Monday, October 15, 2018

Fine Fall Day

Such a beautiful day. The sky was an emerald blue just before the sun rose this morning. Not a cloud in the sky and the air had a crisp,chilly feel to it. After a quick breakfast I headed out and climbed into the photoblind. I waited for what seemed an eternity until I heard the skittering of a squirrel climbing up onto the bird feeder. I photographed it for quite awhile until I moved my lens a little too fast. It panicked and bounded off and up the nearest tree. This was my favorite image from all the ones I took this morning. I really like the direct eye contact. This image was created with a Canon EOS 7D MkII camera and a TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens at 226mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/640th of a sec. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX speedlight set to minus 1-1/3 stops. God's blessings upon your week, chris #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Waiting at the Old Waterhole

This last week I set up my large water feature. It's not really that large, it's a sheet of four by eight plywood with tapered three and a half inch sides. I fill the inside of it with visqueen plastic and then water. Next I add gravel, sand and river rock to make it into a small pond. The local wildlife love it and use it as a place to drink and bathe. This morning I went out and sat in the photoblind next to it waited. After a wait of about twenty minutes I could hear the scratching on bark of the nearby tree trunks and the calls of Douglas Tree Squirrels around me. Several squirrels even climbed up onto the roof of the photoblind itself. It's pretty cool to hear them scampering around on top of the blind! Not long after that I managed to capture some images of the squirrels stopping by for a drink. These three images were my favorites.What a great experience. God's blessings to all, chris All of these images were created with a Canon EOS 7D MkII camera and a TAMRON | SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens. A Canon 550EX speedlight was used as a fill flash. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Wildlife Snag

On Monday we had to have a hundred foot Douglas Fir tree removed from our yard. It was dead and it threatened to fall on our house. The night before the tree service came I had an epiphany. I realized that we shouldn't cut the tree all the way down. We should leave a good fifteen foot section as a snag for wildlife. The tree service was glad to oblige as it was less work for them. As the snag rots over the next few years it will provide habitat for a multitude of creatures. Maybe I'll get lucky and have some cavity nesters use it after the woodpeckers have had a go at it. God's blessings upon your day, chris #TeamCanon, all images were created with a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EOS 7D MkII cameras.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Up Close and Personal

I've never really like images of hummingbirds on feeders. Seeing the feeder included in the image just makes it seem too unnatural. However I took exception to that this morning when I set my photoblind and tripod right next to the feeder and I do mean right next to it! When I mounted my camera and macro lens onto the tripod the tip of the lens was a little less than a foot away from the feeder. I used some tape to block off all of the feeding ports except for the one on the side. When the hummingbirds started coming I was ready. I let them feed for awhile to get used to it and then I very slowly composed and focused the camera. Between the swinging of the feeder and the low light conditions I ended up with a lot of images that went directly into the trash. Three of them were just superb. I love the intimate look at the Annas' Hummingbirds that this macro lens could give. Hoping that you have a great weekend. God's blessings to all, chris All images were created with a Canon EOS 7D MkII camera and a Tamron SP DI 180mm Macro lens. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were manual focus, AV mode, ISO 800, F8.0, the shutter speeds used were 1/30th, 1/80th and 1/60th of a sec. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Marvelous Macro

I enjoy many types of photography. Macro photography being one of them. I really like macro because it opens up these little worlds that you don't often see so close up and in intimate detail. Yesterday I received a new (used) macro lens. It's a lens that I have wanted for many, many years. I purchased a Tamron 180mm macro lens. I have owned several 100mm macro lenses over the years but I have always wanted a 180mm macro lens because it gives you quite a bit more working distance from the camera to the subject than the 100mm macro. For a 100mm macro the working distance is just over 10cm. With the 180mm it jumps all the way up to 25cm. That's a really huge difference if you are trying to photograph nervous insects. This morning was the first time I got to try the lens out and I was very pleased with my purchase. The lens has a good solid feel. It seems really well made and it came with a lens collar and a deep lens shade. It's actually too deep for my big hands as I have to take off the lens shade to get access to the lens cap. This morning I used it to photograph the sunrise through a crystal ball and later in the day I photographed a honeybee and a Skipper butterfly. All of these were handheld and I can see the need for a tripod to make the images sharper. I'm looking forward to putting this lens through its paces in the future. God's blessings upon your upcoming weekend, chris #WithMyTamron All of these images were created with a Canon EOS T1i camera and a Tamron 180mm macro lens handheld and in AV mode. Exposures varied

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mellow Yellow

This last week I was working on set ups in the backyard with the color theme of yellow. I was using a yellow and green back drop with bright yellow and orange sunflowers. It really made the birds especially the Steller's Jays pop in the images. Camera wise I was using my Canon EOS 7D MkII camera body. For my choice of lens I was using both my Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 and my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM v.1 lenses. They are both excellent for this type of photography with the ability to zoom in or out for composing an image in the frame without changing your camera position. This is especially beneficial when working from a photoblind where you can't very easily just pick up and move. I hope that all of you are having a great week. God's love and blessings to all, chris #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron Fill flash was provided in some images by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -1 stops. All images were created on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Roots of Motive Power Steam Up

This last weekend I went to the Roots of Motive Powers annual steam up. Roots is is an all-volunteer organization of roughly 700 members in Willits, Ca. It was founded in 1982 to preserve and restore steam- and diesel-powered equipment that was used in the California north coast logging industry from the 1850s to the present. They have an amazing collection of both working and non working equipment probably one of the best collections in the United States. During the steam up the public was free to walk all over the museum and watch a wide variety of equipment in use. They could also ride aboard one of the steam trains on the circular track that runs around the facility. Roots members were available to answer their questions and demonstrate how the equipment works. I had a marvelous time and a very difficult job in choosing what images to share. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images were created with my little travel camera. It's a Canon EOS T1i camera with a Tamron 18-200mm lens. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron