Thursday, April 27, 2017

Forest Still Life

Like many people I'm often attracted to patterns. Every time I take a walk in the forest I'm drawn especially to the repeating patterns in nature. This morning my eyes were drawn to the Douglas Fir cones. They almost look like Trilobites with there scaly appearance. Close up they look really cool. What an amazing world God has created for us to look at! Here is a still life from early afternoon when I got around to photographing some of them. God's blessings upon your day, chris This image was created with a handheld and braced Canon 7D MkII anda Tamron 18-200 mm lens at 100mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800,(I tried 100 ISO but I was too shaky) F 8.0 at 1/50th of a sec.#TeamCanon, #takenwithmytamron

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Three Birds and a Squirrel

Yesterday afternoon I had a great time photographing birds in the backyard. After restocking the feeders and adjusting the bird perch I settled into our back bedroom to wait behind my widow blind. The window blind basically consists of a window sized masonite board cut to cover the window. There is a hole cut into it for my camera lens. The edges of the board are trimmed in 1"x 2"s and wrapped in old carpet strips to keep the window ledges and the window frame from being scratched up. It isn't very heavy and it is rather easy to take in and out. It is also nice and flat and easily fits behind the bedroom door or under the bed when not in use. Almost immediately the first bird landed just after I sat down. It was a Black Headed Grosbeak. Every year for the past couple of summers a a pair of them have nested somewhere in the backyard. Next came a Steller's Jay and last came the nervous, jumpy Band-tailed Pigeons. Following that the squirrels came and tried to take over because I didn't set up their own special feeder.A good time was had by all. God's love and blessings to everyone! chris #TeamCanon All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L is Usm Lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -1 2/3rds stops. The camera was set into AV mode , ISO 100, F stops and shutter speeds varied. If you want to learn more about photographing birds in your backyard and haven't yet checked out my book. Please check it out at your local bookstore or most any of the online book sellers. "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography" by Rocky Nook Publishing. It is available in hardbound and as an E book.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Perfect for Poppies

Today is overcast and looking like it really wants to rain. It's perfect diffuse lighting for photographing poppies. I had a medical appointment at the local hospital this morning and it was a quick visit.(Good job Melissa!) Afterwards I went out and photographed poppies in the field by the hospital. I was really happy to find one with a spider on it and a group of four that looked like they were ascending to the heavens. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris All of the poppy images were created with a handheld Canon 7D MkIIwith a Tamron 18-200mm lens. #TeamCanon, #tamron

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Current Theme Seems to Be Rain!

Once again we awoke to the sound of steady rain on the roof top. This should be keeping kayakers from all over Northern California happy. The rivers will be flowing well into the summer. After a run downtown to pick up some milk and a prescription I'm content to sit at the computer and work on some images from over the weekend. Here are a couple of totally unrelated images created on the way home. God's tender love and blessings to all, chris Both images were created with a hand held Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 18-200. The street scene was AV mode, F 18.0, ISO 100, F 18.0 at 1/8th of a sec. The blurry propane truck was taken from when I was stopped behind it through the rainy wind shield. F 8.0 at 1/80th of a sec.#teamcanon, #tamron

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Little More Rain

Just before I shut my eyes last night I looked outside and marveled at the bright clear stars shining back at me through our bedroom window. I was excited at the prospect of a sunny day this morning. I awoke instead to the the sound of rainwater dripping through the downspouts and the patter of rain upon the rooftop. The weather report shows a 20 percent chance of rain with clearing and sunny by he afternoon. I guess I'll have to wait for the sun. Yesterday afternoon I photographed birds in the backyard and the first bird that came to the bird feeders was one lone Band-tailed Pigeon. Being jumpy nervous characters this one flew off after only creating three images. This one was the best of the three so enjoy one of our wild pigeons from Mendocino County in Northern California. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris This image was created using a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens at 256mm. My camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/320th of a sec. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -2 stops. #TeamCanon, #tamron

Friday, April 21, 2017

Portrait of a Squirrel

While photographing the Steller's Jays I had some really great opportunities after the Jays left to photograph the Western Gray Squirrels and get some nice close up portraits. I created about thirty images but this one was my favorite. Up close squirrels have very expressive faces. This squirrel portrait was no exception to that. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless, chris This image was created with my Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens at 600mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/100th of a sec. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set at -2 stops.#teamcanon, #tamron

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Whittling Down the Images

I spent two sessions photographing the Steller's Jays in my backyard over the past few days using a mossy and lichen covered log for a perch. This resulted in hundreds of images to edit. After the first pre edits I narrowed that down to around a 120 images. From there I attempted to narrow it down to my one and only favorite. That task proved impossible and in the end I chose two. Here are my two favorites. God's love and blessings to all of you, chris Both images were created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set at -2 stops. General camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/25th and 1/50th of a sec. The camera was supported on a ground pod on our bedroom window ledge. #TeamCanon, #tamron