Sunday, October 23, 2022

Mighty Oak

 For the past few weeks the forest has been alive with the sound of falling acorns. Wherever you walk it sounds like some creature is stalking you. These acorns provide food for a multitude of forest animals from deer to pigs, squirrels and birds. It's amazing to watch a Band-tailed Pigeon swallow an acorn whole! Here is an acorn from my front yard. It was photographed with a Canon EOS 7D camera with a Tamron 180mm macro lens. God's light and love to all, chris


Friday, October 14, 2022

Blues Series

 Several months ago I embarked on a series of photographs called ,The Blues Series. It involves photographing Steller's Jays in my backyard. Here are some samples










Attempt #2 Was Successful

 My second attempt at photographing calling frogs was much more successful. I used my Canon EOS 7D. (The 7D MKII has been sent off to Canon Pro Services for repair) I paired the camera with my venerable Canon 100-400 mm lens. I added a 20mm extension for close focusing. I once again used my Canon 550 EX speedlight for lighting. I attached two layers of white napkins to diffuse it with a rubber band. When Lenore and I walked across the patio we could hear two Pacific Chorus Frogs calling for females like mad. After searching the pond with a light I found one on the edge under the flagstone. Lying on my belly I was able to start photographing him from about three feet away. I t was really cool to hear and see. God's love and blessings to everyone, chris


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

In Concert Tonight

 Early this evening Lenore asked me to come and look at a Rough Skinned Newt in our backyard pond. So I walked back with her to see if I could spot it.  I looked and looked and couldn't find it. As I turned to walk away I spied a tree frog AKA Pacific Chorus Frog on the very edge of the pond. I made a Criiich noise and low and behold the frog started croaking back at me! Lenore stayed with the frog and I ran and grabbed my camera. In all the years we have had the pond I've never been able to see one calling. Here was one less than three feet away from me calling loudly as bold as brass. After a whole bunch of unsuccessful attempts I finally was able to get one image in focus. Turns out my f stop control button is broken on my camera and it needs to go in for repairs. This was my first attempt at photographing a calling frog so hopefully next time I will do better.  God's love and blessings to all, chris 


Image created with a Canon EOS 7D MKII camera and a Tamron 180mm macro lens. Fill flash provided by a canon 550 EX speedlight set to - 1 2/3rds stops. 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Playing With Light

With spring clouds on the move it's a perfect time to put my infrared camera to use and play with a different kind of light. A couple of days ago there were some really nice clouds backing up against the Mendocino Range over the Little Lake Valley here in Northern California. I framed them through the trees with a wide angle lens. I really liked how the images came out. Both images were created with a Canon EOS 7D  camera converted to Infrared Hypercolor with a Canon 10-22mm lens. the camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 9.0 at 1/400th of a sec. God's love and blessings to all, chris                     



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cleaning Up

Yesterday I was cleaning up my my computer when I ran across some Steller's Jay images that hadn't been processed from July of last year. It's amazing at what you can find when looking back through your old work. Oh no! More Steller's Jays. Have you seen enough? As you can see they were created at the same set up in my backyard. Their blue plumage is just stunning especially against a green background. God's blessings upon the rest of your week, chris




Thursday, April 1, 2021

Mug Shot of Badger the Wonder Dog

I have an aluminum sheet of diamond plate that I just purchased for a project I'm working on.  This morning I grabbed it for use as a backdrop of photographing Badger the Wonder Dog. I leaned the metal plate up against a desk in our living room by an open window. The goal was to have him with his dog biscuit hanging out of his mouth. But he was hungry and was having none of that. He just wanted to eat it. So I settled for that. God's blessings upon your day, chris

This image was created with a Canon EOS 7D camera with a Canon EF 28-200 mm lens at 57mm. the camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, F 8.0 at 1/40th of a sec. #teamcanonusa