Phoenix Pest Infestations

Capturing Images of Infested Regions of The Southwest

arizona roachesArizona is known for it’s rough desert landscape and capturing images of the wildlife as they go about their daily routines in the desert is a site to see. I have been photographing nature for a few decades now and there is almost nothing more interesting than photographing infestations. I have been in attics with bat infestations that numbered in the hundreds, seen rat infestations that have filled barnyards, and bee infestations that have placed thousands of buzzing bees in the walls of a residential structure. No matter the insect, no matter the rodent, infestations are an amazing site to behold and if you are lucky enough you can photograph them before they move on to another location or before they get removed.

Being in this industry for as long as I have you learn a lot of tricks to help you get in front of the landscape or scene you want to photograph. Finding locals to take you to that hidden waterfall, or to that pristine landscape can make all the difference in the world. When I set out into the Arizona desert to find abandoned mining towns and structures that may have fell victim to one of natures marvelous infestations I decided to reach out to a local pest control company in Phoenix for advise on finding the perfect infestation. Scorpions, spiders, snakes, rats, roaches, I really didn’t care what it was, I just wanted to find an infested piece of land and photograph for a few hours. I was hoping the pest control company may have had a job on the books that I could have photographed prior to them removing the infestation, but there was no such luck. They were able to give me some good advice that was specific to each insect and rodent that was native to Arizona.

There were some interesting tips on how scorpions nested and where I might find an infestation of them. arizona scorpionRattlesnakes typically don’t infest areas of land but rather roam free, however there were suggestions about rocky landscapes where I might find an abundance of rattlers and other sun-loving reptiles. The old mining towns of Kearney, and Jerome offer some great abandoned properties to photograph that had small infestations of rodents.

We eventually ventured downtown Phoenix near the old Union Station where there was an abundance of opportunity for infestations. As I took a closer look through the lens of my camera I did notice that there were cockroaches on just about everything that was lining the drainage ditch. The drainage ditch provides plenty of moisture and collects enough garbage to create a feeding frenzy for both roaches and rats. Although I didn’t see any rats, the conditions were perfect for them. The roach infestation was real though, and we have some wonderful images to share with you showcasing what we found.

We hope you enjoy this piece of Photographing The West and hope you return soon to see our new projects and artistic photographs.

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Renewal

This was shot in a pool and inverted upside down.

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Last Frame: Bears At Play

Last Frame: Bears At Play
Photo By Michelle Theall

As a photographer for Alaska magazine and photo tour guide with Wild Departures, Michelle Theall spends most of her time in Alaska photographing black, brown and polar bears. Last summer, she spent time with a sow and her three spring cubs in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula. With her favorite lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II, in the shop, she was shooting with a less-premium rental, which made her nervous. “I knew sharpness and light might be issues,” she said, “but hoped for the best. Two of the cubs were particularly energetic and kept lagging behind to play. The action was great, but it was 8 a.m., the light was flat, the bears were far away and it was raining.” With the sun behind the bears, Theall embraced the challenge, emphasizing the silhouettes of the bears rather than going for detail. “At low tide, you get a shimmer off the sand that gives an image a silver, mirror-like cast.” Theall also notes that, “The bears come out regardless of the weather, so I do too. Some of the most interesting images come in less-than-optimal conditions. And if I can’t seem to make anything work, I set down the camera and just enjoy being part of their world for a while.”

Nikon D810, AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. Exposure: 1/1250 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 800. 

See more of Michelle Theall’s photography at wilddepartures.com.

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Photo Of The Day By Sonya Lang

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Spirit of Winter” by Sonya Lang. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Photo By Sonya Lang

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Spirit of Winter” by Sonya Lang. Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

“This wolf of the Wapiti pack stepped away from the pack that was feeding on a carcass and wandered over near a thermal area in Yellowstone National Park,” explains Lang. “I was lucky that the area around the wolf’s head cleared so that it was very visible in the image.”

See more of Sonya Lang’s photography at sonya-lang.pixels.com.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Outdoor Portraits Essentials: Natural Light Photography, Fill Flash & Diffusers

Outdoor Portraits Essentials: Natural Light Photography, Fill Flash & Diffusers


Learn how to take gorgeous outdoor portraits with any camera, whether your working with a model or your family. We’ll show you how to use natural light, how to add light from a flash or speedlight, and how to use an inexpensive diffuser to make soft, flattering light in any conditions. Tony shows you all the camera settings you need and Chelsea teaches you everything about posing. Want to try the flash bender from the video? Get in on Amazon http://help.tc/flashbender

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Beat the Heat

Kids beat the heat of summer by enjoying the water play area in a mall in Cebu City, Philippines.

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Winter Fog And Mist Assignment Winner Wayne Wilson

Congratulations to Wayne Wilson for winning the recent Winter Fog And Mist Assignment with the image, Frozen Fog.
Photo By Wayne Wilson

Congratulations to Wayne Wilson for winning the recent Winter Fog And Mist Assignment with the image, Frozen Fog.

“A thin layer of fog hovered above a large patch of cattail on the shores of Lake Wyandotte, in the Sierra foothills, a few miles east of Oroville, California,” explains Wilson. “Just before sunrise, fog hovering over the lake dropped into the tules and immediately froze. This shot captures the transition just as the fog settled and froze. The frosty cattails lasted for about 30 minutes before the sun’s rays raised the temperature and melted the frost, creating another layer of fog.”

Nikon D7000, Nikon 10-24mm, Really Right Stuff TVC-33 tripod, BH-55 ballhead, Singh Ray, Galen Rowell ND-3G-HS filter.

To see more of Wayne Wilson’s photography, visit WayneWilsonArtworks.com and follow him on Instagram.

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Photo Of The Day By Laura Zirino

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Dawn Emerges From the Fog” by Laura Zirino.
Photo By Laura Zirino

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Dawn Emerges From the Fog” by Laura Zirino. Location: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona.

“Tillotson Peak in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument emerges from an eerie, foggy morning,” describes Zirino.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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What’s in my Camera Bag 2017 | Landscape Photography Edition

What’s in my Camera Bag 2017 | Landscape Photography Edition


In this video I am still in Snowdonia and we delve into the depths of my camera bag to see what I am using to capture my landscape photography in 2017.

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Whats in my Camera Bag

One of the things I love about photography is the marriage of technology and art. It seems often the cool thing to do is to pretend you don’t care about the gear. Whilst the gear are just tools I use to create my art, from time to time I really enjoy talking about my tools. I am not alone in this. I am contacted daily by people asking me what gear they should buy, what is the best lens for a certain situation, what filters I use etc etc. So on my recent trip to Snowdonia I took a few minutes to show exactly what is in my landscape photography bag.

To see a full list of my camera gear please use he link above.

Camera Bag

I also get a lot of questions about the bag itself. I am currently using the F-stop Sukha camera bag. This is an amazing photography bag that is perfect for the rugged mountain conditions I am faced with. It is was waterproof and provides great access to your gear that is stored in the ICU or internal camera unit. It is a big bag and has addition room for food, camping gear and more.

Cameras

My main body is currently the Canon 5D Mark IV. It is truly an epic camera. I have reviewed it before in a big real world test. Hit the link below.

I am also using the Canon 800D for vlogging. For well under a thousand pounds this is a great camera with superb video features and still ideal for landscape photography. You can see my recent review on the link below.

Lenses

My current lens setup covers all the important focal range for capturing landscapes. Having a wide angle lens is important if you want to capture the big wide vistas. I use the Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens. Whilst it is an older lens it still provides excellent quality and can also be picked up for a bargain price. I have not felt the need to upgrade to a newer 16-35mm lens.

Next I use the Tamron 24-70mm. Image quality is on a par with the original Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 but the Tamron also come with image stabilisation. Perfect for video.

At the long end I use the Canon 70-200mm f/4 to capture the more intimate landscapes. I purposely use the cheapest version which is the f/4 because it is the lightest and easiest to lug around. I use the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS mark 2 for my wedding photography. It is a stunning lens but weighs more than an elephant. I do not want to carry it up mountains.

Filters

As many of you know I do not use graduated filters. I prefer to use screw on filters. I feels they are easier to carry around and quicker to use.

I carry a circular polariser for each of the lenses and Neutral density filters for long exposure photography. I have a 6 stop ND and a 10 stop. They can also be combined to give 16 stops of light reduction.

Accessories

What’s in my bag accessory wise? Photography equipment is made up of accessories such as lens hoods, eye piece covers, memory cards, batteries and other stuff such as food and safety gear for the mountains. I no longer use a shutter release cable or an intervalometer as the Canon 5D Mark IV has it built in along with a bulb timer.

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The King

Griffon vulture portrait

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