|This Painted Bunting image was created with the 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, 37mm of extension, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/320 sec. at f/8. Fill flash with the Better Beamer at -3 stops.|
Johnny Cozad is and has been one of the growing number of Texas ranchers who has opened his ranch for photographic eco-tourism. For a very reasonable daily fee, you can enjoy his lightweight relatively cool blinds and his amazing assemblage of birds. It is the very best place that I know for photographing Painted Buntings in the first half of May. I visited with Johnny on five of my seven afternoons and we had the male Painted Bunting come to the small pond every day but one offering unparalleled opportunites. The mornings that I spent there with my private day clients were filled with Golden-fronted Woodpeckers.
If you would like to visit the Cozad Ranch in the next week or two to enjoy photographing these two species you can reach Johnny on his cell phone at
956-330-1377 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnny Cozad is one of the nicest, sweetest gentlemen that you will ever meet.
|This male Golden-fronted Woodpecker was photographed with the 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, a 25mm Extension tube, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/160 sec. at f/5.6 set manually. Fill flash with the Better Beamer at -3 stops.|
In my next post I will share images of both my morning and afternoon Cozad set-ups.