Friday, July 3, 2015

Beautiful Birds

This morning I had a fantastic time photographing birds for close to three hours. The conditions were perfect! It was overcast and the lighting was really nice. Now I have a lot of bird images to process and I can't easily do it because of compatibility problems between software and the operating system on my computer. So here are a few images form this morning. I'll be taking some time off until next week to try and sort these issues out. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images created with a canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. AV mode, ISO 800 #TeamCanon

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Falling Dominoes or the Domino Effect

Today's blog could also be called trouble and trials come in threes or is it fours and possibly larger.. It all started when I found out that my new lens needed to be returned for warranty work. All of my mages taken with it of birds flying were coming out blurry and now I know why. It needs to have the firmware updated to correct this problem. My first problem was that in order to return the lens I needed to print out a return form. Therein lies a big problem. My printer has been slowly dying and now it wouldn't print. So I searched online and found a reasonably priced printer that could be picked up at an office supply store in the big city of Ukiah. I hooked up the new printer when I got home. Error message from the printer. "This printer is not compatible with this operating system it must be 10.6.8 or higher". I immediately checked my operating system and found that it was 10.3.8. So yes it wasn't high enough. The next step was to go online and download a new operating system. Which with my slow, slow internet connection took something like six hours with numerous disconnects to hinder the process. The following day I went to put the driver software into the computer and the disk sent with the printer kept being ejected and wouldn't mount. The next best course of action was to go online with my slow internet and download the driver. Which I did, success and I was able to print out the much needed form. I thought I was in the clear and went out and did some hummingbird photography. When I went to upload the images i found that they uploaded at the pace of a snail. Roughly one image every five minutes. Now I thought I needed to update my upload software. I went online and downloaded that and installed it on my computer. I blissfully figured all of my little problems must be solved. When I went to upload some images this morning I was notified mid process that my hard drive was full. Oh my what's going to be next? Here is an image from this morning of a male House Finch from my photoblind out in the Little Lake Valley. May you have a smooth day. God's love and blessings to all1 Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm at 329mm. AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/200th of a sec.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chicory, Deer and Hummingbirds

I started off the morning by heading out to the Little Lake Valley to restock the bird feeders. It's been a long time since I have been out there. On the return trip I stopped to photograph the Chicory flowers that were growing in profusion in one the fields beside the road. Following that I looked for deer once I got up into the forest. I found a group of about a dozen deer that were feeding on fallen leaves. They were really chowing down on those leaves! When I arrived at home I went into the backyard and spent some time with the hummingbirds. One of the most easily photographed was one that was in moult and didn't have any tail feathers. I had a pretty nice morning. God's love and blessings to all, chris all images photographed with a Canon 7D. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Anna's On Display

Taking the day off to work on projects around the house. Here is an image from last week of an Anna's Hummingbird displaying it's gorget to try and get the other hummingbirds from using the feeder down below it. God's blessings upon your day, chris Image created with a canon 7D and a tamron 150-600mm lens. #TeamCanon

Monday, June 29, 2015

Got My Eye on You

This morning I had to drop Jay off at work while my pick up is being repaired. On the return trip I thought I would look for some deer. Once again I found some fawns but they were too quick for me as they bounded off into the forest. I did find one Blacktail doe and she kept her eyes on my the whole timeI photographed her from the car window. She was really curious about what in the world I was doing. I left her to her thoughts. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 375mm. AV mode, ISO 400, F 7.1 at 1/1250th of a sec.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Oh Deery Me!

My number one son reported to me this week that my pick up wasn't shifting well and that it had stalled out a couple of times at stop signs. So yesterday morning we had to drop it off at Cal's Garage for repairs. On the trip home I thought it would be a great idea to look for some deer as I haven't photographed any for some time now. I found one deer running down the middle of the road. Nope that one didn't work out. Later on I spotted a doe and two fawns. The fawns were so darn cute. But they took off up into the forest as soon as I got close. Around the next turn as luck would have it there was a doe resting on the side of the road. She didn't even hardly blink when I drove by. I went up to the next side road and turned around and drove back and parked across the road from her. I focused the camera on her face and waited for her to turn and look at the camera. After numerous tries I had my image! Just after I pulled away I saw her in my rear view mirror get up and walk into the forest. I guess she was tired of being bugged. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600 mm lens at 309mm. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 5.6 at 1/100th of a sec.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Morning at the Waterhole

I have spent the last couple of mornings in the backyard photographing the Band-tailed Pigeons and Steller's Jays along with the occasional squirrel when they came to drink at the large water feature I put up next to my photoblind. It's so cool to see them so close and at eye level. I just love the intimate feel of the images. Enjoy the images and have a great day. May God bless and protect you, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens and two Canon 540 EZ flashes. If you are interested in creating your own water feature please check out Chapter Nine of my book, "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography" on Amazon.