Monday, March 9, 2015

What to do if you hook a pelican

I know I haven't posted in awhile, my goal is to change that.  So.......interesting title to a post after being gone so long.....

I just returned from a week long trip to the Forgotten Coast.......Port St. Joe, Florida.  I love Florida, I go as often as I can.  This year, my husband and I bought a salt water fishing license, we took our boat and we spent some time on the water doing what we love.     When you go fishing, you always need to stop at a bait shop, for bait, hooks something that you forgot.

So a little prepping for where this is going.  I've fished most of my life.   I've seen what fishing line can do to wildlife, especially birds.   I rescued a Canadian Goose from drowning after getting tangled in discarded fishing line.  When I am in Florida, one of my favorite things to photograph is pelicans.  After I get home and look at the photos on my large monitor, nearly 90% of the pelicans I have photographed have fishing line somewhere on them, or injuries from fishing line.  I've always been told leave them alone, cut the line, they will probably die.

All 3 of these pelicans have line or injuries from fishing line.  You can see the cut on the throat of the brown pelican in the foreground in this photo.  The middle one had line on him and the one in the back had cuts as well from fishing line.

While at Blue Water Outfitters, I noticed a brochure.  Full color with a large pelican on the cover.  What to do if you hook a pelican.   I was super surprised when I opened it, there are instructions on how to handle the pelican and remove the hook.  They also mention egrets and herons.   To some this may not be that big of a deal.   I love wildlife.  I hunt as well, I'm not a big animal rights person.   But I don't ever want to see an animal suffer and if I am to blame for an accident to an animal, you can be sure I will try to help it.   I won't just "leave it alone".

I am super impressed with the organizations that helped produce this pamphlet.   I was able to find the brochure online.

Link to the pamphlet : What to do if you hook a pelican brochure 

These birds become accustomed to us being around.  People inevitably toss fish to them.   We have trained them.   Then we throw fish to them that have been bones, that is not what these birds are designed to eat.  Tossing fishing line on the ground.  Birds fly, their grace is there, walking on the ground with fishing line and hooks......  not the best recipe.  Then casting those bait fish.......that delicious fish we think of as bait is food to them.  If you see a bird nearby, don't cast near it.  Have some respect for the wildlife that is around us.   I could ramble on this for hours, but will stop......

Vulture eating some remaining fish parts. One of the few birds that can handle leftover fish parts with exposed bones.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Prints, CD Flash Drive, where will they be in 100 years?

Prints or CD or Flash Drive 

This is always a debate between professional photographers.   Which to do.  I struggled with it as well.   I offer my clients some choices.   But what I am surprised about....most want the CD or Flash Drive.    Sure, I know media.  They can go home and instantly start showing off their pictures on Facebook, Instagram and all the others.  That is fun.   

But.......  where will that CD or Flash Drive be in 5 years....20 years.....  50 years.......and yes, think about 150 years.    Ipads will be gone sometime, the laptop you are using right now won't last many more years.  Let's face many CDs have you lost in the last year, scratched in the last year, your child tried to microwave it....or put it in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.   Flash drives....they are great....  how many have been lost or the dog ate it.   
So you spent that money for all of those professional photographs and they're gone.   Ok.....You go back to your photographer and ask for another copy.  Most have them backed up.  Some only back up for a year.   Did you know that over 70% of the photographers that are there today, won't be there this time next year?  Most invest a lot of money into the equipment, but never learn the business side and go under or worse, they never learn to use their equipment properly and realize they will never pay off all that equipment and sell it.  Once they do that, those backups tend to disappear.  

 How many remember 3 1/2 inch diskettes?  How many of you still have a computer that can access one?    Did you know some of the new laptops out don't have cd rom drives.  They are slowly going away.  Now its SD cards, mini SD cards and thankfully USB flash drives are still here.   But who knows in 10 or 20 years.   
Now I have you thinking about the future and how you will still view the photos, at least I hope that's what you are thinking about. If not, how many times have you been around the family and someone pulls out an old photo album?   There you are, looking at pictures of your grandma when she was a little girl.  There is a picture of your Uncle when he was in the Army in Vietnam.  You can put a face with all of these stories you've heard.  You can connect with a relative you've never met.   Those photos have lasted that long.   Technology has come a long way in printing photographs.   Some are worse and start fading after a year.  When you get prints from the professional labs, they will last.   Don't you want your grandchild to see a picture of you when you were a senior?  Let's face it ladies, most of us aren't gifted to keep that athletic body we had when we were seniors.    What about your great grandchildren,  nieces and nephews?  Don't you want them to be able to sit down at the table and have someone pull out photos of you?  Will that flash drive or CD rom still be around?  And the cloud.....  some say...well I save it to the cloud......   Where in the heck is that cloud anyways?

Anyways..... no matter where you live, no matter who your photographer is, consider getting prints done in archival inks or the better printing systems where ink isn't even involved.   In 150 years, no telling who will get to enjoy them. 

Now, I don't have any expertise in knowing about the future of digital files....but, nor do many people. A quick Google search seems to show that no one really knows how they will be handled in the future. One recommended strategy is to make hard copies of important documents and photos!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


I had the opportunity to work with this great outdoor family.  They love to hunt and fish together,  just great country folks.   
They asked to get photos on our bowfishing boat, so we had to let them!  

The black truck is one of our photo props that is on hand when we need it.   It gets requested quite a bit.  
At one point, got done taking some pictures and this little guy just started heading down the road.  He was done for awhile I guess!

Hangin out in the barn

I will be doing future photo shoots with this family. Can't wait to take them to one of the area lakes or rivers and have some more fun with them!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Woman and her horse - Senior Photo moment

Welcome to North Star's new photography blog!   We figured it was time to start a blog where folks that just don't like facebook can check out what we've been up to.
I think the first post will be one of our favorite photos we've taken this year.

If anyone has seen photos I've taken over the last year or so, I almost always do some animal eye pictures.   A lot with a horse's eye.    When a wonderful young senior wanted some Senior pictures done and asked if I minded taking them with her horse, I jumped at the chance.    I'm not sure if I was more excited or her.  I immediately researched some posing ideas that would show off her and her horse.   She had some ideas and I had some ideas and some of my helpers had some ideas.   We went through all of them.  I asked if she minded me trying this photo idea out.   We took about 8 different shots of her next to her horse and I fell in love with this one.    Thank you Molly and Kayce for a chance to get a gorgeous shot!