Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014

FloridaNaturePhotography.Net is now FloridaNaturePhotography.Smugmug.com


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Sunday, March 10, 2013

I let my long time FloridaNaturePhotography.Net website go as I did not update it as I should and I relied on my Flickr account for the quick uploads.
I am now in Trail with SmugMug and I think I may go with them so I can have my own website once again. I like it so far. I'll decide in the next few days.
Any SmugMug users out there with pros & cons?

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

So I sold my Canon 500 IS 4.0 version 1 - Canon 300 2.8 version 1 and Canon Mark IV.
I used those funds to put towards the purchase of a Canon 1DX - Canon 5D Mark III & a Canon 300 2.8 IS II and I can say the new equipment is by far the BEST I have ever had or used.

I can consisitently get razor sharp images with a 2X teleconverter / extender on my Canon 300 2.8 IS II almost every time. Check out the eye on this Northern Harrier I caught in flight and while hand holding this deadly combo.

The Canon 1DX is simply the best camera Canon has ever made and when paired with the new II series lens they are the perfect match. I can not put in words how stunning this camera is. Check out these images at ISO  3200  !! What noise?

The Canon 5D Mark III aquired autofocus and tracked on par with my Canon Mark IV and the images files were so much better with lower noise at increased ISO levels that I was willing to give up the 1.3 crop factor and a few extra frames per second without hesitation. So I am fully full frame and I do miss that little extra help but I will adjust quickly.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012


There is a storm brewing. A change in the weather. Out with the old and in with the new.

Do you think my new Canon 300 IS II & Canon 600 IS II will make me a better photographer?
Ha. Of course not, nothing can do that....oh wait, I mean, uh, well, um.

I simply can not wait! 300 f2.8 IS II arrives Thursday & the 600 4.0 IS II when it is in stock.
Whoo Hoo.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Great Blue Heron Courtship - 3584

I took this beautiful image on my Birthday!
It was my gift from above.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black Skimmer | Rynchops niger | 6892

I was lucky enough to be photographing along side of Award winning photographer Mark Sisson and his posse visiting Florida from the U.K. when I took this image of a Black Skimmer in flight. It is now my second favorite Black Skimmer image!

Check out Mark's site here: http://www.marksissonphoto.co.uk/

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Osprey with Nest Material - 6635

It's that time of the year again when the Osprey nesting activity starts at Blue Cypress Lake
and I make the 2 1/2 hour drive north once a month to take advantage of that fact!


Here is a image I just made yesterday.




Thursday, January 12, 2012

Black Skimmer - Rynchops niger- 6674

It is that time of the year again and I am already having a BLAST shooting the Black Skimmers.

As I sit and the beach empties of its bathers and I have the sun setting behind me I can't help but feel at peace while photographing these amazing beauties.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Great Start to the New Year!


I won the Grand Prize in last year's St. Augustine Birding & Phot Fest and it is now
a full page advert for the next event in this month's issue of Outdoor Photographer (Page 35)

Here is a link:


Saturday, December 31, 2011


The last day of the year and I was able to get out and shoot at Wakodahatchee Wetlands!
The Great Blue Herons are nesting and here is a picture of their courtship.

I was not dialed in right so I did lose the whites in the face but the image is still strong enough for me to overlook that, but I still kick myself.

HAPPY NEW YEARS & BE SAFE.

Michael Wolf

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My first morning for my new season of shooting and it was a beautiful sunny & crisp 58 degrees out.
This is the first image of the morning. It was a good day!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

HDR.......

It's funny..... the HDR image here is the exact kind of HDR that I at first found facinating because it was so unusual and unique but have since grown to dislike, yet when I goofed around and made one of my own I thought it looked cool.
Hmmpfh.
My first trip to the Panama Canal and I was impressed. I wish my image did more justice to show just how magnificent and grand the whole system really is. When I learn HDR for "real" I will post a "better" image to represent it.

Another season soon to arrive....

I lookk forward to another season of shooting despite the fact that I have lost the use of my left eye for photography & photoshop in general due to Central serous retinopathy.
I guess I'll just shoot to the right!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Black Skimmer & Newborn Chick - Florida - 3122

I had the true pleasure of shooting a Black Skimmer nesting colony for three afternoons and here is a day old chick at the nest with a parent who is still on three eggs.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Snowy Plover Nest with Eggs - 1349

I found a Snowy Plover nest over in Estero, Florida that I was lucky enough to photograph. Sadly, I learned that only a few days later it vanished overnight.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Osprey in Nest with Chick - 6766

Happy Mothers Day - A day late but I still get to shout it out to all mothers.

Here is a Mother Osprey in the nest with her young chick. Notice the eyes color on the chick! It will change to yellow as the chick grows older.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Osprey & Chick in Nest - 4460

Osprey & Chick in nest at Blue Cypress Lake in central Florida.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Blues Brothers - Boat Tailed Grackles Singing - 0085

I see these birds everyday and yet I have so few images of them.
In the right light they are actaully a cool looking bird!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

American Widgeon Landing - 6911

Two post in two days............ Yep.

I had to share this image I captured today of an amazing duck called the American Widgeon. He is just so fun to look at and watch.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Osprey Portrait - 4091

I photographed this Osprey at Blue cypress Lake in Vero Beach, Florida.

I went out on a pontoon boat and photographed dozens of Ospreys that nest in the low lying Cypress tress along the lake's edge.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pretty in Pink - Roseate Spoonbill

I had the pleasure of shooting this beauty today at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Old Files for New Website

Marbled Godwit 4089

I am going through my old files and re-working some of my favorite images for my new website that will launch by early spring and I am having a blast!

I am now much better at optimizing my images in photoshop, no trickery, just fine tuning and then presenting them in a bigger format then on my old website. http://www.floridanaturephotography.net/

This is one of my earliest digital files and one of my favotites!

Time to stop here.........gotta get back to my older stuff & CS5.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black Skimmer in Golden Evening Light 1362

The Black Skimmers are back in Pompano beach, Florida and I take full advantage of shooting them in the evening when the sun is low and the light is golden.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse - December 20 2010

This is what it looked like here in South Florida.

I don't think I'll make the next one in 2094! :-(

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Atlantic Ocean Lightning Storm over Pompano Beach _2238

A storm is on the horizon and it could mean a total re-do of my website so it looks professional and I can fool the masses.... moohaha (evil laugh)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Great Blue Heron in Flight 3152

A beautiful morning here in South Florida on the day before Thanksgiving and I realize I have so much to be thankful for on every level. I vow to remember that the next time I get bent by a rude driver or person.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Great Blue Heron with Nesting Branch



Well it is a little early but the Great Blue Herons are starting to build their nest already and I was just as ready with camera in hand!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Time Lapse Photography - Pompano Beach Sunset #2

My first attemps at Time Lapse Photography.

One picture every Three seconds and shown here @ 60 FPS

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Snowy Plovers Again...........



It seems this little bird has become on of the icons of what the Oil Spill may destroy as it is already endangered. I have had many request for my Snowy Plover images to help promote public awareness in all areas of the fragile Florida eco-system.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Snowy Plover and Newborn Chick & Gulf Coast Oil Spill 9950

The already endangered Snowy Plover faces an even bigger threat with the Gulf Coast Oil Spill that now threatens their already limited and fragile breeding grounds.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pileated Woodpecker & Chick at Nest Hole 2667

So I bought a new "Super Computer" to keep up with my large files since all my cameras are high mega -pixel monsters and with the new computer I decided to go through my archives and I found a few goodies! here is one of them. It was a day I'll not soon forget as this is a scene that is just too special to put into words.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Space Shuttle Launch 9882

So I made it to my first Space Shuttle launch even though I am born & raised in Florida and I must say "OMG - why have I not done this before?"

Here is my Shuttle image.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Swallow Tailed Kite with Tree Frog 5318

I have the pure joy of shooting a Swallow Tailed Kite nesting area and the thrill of just viewing them in flight breath taking enough but to walk away with high quality images too!! Too much.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Black Skimmer in Flight

This beautiful Black Skimmer was captured in flight over the Atlantic Ocean along the coastal shoreline in Pompano Beach Florida.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Wood Stork

This Wood Stork tried out and failed for a part in Alice in Wonderland!
WHat does a Raven have in common with a writing desk?

This Black Skimmer look like it should have been in Alice in Wonderland as this is how it really looks !! I ask what is normal?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Website Updated - WHAT !!!!

The world just stopped spinning for a second as my website was updated!
Yes, it is true,after nearly a year I have some updates & new photos to share.

This is what happens when you try to be a photographer, a photoshop user and a website manager, some things get left last. You can spend FULL time with any of these three task and still never be caught up! So when all three come into play, well, something is going to suffer. ( If you say it is my photography....I'll hunt you down!:-)
That said,I do find it easier to update my flickr site then to go through the rigamarollof updating my actual website.

Anyway without further ado.

MY Updated Website

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Time Flies

What !? I have not posted in months!? I wonder if that means I cease to exsist for that amount of time? I hope not. Just busy with this, that & butterfat.

Hey. Here's a picture. It is worth a thousand words so I will say no more.

Ok just a little more.
It is a Female Anhinga on a nest with three chicks.

Cheers,
Michael © 2010

Saturday, October 17, 2009

American Alligator - Canon 7D 2108

To witness these great beast in full combat is as close as we can come to witness what it could possibly have been like to watch dinosaurs battle!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Reddish Egret Dancing the Dance

I found this Reddish Egret in Ft. Desoto Park near St. Petersburgh, FL and he danced around looking for small fish to consume.
I am pretty sure he worked it a little harder as he knew I was photographing him..... :-)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hidden Gems

Sometimes I play a game to beat the Photoshop blahs.....

What I do is move the cursor up & down the line of folders
and without looking I try to open a folder, after several misses
I usually get one open and after that I randomly double click any file.
I then treat that image as if it were the only image of it's kind.....I have to work it and make it work.
Sometimes it is fun and sometimes I wonder why the heck I saved that lame image in the first place!

Today while playing my game I popped open the above image of a Roseate Spoonbill and my jaw dropped.... it was full frame and razor sharp and it was hidden away trying its best to avoid me but I found it and now I am showing it to.............who ? You !

OK... I am bored again.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Roseate Spoonbill - Gatorland


Roseate Spoonbills
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Cattle Egret Mated Pair on Nest

Snowy Egret in Fll Breeding Plumage performing Courtship Dance.