2016 Wildlife in North Carolina

Last year in the January 2015 Wildlife in North Carolina photography contest I was the grand prize winner. It was an honor to have to have my image grace the cover of the magazine. Like in the fall of 2014 I again entered in this years contest. I did not win the grand prize but I did place two of photographs.

The image above won 1st Place in the Reptiles & Amphibians category.  Here are the details:

Late one evening, I received a call from my dad saying he had discovered a large salamander in his yard. I gathered my equipment and went straight there. It had been raining most of the day and was still sprinkling. I wanted to show the rain drops in the image, so I lit the salamander with a portable spotlight and quickly set up an off camera flash behind it. The flash from behind, when triggered, lit up all the rain drops. I knew immediately after creating this image that I had achieved my goal.

Equipment Used & Technical Settings:

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 100mm F/2.8, ISO 400,  f/5.6, 1/100 of second

The image above won 2st Place in the Birds category.  Here are the details:

While searching for wildlife to photograph at Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, I came across this
Double-crested Cormorant. Having not seen much, due to it raining all day, I decided to sit and photograph it. After a few moments of just sitting still it started to re-positioned itself. Seeing this, I got ready and starting photographing the moment it began to fly off. Since it was overcast I had set my ISO pretty high to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the rain drops, it also helped me in capturing the exact moment it took flight.

Equipment Used & Technical Settings:

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 500mm F/4 IS II, 1.4x Extender, ISO 3200,  f/5.6, 1/1000 of second

Also this year my little brother, Tyler, entered images for the very first time and I'm extremely happy to announce that his image placed 2nd in the Youth 12 & Under category.

While picking blue berries in the edge of his yard, Tyler noticed this Northern Mockingbird’s nest. He wasn’t able to see into the nest right away, so after getting a stool to stand on, he saw that there were four eggs located inside. Excited about his discovery he immediately went to get his camera. He returned to the nest with camera in hand and photographed it for a couple of minutes. Nervous that the mother of eggs would soon return he quickly finished and left it just as he found it, hidden in the blue berry bush.

Equipment Used & Technical Settings:

Canon Rebel XSi, Canon 18-55mm, ISO 400,  f/5.6, 1/60 of second