More from SW Florida

Great Egret in Flight. Pansonic G9 with the Leica f/2.8 200mm lens and 1.4X teleconverter. Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 320

Even though the copy of the Leica f/2.8 200mm lens is a pre-production unit I foun it performing exceptionally well.  It focuses fast and the camera and lens combination have no problems following birds in flight.  

The Learn to Swallow Large Fish. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200.

This was a very active nest.  The adult had brought 5 or 6 fish and regurgitated them multiple times. 

Green Heron Sky-Pointing – Corkscrew Swamp. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 640.

This was the first time I witnessed a Green Heron Sky-Pointing which is a very common mating behavior with Great Blue Herons and various Egrets.

Three American White Pelican flying after the sun had set. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400.

Ding Darling NWR was a big disappointment.  The birds were sparse with the exception of Pelicans, Willets, Dowitchers and Dunlins.  As the sun set, these Pelicans started departing the sand-bar they were on, probably to roost elsewhere.


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Anhingas can look good too

Really wanted to see the G9’s performance with dynamic range and the ability to capture good shadow detail.  I was very pleased with the performance as you will see from these images.

Just Checking. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 640


What’s Next. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO 400


Anhinga in Flight. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200

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Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral

Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 3200

After a full day of disappointments at Corkscrew and Ding Darling, I got to Cape Coral just as the sun was setting.  Made it to three nests, each with just one owl.  There were two owls in the in the first one but one scampered down the burrow as I was focusing on the pair.

All images were captured hand-held.

This last image was captured after the sun had set and you can see the camera’s performance at ISO 8000. 

Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 8000

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Venice Rookery – The Lumix G9 and the Leica 200 f/2.8 + 1.4X

Black-crowned Night Heron. Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X Teleconverter (equivalent focal length 560mm).  Exposure triad: f/5.6, i/2500 sec, ISO 640.

It was a very cold 40 degree morning at the Venice Rookery, Florida and I wanted to capture birds in flight.  Many of the birds were hunkerd down while a few went about their chores, bringing food and nesting material.  This image was captured using the Lumix G9 with a preproduction version of the Leica 200mm f/2.8 prime coupled with the 1.4X teleconverter.  The preproduction version is great and I am sure the production version will be even better.

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Some More Birds Species of Keoladeo NP

A few more images of the over 300 species of birds found in Keoladeo National Park.

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. Panasonic Lumix G9, Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 320


Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto.  Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/640, ISO 500


Indian Robin (male) Saxicoloides fulicatus. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 1250


Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 1250 Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 1600


Common Kingfisher at the start of its dive. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000, IS0 200

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Indian Peafowl at Sunrise


Too early for courtship – Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X teleconverter.  Exposure triad: f/4, 1/500, ISO 200.

The image above was captured on the first morning.  The following four images are a sequence of a male Indian Peafowl flying toward a snag and then instantly departing. These were captured on the following morning. I selected all the images to have the wings in the same/similar position.  These were shot with the Lumix G9 and the Leica 100-400mm lens.  Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec ISO 250 and 200 for the last image.




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Barbets of Keoladeo NP

Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus – Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 –  400 mm.  Exposure triad:  f/6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO 8000

Barbets are a species of tropical birds in the family Capitonidae (order Piciformes). Barbets are named for the bristles at the bases of their bills that they use to dig holes in rotting trees where there will nest. They have large heads and short tails and are not agile fliers. They eat insects, lizards, birds’ eggs, fruit, and berries.

The Keoladeo NP has three species of Barbet.  I was able to photograph only the Brown-headed Barbet     Psilopogon zeylanicus and the Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus,  The third, White-cheeked Barbet was not found.

As these birds sit in very dense leaf trees the light is hard to work with and high ISOs become mandatory.

Brown-headed Barbet Psilopogon zeylanicus – Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm and 1.4X teleconverter.  Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600 


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Kingfishers of Keoladeo National Park

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 200

On this very short visit to India, my wife and I spent three days in Bharatpur, Rajasthan at the Keoladeo National Park to photograph wildlife.  These three images are of the three species of Kingfisher that can be found in the region this time of year.  The Stork-billed and Black-capped are known to be around but I have not been lucky to ever see or photograph them.  Of the three, the Common Kingfisher is the most elusive and least common.  The White-throated is easy to find and easy to photograph.  The Pied kingfisher can be seen at many locations but is very elusive for photography.  It hovers with a very rapid wing beat so requires high very shutter speed.

For these three days, I used the Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm lens and the Leica 200 mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X tele-extender.  I can not say enough about how much I enjoyed this kit and its performance truly excels.

White Throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnens – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 200


A hovering Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200

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LRTimelapse Version 5 Released

LRTimelapse 5 is major upgrade and brings many improvements! Check out what’s new!

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Comprehensive list of what’s new in LRT5


Workflow Status Indicators

  • Workflow status indicators in the file tree. Automatic detection of the workflow status when first loading a previously edited sequence with LRT5.
  • Ability to mark a sequence as “Finished” by clicking on the new Checkmark in the main toolbar. This is a manual toggle. It will be reflected in the workflow status indicators as well and the folder in the tree will be shown in green.
  • The Status “Video rendered” – will show up if a video has been rendered for the corresponding sequence. Rendered Videos will now be assigned to the original sequences. Once a video has been rendered, you’ll find a “Play” button at the right below the workflow buttons. You’ll get a dialog where you can choose the assigned video and play it back in the default media player. For folders processed with LRTimelapse 4 where intermediary sequences have already been exported from Lightroom, you can manually assign the default render folder via right click on a folder and then “Assign default render folder”. This will assign the videos rendered to that folder too, so that they are available via the new Play video feature.

Direct Render

  • Added a “Render Directly“-Tab to quickly allow to render a JPG or TIFF sequence. No need to load the sequence first – you can choose it from inside the render dialog. If you already loaded a JPG or TIFF sequence, the direct rendering will refer to the currently loaded sequence.

Holy Grail Wizard

  • New, improved HG Wizard. Works even better now and supports subsequent adjustments. Adds a bit of deflickering in the first instance already.


  •  Automatic multipass option for Visual Deflicker. This will deflicker in multiple passes leading to very smooth results. You can set the number of passes and the desired accuracy. Normally 2 passes with normal accuracy should already deliver perfect results. While the refining is running, you can set a selection, this will then limit the refining to that selection while it’s running.
  • The smoothed curve will not change anymore after a deflicker step, this makes refining parts of sequences much exacter and easier too.
  • Multi pass deflicker can be continued in a background pass, similar to the normal visual deflicker. (Pro)

Remove images without deleting

  • New menu entry “Remove Images” to move images to a folder with suffix “_REMOVED” (similar to the filter in the long term workflow). Forum-User Request.

 Improved Batch Processing (Pro)

  • When switching folders while visual previews are being generated now additionally to finishing the preview generation in batch, you can now as well trigger an automatic multipass deflicker.
  • You can as well start a batch multipass deflicker on a folder that is not loaded and possibly doesn’t even have visual previews. In that case you’ll have to blindly set the deflicker settings (unless the deflicker settings were set before on that sequence).
  • Rendering Visual previews as a batch process is now heavily multithreaded, just like the regular visual previews generation.

Lightoom Plugin / Addons

  • Multiple folder export. You can now select various folders in Lightroom’s Library. Make sure that the filter is set to “LRT Full Sequence”, then select all images and export. LRTExport will create all the required export folders and trigger the rendering for each one in LRTimelapse automatically.

Video Rendering

Render Dialog

  • The render dialog now shows a preview for any loaded intermediary sequence. You can even scrub through the preview.
  • When choosing “Force 16:9” in render dialog now you can define a top offset for the cropped region via a slider (Forum-Request). The preview will show where the crop gets applied.
  • Support for more flexible naming for intermediary sequences (not forced to LRT_00001 anymore, but alphabetical sorting with leading zeros is required!
  • Post processing options are now saved for any intermediary sequence. Those options will therefore be used by default for rerendering that sequence.
  • Remember last render folder in render dialog after exporting/rendering from Lightroom. Forum-User request.
  • Added mjpeg codec rendering. Forum-Request. (Pro)
  • Prores will now enable low and medium quality rendering too as well as more flexibility for choosing 422 or 444 color encoding. (Pro)
  • Added Capture time overlay option to render dialog. (Pro)

Preview Rendering

  • Added Preview rendering for creating quick preview videos (Icon below preview). If the sequence has visual previews, those will be used, otherwise the camera-previews. The icon will indicate which ones will be used.
  • When rendering a preview video for a JPG sequence, the original sequence will be used instead of the small previews and you will get a full render dialog where you can freely choose your settings. Basically this allows for a fast JPG rendering without any edits.

User Interface

  • New Icons, all completely scalable now.
  • Improved UI Scalability for large screens/high scaling factors, new scalable Checkboxes, Radiobuttons, Comboboxes, Sliders, tree icons and handles.
  • Added Buttons below the preview for Render Video, Render Previews and Render Composite.
  • New Main Toolbar with frequently needed tools like Import / Initialize.
  • Consolidated Workflow Buttons, added Auto Save when enabling visual previews.
  • Time estimation indicator for Visual preview generation and other tasks.
  • Mac: Delete via backspace key instead of Delete.


  • Implemented support for Rotation and Mirroring of images. LRTimelapse will now show rotated and mirrored images in its previews including reference area support. This fixes the problem with mirrored GoPro Raw files also.
  • Alt-Cursor Up/Down now jumps to the next interval change (Similar to Ctrl/Cmd Up/Down does for keyframes). This makes it much easier to select a sequence in a folder just imported, in order to move it to a new folder with “New folder from selection”. Shift-Alt Up/Down does the same but selects too.
  • While the visual previews were being generated, you could not play back. Now, if you select a subsequence, where the visual previews already have been finished rendering, you can playback that region. Forum-User request.
  • Improved reliability of preview loading when quickly switching between folders.
  • You can now redefine the reference area on sequences with visual previews without having to rebuild the visual previews.
  • Ctrl or Shift Click into the Preview panel on a Reference anchor will now delete that anchor.

Long term workflow

  • Added Filter for time span that lets you select a start and end time for the files. This will only work, if the images have Exif-Date/Time information.
  • Long Term Workflow / Cameras without Exif-Support: If your camera does not provide Exif-Data for Date-Time, you can now try to fill the date/time information from the file information. Whether this works, heavily depends on the OS you are working on and if the original date/time information is still in the files. No guarantee! That’s why LRTimelapse offers the 3 different date/time information possibly stored in the files: creation date, last modified date and last access date. Mostly they are not handled correctly by the OS but you might be lucky to be able to exctract the information and write it to the Date/Time column in LRTimelapse. This will help with the sorting and enable the new Filter by Date/Time in the long term workflow also.
  • Long Term Workflow: Smoothing sliders by default are now on the left position, this means no filtering is active. This makes it easier to approach the right filter values.


  • Improved multithreading for visual preview generation. Increased possible number of supported threads to 32.


  • Improved Refresh feature on the dirchoosers. If nothing selected, the refresh button will not select a default folder anymore.
  • When changing a folder while it was loading the process was not interrupted in some cases. Fixed.
  • Turned off “Set default 16:9 crop on initializing” for new installations in the settings, it’s recommended to work with the full images and do the 16:9 cropping when rendering.
  • If LRTimelapse is currently saving, you won’t get the “unsaved metadata” dialog anymore when quickly changing to visual previews. Saving will just be finished in background.
  • Windows: Fixed initial scaling factor when first starting LRT on a new machine.
  • When deleting Raw-Files where a JPG with same name existed, the JPG was not deleted. Fixed.
  • Reveal in Explorer did not work for files in the Root of a drive. Fixed.
  • Shift-Reload will now respect a selection: if more than one image is selected, only the previews for the selection will be redone.
  • Removed Multiselection from the main directory chooser (didn’t make sense) and some other choosers.
  • After a dialog with “You have changed data, do you want to save?” the save operation would not show a progressbar. Fixed.
  • Removed support for Lightroom 3.

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Tanzania – The Great Migration – Photo Safari

August 21 – August 30, 2018

This is a trip of a lifetime for 10 of you to observe and photograph The Great Migration in Tanzania this coming August. More than 1 million wildebeest and over 200,000 zebra migrate from The Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya – crossing the Mara River at the risk of meeting their demise in the jaws of a Nile crocodile. This is the GREATEST wildlife spectacle on earth and we put you in the middle of it and we put you there in comfort!

Not only will you observe the migration but you have excellent prospects at photographing every other awesome animal there is to photograph in Tanzania – giraffe, cape buffalo, leopard, cheetah, rhino, lion, elephant, birds galore, monkeys, hippo, waterbuck, mongoose, baboon, crocs, serval cat(maybe), gazelle, topi, wildebeest zebra, and many, many more.

This safari has an unbeatable price for photographers of all skill levels.  Accompanying spouses/partners are most welcome to participate.  

Call 617.759.0010 or use the contact page if you need more information


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