Friday, September 22, 2017

Postcards from Greenland

Well not exactly post cards. But I was super excited to see Greenland from the air when we flew over it in daylight on our return trip from Europe this last summer. The whole return flight was cloudy except for flying over the ice cap of the southern part of Greenland. 80% or 666,000 sq. miles of Greenland is covered by an ice cap that is roughly 6,000 to 9,00 feet deep. That's a lot of ice! This summer the ice cap saw the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded there during the summer. On July 4th they recored a low of -33C at Summit station and in the same month on the 28th they recorded a high of +1.9 C. The most disturbing sight for me to see was the ice melt in center of the ice cap around one of the rocky peaks poking up through the ice. Though this year the ice sheet data shows no net loss for this year pending checking some more incoming data. God's blessings upon you weekend, chris Canon 7D MkII exposure varied. #TeamCanon

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brief Time With the Hummingbirds

Last night I recharged all of the batteries for my flashes. This morning I went out into the backyard and set the flashes up and photographed the hummingbirds for about half an hour.There were a lot more hummingbirds coming to the feeder. Many more than I expected. In fact I often times had to wait because there was a traffic jam of birds trying to all get to the feeder at one time. I was working on verticals and these two ended up being my favorites. I couldn't decide between the two so I posted both of them! God's precious love to all, chris Both images were created with my usual set up of a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS usm lens. The camera settings used were Manual mode, ISO 100, F 8.0 at 1/200th of a sec. A multi flash set up was used consisting of five Canon 540EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dreamland: Never Stop Learning

Last night before I drifted off to sleep I was day dreaming of the images I wanted to create this morning. As I lay there I was envisioning all of the steps I needed to take to make these images happen. We all know of the best laid plans of mice and men. They don't always work out the way we had planned. Such was the case with this morning. I really had to work to figure out what was going on. First off there was a major glare . There was a huge hot spot on the background I was using. I had to move the backdrop numerous times to eliminate it. The second and biggest problem was the expposures. They ended up being all over the map. I finally learned that the flashes weren't fully charging and were either not going off or they were firing at less than a full charge. I can be a slow learner some times. I remembered from last year that the rechargeable Enloops batteries can only be used at most two times and here I was attempting a third time. There is always something new to be learned in photography. That is part of what makes it fun and exciting. I had to slow down and let the flashes fully charge between each shot. the my exposure somewhat stabilized. I got some really nice images this morning and in this case I relearned something along the way. Time to recharge all of the batteries! God bless, chrisAll of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM V.1 lens supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB pro Tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead.. Flash was provided by six Canon 54EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. The camera settings used were. Manual mode, ISO 100, F14.0 at 1/160th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hummingbirds!

The earth is slowly tilting away from the sun. It's almost the end of summer! It has taken me all summer to get around to doing some hummingbird photography. On Friday I stopped off at the nursery and purchased some petunias and zinnias. Friday night I put freshly charged batteries in all of my flashes. Then early on Saturday morning I worked for close to an hour getting everything all set up in the backyard. Placing flashes, choosing and setting up a colorful back drop. Then moving the photoblind into place etc. By the time I was finished I was able to photograph for about half an hour before the ambient light got too bright to photograph with. I left everything set up and I photographed for a short time Sunday afternoon. Last night I covered the flashes with plastic bags because it looked like it might rain. I'm so glad I did because we had a little rain last night and it has been lightly showering all morning. Checking outside this morning there were only four hummingbirds coming to the feeders. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM V.1 lens supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB pro Tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead.. Flash was provided by six Canon 54EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. The camera settings used were. Manual mode, ISO 100, F14.0 at 1/160th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Way Back

Right now I'm working on a huge non photo project. It's a major archeological dig! I'm attempting to get our garage cleaned of all it's boxes. It's amazing all of artifacts that are being unearthed. Many, many items are destined to be recycled, donated or sent to the landfill. Here is an image of me from a backbacking trip to Stanislaus National Forest, Central California in July of 1974. Notice my trusty Argus C3 camera is slung around my neck. I believe this image was taken by Dale Tressler. God's light and love upon your day, chris

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another Misty Magical Morning

Little Lake Valley in Northern California this morning. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris
#TeamCanon This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 IS USM v.1 lens. AV mode, ISO 400, F16.0 at 1/ 1/250th of a sec.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time for a Close Up!

Here is a close up of a Western Gray Squirrel stopping by the old backyard water hole for a drink. This image was made using a water set up that I created and built. Bird feeders were placed around its edge to entice the birds and squirrels to come in. It's really cool to get an intimate portrait of a squirrel drinking. God's precious light and love to all, chris This image was made with Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600 mm G2 lens at 552mm. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F11.0 at 1/60th of a sec. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX set to - 1 and 2/3rds stops. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron