Saturday, November 18, 2017

Waterfowl at One of the Crown Jewels of Santa Rosa

Yesterday I drove my Mom down to Santa Rosa, Ca for a doctors appointment. It was the first time that I have visited Santa Rosa since the terrible fires. I was totally shocked by what I saw as I went up over Fountain Grove Parkway. The photographer in me wanted to stop and photograph the devastation that surrounded me. But it felt so intrusive to all those people who have lost their homes. I just drove along in sadness. After I dropped off of the parkway I worked my way southward to Lake Ralphine in Howarth Park. Howarth Park and the adjacent Spring Lake Park are some of the crown jewels of Santa Rosa. They provide boating, swimming,fishing and hiking trails right within the city and are next to Annadel State Park for those that are even more adventurous. Being short on time I spent about forty five minutes photographing waterfowl along the edge of the lake.What a special place right in the city. God's love and blessings upon your evening, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash. #TeamCanon, #takenwithmytamron

Friday, November 17, 2017

Surrendering to the Sun

One place that I have photographed many,many times over the years is the fog filled Little Lake Valley from our bedroom window. On a lot of mornings I get to watch the fog slowly burn off down below. It's fascinating to watch the fog slowly surrender to the rays of the sun. Have a great weekend and God bless, chris This image was created with a handheld and braced Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. #TeamCanon

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Squirrel Outside My Window

I awoke to a cloudy gray day this morning. When I got up I looked out to see a squirrel outside my window. It was a little Douglas Tree Squirrel visiting the stump feeder in our backyard. I ran upstairs and grabbed my camera. I went back down and got down on my knees beside the window. I ever so slowly opened the window. Then I very carefully poked out my telephoto lens and braced it against the window sill. The squirrel nervously scampered down to the bottom of the stump and then cautiously returned. It remained there watching me as it fed. I photographed it for a little while and then left it to eat in peace. Here are three images that I really liked. God's precious light and love upon your day, chris All three images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. #TeamCanon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Badger the Wonder Dog

I had planned on doing some feeder photography in the backyard today but the rain was way too strong and the wind was howling. Instead I grabbed a wooden back drop and two continuos LED light panels. I set them up to photograph Badger the Wonder Dog. He was more than willing to cooperate for a treat. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM v.1 lens at 108mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/50th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rainy Days Ahead

It has been rainy. The weather has been bouncing back and forth between sunshine and rain. This morning it was clear in the morning before gray ragged clouds covered the sky. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain again. Here are some images from the past few days. All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 IS V. 1 lens. #TeamCanon God's love and blessings to everyone, chris

Monday, November 13, 2017

Stay in Bed Kind of Day

Badger the Wonder Dog has the right idea. It's a stay in bed under the covers kind of day. It's gray, cold and drizzling out there. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S17-85mm lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -1 stops. #TeamCanon

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Trailside

Thank you Lord for the rains. It has rained off and on for the last few days. During one of the breaks the sun came out and I went for a short trail walk up Willits Creek. Along the side of the trail I noticed these three Big Leaf Maple leaves lying side by side. Such a simple and beautiful sign of fall. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris Photographed with a handheld Canon 7D MkII camera anda a Canon EF-S17-85mm lens at 38mm. Thecamera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, f 11.0 at 1/25th of a sec.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Angel's Breath

This morning when I awoke the sun was shining bright and sunny on the foggy valley below. A few minutes later the fog flowed in from the coast slowly covering the trees in the forest around our house. I grabbed my camera and ran out the front door. I headed for my favorite tree just off the end of our driveway. It's a gnarled old Tan Oak tree with one wide branch coming off the side fairly close to the ground. It's covered in lichen and moss and makes a great subject to photograph. I composed a variety of images of it from a couple of different spots. After I went back into the house and processed the images this one stood out as my favorite. God's blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a handheld Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S17-85mm lens at 17mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F16.0 at 1/13th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chaos

There is some order among chaos if you look for the patterns that help to make it up. Such is the case of sorting silverware in the morning from the dishwasher. You look for the patterns to tell the cutlery apart. The rounded curves of the spoons and the long straight edges of the knives. The forks stand out with their evenly measured tines. There is chaos but order is hidden within it. Here is a Black and White image of our silverware waiting to be sorted and put away in the silverware drawer. God's precious love and blessings upon your day, chrisThis image was photographed with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S- 17-85mm lens at 24mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 11.0 at 1/25h of a sec.#TeamCanon

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Portrait of Badger the Wonder Dog

I always love to see Badger the Wonder Dog when he is looking longingly through the front gate. Yesterday morning I grabbed some treats and went outside the gate. I set and my tripod and waited. Badger immediately came to the gate. He wanted those treats really bad! He was rewarded with some treats after I photographed him. I love the look he was giving me! These images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX. The fill flash was set to -1 stop.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Waiting for the Birds

This morning I was waiting for the birds to fly into the frame to add some interest to the foggy redwood composition I was creating. When I checked my Facebook account this morning I was reminded in my memories that I was photographing the same exact subject two years ago. Either I'm still being creative or I'm stuck in a rut. Time to go on a trip! God's precious love to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F8.0 at 1/500th of a sec.#TeamCanon, #withmytamron

Monday, October 30, 2017

Shield Bug Silhouette

I captured a shield bug/beetle off of the screen of a window in our front yard. I thought it would look cool in silhouette on a leaf. Tonight I set it up with a leaf and a lamp in the studio before I set it free out in the front yard. God's precious light and love to all, chrisThis fun image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S-60mm macro usm lens on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod.The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, f 20. at1/100th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Friday, October 27, 2017

Graffiti

One of the most beautiful countries we visited this last summer in Europe was Poland. The city of Gdansk with its beaches, architecture, parks and forests were amazing. Even within that beauty there lurked some ugliness. While sitting at the beach I noticed this old seawall marked up with graffiti. Which by the way I saw very little of in the areas we visited. There was this odd juxtaposition on the seawall of the shadows of two children playing next to a Nazi swastika. The final image seems to have a sinister quality to it. May God bless you richly, chrisThis image was created with my handheld Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 18-200mm lens. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 16.0 at 1/640th of a sec. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Local Landmark Sign

I have photographed this sign before. I have watched it slowly age and decay over the years. Today as I was leaving the gym it caught my eye in the afternoon light and I thought i would give it another try. God's light and love to all, chris Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400L IS USM lens at 100mm.#TeamCanon

Badger the Wonder Dog Patience

Yesterday I was out looking for new perches for use in the backyard for bird photography. I had Badger the Wonder Dog as my copilot. He had to wait in the car because I was near a neighbors house that has a rather large but nice dog. The dog is really friendly but Badger is not and that is why he had to wait patiently in the car. He loves people but really hates this other dog. Coming back to the car I thought he looked rather photogenic patiently waiting for me. Have a great day. God's love and blessings to all, chris Handheld Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. Fill flash with a Canon 550 EX flash at -1 2/3 stops. ISO 800, f 8.0 at 1/800th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Girl Squirrel and a Chickadee

I popped up an old knothole feeder this morning in the backyard. Within minutes the Chestnut Backed Chickadees were all over it. I grabbed my tripod, camera and a telephoto lens and went out and photographed them for about half an hour or so. Here are my two favorite images. Have a great day and God bless, chris Both images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 IS L USM V. 1 lens on a Manfrotto 190 XPROB Tripod. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -1and 2/3rds stops.#TeamCanon

Monday, October 23, 2017

Still Orange

This morning I'm still sticking with the orange color theme or maybe red orange depending upon your perception of the color palette. Last night I put up a new perch and got everything set up for this morning. So not long after dawn this morning I was out in the photoblind. I was very happy to see a few Dark Eyed Juncos come to the feeder. This last year they have been in short supply. A few years back they were the most dominant bird in my backyard. I guess things go in cycles. After photographing birds for awhile the blasted cat showed up. I yelled at her and I was very surprised to actually see her leave. Normally I have to climb out of the blind and deposit her in the house. Soon after the Western Gray Squirrels showed up and I made no attempts to scare them off as I wanted to capture a nice image of one. I got quite a few nice ones but below is my favorite. God's blessings upon your week, chris Both images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -1-2/3rds stops. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800,F 8.0 at 1/125th of a sec. for the squirrel and 1/30th of a sec for the Junco.#TeamCanon

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gorgeous Sunrise

While lazing about in bed this morning I noticed the wall opposite our bed was awash in a soft pink light. I roused myself to get up and look out the window. My eyes were met with a glorious sunrise. Thank you Lord for such a beautiful way to start the day. Image created with a handheld Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 17-85mm EF-S- F 1:4-5.6 lens. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 11.0 at 1/60th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Chickadee is on the Pumpkin

Nope no frost this morning. It looks to be an inside kind of day with the rainstorm clearing up today. Here are a couple of Chestnut Backed Chickadees. One on a pumpkin as suggested by Lenore (continuing with that orange theme) and one on a knothole feeder from last week showing off its trademark chestnut back. Have a great weekend and God bless, chris Both images were created with a canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. #TeamCanon

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Scarfing it Up!

Yesterday I came up with the idea of creating an orange background to really emphasize the fall colors. I searched through my backgrounds and low and behold I didn't have a single orange one. During dinner I asked Lenore if she had anything orange that I could use as a background. She thought for a moment and replied that she had just bought an orange and green scarf. I looked at the scarf after dinner sure enough one side of the scarf was a solid dark orange. This morning I placed the scarf behind some fall covered leaves and it was just perfect! I set up a very slender manzanita branch for a perch next to the bird feeder. Then I climbed into the photoblind and waited. It took awhile to get the image that I was looking for. I had a lot of missed images and quite a few with either chopped off tails or missing beaks. I really, really like the final image. God's tender love and blessings upon your day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and Canon 100-400L IS USM V.1 lens. Lighting was provided by four Canon 540 EZ flashes set to 1/128th power. The camera settings used were Manual mode, ISO 400, F 5.6 at 1/200th of a sec. The camera and lens were supported by a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod with a Bogen Heavy duty ballhead. It was heavily overcast and starting to mist. Thank you Lord for the coming rain.#TeamCanon

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I'm Lichen It!!

Last night I created a quick set up using a lichen covered branch for a perch. this morning I was up at sunrise photographing the Chestnut Backed Chickadees. I used four Canon 540EZ flashes set to 1/128th power for lighting. Two were focused on the perch and two were focused on the fall colored background. I really like the end result. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris As you can see I reversed one image in processing to face the other way. Action for western viewers tends to look better going from left to right. These images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens supported by a Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

More Images for the Thrifty Fifty Challenge

Yesterday morning I decided to challenge myself and create some more images for the Thrifty Fifty Challenge. Many of my followers already know that the challenge is to create an uncropped image of a sparrow sized bird or smaller with a 50mm lens. Also no undue image processing of the image is allowed. I had a really fun time photographing the chickadees as they came and went. I got some really great images. My set up was a knothole feeder filled with black sunflower seeds. I used my Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 50mm F 1.8 lens all set on a Manfrotto Tripod with a Bogen ballhead.. The camera settings used were Manual mode, ISO 800, F 10.0 at 1/200th of a sec. Lighting was provided by three Canon 540 EZ flashes set to 1/128th power.God's love and blessings upon your day, chris #TeamCanon

Monday, October 16, 2017

I've Got My Eye On You!

Douglas Tree Squirrel peering out from inside one of my knothole bird feeders on Saturday afternoon. It could barely squeeze itself in. It stayed inside there for close to half an hour gorging itself on black sunflower seeds. Climbing back out it got stuck and was grunting and squeaking before it finally extricated itself. God's blessings and comfort to all, chris Image created with a canon 7d MkII and a Canon 100-400L IS USM V.1 lens at 400mm.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sad Reminder

The smoke remains as sad evidence of the fiery disaster that struck Northern California and is still not over yet. In the late hours of Sunday night and early hours of Monday morning devastating fires swept through many areas of Northern California and the wine country. Where I live in Willits the fire came to within about eight miles from where I live. We voluntarily evacuated as we could see the flames on the ridge tops to the east of us. We spent four days voluntarily evacuated to the small town of Laytonville to the north of us. It feels great to be back home though our cars are still packed and ready to go should the winds whip up the fire in our direction. Please pray for the victims of these fires. Those who have lost family members, friends,houses and pets in this horrific event. God blessings and comfort to all those affected by these fires, chris

Monday, October 9, 2017

Acorn Still Life

This morning I gathered some acorns and created a still life in our studio. It shows a small sampling of the many types of acorns that grow in our area to provide a multitude of species of wildlife with food for fall and winter. Also I ask of you to please pray for the safety of the fire fighters and people affected by the fires raging across Northern California right now. God bless, chris Image made with a canon 7D mkII and a Canon EF-S-60mm macro lens on a Manfrotto tripod.#TeamCanon

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Waiting for the Sunrise Silhouette

One more installment on the sunrise silhouette series. So far I have a fly, scorpion and today a bark beetle. I wonder what I can think of next? We have been working on stacking wood for the winter so you never know what we might find that I can use. Maybe a tiny salamander? Who knows? So many questions! God bless and have a great weekend, chrisThis image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens on a Manfrotto tripod. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 100, F 4.5 at 1/13th of a sec. No beetles were harmed in the making of this image though it was probably terribly irritated before being released in the forest near my house.#TeamCanon

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mellow Yellow

Off and on over the last week I have been photographing birds with a yellow color theme. I created a several different set ups using yellow flowers in my backyard. I had a lot of Chestnut Backed Chickadees and Red Breasted Nuthatches come in to feed. This time of the year I'm pretty limited on the number of species that I can photograph in our yard. Here are my favorites from the week. God's love and blessings to all, chris All of the following images were created using a Canon 7D MkII camera with a Canon 100-400 L IS USM lens. They were supported with a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. Camera settings varied. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash. #TeamCanon Please follow me on Instagram. My user name is Christhephotog .

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Moonrise!

I was totally unprepared for last night's moonrise. We had just finished dinner when Lenore looked out the window and exclaimed,"Is that the moon?" I glanced up from clearing my plate. "Oh my gosh I thought!" I sprinted up the stairs and grabbed my camera. I ran to our bedroom window and threw it open with a crash. I fiddled with the settings until I got the exposure right. It was simply beautiful. Moon rise over the Little Lake Valley. Thank you Lord for all your creation. I hope everyone has a great day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM lens V.1 at 400mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 7.1 at 1/200th of a sec. This was handheld and braced on our bedroom window sill. #TeamCanon