Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beautiful Collection of Birds

Whenever I spend a lot of time in the photoblind there is quite a bit of editing to do. I was up late last night and part of this morning going through images from the past couple of days. The results show that I had a very successful time. I came away with some really good bird images. Enjoy the images and have a blessed day, chrisAll images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens. Camera was in AV mode, ISO 800 exposures varied. Camera was on a Manfrotto 190 PROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Photoblind Buddy

Most of the time I'm photographing from my photoblind my faithful companion Badger is asleep in a ball near my feet. Before heading out he is the one dancing around me ready to head out the door for whatever great adventure lies ahead. He is a good distraction for whenever the photography gets slow, always willing to nuzzle up to my hand for a gentle pet. Here he is yesterday after a long session in the blind waiting very patiently for me to finish cleaning up and restocking the bird feeders. May you have a blessed day, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600 at 182mm handheld. AV mode,ISO 800,F 8.0 at 1 320th of a sec.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wool Sock Weather

This morning I was up and around by six fifteen. When I looked to the east there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I could tell it was going to be one of those mornings where the photography was going to be over rather quickly due to the bright, harsh lighting from the sun. After a short shower and breakfast I got ready pretty quickly and headed out the door. One look down into the valley convinced me that I made the right choice in grabbing my heavy jacket as I could see that the valley floor was covered in frost. When I got into my pickup the thermostat showed a comfortable thirty eight degrees. As I descended down into the valley the temperature steadily dropped until it remained a constant twenty four degrees on the valley floor. Arriving at the ranch the thermometer jumped up one degree as I pulled into the driveway. Badger the wonder dog was reluctant to go into the frost covered blind but eventually rolled up into a nice warm ball and fell asleep. I had grabbed my heavy jacket but had forgotten gloves and wool socks. I kept my hands warm by putting them in my pockets and behind my knees. My feet however were getting colder and colder. In the end they were the deciding factor that caused me to leave the blind and head for the warmth of the heater of the pick up. The photography was great. There were a lot of birds and I made a lot of images. In editing them when I got home there was one image of a House Finch that stood out above all of the rest. Please enjoy this beautiful male House Finch. Image created with a canon 7D and a Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens at 300mm on a Manfrotto 190 PROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Ballhead. Camera settings used were ISO 800,F 8.0 at 1/100th of a sec.

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Early Sign of Spring

One of the earliest signs of spring in the Little lake valley is when the Quince start blooming. Right now as you look across the valley there are little splashes of red here and there where the Quince are in peoples yards. This morning I headed out to the Burris Ranch and I created a set up using a Quince branch for a perch. The birds were delighted with it and so was I. This image was my favorites from the series a male House Finch. The image was made with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 450mm. The camera was set to AV mode, ISO 400, F 6.3 at 1/3,200th of a sec. The camera was supported by a Manfrotto 190 PROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Ballhead. Please enjoy this little bird. God bless, chris

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Join the Chorus

This has been one weird winter. We have gone from heavy rains and howling winds to warm spring like weather. It was in the low seventies yesterday. Not exactly winter time weather. We are doing a lot of yard work taking advantage of beautiful conditions.It's going to be interesting because we typically tend to get the most snow in March! While cleaning up in the backyard I came across this Pacific Chorus Frog. They used to be known as a Pacific Tree Frog. I created quite a few images of it but this one was my favorite because it really showed off the pads on its front feet which they use in climbing.The pads stick to most any surface including glass. Each night of late we are audience to a small chorus in the backyard as they are starting to breed in our little backyard pond. Please enjoy this little creature. God's love and blessings, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a 100mm Macro Lens. AV mode,ISO 400 F 6.3 at .3 seconds.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nice Morning of Bird Photography

I ended up sleeping in this morning until almost nine o'clock Yikes! Lucky for me it was foggy down in the Little Lake Valley creating some great conditions for lighting for photography. On the drive out to the Burris Ranch I stopped and photographed a valley oak. They look pretty cool in the fog. When I got to the ranch I quickly put up a new set up and restocked the bird feeders which were totally cleaned out. There wasn't a bird in sight. Within a few minutes of settling into the photoblind the birds started coming in. I guess they must have been pretty hungry. First came the Dark Eyed Juncos followed by the House Finches and then the Acorn Wood Peckers. I even had a Starling land on the end of my lens before hopping off onto the bird feeder. All images created with a Canon 7D and Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cotton Candy

Yesterday morning I had to drive down and pick up our dogs from the boarding kennel in Ukiah where they were staying while we were gone. They went absolutely crazy when they heard my voice from the office. Badger was jumping in the air and around in circles when they brought him out and Lance was pulling for all he was worth to get to me. It felt so nice to be wanted by our pets. On the drive home I spotted this tree in bloom in front of a vineyard and I just knew I had to photograph it. When Lenore saw it on the computer screen she told me it reminded her of Cotton Candy. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600 lens at 300mm on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen #055 Bogen Ballhead. Camera settings used ISO 400, F 5.6 at 1/500th of a sec.