Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Random Acts of Photography

This last weekend we went out to the coast for a mini family reunion planned by my cousin, Rose. We all stayed at the Beachcomber because it is right next to Pudding Creek Beach and the Haul Road. It's only a three minute drive to downtown as well. It's a great place for families to meet and hang out. It's also a great place to just wander around with my camera and photograph most anything and everything I ended up with a lot of images to edit. It was fun and challenging to attempt to photograph Pudding Creek Beach from a variety of different perspectives. Enjoy the images and God bless, chris All images were created with a Canon T1i camera and a variety of lenses. #TeamCanon

Monday, August 6, 2018

Chasing Bugs

Today Lenore and I went to Brooktrails Community Garden to water our little garden plot. While we were watering we picked blackberries. They are so sweet and delicious. I chased bugs around the garden with my camera and macro lens. Here are a few of my favorite images. Have a great week and God bless, chris All of these images were created with a handheld Canon EOS T1i camera and a 100mm macro lens. #TeamCanon

Thursday, August 2, 2018

More Wanderings in the Garden

Most every day unless it's cool out I have to water our plot in the Brooktrails Community Garden. While the water is flowing it gives me plenty of time to wander around the garden looking for things to photograph. Right now with all of the flowers in bloom there are plenty of things to catch my eye. There are butterflies, bees, wasps and many other kinds of insects. It's a feast for the eyes.I hope you are having a blessed week, chris All images were created with a Canon T1i camera and a 100mm macro lens. Basic camera settings were used. AV mode, ISO 800, mostly at F8.0 . Shutter speeds varied. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Simple Four Flash Set Up

Yesterday after a long hiatus from photographing hummingbirds I created a simple four flash set up in the backyard for photographing hummingbirds. The first step was to take down all the feeders except for two feeders next to where I was photographing them in the shade of a 10' x 10' pop up erected behind our garage. Next I propped up a 4' x4' green backdrop on the seat of a garden bench. Rather than using all the fancy light stands and flash brackets I opted for going simple using flash clamps attached to two more garden benches. Then I placed three cone flowers stuck in florist foam on a low table in front of the camera. Following that I climbed into the photoblind and started photographing. There was no shortage of hummingbirds as there had to be at least thirty hummingbirds buzzing around for two feeders. Here are a some of my favorites. Have a great day and God bless, chris #TeamCanon, All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera on a tripod. The lens used was a Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS USM EF. The camera settings used were Manual mode, ISO 400, F10.0 at 1/200th of a sec. The flashes used were four Canon 540 EZ flashes. Two on the subject and two on the background.The flashes were in manual mode and were set to 1/128th power.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Wandering Around the Garden

I'm slowly starting to get out. We have been making trips to our little raised bed in the community garden to water. During each visit I've been wandering around looking for interesting things to photograph with my little travel camera. It's a Canon T1i that I picked up used. I put a 100 mm macro lens on it and it's a great little camera to carry. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris #TeamCanon

Friday, July 20, 2018

Playing in the Dark

Today I got a new lens in the mail. I was happy to see it was waiting for me by our front gate when I got home from my check up with the surgeon. The surgeon explained to me that I'm healing well and that the pain from my surgery should subside in two weeks or so. Believe me I can't wait for that to happen. Just my short trip downtown for the check up beat me up. I couldn't wait until tonight to try this new lens out. It's a Samyang 14mm F 2.8 wide angle lens. First I had to wait for the moon to go down. Then I set my camera on a tripod and I focused on the center of the Milky Way between the trees in our backyard. Based upon the five hundred rule I had an exposure of close to 25 seconds wide open. I'm really happy with how the image turned out for such a simple composition. I'm really looking forward to feeling better and using this lens out in the field. Wishing you a great day and a wonderful weekend. God bless, chris MeFoto Tripod and a Canon T1i Camera with a Samyang 14mm lens. The camera settings used were Manual mode, ISO 1600, F 2.8 for 25 seconds.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Simple Giift

Today Lenore surprised me when she returned from golfing with a simple gift. She presented me with a small stone that she had found while she was playing. It was a gift that meant a lot to me. I was really happy she went golfing as I encouraged her to go. There is no reason for two of us to be stuck at home! Right now I'm not in the best of shape as I'm slowly recovering from gall bladder surgery. I'm getting there but it's painful. It was the best gift she could have given me as it is symbolic of so much. The heart shaped stone was a little rough around the edges. So very much like our love and the things that we have gone through in our marriage with probably more to come. Most of it has been great by the way. I can't think of anyone better to be with on this journey of life than her. I love you, Lenore, always your husband, chris