Saturday, July 4, 2020

Knothole Bird Feeder

I set up a knothole bird feeder in the yard to try and capture some close up images of the Black-headed Grosbeaks. I put it right next to my platform bird feeder . Then I cleared out all of the bird seed from the platform feeder forcing them to look for food close by. After settling into the photoblind the birds started coming in. They were looking all over the place until a Steller's Jay discovered the small hole. It looked at it quizzically for a bit and then dove right in grabbing a few seeds and flying off. The jays really got into it. After they left the grosbeaks gave it a try. They were actually easier to photograph because when one of them would land on the feeder they would park themselves and keep feeding for quite awhile. Here are three of my favorite images. God's blessings upon your weekend. To all of you Americans out there, Happy Fourth of July! All of these images were created with a Canon EOS 7D MKII camera and a Canon 100-400IS v.1 lens. #teamcanonusa

Friday, June 26, 2020

National Pollinators Week

Early this afternoon I headed down to the garden to give it some extra water. It has been so hot and I was sure the plant bed was drying out. While heading out the door I grabbed my camera with a macro lens. I figured I could photograph bees while the hose soaked some water around the plants. I'm glad I went because one of our Swiss Chard plants was completely wilted and distressed. Hopefully it will make it. I could really feel the heat as I went in the middle of the day. Luckily photographing the bees distracted me as I slowly got cooked by the sun. After I finished watering I was quite happy to head back inside into the relatively cool house. After uploading my images I found three to share. All of these images were created with a Canon EOS 7D camera and a Tamron 180mm macro lens. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris #teamcanonusa, #withmytamron

Saturday, June 20, 2020


This morning I set up a small platform feeder with black sunflower seed. I usually use this same feeder for photographing squirrels. Today I was intent on capturing the Band-tailed Pigeons as they came in to feed. Surprisingly I didn't have to wait very long. They started coming in to land in less than ten minutes after filling the bird feeder. I ended up making about two hundred images. My camera was set at ISO 1600 so that I could get a fast enough shutter speed to stop their wings. It was fun firing away as they came in. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

More H.O.A.R.T.

H.O.A.R.T. (Hummingbird On A Redwood Twig)

What started as one session with the hummingbirds in the backyard evolved into a series. I found a small redwood twig to photograph the hummingbirds on and it snowballed from there. I ended up creating hundreds of images on the same little perch. Editing it down to just five images was quite a chore. All of these images were created with a Canon EOS 7D camera with a Canon 100-400IS v.1 lens. A  Canon 550 EX Speedlight was used for fill light. # teamcanonusa

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Hummingbirds in My Backyard

This afternoon I created a quick set up in the backyard. I grabbed a small redwood twig attached it to a light stand. Then I placed it right up next to the hummingbird feeder. I moved my new hummingbird photoblind as close to the feeder as my lens would focus The hummingbirds were fighting to use the perch that I put up as soon as I was out of the way and in the blind.There were almost all Anna's Hummingbirds mixed up with one Allen's/Rufous Hummingbird. It was a male and he only used the perch twice so I never got a decent image of him. The hummingbirds were active until the lighting got too low for me to photograph. After editing these these were my four favorite images. God's light and love to all, chris    All images were created with a Canon EOS 7D MKII camera and a Canon 100-400IS v.1 lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX Speedlight. #teamcanonusa

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Badger the Wonder Dog

Sheltering in place has given some time to work on some personal projects. One of them dear to my heart is creating some portraits of our dog Badger. It's a work in progress as more ideas have been coming to my head. Luckily for me Lenore was able to help me today. The first photoshoot I had with Badger I did on my own and it was pretty tough. Badger handled it like a trooper. The fake red beam I had constructed was wobbly and slippery and he kept sliding down it. I sort of solved it by adding some black pads so he didn't slide down so badly. A couple of times he needed to be rescued as he was headed down like he was on a slide going backwards. This has been a really cool series to create. Hopefully there will be some more images of, Badger the Wonder Dog, to follow in the upcoming weeks. All of these images were created with a Canon EOS 7D or 7D MKII camera with a Canon EF 28-200 mm lens. Lighting was provided by Alien Bees Studio lights. God's love and blessings to one and all, chris #teamcanonusa

Friday, May 22, 2020

Beautiful Hummingbird Kind of Day

This afternoon I gathered up all of my hummingbird photography equipment and headed out into the backyard. I set it all up and climbed into my new hummingbird blind. I had my trusty Canon EOS 7D MKII camera with a Canon 100-400IS V.1 telephoto lens mounted on it. For lighting I had three Canon 540EZ Speedlights. One focused on the background and two for the hummingbird. After about a twenty minute wait the hummingbirds started coming into the feeder. I had some purple petunias set up in front of the feeder fro the hummingbirds to sample as well. There were two male Annas coming in as well as one Allen's/Rufous hummingbird. I had a great time and so did the hummingbirds. God's love and blessings to all, chris #teamcanonusa