Thursday, March 30, 2017

Old School Change the Font

I ran across and old typeball for an IBM Selectric Typewriter a couple of weeks ago. These typewriters were manufactured from 1961 through 1984. They used a printhead element called a typeball to print with. They were nick named golf balls. These golf ball heads were used to set the font for whatever you were typing. They came in at least a dozen different fonts including Hebrew. If you wanted to change fonts you had to put on a different typeball. A big pain if you needed to change fonts in the middle of a sentence. Later models of the Selectric had some memory storage and were the forerunners of modern word processing using computers. God's light and love to all, chris This image was created using a Canon 7D MkII and a 100mm macro lens. Lighting was provided by four LED light panels. the typeball was placed upon a black sweep. The camera settings used were, AV mode, ISO 800, F13.0 at 1/100th of a sec. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190 XPRB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead.#teamcanon

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wonders of the Woodpile

The most common resident of the woodpile has to be the bark beetles. They lay their eggs and then the larvae chew into the soft inner bark leaving intricate patterns into the wood. Here is one from yesterday morning when I was gathering some wood from the stack. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a 100 mm macro lens. The camera settings used were, AV mode, ISO 800, F13.0 at 1/80th of a sec. The beetle was placed on a white sweep with four LED light panels. Two lights on the beetle and two on the background. #teamcanon

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

All Alone

One of the sure signs of spring where I live is the blooming of the Daffodils. In our backyard we have about a dozen or so of them. This year only one of them bloomed all by itself. All alone in the big backyard. I wonder if it is lonesome? Blessings upon your day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a 100 mm lens on a ground pod. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 5.0 at 1/1600th of a sec.#teamcanon

Monday, March 27, 2017

Another Resident of the Woodpile

While rearranging the wood pile I also ran across one of our native snails. Here is a Shoulderband Snail. I love the ruddy red color of their bodies. It contrasts quite well with the dark shells that they have. This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a 100mm lens on a Manfrotto tripod. #teamcanon Have a blessed week, chris

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Local Lizard

Nothing can get your adrenaline pumping like picking up a piece of firewood to find a nine inch long lizard underneath it. Featured here is one of the bigger Northern Alligator Lizards that makes its home in our woodpile. It was held temporarily captive today while I photographed it and then set it free in a section of woodpile that we probably won't be getting to for quite awhile. I hope that you are having an enjoyable weekend. God bless, chris These images were created with a Canon 7D MkII anda 100 mm macro lens on a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 Heavy duty ballhead. Lighting was provided by window light and a gold reflector. #teamcanon

Friday, March 24, 2017

Slender Salamander

Oh, the things I find at the bottom of the woodpile. Last time Jay and I were working on the woodpile we found a Coastal Giant Salamander. Yesterday afternoon while looking for some dry wood (we have had a bit of rain you know) I found a Slender Salamander. With their dark coloring they really blend into the forest floor. This one was buried in the damp forest duff under a piece of wood and I would have probably missed it had it not just barely moved its tail. This was probably meant as a distraction as their tails can easily detach and they can escape and then grow a new one. These guys are really small with very large adults being about five inches long. The is one pictured here was only about two inches long.God's blessings upon your weekend, chris Image created with a Canon 7D MkII and a 100mm macro lens. I used four led light panels for a light source. #teamcanon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day Late and a Dollar short

Apparently yesterday was the "International Day of Trees and Forests". Obviously I missed it. So in honor of that I am posting an image of the Tan Oak trees and forest next to our house. We live in a mixed coniferous forest with Redwoods, Douglas Fir, Madrones and Tan Oaks. This area was logged in the 1960s and the Tan Oaks being a dominant tree grow much faster than Redwoods or Firs when there is light. So when it was logged it opened up the area to light and there are a lot of Tan Oak trees.The Firs and Redwoods are currently at an age where they slowly seem to be trying to take back over. God's light and love to all, chris This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS v.1 lens at 100mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 1600, F 11.0 at 1/125th of a sec.#TeamCanon