Archive for ‘February, 2012’

Key West Sunset

Back in the USA with my scenic pictures. I was only once in Key West, but it was one of the best vacations I ever had. It is a beautiful place.

This is a picture of a sailboat on a sunset cruise.

Picture Data: Camera: Canon 1D Mark II / Lens: Canon L IS 28-300mm at 75mm/ Mode: AV / Shutter Speed: 1/8000s / Aperture: f/8 / ISO: 400 / Exposure Correction +2eV / Metering: Central weighted / White balance: K6500 / Center point focus only / Time: at sunset / cropped to approx 80% / Freehand from moving boat (stabilizer mode 2)

Invitation to the March Gallery Crawl / Picture of the Week 9 – Bubble Bath!

[View all Pictures of the Week 2012]

It is not really a bubble bath but Hadari, one the Nashville Zoo’s African Elephants, is getting a “shampoo rub down”  as part of her daily routine.

Invitation to the March Gallery Crawl

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 6p.m. to 9p.m.
Where: Christian Sperka Photography / Animal Art Photography Gallery at the Arcade [Downtown Nashville in the block between Church and Union Streets and 4th and 5th Avenues]

Special Event
INTELLIGENT GIANTS – The Nashville Zoo Elephants

In cooperation with the Nashville Zoo I will be presenting many interesting  images and video clips of the Nashville Zoo Elephants.

I will show a lot of backstage images give some insights into Elephant care at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

There will be three presentations by Connie Philipp, Director of Animal Collections (at 6:30pm / 7:30pm and 8:30pm) on the subject.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 🙂

Thanda Sunrise

Another scenic shot of one of my favorite places in South Africa.

This is a sunrise on Thanda Private Game Reserve in Kwazulu Natal.

Picture Data: Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV / Lens: Canon L IS 28-300mm at 200mm/ Mode: AV / Shutter Speed: 1/3000s / Aperture: f/5.6 / ISO: 400 / Exposure Correction +/-0eV / Metering: Central weighted / White balance: Auto / Center point focus only / Time: early morning / cropped to approx 50% / Freehand from vehicle

Intelligent Giants, The Answers and The Winner


I admit it was a bit misleading. All the detail pictures in the last “Animal Species Identification Contest” were from the same species: African Elephants.

The first person to send in the correct answer to the question in the contest was Bob Ellis, Smyrna, Tennessee.  Congratulations!

To be more precise, all pictures were of the Elephants at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

During the next Nashville First Saturday Gallery Crawl there will be a special event at the Christian Sperka Photography Gallery.

In cooperation with the Nashville Zoo I will be showing many interesting  images and video clips of the Nashville Zoo Elephants.  There will be three presentations by Connie Philipp, Director of Animal Collections (at 6:30pm / 7:30pm and 8:30pm).

Learn more about these INTELLIGENT GIANTS – The Nashville Zoo Elephants

It would be great to see you at my Gallery in the Arcade (Downtown Nashville) on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Buck, Beaver and Courtship

A few times a week I go walking with a friend around Radnor Lake (Nashville, Tennessee).

These walks are supposed to be more for exercise than for photography, but I cannot go anywhere in Nature without a camera 🙂

This morning we saw a White-tailed Deer Buck looking after a herd of does, a Beaver swimming and making a quick excursion on land and we observed the courtship behavior of some Canada Geese.

A most productive wildlife photography morning!

If you would like to review all my Radnor Lake picture go to www.sperka.biz/radnor

 

Animal Species Identification Contest

I have been working recently with some very interesting animals.  So, here is small animal species identification contest. These are six different macro pictures.

The first reader of my blog who sends in the correct identification of all six pictures (species names) by email to info@sperka.com will win a 8″x10″ print.

Enjoy the contest :-)

I will publish the correct match and the winner soon!

Getting Close!

Today I got a very good question from one of my blog readers about the “closeness” to animals on game drives (see comment and answer on the post MORNING MIST).

Here are two pictures of a case when the animal chose to come so close to our vehicle, that we made the decision to get out of the way :-). The second picture is taken from a considerable distance. The Elephant Bull past us quietly!

In the first picture you can see the dashboard of the car and the Elephant. It was pretty close.

Picture 1: Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV / Lens: Canon L 17-40mm at 28mm / Mode: AV / Shutter Speed: 1/320s / Aperture: f/4 / ISO: 400 / Exposure Correction +/-0.00eV / Metering: Central weighted / White balance: Auto / Time: winter morning / Freehand from vehicle

Picture 2: Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV / Lens: Canon L 17-40mm at 40mm / Mode: AV / Shutter Speed: 1/320s / Aperture: f/4 / ISO: 400 / Exposure Correction +1.00eV / Metering: Central weighted / White balance: Auto / Time: winter morning / Freehand from vehicle

Morning Mist

This is another scenic shot with an animal in it. But you have to look very carefully to detect the Cheetah in the tree.

Two groups enjoy this Cheetah sighting in the morning mist from their game viewing vehicles.

This pictures was taken at Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

Picture Data: Camera: Canon D30 / Lens: Canon L 100-400mm at 400mm / Mode: AV / Shutter Speed: 1/1000s / Aperture: f/5.6 / ISO: 100 / Exposure Correction +/-0.00eV / Metering: Central weighted / White balance: Auto / Time: winter morning / Freehand

Imagine Dam

Well, this is another scenic shot but it has some animals in it – The best of both worlds ? :-).

It is a picture of a winter sunset at Imagine Dam on Phinda Private Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

I hope you enjoy this very African scene.

Picture Data: Camera: Canon 350D / Lens: Canon L 4.0 17-40mm at 37mm / Mode: AV / Shutter Speed: 1/30s / Aperture: f/4 / ISO: 400 / Exposure Correction -1.00eV / Metering: Central weighted / White balance: Shade / Time: evening / Freehand