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Welcome to my blog. Looking through my posts you will find that I love and have a passion for photography and although my expertise so to speak is in Sports Action, I have been getting into wildlife and senior portraits. No matter what I'm shooting I want to bring my client the best possible shot I can and give them / you a photograph that you will cherish for a lifetime. If your looking for someone to capture your child in action, to show the intensity and emotion in which your child plays, look no further. Just drop me a line (e-mail) at homerkenpo@aol.com. I cover most areas in Southern Califoria.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bolsa Chica Wet Lands

As you can see I've been spending a lot of time in the Bolsa Chica Wet Lands and to be honest I am loving each and every minute of it.

It's been very nice just getting outside in the cool evenings and even more so now that the wife has started coming out with me.

Like each trip in the past I walk with my 300 f/2.8 and 1.4x slung over my shoulder. I tend to walk a little slow so that I can keep my head and eyes on the move, always looking for something to photograph. Needless to say this evening was no exception. As we continued along the trail and about half way to the Heron's nesting area I caught some movement behind me. As I turned I saw the below heron flying almost head level just behind us with his dinner. So I quickly raised my camera and fired off several shots. Out of the group I took this was my favorite.

Just goes to show that if your out and about with camera in hand, be ready and quick to the draw, otherwise the only memory you'll have is your own.

Now for some shots taken along the water.

Marbled Godwit

Belted Kingfisher


Snowy Egret

What would a trip to the wet lands be without some sunset shots. Love the color we've been getting in the evenings.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bolsa Chica Wet Lands

Spent a lot of time at the Wet Lands this past weekend and had a wonderful time, simply put it was very relaxing.

Now this weekend started on Friday evening with the wife and I heading out for a nice evening walk through the wet lands. More for us to enjoy an evening out together, but I did bring my camera (300 f/2.8 and 1.4 tele-converter) to see what I could get.

Now when I'm out, especially when I have my camera I'm always looking for photo opportunities, which is this first shot. Needless to say there are bunches of bunnies around the wet lands, and this had "Take my picture" all over him.

There really wasn't much activity and after walking the area for a bit I decided to go a little further then I normally do. It was in this new area where I found this bike, which looked like it was locked against a pole, why I don't know, as you can see from this picture the bike has seen much better days. I had a general idea what I was looking for when I took this picture, although I don't think I achieved what my mind saw.

As the sun started its downward decent we started heading back. I loved the colors in the sky and how it played over the wet lands as it set over Bolsa Chica Beach. I think a shorter focal length lens would have been nice, but all I had was the 300 and 1.4 attached.

Loved how this lone palm tree stood out against the yellow and red background, especially as seen through the 300.

Now this next series of shots begin on the following morning. During the evening prior the wife and I met a gentleman who said there were a few long eared owls who frequent the heron's nesting area and that they can usually be seen suning as the sun comes up. So I woke up early and headed back to the wet lands so that I could be in position as the sun rised.

Sure enough as I approached the area I saw two rather large long eared owls perched at a heron nest. As a matter of fact one of the owls was actually in the heron's nest, which I found somewhat odd. Though I found what I was looking for I was unable to document it with pictures as it was still much to dark. So as I waited for the sun to come up one of the owls was so kind to fly to a group of branches in front of me, which put him between me and the sunrise. Knowing that when shooting wildlife you need to take shots when given the opportunity, as you never know when the subject your shooting is going to take flight or leave, I took a quick shot (which you see below). It was good thing I took this as soon after he flew off into the trees.

The rest of the moring I stayed close to the water to see what I could capture, which included a few heron's and egrets.

After a couple of hours I decided it was time for me to head home, but like I said earlier, you need to keep your eyes open as you never know what you'll see. I found this guy posing and had to take a shot.

This heron was perched just above the water and I liked how the blue looked behind him, so I positioned myself and waited for the look I wanted.

Last but not least, I finally got a nice shot of one of the hawks that frequent the area that I was happy with. So all in all I had a wonderful time and made it home feeling very relaxed.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lakewood Varsity Basketball vs Jordan

This was Lakewood's last season game and my last game as well, at least for the season that is.

So enjoy the pictures and hopefully I'll see this team again next year.