Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crazy Day at the Coast

Late this morning I decided to drive out to the Mendocino Coast. It was raining off and on here and I thought just maybe I could catch some good breaking light over there. On the way I stopped a couple of times and it was still raining off and on. I had forgotten my big photo umbrella and all I had was a plastic bag to cover my camera with. When I hit Ft. Bragg I headed north. When I got to Kabiselah it was clearing and I photographed some of the incoming rain. By the time I had driven up towards Westport to the Fingers it had cleared even more. I decided to risk it and walk down to the ocean. I wasn't there very long before the rains returned and I questioned my sanity. Soon I was photographing in the rain and most of my images weren't coming out due to the raindrops on the lens. When I got ready to leave the sun came out and it turned out to be the most glorious day. I stopped off at McKerricher State Park and the sun was shining bright. It made for a much easier drive home. God's blessings to all, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens. Camera Settings varied.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time for a Cool One

This morning the birds came out in force to the water feature I built out in the Little Lake Valley a few days ago. I even got my blind bounced by a Steller's Jay. Right after I climbed into the blind and closed the zipper I heard a Steller's call and then bam it bounced into the top of the blind and flew off screeching. They are quite an intelligent bird! Several times over the years I have had them slam into the blind when I'm in it. Sometimes they will do it right next to the camera port. That will wake you up in a hurry! Today there were House Finches, Golden Crowned Sparrows, Dark Eyed Juncos, both Scrub and Steller's Jays and one American Goldfinch that didn't stay around for very long.God's tender love and blessings to all,chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens. Camera settings used- AV mode,ISO 800,F5.6,shutter speed varied. A Manfotto 055XB tripod and a Bogen 3055 ballhead was used to support the camera. If you are interested in how to build a water feature please check out my new book new book Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography which includes the plans to build both large and small water features to photograph birds. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Splish Splash...

I was excited to photograph a Sooty Grouse on my drive down to the valley this morning. I used to have several in the yard when I first moved up here many years ago but predators got them one by one as evidenced by the piles of feathers I have found. This mornings photography was a little slow at the pond feature I built yesterday out in the Little Lake Valley. As of yet not too many birds have discovered it. Especially since I just put it up yesterday. My visitor count for the morning was two Dark Eyed Juncos, one Steller's Jay and three Scrub Jays. Hopefully I will have more birds tomorrow. Winter is just around the corner as the leaves on the trees are starting to change color. Enjoy and God bless, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens. Camera settings used- AV mode,ISO 800,F5.6,shutter speed varied. A Manfotto 055XB tripod and a Bogen 3055 ballhead was used to support the camera. If you are interested in how to build a water feature please check out my new book new book Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography which includes the plans to build both large and small water features to photograph birds. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559

Monday, September 15, 2014

All in a Day's Work

I got up early and spent all morning working out at the Burris Ranch in the little Lake Valley. I was hauling rocks and building a large water feature to photograph the birds. Because it is so dry I'm sure that a little water will be a big draw to photograph them. I ended up making a very shallow pond that is perfect for the birds. It is four feet by eight feet and is less than an eighth of an inch deep on the shallow end and just a little less than four inches deep on the other end. Just perfect for most any kind of bird to take a bath in or get a drink. Now I just need to add some interesting perches for catching birds reflections in the water. This afternoon I worked on getting ready for the book signing on my new book Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography which includes by the way the plans for build both large and small water features to photograph birds. God's love and blessings to all, chris

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Phantom!

Lenore and I had a wonderful breakfast this morning together in the small town of Ukiah to the south of us. Afterwards we went to the farmers market. Then we donated some of our children's old bikes to a worthy cause. Next it was off to the nursery where I scoured the selection of flowers looking for some new flowers to photograph hummingbirds with. I really wanted a nice looking fuschia. But they didn't have any as they were out of them. I trooped up and down the aisles looking and looking and nothing caught my fancy until I found some petunias surprisingly called "Phantoms". At first I thought they would be too dark until I found a variegated pot of them in the middle of the flat. When I got home I immediately took them into the backyard and did some hummingbird photography with the one remaining Anna's Hummingbird. I loved the result! If you are interested in learning how to do hummingbird photography like this please check out Chapter six of my new book, "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography" It explains in detail the equipment needed and how to set it up your backyard. The book is available on Amazon and other fine book sellers as well as on Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559 Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens. Camera settings used Manual mode, ISO 200, F16.0 at 1/160th of a sec. (4) Canon 540 EZ flashes were used set to 1/16th power. A Manfotto 055XB tripod and a Bogen 3055 ballhead was used to support the camera.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Momma's Watching You

Yesterday afternoon on my way home from running errands I ran across this Blacktail doe and her two fawns just as I turned up our road. They were all busy searching the leaf duff for acorns and sprouts. The fawns weren't very nervous at all but the mom was ever on the alert. She lifted up her head quite frequently for a good listen and a a look around. Just as I was getting ready to leave one fawn looked up with a leaf on its nose. That was pretty cute. God's precious love to all, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens. Camera settings used- AV mode, ISO 400,F5.6, shutter speed varied.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Announcing the Official Release of My New Book Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography

Finally it is here! I'm so excited to announce that Secrets of Backyard bird Photography is available and it is shipping to readers. I have gotten a ton of positive responses from people who have read it. I seldom ask the followers of this blog for anything but I'm asking you now. Will you please share this book title with everyone you know? Help me get the word out about my new book. Thank you and God bless, chris Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography is from Rocky Nook, INC. Rocky Nook publishes books about digital photography, imaging, and work flow. The new book is available for sale at Amazon and other fine book retailers.It is also available for Kindle. The book is a step by step comprehensive guide to photographing birds in the convenience of your own backyard. Topics covered in this book include hummingbird photography, recommended photographic equipment, camera set-ups, backgrounds and photo blinds. It has numerous photos and illustrations that show composition styles, step-by-step projects for the do-it-yourselfer and techniques used to attract birds using feeders and perches. This book covers all aspects of backyard bird photography used to create outstanding backyard bird images.