Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sacrifice

The Iowa River sacked Columbus Junction's three-pronged makeshift levee system Saturday night, drowning the community's lower section. State officials offered to send 400 National Guard troops to attempt to reinforce the levee, but town leaders saw the breach as inevitable and declined. Those troops instead were used to guard Oskaloosa's water facility on the Skunk River. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 16, 2008.)
Columbus Junction fell on the grenade.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Get closer (Updated)


Nikon D-80, Nikkor 70-300mm: ISO 200, f5.6, 1/640 sec., 300mm. Click photo for full-size.


Nikon D-80, Nikkor 70-300mm: ISO 400, f10, 1/200 sec., 300mm. Click photo for full-size.


Nikon D-80, Nikkor 70-300mm: ISO 200, f5.3, 1/640 sec., 200mm. Click photo for full-size.

The trick to wildlife photography isn't in zany super-long glass, although that helps. It's being patient, making nice with the critters, and getting right up close with 'em. As a matter of fact, the only reason I wasn't closer to the subjects in the top two photos was the lens I was using can only focus to about five feet.

Sometimes, of course, you just have to get lucky.

Nikon D-80, Nikkor 70-300mm: ISO 400, f5.6, 1/640 sec., 300mm. Click photo for full-size.

Of course, all photos are Copyright © 2008, Jonathan Green and the Thermopolis Independent Record, all rights reserved.

**UPDATE** 080609@1720MDT: Of course, the boss cropped the top photo tight-center, so you can't see the lighting that makes the photo. Oh, well.