Tuesday, November 25, 2014

More Images for the Garden Gate Series

This afternoon I spent about an hour creating some images for the "Garden Gate Series". I sat in the photoblind almost lulled to sleep by the quiet of the yard. The Chestnut Backed Chickadees came and went to the bird feeders. I was momentarily distracted by Papaya the cat when she came into the photoblind wanting to be petted. The chickadees aren't afraid of her as so far she lacks the ability to catch them. The Steller's Jays are quite a bit smarter they split immediately upon her arrival as they weren't taking any chances. Here are a few images from the session. God bless, chris Images created with a Canon 7D and a canon 100-400 IS lens. Camera settings used AV mode, ISO 800, F 5.6, the shutter speed varied. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055PROBX Tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Getting Out

The past week it has been really difficult to get out and photograph due to the weather and other responsibilities. We all have responsibilities. They range from jobs,cleaning the house, doing laundry to paying the bills,communicating and loving the people around us to the most important one of all keeping our relationship with God. In order to keep all these things going we need a break from it all once in awhile to let some of the pressure off. For everyone the outlets are a little different. Some people paint, others write or sing. Many people just go out for a run, a walk or a bike ride. Today Lenore was really great. She offered to go out to buy the turkey so that I could spend some time getting out to photograph the birds. Thank you Lenore. Here are a couple of Chestnut backed chickadees from a set up in the front yard. God bless, chris Images created with a canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055PROBX Tripod with a 3055 ballhead. Camera setting used. AV mode,ISO 800, F 5.6 at 1/200th of a sec.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fabulous Fungi

Friday morning I searched out quite a few fungi all less than a hundred feet from my front door. There were quite a number of them that were already too far gone to photograph and were starting to rot. This has been a fabulous year for fungi with the early rains. There is such an incredible variety of fungi to photograph out there. All image were create with a Canon 7D and either a Canon 28-105 lens or a 100mm macro lens. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055PROBX Tripod with a 3055 Bogen Ballhead. Enjoy and God bless, chris

Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Misty Mountain Morning

Last night the fog and clouds crept in while we slept. When I last put the dogs out last night there were stars shining through little tendrils of clouds that were slowly reaching across the sky. I could see the Big Dipper and Orion's belt shining brightly! This morning it was thick and gray and you couldn't see past the edge of the treeline. Later the clouds began to clear and move. I could look down on the ever changing views of the Little lake Valley below. It can change from minute to minute so it's an amzing thing to watch. In fact when I checked right now the whole valley is completely hidden from view again. I photographed a number of views this morning and then did some fungi photography which I will post tomorrow. Now it's back to cleaning up the office. God bless and have a great weekend, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thank You Lord for the Rain

We awoke to cloudy skies and the sound of rain. What a blessing and a delight. We are in the midst of a drought and the rain is most welcome here. I drove down to the big town of Ukiah this morning. In addition to driving the main highway I ventured onto some backroads so that I could do a little photography in the rain. Enjoy and God bless, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon Ef-s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. Exposures varied.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Knick Knacks

From the sound of the rain pattering against the window last night I could tell it was going to be an indoor kind of a day. I did my work out at the gym. Bought some groceries and then went back to cleaning up my office. In my cleaning I found a few knick knacks that brought me some distraction because... well I thought it would be fun to photograph them. I quickly set up a sweep of gold and silver mylar on a table in the living room. Then I added a gold reflector for fill and had some fun photographing these great little little treasures from a box in my office. The harmonica plays just fine and will get added to the rest of them in my collection that I use to drive people crazy with my mediocre playing. My pocket watch is going in a much safer spot! Have a blessed evening, chris

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inside Day

The wind is a blowin' out there! It's an inside day and I'm working on cleaning up my office which is an all day affair because I'm not naturally neat. In fact I'm not very neat at all. I am however working on it because I do know that it makes it a lot easier to work when I can find things. I started the morning off by photographing Lenore's Fuschia. It wasn't in very good shape after I finished using it for hummingbird photography. It was a small spindly little six inch tall plant that I grabbed at the nursery one afternoon. Lenore has planted it in a good sized pot and it is showing its gratitude by growing into a good sized plant with beautiful blossoms. I photographed it beside our living room window in natural light with a green background. Such gorgeous little blossoms. Thank you Lenore! Well back to work. God's blessings and have a wonderful day, chris Images created with a Canon 7D and a 100mm Macro lens on a Manfrotto 055PROBX Tripod with a 3055 Bogen Ballhead. Camera was in AV mode, ISO 400. F stops and shutter speeds varied.