Saturday, February 25, 2017

Angry Bird

I set up a mossy perch next to the bird feeder yesterday afternoon. This morning quite early the birds were already feeding away and using it as a perching spot. This little Chestnut Backed Chickadee reminded me of one of the "Angry Bird" characters. May you have a blessed weekend, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens at 552mm using a Canon 550EX fill flash set to -2 stops exposure. The camera was supported on a ground pod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were, AV mode, ISO 800, F8.0 at 1/60th of a sec.#TeamCanon, #tamron

Friday, February 24, 2017

Simple Chickadee

Bird photography where I live in wintertime is extremely limited. The habitat where I am situated is mixed coniferous forest. Simply put this means means that in winter there aren't too many species to photograph. Today was no exception as the only species that dropped by the bird feeder were Chestnut Backed Chickadees. It would appear that I have switched from gray squirrels to chickadees! Here is a chickadee on a branch that I placed next to the bird feeder. I hope that all of you have a great weekend. Thank you, God for such marvelous creatures to photograph, chris Image created with a canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens using a Canon 550EX fill flash set to -2 stops exposure.The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 190 XPROB Tripod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were High Speed flash sync., AV mode, ISO 800, F8.0 at 1/400th of a sec.#TeamCanon, #tamron

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Patience Required

Yesterday the weather couldn't decide what it wanted to do. It kept shifting from sunshine to rain, snow and hail. During the breaks in the weather I set up a lichen covered twig next to the bird feeder. I should say I set it up several times because the squirrels kept breaking it off whenever I wasn't around. After each set up I watched where the birds were landing and prefocused on that spot. The chickadees are so fast there is little to no time to recompose an image. They land and then are off to the bird feeder in a flash. I sat there waiting with my finger on the shutter release. Whenever I spotted a chickadee coming in I would click the shutter as soon as it landed. This resulted in a lot of almost images but it also resulted in some really beautiful images as well. After some editing this afternoon I narrowed it down to two images. One image in a vertical composition and one in a horizontal.The horizontal image was created when it was sunny and the vertical one was done when it was cloudy. I was very happy with the results. Both images were created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens at 329mm. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 XPROB Tripod with a Manfrotto 3055 ballhead. Camera settings used AV mode,ISO 800,F 8.0 for 1/800th of a sec.for the vertical image and 1/1,000th of a sec for the horizontal one at the same settings. #TeamCanon,#tamron

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What is this Blue Stuff?

This morning was rather unsettling. While still lying in bed I opened my eyes and looked up out the window and saw bright blue skies. After days and days of not seeing the sun it was rather disconcerting. Well actually I did briefly see the sun for about a minute yesterday through the clouds while I was on my way to the big city of Ukiah. I guess there is no real need to worry because as soon as I started to type this at quarter past eleven this morning it started to sleet. This quickly turned to snow and now it is hailing graupel or corn snow. The clouds have moved back in and there isn't a scrap of blue sky to be seen anywhere. Thank you Lord for the sunshine, chrisPhotographed with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Prefocus and Patience

This morning I had to take my pick up to the big city of Ukiah for the airbag to be replaced. After a quick repair I returned home and grabbed a lichen covered twig off of the deck. I placed it right beside the bird feeder. Once back inside I composed and prefocused my camera on the twig. Chickadees are really fast when they feed at my house to avoid being eaten by hawks. Because of this there is little to no time to react. You have to be ready and waiting to make the image. After about a fifteen minute wait and ten tries I had three decent images and one that I was really quite happy with. If the weather holds I may try again this afternoon. I hope that you are having a great day. God's tender love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens at 329mm. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 PROXB Tripod with a Manfrotto 3055 ballhead. Camera settings used AV mode,ISO 800,F 8.0 for 1/250th of a sec. #TeamCanon,#tamron

Monday, February 20, 2017

Stuck in Squirrel Gear

It rained and poured all day and the wind was blowing something fierce. Not exactly the best day for photography. But pretty good for some squirrel portraits in the rain. I set up a perch next to the bird feeder and a few chickadees stopped by but it was mostly used by the Western Gray Squirrels. They were all rain soaked but didn't seem to have a care in the world as long as they got their free sunflower seeds. I really enjoyed going through editing them down to just one image even though I had many favorites. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens at 375mm. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 PROXB Tripod with a Manfrotto 3055 ballhead. Camera settings used AV mode,ISO 800,F 8.5 for 1/60th of a sec. #TeamCanon,#tamron

Saturday, February 18, 2017

It Never Fails

Looking back over the years it seems like that whenever I get to try out a new lens that it rains. Today was the first good chance to get to try out my new TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens. (Boy is that a mouthful to say). Sure enough it rained. I guess that it gave me a good opportunity to try the lens out in adverse conditions. I must say that it performed admirably on the Western Gray Squirrels and Chestnut Backed Chickadees. I was very pleased with the results. They were tack sharp and the focus responded instantly. My old TAMRON | SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is up for sale after just being completely factory refurbished by Tamron USA. If it doesn't sell I plan on using it as a back up and for teaching lessons to beginning photographers. Give me a holler if you are interested in purchasing it or have questions about it. God's love and blessings to all, chrisAll of the squirrel and chickadee images were created with a canon 7D MkII and a TAMRON | SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 on a Manfrotto Tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead.