Buckeye Herps Blog

A photographic journal of the reptiles and amphibians of Ohio, Michigan and other places interesting wildlife call home.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


A new camera company named Lytro released a statement recently about their product.  It is a different way to capture images, which provides some ability to change the focus and view point of the image after taking it.  Check out their website, and see what you think.

Pretty interesting stuff.  If you look at some of the images, it seems the extremes still stay slightly out of focus though.  Like you can't really get the trees or car in the background fully sharp.  If you look at the below image though, the results are pretty astounding.

I love photography how it is, and don't think I would want to move away from some of the basic photography principles.  That being said, I am sure people felt the same way about the digital revolution.  It will be interesting to see if this takes off, and if so, how it might effect future digital cameras and their capabilities.  In some ways, the DSLR market is tapering off after periods of exponential growth.  It is hard to really add much more to the current cameras and each new model seems now only be baby steps better than the one before it.  Could this be the technology to change all that?

On other fronts, I bought a house.  I have been busy as a bee working on finding a home, pushing this through, inspections, and now packing.  I haven't had much time on the computer and am way behind on photo editing, uploading to the internet and blogging.  I have a lot of time off in July, and will try to blog a bit, but plan to be traveling.  Lots.  Hope to have some exciting stuff soon.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hawai'i Mammals, Birds, Fish and everything else!

I need to wrap up this Hawai'i adventure!  I don't have a ton of dialogue for these other than we were lucky enough to be there during the heart of whale season and they could easily be viewed from most beaches.  Most of the images are from a couple different boat trips we took for various reasons though.

Spinner Dolphins were common on morning.

The views from one of our boat trips.

I had really wanted to see Hawaiian Monk seals.  We saw 2 on different beaches of Kauai.

We spent one day driving around the island and visited a nice bird and wildlife sanctuary.

The Hawaiian Goose, Nene, was all around.

Tropic birds.

Red-footed Booby

Frigate Bird

More Kauai - Waimea Canyon

Spouting Horn

More Nene

Brazilian Cardinal



Dragon's Nostrils

Sea Cucumber

And some more marine life.

Cone Snail!

Whoa - marathon in the end.  I have some of these animals IDd, but definitely not all.  Any suggestions are helpful!