Saturday, April 30, 2016

One More Silhouette

What is it about Dandelion heads that photographers love to photograph them? I must admit that I too am not immune to their irresistible pull. There is just something about those repeating patterns that draws me in. Such a soft and delicate spherical shape as well. God's design there is no doubt. Yesterday when I was photographing the scorpion I also photographed a Dandelion seed head in silhouette as well. May you have a blessed weekend, chris Image created with a 100mm lens and a Canon EOS 7D camera. Camera was supported on a ground pod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. Camera setting used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 16.0 at 1/10th of a sec.

Friday, April 29, 2016


There is nothing that compares to sitting by a warm wood stove in the morning and reading a good book. However to reach that level of comfort there is a lot of work that goes into getting the wood stove going unless of course you are staying at a Swiss chalet and the staff was already up early getting the fire going for you. Yesterday morning when I was loading up the wood stove I noticed a hitchiker on one of the pieces of firewood that I was bringing into the house. Luckily I spotted the little critter or it might have made a quick trip to Hades. There was a Wood Scorpion hiding on the end of the log in plain sight. It was trying to look invisible by not moving. I slid it off into a a jar and this morning I photographed it on a rock before setting it free off in the woods far away from the house. May you have a blessed day and a glorious weekend, chris Image created with a Cann 7D anda 100mm macro lens. AV mode, ISO 400, F 16.0 at 1/6th of a sec. Camera was supported with a Bogen Ballhead anda ground pod.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Settled For a Nervous Band-tail

I got up at four a.m. to go to the coast but it was was way too windy so I went back to bed. Later on I photographed a very nervous Band-tailed pigeon in the backyard. I did go to the coast later in the afternoon and yes it was too windy. Most of my images were shaky from the wind! God bless, chris Caon 7D anda Canon 100-400 IS lens

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beetle in Silhouette

This morning I was working on photographing a Bark Beetle in silhouette climbing up a rock. I was having troubles. I needed to have Jay or Annika for my beetle wrangler. Right now it is a work in progress. When I get there I will know it. For now accept my simple image of a beetle in silhouette. God's light and love to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a 100mm macro lens supported on a Gorilla Pod. AV mode, ISO 800, F 11.0 at 1/50th of a sec. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Adding Some Bling

I ran across the coolest hood ornament on an old pick up today. The pick up reminded me of my first car. It was functional but its days of that young beautiful car look were long past. It was still functional and reliable as it got me from place to place but it never turned any heads unless I did something really stupid while driving it. This hood ornament not only added some bling but it served an important purpose as it kept the front hood tied down. Kudos to the owner and may it travel another couple of hundred thousand miles. God's light and love to all, chris Image created with a handheld Canon 7D and a 100mm macro lens.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Remains of the Rain

Yesterday morning I went out to restock the bird feeder in the back yard. A flock of Band-tailed Pigeons took off from a fir tree into the grey cloudy skies as I turned the corner into the backyard. They were a beautiful sight to see. After restocking the feeder I turned and went back to the house. Whle I was stepping in the door I looked down to see a single Madrone leaf with one drop of water sitting on it from last nights rain. That looks pretty cool I thought to myself. I went inside and grabbed my camera and a macro lens. I dragged a nearby bench and used it to brace myself as I focused and photographed the leaf. I tried a variety of compositions but this is the one that I liked the best. May you have a blessed week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D and a 100mm macro lens. Handheld and braced on a bench. AV mode, ISO 400, F 11.0 at 1/13th of a sec.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Guest Photographer

This morning Lenore and I went to the Ukiah Farmers Market and then had a great lunch at Ellie's Mutt Hut. Afterwards we stopped by the Ukiah rail trail that goes through the center of Ukiah. There were a lot of people out walking and a lot of California Poppies. It didn't take us long to flop down on the ground and begin photographing those bright orange blooms. It was really cool to see so many white poppies mixed in. Lenore was using a wide angle lens and was getting some really nice images. Tonight when we got home we went through them together. This image was our favorite of the ones that she created. We loved the forbidding clouds and the angle of the white poppies. Image created with a handheld Canon T5i and a Canon EF-S 10-22 lens at 22mm. AV mode, ISO 400, F 16.0 at 1/ 1250th of a sec.