Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Simple Lichen Perch

I'm always searching for new perches to use for my bird photography. The best ones are usually found when I'm either driving or walking to our gate and back after a windy night. Saturday I found a really nice lichen covered one on a walk with Lenore and Badger to the gate. After our walk I set it aside for future use. I ended up using it yesterday afternoon and early this morning by clamping it up next to the bird feeder for the birds to land on when they came to feed. There was a mix of Chestnut Backed Chickadees and Red Breasted Nuthatches coming in with the stray Gray Squirrel or two that I yelled at to go away whenever they tried to climb up to the bird feeder. Here are three of my favorite images after editing this morning. God's blessings upon you, chris All of the images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Monday, February 12, 2018

Battle Worn Beautiful Warrior

This last weekend Lenore and I trimmed the roses and cleaned up a few flower beds. We were amazed to see an Iris blooming in the front yard. This is the first flower bloom we have had this year. You could tell it was tough by how it looked. A bit rumpled, tattered and torn. It managed to pop up close to the wall where it is the warmest. Many, many years ago my dad was splitting up some Iris in his yard and he gave me a bunch to plant in my mine. He left this earth long ago but every time I see one of these Iris in bloom I'm reminded of what an incredible gardener he was. Every place he ever lived he always found places to put in beautiful flowers and a large vegetable garden. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Dad. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EFs 17-85mm lens at 85mm. #TeamCanon

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Batchelor Group of Tule Elk

Nature works to return to a natural state. Highways and bridges crumble. Grasses grow up in the cracks of sidewalks pushing and pushing to make them wider. Native species work at repopulating areas where they once were found. Sometimes it is done with the help of man. Such as it is with the Tule Elk. Prior to the Gold Rush in California they were widespread in many parts of the state. During the Gold Rush they were market hunted to near extinction for their meat and hides. Luckily there was a small remnant population found in the Central Valley on one of the many, many ranches of Henry Miller in 1874. He felt the herd should be saved. From that small herd there are now over 5,700 elk found in herds in many parts of California. There are even limited hunts by special permit. Elk have been slowly returning to around Willits where I live as well. At the end of last week when I was driving to the north end of the Little Lake Valley I watched a small batchelor herd trot out of the brush. Once they got out into the open they stopped and began milling about. A closer look through my telephoto lens revealed that some were foaming at the mouth. My guess is that they had been being chased either by dogs or coyotes. As they made their way closer to the road I got some nice images of them before I drove off and left them be. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 shutter speeds varied. #TeamCanon, #TakenWithMyTamron

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blue Super Moon to Blood Moon

Here is a compilation of images from last nights Super Blue Moon Eclipse. All photographed with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris #TeamCanon, #TakenWithMyTamron

Friday, January 26, 2018

Crazy Weather

Yesterday I felt like I was living in Colorado and not California. I awoke to the low rumble of thunder. It hailed for about twenty minutes covering the driveway in almost half an inch of pea sized hail. Not done yet it poured big rain drops really hard off and on for the next couple of hours. Then it totally surprised me by snowing in fits and starts for the rest of the afternoon. There were some really big snowflakes too. Some were close to an inch across. It was just crazy. This morning we awoke to a pink pastel sunrise and it was was overcast for most of the day with a few patches of blue sneaking in. The overcast made for some good photography and I photographed some Red Breasted Nuthatches in the backyard. Have a blessed weekend,chris All of the images were created with Canon cameras. The snowy Redwoods were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera with a Canon EFS 17-85mm lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash. The sunrise was captured with a Canon T1i camera and a Canon 50mm f 1.8 lens. All of the bird images were captured with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to minus 1-1/3rd stops. #TeamCanon, #TakenWithMyTamron

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Zhongyyi 20mm Macro

About a week ago I was looking through some photo websites and I ran across a really odd looking macro lens. A short search led me to find it was the ZYoptics Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2.0 4.5X Super Macro Lens. It is a fully manual lens that has an f stop range from f 2.0 to f 16.0. Where this lens really shines is that it produces images that are from 4 to 4.5 times life sized on a full frame camera. I decided to order one and it arrived yesterday. After mounting it on my camera and focusing on some sugar crystals I immediately discovered that it is not something that you can hand hold and photograph with. It was time to pull out the tripod and a macro focusing rail. At such high magnification I needed to focus first at f 2.0 and then stop down to take the image. This is because being a manual lens it is too difficult to see the subject at about F8.0 or smaller due to the lack of light being let into the camera. Every tiny movement made could or would shift the images composition or focus. Definitely not a lens that you would want a beginning photographer to start with. After photographing the sugar crystals I moved on to photographing the keys on an old Royal typewriter that I have kept for sentimental reasons. This is going to be a fun lens to keep around for photographing tiny things in the macro realm. God's love and blessing to you, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera. The macro lens was photographed with a Canon EF 28-80mm lens and the macro images were photographed with the ZYoptics Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2.0 4.5X Super Macro Lens. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod and a macro focusing rail was used for the macro images. Lighting was provided by two L.E.D. light panels.#TeamCanon

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Save It for a Rainy Day

Luckily after another long dry spell we are starting to get some rain again. My photography went through a dry spell as well. With all of the self imposed pressures of some big projects I'm hoping to complete in both my personal and professional life I'm going to knock my photoblog back to only one blog a week. Today it is raining once again. Thank you Lord! Here is a puzzle left over from Christmas. It's missing a few pieces as you can see. A good comparison to how I was feeling.Now there is a better road ahead. The other image is of a mountain top sticking up from the fog and clouds. God's love and blessings to all, chris #TeamCanon