Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nut Crackers

Nut Crackers first came from the Erzgebirge region of Germany. Their popularity surged in the United States when soldiers brought them home at the end of WWII. There is a legend in Germany how the nut cracker came to be. A wealthy farmer offered a reward to anyone that could crack the walnuts on his tree. A carpenter told him cut the nuts in half with a saw. A soldier told him to shoot the nut open. It was a local puppet maker who came up with a beautiful solution. A puppet made of wood and painted in bright colors. It had strong jaws that could be used to crack the walnuts. The farmer rewarded the puppeteer for his ingenuity by giving him his own workshop. In Germany, the nutcrackers are said to bring good luck and protect the house. Supposedly they keep evil at bay and protect the people of the home. Merry Christmas, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 85mm F1.8 lens. Camera settings used Manual Mode,ISO 100,F 2.8 at 1/160th of a second. Two Alien Bees studio lights with soft boxes were used to light the nutcracker. A black background with red Christmas lights.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Going to the Dogs

It's pretty gray outside this morning with some much needed rain. Last night it poured and poured. On rainy days whenever I can't figure out what to photograph there is always the dogs. It's also a great day to clean the office. It's a never ending job because I'm not a particularly neat person. Earlier I got started on cleaning the office but then I got side tracked with an idea to photograph Badger the Wonder Dog with the same out of focus red Christmas lights that I used for photographing the ornaments last night. Here is the result. He looks pretty curious and happy because he knows he is going to get a treat.Have a warm and happy day, chris Image created with a Canon 7D set on manual mode and a Canon 85mm f 1.8 lens.Camera settings used were ISO 100, F2.0 at 1/160th of a sec. Black background with red Christmas lights. Lighting was provided by two Alien Bee 1600 Studio lights with l
arge soft boxes.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tiny Bit More Rain

It was gray all day today mixed with some scattered rain showers. I did my shopping this morning and then made another batch of Peppermint Toffeee. Tonight just before midnight I photographed a few Christmas ornaments. I loved the red out of focus bokeh that this lens gives. God's love and blessings to all, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 85mm F 1.8 lens.ISO 400,AV mode F 2.0, Manfrotto 055PROBX tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Great Day for Tea

Today it rained off and on all day long. First thing this morning I did a little grocery shopping came home and stoked the wood stove. Then I went into the kitchen and baked chocolate chip cookies and peppermint toffeee. It was the perfect day to sit by the wood stove and drink tea. It was also pretty exciting to find that my book, "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography"was the number one book featured by Rainy Day Magazine in a feature called the "Rainy Day Gift Guide". http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2014/Home/December/Week3/RDMHomeDec1714.htm#RainyDayGiftGuide_Books God bless, chris Image created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 28-105 lens at 45mm. Camera settings used. Program mode, ISO 400,F 4.0 at 1/5th of a sec. Camera was set on a Manfrotto 055PROBX tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Last Minute Gift

If you are looking for a great last minute gift for a photographer or birder that you may know look no further! Please just order them a copy of Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It is available from most major online book sellers like Amazon in both hardbound and as an Ebook. This book is perfect for learning in a simple step by step manner how to photograph birds in your own back yard. It covers the food, feeders and equipment needed to create some simple set ups to make images of beautiful birds. It has many great projects for your backyard as well. Copy and paste the following link to your browser to take a look or order a copy. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Backyard-Photography-Chris-Hansen/dp/1937538559 Thank you, chris

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fake Flake

Brrrr.... It's cold out today. It feels like it's going to snow but it's just not quite cold enough yet. I really want to get out and do some bird photography but the breaks in the rain just aren't long enough. Today I photographed a plastic snowflake. It looks pretty cool but my indoor creativity is starting to hit the wall. I'll need to research some things on the internet to photograph over this next rainy week. The dog went insane at three a.m.last night. Momma bear and her two cubs came by and raided my bird feeder which only holds about two cups of bird seed. The two cubs were bawling away. I swear it sounds like a cow is being killed with the sound that they make. Before they become a big problem I've decided I need to take the bird feeder in now every night. Better to do that than have them shot for being problem bears. God's blessings and have a wonderful day, chris Images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 28-105 lens and two Alien Bee 1600 Studio lights with large soft boxes attached. Camera was set to ISO 100 F16.0 at 1/160th of a sec.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Back to the Woodpile

Yesterday was another inside kind of day. It was gray and cloudy all day except for a break in late afternoon when a rainbow appeared promising hope! . While getting some firewood I discovered a Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla)AKA Pacific Chorus Frog and Northern Pacific Treefrog, Northwest Chorus Frog under the tarp use to keep the wood dry. At first I was unsure it was a Tree Frog because it was a colored a very dark gray almost black. By the time I got around to photographing it the frog has changed its coloring to a light tannish brown. It is amazing how they can do that. They are such a neat little frog with pads on their feet that allow them to climb even glass. Here are a couple of images that I really liked before I set the little creature free. God's love and blessings upon your day ChrisRainbow created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens at 100mm. Camera setting used was AV mode, ISO 1600, F7.1an 1/1600th of a sec. The Frog was photographed with a 100mm macro lens. The camera was set to AV mode, ISO 1600,f 4.5 at 1/15th of a sec. The last frog image was ISO 1600, F 8.0 at 1/25th of a sec.