Monday, August 21, 2017

Common Beauty

Here are a few more images from the old stump feeder in my backyard. They are of the most common beautiful bird to visit my backyard the Steller's Jay. They have prettiest blue plumage. God's blessings upon your week, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 1600, F 8.0, shutter speeds varied. The camera was supported with Manfrotto 055 XPROB pro tripod. The techniques used in creating these images were from the boook, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography, available from Amazon and many, many other fine book sellers.#TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Black Headed Grosbeak

Every summer we seem to get at least one pair of Grosbeaks that nest somewhere in our backyard or very close to it. Here is one of them visiting the old stump feeder.God's blessings upon your day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens at 375mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 1600, f 8.0 at 1/160th of a sec. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. #TemCanon, #WithMyTamron

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ah My sweet Little Chickadee

Yesterday morning I spent about twenty minutes creating a new bird photography set up with an old stump and a new background of fall like colors. Luckily I found a can of yellow spray paint to touch up the background because the backdrop was starting to look a little dingy. I was surprised that with a new set up the action was pretty close to non stop with the Chestnut Backed Chickadees being the first visitors within minutes of me settling into the photoblind. The blind has seen better days and will be retired soon. The door zipper is broken and there are quite a few holes in the sides and roof. Luckily the birds don't seem to mind or care. They had a great time and so did I. Here is my favorite chickadee image from the morning. God's precious light and love to you, chrs This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens. The camerawas on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB pro tripod with a Bogen 3055 Ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 1600, F 8.0 at 1/250th of a sec.#TeamCanon,#WithMyTamron

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tequila Sunrise Hummingbirds

Yesterday evening I photographed the hummingbirds using a new perch and a bright, colorful gradient background. My favorite drink is a Tequila Sunrise. The background of the hummingbird images in this blog are the same colors as are in the drink. Enjoy and God's blessings upon your day, chris Both of these images will be included on my Facebook group "The Thrifty Fifty Challenge". They were created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 50mm f 1.8 lens. #TeamCanon

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lovely Layers

Forest fire smoke from the north of us has made for some beautiful layered pastel sunrises for the past couple of weeks. This is the one from this morning looking east over the Mendocino mountain Range. This image was aptured with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 18-200mm lens from our bedroom widow. Blessings upon your day, chris #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Vertical Hummingbirds for the Thrifty Fifty

I spent this evening photographing hummingbirds in my backyard. i wanted some images for the Thrifty Fifty group in the the portrait or vertical format. Here are my three favorites. All images were created and photographed with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 50mm f 1.8 lens.ISO 1600, AVmode, Exposures varied. God's blessings upon your evening, chris

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some More Images for the Thrifty Fifty Challenge

I have a very small Facebook group called the "Thrifty Fifty Challenge". The whole purpose of the group is to show that photography isn't all about the fanciest equipment but the skill and craft that you approach it with. I got this idea for this group when one of my clients told me that I got the bird images that I create because of the big telephoto lenses that I use. While there is some truth to this statement it ignores the skill and craft that I have learned over the years to create beautiful images. In response I challenged myself and other photographers to photograph small birds with a 50mm lens. The purpose of the group is to showcase uncropped images of small sparrow sized birds made with 50mm or wider lenses. Here are three images that I created this afternoon with a Canon 7D mkII and a Canon 50mm f 1.8 lens. God's blessings upon your week, chris Canon 7D mkII, Canon 50mm F 1.8, AV mode, ISO 800 and 1600, F 8.0 shutter speeds varied.Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod #TeamCanon