I am breaking up the Stony Brook pages in order to speed up the opening of the page. In February, after the ice broke up, I was able to photograph Canada Geese which are abundant at Stony Brook.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose - February, 1998

The goose was caught on film using the Minolta X-700 and Sigma 100-300mm manual focus zoom. The film as usual, was Kodak Gold 200 ISO color print film. I generally adjust the aperture to achieve a shutter speed of 1/500 sec. or faster for this type of moving subject. You really appreciate an auto focus lens on this type of subject. I got few sharp photos of this moving subject with my manual focus system.

Below is a montage of photographs I took Saturday, May 17,1998. It was one of those beautiful days when everything seemed "right". All photos were shot on Kodak Gold 200 speed print film. For the "Jack in the Pulpit" photo (top left), I used a tripod because the light was very poor. A white paper plate was used to reflect a little light into the flower. The duck in the next photograph is a male Mallard perched on a birch log at the top of the waterfall. The baby is a Canada goose gosling, of which there are many.

Spring Montage @ Stony Brook

UP! UP! and AWAY!!!
Tree Swallow

This tree swallow was ready for take off.

 Eastern Bluebird

This Bluebird dad was bringing home the bacon or was it the worms?

This photo was taken with the Canon USM 100-300mm f4-5.6 zoom @ 300mm and 1.4 Kenco extender. The film was Fuji Superia 400. I used manual focus, because the extender made autofocusing slow and difficult.The exposure was ~1/350 sec @ f11. A tripod was used. In order not to disturb the birds, I shot from behind a tree, but the resultant image was small. The image was blown up using the Epson 636 scanner and Adobe PhotoDeluxe for manipulation.

It sure is good to see this beautiful bird again!

Photos by Fred Sgrosso

Stony Brook is where my camera club, "Stony Brook Camera Club" meets on the first and third Thursdays, September through June. Camera clubs are a great way to learn the many facets of photography and meet people with the same interests. Stony Brook Camera Club is affiliated with the Photographic Society of America (PSA), and the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC). If you live near Norfolk, MA. and would like to join a camera club, E-Mail me and I will give you more information. A link is provided on the link page.

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