Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Hare in Full Flight   7 comments

Every time I walk the dog, these little bunnies run for cover. This time, I captured one of them on the run (or in flight).

Rabbit running


Canon 7D, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
ISO 100
1/250 sec

Posted June 5, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Taking the Dog for a Walk   1 comment

…and keeping the camera low to the ground yields great shots:

Canon 7D, EF40mm f/2.8
ISO 1600
1/1250 sec

Studies of Flight   1 comment

The seagulls were out on a sunny day, enjoying the spring air.









Horseshoe Crab Study   4 comments

I found a dead baby horseshoe crab on the beach and decided to make it the subject of a practice lighting session. The underbelly was particularly challenging because of all the detail.

Crab from top

crab from side

Crab from bottom


Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 100
1/50 sec

Posted April 5, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Macro

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Winter Creatures in Montana   3 comments

This moose didn’t seem to be too concerned about me taking pictures. The other creatures actually enjoyed it (giving me some practice with action shots).

Moose eating

Snowboard jump

ski jump


Winter in Yellowstone   9 comments

Arrived in Montana and took a drive through parts of Yellowstone before arriving at Big Sky today. -15F (-26C)!

Family of Elk

This gang of elk didn’t mind the cold.


Wonder Dog   1 comment

Well, amazing might be a better adjective, but that wouldn’t make for nearly as good a blog title. When it’s cold and monochrome out, the dog becomes a never-tiring subject to practice on:

German Shepherd Dog portrait

Canon 7D, 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
ISO 400
1/40 sec
Edited with Color Efex, soft focus filter, Fujichrome Velvia 100 film


Posted January 25, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Longing for Summer   1 comment

Thought I’d post a few close-ups I shot this summer while it’s snowing and howling outside.




Canon 7D, 100mm macro lens
Adjustments in Color Efex


Posted January 21, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Macro

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Take-off   1 comment

These birds were heading to the sunset – wish I could have flown along:

Birds taking off on beach

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 100
1/2000 sec
processed with Nik Color Efex

Posted November 16, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Panorama, US

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Hidden Robin   Leave a comment

This little Robin had built her nest in a bush on the side of her house, guarding two blue eggs. Then one day there was only one egg, and the Robin never returned.

Robin in her nest

Robin in a nest

Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8
ISO 100
1/200 sec

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, US

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Fly on Hibiscus Flower   Leave a comment

I didn’t know until I looked at this picture on my computer that I had caught this little fly enjoying the hibiscus flower.

Hibiscus Flower with fly

Shot with iPhone Hipstamatic
lens: Tinto 1884
film: Sussex

Posted August 28, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Macro, Nature

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The Cat Who Owns The Bar   Leave a comment

This cat certainly seemed to have the run of the house in the little Amsterdam bar I stopped in to inquire about the menu. Fortunately the weather was so nice that everyone sat outside, leaving her the interior.

Black Cat in a Bar

Canon 7D
ISO 320
1/100 sec

Posted June 18, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Europe, Travel

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Keep Children on a Leash at All Times   6 comments

Walking a child in Manhattan — much like walking a dog:

Small child on a leash

iphone, Hipstamatic

Glamour Pug   2 comments

Look how Ozzy, my sister-in-law’s pug,  OWNS that chair:

Pug Glamor Shot

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
1/60 sec
Nik Color Efex

Posted June 7, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Success!   Leave a comment

Or: Dinner!

Shot at sunset near our local beach:

Fisherman with fish

Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro
ISO 100
1/60 sec

Fossils Making Out on the Beach   3 comments

I was lucky enough to catch the one day when Horseshoe Crabs come to our town beach to mate. There were at least 15 pairs of these ‘living fossils’ (so-called by Charles Darwin because they look just like their fossilized ancestors) horsing around (pardon the pun) in the shallow water.


Horseshoe crabs at sunset

Horseshoe crabs getting it on

Horseshoe crabs mating

Camera: Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro lens

Posted May 31, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Macro, US

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Adorable Cats and Wolves   2 comments

Some other shots I really liked from my visit to the National Zoo in Washington, DC (the first one was a collaboration with my son – he took the shot with my camera, I did the editing):

Sleeping Lioness



White Wolf

Posted April 24, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Animal Portraits   1 comment

Some shots from a walk through the National Zoo in Washington, DC:


Silver-backed Gorilla

Prairie Dog


Incoming!   2 comments

Captured on Hammonasset Beach in Connecticut, as they fluttered around a gentleman passing out breadcrumbs.

seagulls in the air

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 100
1/200 sec
Adjusted with Nik Color Efex

Skylark and Nemo   1 comment

Our dog LOVED all the snow that came down as a result of storm Nemo:

Skylark and Nemo

Posted February 27, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes

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Heading Home   3 comments

These geese were making a few passes over the field behind our house during sunrise, and then they disappeared beyond the horizon. Hope they found a warm place to set down.

Geese heading home

iphone Hipstamatic, Jane lens, Ina’s 1969

Welcome Skylark   2 comments

Ok, it didn’t take long before I took our new dog, Skylark, to the beach for a photo session. She’s a 10-year old retired Guide Dog for the Blind from California, who is now getting used to Connecticut weather and the notion that it’s OK to chase bunnies and squirrels. She already took control of the backyard, which she patrols diligently. Soon this sweet and well-mannered German Shepherd will think she owns the whole neighborhood..

Skylark, retired Guide Dog for the Blind


German Shepherd, smiling

Posted November 20, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Beloved Kearney   5 comments

This is Kearney, a retired Guide Dog for the Blind who had enjoyed her retirement with us for the last 4 1/2 years before passing away last month. This is how I’ll always remember her – slightly leaning from a stroke (which she recovered from almost fully), attentive, and super sweet. And next week, we’ll get a new addition to the family, yet another retired Guide Dog that needs a home, named Skylark (and also a German Shepherd). I’m VERY excited!

Kearney, retired Guide Dog

Posted November 10, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Fall Silhouettes   Leave a comment

Taken a few days before hurricane Sandy, when the weather was still nice enough to wander to the beach without a heavy jacket.

Sunset silhouette


Swan at sunset

Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm
Top: ISO 100, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec
Bottom:  ISO 100, 66mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec

Posted November 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, US

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Vermont Colors – Day 7: Up Close   2 comments

This time I enjoyed getting very very close to my subject. Fortunately, the mushrooms didn’t move much. The frog was a bit more challenging – took about 3 minutes to get close enough for this macro shot.

Fairy Tale Mushroom

Frog Eye - Macro

Forest Mushrooms


Canon EOS 7D, 100mm EF-L f2/8

Posted October 6, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Macro, Travel, US

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Inspiration for the Wright brothers   Leave a comment

Watching these graceful herons at our beach sure awakened in me the desire to fly.  I’m glad that the Wright brothers did something about it.

Posted July 1, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Animals

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Herons on the prowl   Leave a comment

Several herons (or egrets) made the marsh near our town beach their hunting ground today. What graceful creatures – and perfect for photographers since they tend to stand very still as they wait for unsuspecting fish to appear at their feet.

this one took off as soon as I got closer than 100 feet.

Soaring towards another feeding spot:

All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 250
1/2000 sec

Posted May 28, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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Close Encounter of the Monkey Kind   1 comment

These monkeys had no fear – they prowled across the hotel property with impunity.

And this howler monkey didn’t care whether he was flashing us or not:

And this spider monkey thought he could fly:

 All photos taken in Costa Rica in April 2012, with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm lens.

Unexpected Guests   1 comment

Found these two wild turkeys strolling across our lawn today. Raced to my camera gear to get a good shot, and was lucky that they were still there when I got back.

The male was about 3 feet (1m) tall.

Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm EF IS II
ISO 200

Posted April 28, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals, US

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Elusive birds of Costa Rica   1 comment

While there’s a constant racket of bird chirps, screeches, and whistles in the background, the birds in Costa Rica’s are actually very hard to find because they hide in dense foliage of the rainforest canopy. I was lucky to get these shots during  a week-long visit. Here is a Toucan, the national symbol of Costa Rica:

This was shot at 400mm, and then cropped by 2x. With the naked eye, the Toucan was just a dark blob in the foliage. Here’s another screecher (no idea what this one is called):

And here’s a hummingbird, the hardest one to catch on film because they dart so quickly from flower to flower:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm or 400mm, ISO 1000 to ensure fast enough shutter speed.

Jurassic Park? No, Costa Rica!   1 comment

Saw quite a few lizards and iguanas in Antonio Manuel National Park yesterday morning.  This one is a Ctenosaur – it was about 2 feet long and resting on a tree overlooking the beach:

And this one is a Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, for his ability to run across water for up to 20 meters:

And these little ones (20 cm)  ran so fast and their heads darted in all directions so frequently that they reminded me of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 400mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

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