Saturday, February 13, 2016

I Seem to be in Portrait Mode!

Yesterday morning I made another attempt at photographing small birds on my little mossy stump. Needless to say I was "stumped" and didn't manage to create any bird images that were worth sharing. I did however create one Douglas Tree Squirrel portrait that was very, very nice so here it is. God's love and blessings to all, chris This portrait was created in morning light using a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 600mm. Camera settings used were ISO 1600, F 8.0 at 1/320th of a sec. The camera was supported by a Mamnfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead. #TeamCanon

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tight Portraits

Yesterday morning I created a new set up with the top of a small mossy stump. I was going to photograph chickadees so I zoomed in tight. As it turned out the Chickadees ignored the little stump preferring to try and feed from where the old feeders had been located. The Steller's Jays and Western Gray Squirrels however had no problem in finding the new feeder spot immediately. The problem was though that they were tall enough to feed from it with out actually perching on it. Because I was zoomed so tight I settled on getting some portraits. A good decision as I didn't get and chickadee images at all. It's Friday so have a wonderful weekend and God bless, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. Camera was in AV mode, ISO 800, F8.0. Shutter speeds varied.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Miscellaneous Morning

I used the same mossy Redwood perch yesterday morning for photographing a variety of subjects. I photographed Steller's Jays, Douglas Tree Squirrels, Red Breasted Nuthatches and Western Gray Squirrels. Afterwards as I was heading back into the house I noticed the fog filtering through the trees in the valley down below and I photographed that as well.I had quite the morning. God's love and blessings upon your day, chrisAll images photographed with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600 mm lens. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 shutter speeds varied. #TeamCanon

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Old, Old Perch

Yesterday morning I worked on creating a new bird photography set up. For a perch I used an old broken off section of a Redwood snag that used to be on our property. When they were doing a controlled burn for fire protection the snag was accidentally knocked over and destroyed. Just counting the rings on the small broken section shows that little piece to be over seventy-five years old. I can't imagine how old that snag must have been! The birds started using the new perch this afternoon. I spent a little bit of time photographing them from my photoblind. This Dark Eyed Junco was the best of the image I created. The composition is good using the rule of thirds with the eye being right on one of the so called power points. The head angle of the bird is great with the bird looking back making eye contact with the viewer with a highlight in the eye. The background is out of focus and non distracting and it is of a complimentary color to the perch which by itself is interesting with the moss. Image created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 500mm. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/160th of a sec. Camera was supported with a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen ballhead.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Want a Cookie?

Most people just love a great chocolate chip cookie. I must say that I'm no exception to that! Last night I whipped a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies and I piled them high up on the rack to cool. This morning I went out into the backyard and worked on a new bird photography set up. As I was working it dawned on me that it was going to take awhile for the birds to find and start using the new feeder location and I wondered what I should photograph instead. Immediately that pile of cookies came to mind. When I came in to the house I grabbed the rack of cookies and placed them on a white sweep. Next I grabbed four lights, two for the background and two for the cookies. After a bit of maneuvering of the lights and changing the camera position a few times I had exactly what I wanted and they looked delish. God's tender love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 28-105 lens at 65mm. Camera settings used. AV mode, ISO 200, F 16.0 at 1/30th of a sec. The camera was supported by a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a Bogen ballhead.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Paper Whites

The first thing that caught my attention this morning when I was coming down the stairs were the Paper Whites blooming on the window ledge. They just started to open up yesterday and this morning they were in full bloom. My mind went into creation mode and I was thinking of how I could capture that bright glow of the white blossoms in the morning light. I grabbed a piece of white paper and taped it to the window behind it. Immediately the flower went into the shadow of the paper. I moved the flower further out onto the widow ledge back in the light. Now that was better, the flower was well lit but the paper was still in shadow. I ran back upstairs and grabbed a big gold reflector. Bouncing some light onto the paper worked really great.Next I spritzed the flower with some water to add some interest. Now I was ready to photograph it. I grabbed my Canon 7D and a 100 mm macro lens put it on a tripod. I composed it and I was set. After a few attempts I remembered to overexpose the flower by one stop and I had the image that I had in my mind. May God bless you and keep you, chris Canon 7D on a Manfrotto tripod. Camera settings used. AV mode, ISO 200 F 16.0 at 1/125th of a sec.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My Most Photographed Tree

I have named one of the trees down below where I live, "St. Francis Castle". It is a tall, chopped top Redwood located on the old St. Francis Ranch. The tree stands far and above all the trees around it. Over the years I have photographed it hundreds of times sticking it's lofty branches above the fog. It was that way again this morning just after I got up. Here once again is the St. Francis Castle. God's tender love to all, chris