Wildlife through my new Canon 5D Mark III

Being Watched

I wanted to restart my blogging with a shot from my new Canon 5D Mark III camera. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks and have already shot so much with it.

The very first week out of the box I had a video shoot in Anaheim CA for the company where I warmed up the HD video side of the camera and shot over 150 gigs of HD video. Without too much experience with the camera before a major shoot I can say that the camera performed very well.

I mated it with a studio configuration, rails, audio, Arriflex and large LED studio lighting, and some other standard studio type hardware and the camera of my dreams outperformed my wildest dreams.

This shot is an example of the stills it shoots. My goodness, the camera is amazing! I purchased both Canon and Sigma glass and I am impressed with both. After I get used to this setup I’m going to go ahead and save up for some major prime lenses to take shooting to the next level.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post some nature and “RELAX” videos shot with the camera. One of the really neat additions I “splurged” on was a Zoom surround recorder so now I can capture surround sound along with the video. More on that later.

I’ll be adding some more pages shortly, I shot a couple thousand stills during our vacation last week as we explored St. Augustine, Viera, Merrit Island Preserve, and points inland in North Florida.

All that Flitters

This is a shot of a butterfly I captured while at Rock Springs park in Apopka, Florida. The butterflies were beautiful and the scenery just as beautiful. I love the orange butterflies best.

Neptune Performs at the Zoo - HDR

Meet Neptune, a Hyacinth Macaw from St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Playful and spirited these birds love to temp you into reaching for them to cuddle. The problem is that not only can you lose a finger but you could also lose a hand. These guys normally eat Brazil nuts and use their 2000 ft lb jaws to crack the nut open. Sometimes the most beautiful animal in the kingdom is also the most unpredictable and dangerous.

If you see something you like be sure to let me know.


  1. Lisa Cuchara says:

    Great work! and I know that you are going to LOVE the canon 5D Mark III!!! You have such an artistic eye, and that combined this camera and your passion for Wakodatchee and birds and nature is going to be a fantastic comnination yielding awesome results! Lisa

    1. Jon-Mark says:

      Thanks Lisa. It has been interesting shooting with a DSLR again. I thought when I moved away from the DSLR 3 years ago that I would not pick them up again but I was wrong. I love my SX1 but the 5d is awesome! It’s like shooting film again.

  2. Fae Chapman says:

    Love your beautiful photos. Glad to see you posting again and am looking forward to enjoying more nature shots through your eye and camera lens. TY

    1. Jon-Mark says:

      Hi Fae, thanks for the comment and encouragement. I am going to have to build up my shooting muscles again. This 500mm lens is really heavy. Shooting video with the 5D is a bit cumbersome too but I have some great supporting hardware that tracks along with me so I can get some good shots. The summer is a little slow for shooting because we travel a little but I’m trying to connect photos and video wherever I’m shooting.

  3. Juliana says:

    Beautiful – thank you so much for sharing your art with us.

    1. Jon-Mark says:

      Hi Juliana, thanks for the encouragement and comment. I love to share pictures of the wildlife I love. Thanks for being there to enjoy it.

  4. Walt Jackson says:

    Wow! Awesome! Keep up the wonderful work!

  5. chris ramos says:

    Simply beautiful….glad you share your wonderful talent with the rest of us…

    1. Jon-Mark says:

      Hi Chris, thanks for the comment and encouragement. I’ll be sharing many more pictures from the week long shoot.

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