Monday, November 20, 2017

Lichen and a Splash of Color

Yesterday morning I wanted to create a simple image with a splash of color. I thought about it a little bit and grabbed a lichen covered branch and clamped it up beside the bird feeder to use as a perch for the birds to land on. For a splash of color I added a fall covered backdrop about eight feet back behind the perch. Next I went back and forth between our back bedroom and the set up adjusting things so that they looked just right when I was looking through the camera's view finder. For the camera settings I put the camera in AV mode so I could choose the F stop. I used an F stop of 8.0 so the background would be out of focus. For my ISO I set it at 800 a it was fairly cloudy out. I waited for a bit until the birds found the feeder and started using it and i could start photographing them. Three or four times I had to yell at the squirrels to chase them away as I didn't give them their own feeder. After creating over a hundred images. I went upstairs to my computer to edit them. It didn't take very long to eliminate the ones with chopped off tails and heads. After that I got rid of the ones that were way too soft or out of focus. Fairly quickly I was down to just one image. Here is my favorite from the morning a Red Breasted Nuthatch. I love how the bird's plumage matches up with the background colors. God's blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens at 600mm. The camera was placed on a ground pod on our back bedroom window ledge with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Waterfowl at One of the Crown Jewels of Santa Rosa

Yesterday I drove my Mom down to Santa Rosa, Ca for a doctors appointment. It was the first time that I have visited Santa Rosa since the terrible fires. I was totally shocked by what I saw as I went up over Fountain Grove Parkway. The photographer in me wanted to stop and photograph the devastation that surrounded me. But it felt so intrusive to all those people who have lost their homes. I just drove along in sadness. After I dropped off of the parkway I worked my way southward to Lake Ralphine in Howarth Park. Howarth Park and the adjacent Spring Lake Park are some of the crown jewels of Santa Rosa. They provide boating, swimming,fishing and hiking trails right within the city and are next to Annadel State Park for those that are even more adventurous. Being short on time I spent about forty five minutes photographing waterfowl along the edge of the lake.What a special place right in the city. God's love and blessings upon your evening, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash. #TeamCanon, #takenwithmytamron

Friday, November 17, 2017

Surrendering to the Sun

One place that I have photographed many,many times over the years is the fog filled Little Lake Valley from our bedroom window. On a lot of mornings I get to watch the fog slowly burn off down below. It's fascinating to watch the fog slowly surrender to the rays of the sun. Have a great weekend and God bless, chris This image was created with a handheld and braced Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. #TeamCanon

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Squirrel Outside My Window

I awoke to a cloudy gray day this morning. When I got up I looked out to see a squirrel outside my window. It was a little Douglas Tree Squirrel visiting the stump feeder in our backyard. I ran upstairs and grabbed my camera. I went back down and got down on my knees beside the window. I ever so slowly opened the window. Then I very carefully poked out my telephoto lens and braced it against the window sill. The squirrel nervously scampered down to the bottom of the stump and then cautiously returned. It remained there watching me as it fed. I photographed it for a little while and then left it to eat in peace. Here are three images that I really liked. God's precious light and love upon your day, chris All three images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. #TeamCanon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Badger the Wonder Dog

I had planned on doing some feeder photography in the backyard today but the rain was way too strong and the wind was howling. Instead I grabbed a wooden back drop and two continuos LED light panels. I set them up to photograph Badger the Wonder Dog. He was more than willing to cooperate for a treat. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM v.1 lens at 108mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/50th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rainy Days Ahead

It has been rainy. The weather has been bouncing back and forth between sunshine and rain. This morning it was clear in the morning before gray ragged clouds covered the sky. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain again. Here are some images from the past few days. All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 IS V. 1 lens. #TeamCanon God's love and blessings to everyone, chris

Monday, November 13, 2017

Stay in Bed Kind of Day

Badger the Wonder Dog has the right idea. It's a stay in bed under the covers kind of day. It's gray, cold and drizzling out there. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S17-85mm lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -1 stops. #TeamCanon