Christmas Weekend

I drove the Quad Cities on Thursday, with plans to photograph eagles. That morning, I set out and at about 11AM, I encountered a super thick ice fog. I could barely see to drive. Had the sun not been shining through the ice fog, I wouldn’t have been able to continue. So this lasted for about 45 minutes or so. At some points, traffic almost stopped due to lack of visibility. It was kinda weird. It was also annoying because the forecast said nothing about an ice fog, and it said the sun was suppose to be out. I arrived at the eagle site around 1PM, to find ZERO eagles. I was shocked. So I went to 2 other locations where I found 2. This was odd for late December. I set out again on Saturday, after the snow storm, and again found ZERO at the main site. This time I went to 3 other sites, and found a total of about 10. Again, very odd. Finally on Sunday I went to the main site, and found about 4 eagles there, but they weren’t moving. There were many eagles flying upriver, but they weren’t landing. Just circling high above. I was there for over an hour, and never saw an eagle dive for fish. I don’t know where they went, because I’ve seen photographs from other photographers from that site this year? I guess I’ll try again later. 🙂

I did encounter some new bird species today though. More to add to my life list. I saw a handful of Greater Scoups in breeding colors, and some Canvasbacks. One of my favorite waterfowl species is the Hooded Merganser, and there were a handful of them too.

 

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Fine Art Photography?

”Night Owl, doing fine art photography?  Really?”

Well, I’m starting to at least.  I’m not really sure it qualifies as fine art, but that’s where everyone else classifies things that don’t fit any other mold, so I’ll play along too.  Anyway, here is an image from the gallery.  Click the image to follow it to the whole gallery.  Right now I’d call the gallery the “Industry” gallery I think.  I dunno?  Tell me what you think of the gallery.  Is it fine art?  Do you like the images?  To much photoshoping?  Does the photoshoping enhance the images, or degrade them?

I’ve also uploaded a few new sunsets.  Hope you like them.  This one I captured while stalking a sunset on the way from one family gathering to another on the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I just spent a good half hour removing those power lines from the image, and then when I looked at it full size again, I didn’t like it with the power lines removed.  D’oh!  I don’t know why, but I really like this sunset.  Maybe because it’s so different with the silhouette of the railroad gate?  Anyway, click through the image to go to the full gallery.

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Night Owl Photography YouTube Videos

Somehow, yesterday, my all of my YouTube videos got deleted.  A photographer sent me an email asking me where my videos went because went back to my page to view a photography tips video and it wasn’t there.  I think my account was compromised?  Anyway, I’ve reset all my online passwords and have now re-uploaded my YouTube videos so I thought I’d write a blog letting everyone know. 

My YouTube page has a few training tips videos, some nature and wildlife slide show videos, some client videos and I’ll be adding videos about every month from now on.  So go check it out at http://www.youtube.com/nightowlphotography

 

Below is an example video for you.

Press Release: Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar 2011

For immediate release:

Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar 2011

Night Owl Photography Releases 3nd Annual
Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar

 

Suburban Chicago, IL – 21 Nov 2010 – Midwest area photographer Richard Nagle of Night Owl Photography has published his highly anticipated third annual Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar for 2011 on Lulu.com, the online market place for digital content. 

 Mr. Nagle spent many of the coldest winter days of 2010, in cold weather gear, photographing eagles, when everyone else was inside staying warm.  Through many hours of editing, composing, and writing, Mr. Nagle created next years high demand calendar in plenty of time to purchase for the holidays. 

American Bald Eagle

 Sheila Johnson says “You know we have a house full of Eagle stuff!! So of course he had to have your calender!”

 Mr. Nagle’s Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar is composed of photographs taken entirely in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois.  Mr. Nagle’s ability to capture moving eagles, and literally freeze them in time is stunning.  Magazine worthy images mark each page of his calendar.  

 Mr. Nagle says “I’ve been photographing the American Bald Eagle on the Mississippi Riverway in the Quad Cities for many years now, and I’ve finally learned enough about eagles, photography, and light, to be able to get the images I want.  This calendar is my American Bald Eagle portfolio for your home, for a steal of a price.”

 Mr. Nagle’s calendar can be ordered at Lulu.com at the following link:
http://www.lulu.com/product/calendar/quad-cities-bald-eagle-calendar-2011/13407056

For a limited time, use code “CALENDARVIP305” during checkout for 40% off!!!

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Lulu.com is the premier marketplace for digital content on the
Internet, with over 300,000 recently published titles, and more than 4,000 new
titles added each week, created by people in 80 different countries. Lulu is
changing the world of publishing by enabling the creators of books, video,
periodicals, multimedia and other content to publish their work themselves with
complete editorial and copyright control. With Lulu offices in the US, Canada the
UK and Europe, Lulu customers can reach the globe.

Richard Nagle is sole proprietor and owner of Night Owl Photography.  Richard learned his craft from his father, and godfathers as a young teen.  Richard’s favorite tools of the trade are his Nikon D300, and his Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens.  Night Owl Photography can be located online at http://www.nightowlphotography.com/.

Calendar Sale! 40% Off!!! 2011 Bald Eagle Calendar

Lulu Press is offering 40% off for my 2011 Quad Cities Bald Eagle Calendar!  That’s insane!!!  Take advantage of this before they realize their insanity!  

“This American Bald Eagle Calendar, is a collection of American Bald Eagle images photographed entirely in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. I hope that my bald eagle calendar sets itself apart from other bald eagle calendars out there. I’ve spent a great deal of time in the design and composition of this calendar, for you to enjoy throughout the year. I encourage you to preview the calendar, and flip through the pages to see how my calendar is unique. I hope you like it.”

 Use code “CALENDARVIP305” during checkout.
 
http://www.lulu.com/product/calendar/quad-cities-bald-eagle-calendar-2011/13407056

 

Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar for 2011

American Bald EagleWell, it’s that time of year again.  Time to release my latest American Bald Eagle Calendar.  This is the 3rd edition of the Quad Cities American Bald Eagle Calendar, and I’ve changed the format a little bit.  In past years, I included eagle facts on each calendar page, but this year, at the suggestion of few people, I’ve left the eagle facts out so that the images can be enjoyed more fully.  So I hope you all like the new format.

All of the images in this calendar were taken in the Quad Cities area of Iowa/Illinois, and all were taken in the 2010 migration season.  You’ll see juvenile bald eagles, and adult bald eagles.  The juveniles are the ones without the white feathers on their head and tail, such as the bald eagle on the cover of the calendar. 

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Quad Cities

American Bald Eagle

 Calendar 2011

Please help me to share this calendar with everyone, by reposting it on your social networking pages.  Thanks a bunch!