Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Simple Sunrise"

One of the things I love about sunrises is how the sun shines through the trees at the horizon. It makes branches come alive almost like glowing crystals. Here is an image from a couple of weeks ago of the sun cresting one of the ridge tops surrounding the Little Lake Valley. I really love how the tree limbs are sparkling in it. I used a telephoto lens to create this image. I had to be very careful to focus to the side of the sun and then swing the lens back to the sun without looking through the viewfinder to keep from damaging my eyes from the sun. A much smarter way of doing it would have been to use live view on the back screen of the camera. There is always more to learn! God bless, chris
Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 Is lens at 390mm. It was set on a Manfotto 055XB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. Camer setting used AV mode ISO 400 F16.0 at 1/4,000th of a sec. 2 stop underexposure.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wee Beastie

I'm starting to see more and more grasshoppers in the yard. Fascinating little creatures. Can you imagine having to dig your way to the surface after being born? Or have the ability to jump thirty or more times your body height and more than the length of a football field? On top of that having the ability to fly! How about having ears on your abdomen or the ability to play music by stridulating. Which is rubbing your back leg on the front of your wing to make music. Even though they are amazing they aren't friends of farmers due to the damage they can do to crops. Mine do a little bit of damage to the garden but not really enough to hurt anything. Here is one I captured off of the driveway photographed and then set free. Such cool looking little beasts. God bless, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens at 150mm with a 36mm extension tube for close focusing. Camera was mounted on a Manfotto 055XB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400,F11.0 at .60 sec.

He's Got the Look

I got up really early Saturday morning and I spent some time in the backyard photoblind. I was hoping for some good Band-tailed Pigeon images but the feeder got knocked over by an over zealous Steller's Jay. They were scared them off when I climbed out of the blind to set the feeder back up. Later a few Western Gray Squirrels showed up and this one really gave me the look when I made too much noise in the blind. Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens at 390mm on a Manfrotto 055XB tripod with a Bogen 3055 ballhead. Camera settings used were AV mode,ISO 400,F6.3 at 1/250th of a sec.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just Me and the Jays

Yesterday morning I spent an enjoyable couple of hours in the backyard photoblind. The Western Gray Squirrels chattered and complained about my presence. It took some time but eventually the Steller's Jays ignored the squirrels warnings and protestations and came to get some sunflower seeds. Once they started they didn't stop. Free seed is always a good draw. I called it quits when the blasted cat Papaya showed up. I had made sure she was contained before I went out to the blind but some family member must have set her free. I didn't really mind as I had one really nice image that I was looking forward to share. God's love and peace to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens at 210mm. Camera settings used were AV mode,ISO 400,F6.3 at 1/400th of a sec. Camera was placed on a Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with a Bogen 3055 Ballhead. Please spread the word to all of the photographers and birders you know about my upcoming book, "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography". It is available at Amazon and other fine book sellers and is scheduled for release on Sept.11, 2014.

Buckeye

Yesterday afternoon I sent sometime photographing Common Buckeye Butterflies on the mint in my backyard. As much as I dislike how the mint can try and take over my backyard it is a great draw for butterflies. The Common Buckeye or as it is more simply known just Buckeye, (Junonia coenia) is a butterfly is found in the Canadian provinces of southern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and all parts of the United States. It is especially common in the south and throughout Central America down into Colombia.In California where I live it is one of the most common butterflies along the coast.In addition to the Buckeyes I photographed a beautiful skipper butterfly and a very hairy fly species unknown. Have a blessed day, chris All images created with a canon 7d and a 100-400 IS lens with an extension tube for close focusing. Camera settings varied.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Emerald Jewel

I was rather undecided about what to photograph this morning. There were so many things I could photograph! I finally settled on doing some hummingbird photography. I made up a new batch of nectar and I headed out into the back yard. I had a marvelous time photographing hummingbirds on the petunia blossoms. This image was my favorite. I love all of the brilliant emerald green colors in it. God's light and love to all, chris If you are interested in learning more about hummingbird photography please check out chapter six of my new book, "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography". It is available for preorder at Amazon,Barnes and Noble and other fine book sellers. It is scheduled to be released on Sept.11th. Great for an early Christmas present for yourself or someone you may know. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559
Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400IS lens with (4) Canon 540EZ flashes. Camera settings used were manual mode,ISO 400,F14.0 at 1/200th of a sec.Camera was placed on a Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with a Bogen 3055 Ballhead.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Simple Things Around Us

The past couple of days I have been carrying my camera around with me. This has resulted in a mish mash of images. I'm always amazed at the beauty that can be found in the simple things around us. A doe on the side of the road. Grain patterns in wood. Blood moon arising in the smoke and the clouds on a blue sky day. God's love and blessings to all, chris Camera used in the creation of these images is a Canon 7D. Camera settings varied. Please take some time to check out my up coming book "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography" on Amazon. This book is perfect for aspiring bird photographers and birders that want to learn to photograph backyard birds. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559