Shasta Valley Dusk

ISO 2000, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/1600sec

Tuesday afternoon I was supposed to referee the Yreka High School boys and girls soccer games.  Unfortunately at the last-minute their games were rescheduled.  I thought I would make use of the time by heading out to the wildlife refuge to see if the raptors were arriving yet.

ISO 2000, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/500sec

I was upset when I arrived at the refuge because they have the road blocked due to hunting season.  I knew you could only go into the refuge on Wednesdays and the weekends if you had a hunting license.  I was unaware that on the other days you could go in, but you can’t drive.  So I took my camera and walked into the reserve.

ISO 500, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/500sec

There were a few raptors flying around, but because I was on foot I didn’t see to many.  As many of you know this week has been very cold and Tuesday was no exception.  The temperature as I walked around was 35F not taking into the account of the wind-chill.

ISO 2000, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/250sec

Love the layers of dark and light in this photograph.

ISO 640, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/800sec

Because there was a storm coming in the sky was filled with clouds for sunset.  As many of you know the light at sunset changes every few seconds.  I had fun take photographs of the changing light.  Unfortunately, since I had planned on taking photographs of birds, I only had my 300mm lens with me.  On the other hand only having this lens made me really look for that narrow shot that captured the beauty.

ISO 640, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/3200sec, Time 5:28

ISO 1000, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/8000sec, Time 5:36

I used a very fast shutter speed on these sunset shots so I could expose for the sky and not the foreground.

ISO 2000, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/160sec

This little guy was sitting on the fence when I arrived  back at my car just before it was too dark to take another picture.

Even though I had to walk a couple of miles in the freezing cold I still enjoyed the refuge.  Her are the rest of the shots.

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