Sea World Part 4

This past week, we ventured out to Sea World for the last time before heading to NJ.  I will be anxious to go again when we come back to Cali late next year.  I had not planned on taking any photos, I had even debated not bringing the camera at all!  But I am SO glad I did bring it, because a few amazing moments came available.

One of the first stops was the Beluga Whale, Polar Bear, and Walrus exhibit.  I didn't take any of the Beluga Whale and wish I had - there were some possible good shots.  It was just really busy.

Then we moved onto the Polar Bears.  And my goodness!  One of the bears was sound asleep right along the glass in this one corner. Once I made my way through the crowd, I was able to get these majestic images.  I think they are my favorites to date of any polar bear shots I have taken.

I think I could have stood there all day and shot away at this amazing animal.  I really wish it had been a quiet day there so I could have enjoyed the moment even more.

It is really hard to describe the adventure we had at the Walrus exhibit.  Each time I have gone there, there has only been 1 Walrus and he just kind of swims around being rather boring. This day had 2 of them in there, one being a lot smaller then this big guy and he was the boring one. The usual Walrus was full of fun and was totally playing for the crowd. He was hanging out in front of this one window swimming up and down, with each rise to the surface he would give a look to everyone and then start splashing at the window like crazy! It was really funny to watch. 

It was super crowded at that window as you could imagine. So, I had to go on the upper level and attempt to shoot around and over all the heads. It was rather difficult.  It resulted in images like this one. Most of the images I got are not as good as this one.

San Diego Zoo Part 4

It has been a long time since I have posted any photos from the San Diego Zoo.  I have had a lot of images sitting in my editing software program that I just have not gotten to looking at, well actually there are still I lot still in there.

Here are a few I recently pulled out, some of these I have shown before possibly.  But this time there are some new changes to the edits I performed.

The giraffe's were the first set that I looked at.

That baby was the cutest animal I think I have ever seen in person.  So majestic and magical.

I worked on the gorilla's afterwards.  And boy, did the edits I do this time really make them come alive and show such strong emotion.  There is no other animal that can radiate such strong emotions like the gorilla.  It is almost heart breaking seeing the emotions coming from these massive animals.

Tribute To My Dogs

I have been slowly going through my old images in my editing software in an attempt to clear it out and force/motivate me to get behind the lens again for some new images.

I have a bunch of my dogs that I took back in 2009, possibly even late 2008.  I love some of these images and thought I would share.

Here is our big guy Cody:

Cody and Tyler are 6 years old now, and are litter mates. We got them in 2004, at around 13 weeks.  They have even travelled part of the world.  We got them when we lived overseas in Africa, so they were flown from South Dakota to West Africa and back to the East Coast.  We have travelled across country to California to Washington DC and back to California with them.  It was not until 2008, when we lived in DC that they actually got to see snow for the first time.  And boy did they love it! 

Tyler is in the photo above facing the camera.

Portrait Website

Tonight I spent some time working on revamping my portrait business website.  I am really loving how it came out.  Every time I work on it, it gets better and better.  For doing this on my own, I think it's not too shabby.

Just in case you were not aware of my website, here is the link:

I am excited at the prospect of building this business during my year in New Jersey.  Between my school courses forcing me to take images, a lot of family events going on, our new baby arriving, and having contacts to spread the word, I should gain a lot more experience this upcoming year.

Here is an image off my website, I just pulled it out of my editing software tonight - it was taken during August 2009 on our cross country road trip -- which seems to becoming a yearly event...