutter actuations on it and it was purchased for less than half the retail value - quite a bargain from my perspective! It showed virtually no sign of physical use. The grips are still in great condition, the battery door and memory card door still operate properly, and most importantly, it takes beautiful images. Fortunately, I already had a full frame F mount lens, my trusty Tamron 70-200 f/2.8, so I spent a good bit of time shooting with that combo. I've done a senior photo session, photographed the beautiful Milky Way galaxy, and have had the honor of shooting four weddings this summer with this combination. This summer has given me some great opportunity to shoot a variety of subjects, but one thing that has caught my focus has been wildlife.

Since my capture of the young deer in the forest during the springtime, I've been fortunate enough to purchase a dedicated wildlife lens to continue my interest in wildlife photography in true form. On many occasions, I've awoken hours before sunrise to get to a location to photograph animals that I could find around the Jordan River and elsewhere in the Charlevoix County area. I've put together some images below to show off what the Tamron 150-600mm. can do for me. These aren't extraordinary; some sandhill cranes, a beaver, and a sandpiper, but the potential for me to capture these creatures in much better ways is now so much more. I can't wait to get in some more time with the northern Michigan wildlife.

In addition to wildlife, the D810, when equipped with my new Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, can also capture some stunning imagery of the night sky, especially when the milky way is showing off. The D810 has an incredible sensor on it. I'd happily pushed the ISO to 10,000, and sometimes higher to get very acceptable results. Here are a few images I captured in East Jordan, Mi