The year 2014 began with a new opportunity to photograph birds on snow- and ice-covered perches. Having moved to Georgia from Southern Texas, this was a rare and exciting opportunity. While my favorite image of a titmouse on an icy perch could not be uploaded to iPhoto/iMovie for some reason, I have uploaded it on the blog so you could search for it on the blog with the key words “icy perch”. As the azaleas began to bloom in the Spring, I found myself having fun with digital art and oil paint filters. I spent the summer photographing local bird species in Georgia and traveling to Texas and Key West, Florida to photograph shorebirds. Finally, I returned to Texas and spent my time at my favorite whitetail hotspot.
I have a bit of a learning curve yet with video production. I’m sure there is a better video option than iMovie but I wanted to try the free options before I investigate software to purchase. Those of you who are video experts would do me a huge favor by leaving feedback with your experiences. And of course, I always appreciate any feedback given.
I’m currently working on 2015 images…
Until next time, enjoy the video linked below. –KEVIN
Kevin J. Hurt Photography-2014
On a recent trip to Texas I visited a favorite photography hotspot of mine and was rewarded with some excellent rutting behavior. The dominant males had abandoned their crepuscular activity in favor of actively leaving their mark on numerous overhead branches eagerly anticipating the estrous cycle of the does. This is a dangerous time in their life cycle as many hunters are in the woods hoping to fill their tags. To the good fortune of these bucks, the days’ hunter was only shooting a camera. While I grew up hunting with other weapons, I still get excited at the idea of capturing these majestic animals on digital media.
I hope you enjoy the two images I am sharing here. Until next time, good light and keep shooting. — KEVIN
Canon 7D | 70-200/2.8 + 1.4x converter
Canon 7D | 500/4.5mm lens
I have photographed a lot of whitetail bucks in the last 10 years and this one ranks among the prettiest bucks I’ve captured on film/digital media. He’s not the biggest but he is a handsome fellow with a very clean, symmetrical, chocolate rack that I really appreciate. I was fortunate enough to photograph him on several occasions and each was a treat. I love the alertness in his eyes and in his ears, which together are finely tuned in to the slightest indication to trigger a fleeting response. The colors in the scene are a pleasing element.
Until next time, good light and keep shooting. –KEVIN