David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Brutus and Gang

Watching the Swallow-Tailed Kites can be mesmerizing as they float what seemed effortlessly.  The first picture is one I named Brutus.  He seemed to be larger and more bulkier than the rest.  He also did a little chasing of the others if he got close.

Once they started gathering they kept coming giving many photo ops.  Hand holding the lens at the beginning wasn’t bad.  However, by the end, I was wishing for a tripod or monopod for help in that department.

Nikon D800, 500mm, 1/2500’s, f/5.6. -0.33 Ev, ISO 200

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Nikon D800, 500mm, 1/2000’s, f/5.6, -0.33, ISO 200

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Nikon 800, 500mm, 1/2500’s, -0.33 Ev, ISO 200  (Note the little black “dot” upper left corner – flying insect)

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6 responses to “Brutus and Gang

  1. Lyle Krahn July 15, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I love the sense of diving in the first one. Yes the 500 can start to feel like a dead weight after a while – today I had my tripod and was very thankful for it.

  2. Tim Timmis July 15, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Cool shots David. I like the B&W treatment on the first one. He looks like a bald eagle in that pose.

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