Category Archives: video

Use presets if you have them to switch between video and still shooting


For video and stills you want to use two very different shutter speeds. Often when shooting stills, it is best to have the highest shutter speed you can while maintaining the aperture and ISO that you want. Not so for … Continue reading

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Clown Car Crabs


Came across this path swarming with crabs near Miranda, New Zealand. They sort of reminded me of clowns and their clown cars. You’ll see why…

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New Zealand’s Red-Billed Gull: Feeding on 90 Mile Beach


The Red-billed Gull is one of those ubiquitous birds here in New Zealand, but as such it is a good bird for providing a study in their habits. This short video shows one of its styles of feeding. Enjoy, Galen

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New Zealand’s Pied Shag: A short video


Here is a very short video of one of the first birds I came across in NZ-

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Anatomy of a photo: How do I photograph an otter eating a fish?


I can only answer this question by explaining how I got high definition video and 20+ megapixel images of a North American River Otter this past weekend. The first key factor was, well, luck. I was kayaking in an area … Continue reading

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Shorebirds of Tomales Bay: The Marbled Godwit


I went kayaking recently on Tomales Bay, and found one of my favorite shorebirds, the Marbled Godwit. It was one of the first sandpipers that I learned to identify, as it is very distinctive with its barred cinnamon coloration, and … Continue reading

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River Otter devouring large fish


For the story of how I capture video and some beautiful still images of this otter eating its fish, you can read and view pictures here. The experiment in kayak videography continues. The sound disappears part way through the movie, … Continue reading

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Shorebirds of Tomales Bay: the Surfbird


The latest installment in my of Shorebirds of Tomales Bay series. Really fun bird in this one, the aptly named Surfbird. We don’t often see them in the southern parts of Tomales Bay. They are more often found towards the mouth, where … Continue reading

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Black Turnstone feeding on the shores of Tomales Bay (video)


I went on an early morning kayak yesterday. Absolutely beautiful out there. I decided to test out the video capabilities of my new camera. It is definitely a learning process. A kayak is not an ideal shooting platform for holding … Continue reading

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