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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pretty In Pink

Monday afternoon I created a set up using a stick erected next to the bird feeder along with some pink flowers. The birds loved it. They were coming into the bird feeder one after another for a free snack. I worked for about an hour at getting the bast angle to capture them from. Monday night after editing I picked out four of my favorites to share. Here are two images each of Chestnut Backed Chickadees and Red Breasted Nuthatches. God's love and blessings to all, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. It was supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod. Fill flash was provided with a Canon 550 EX flash.The camera settings were AV mode, F8.0, The ISO varied and a shutter speed of 1/60th of a sec. was used.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

On the Hunt

I love to create silhouettes. Among my favorites are trees against sunrises or sunsets. On a much, much smaller scale I love to do little creatures as well. Sunday morning I got the idea to do a scorpion. First stop was to the woodpile to find a scorpion which didn't take too long. Next I grabbed a nice rock from the backyard and got to work using a macro lens on a tripod. I took quite a few images to get one that I felt looked right. This was fun image to create! We are off to a good start for the week. God's love and blessings to all, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 60mm EF-S Macro lens supported by a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode,ISO 200, F 8.0 at 1/200th of a sec. #TeamCanon

Monday, October 2, 2017

Squirrel on a Stick

Saturday afternoon I created a very simple set up of a stick placed next to the bird feeder. I had intended to use it for birds but a lone Douglas Tree Squirrel arrived before the birds did. I made no attempts to shoo it off. I figured I could just get some close up portraits of a squirrel instead of the birds. Here is my S. O. S. Squirrel On Stick. God's tender blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera anda Canon 100-400 L IS USM V.1 lens. Supported on a Manfrotto 055 XROB Pro tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 200, F 18.0 at 1/200thof a sec. Lighting was provided by four canon 540 EZ flashes set to 1/32nd power. #TeamCanon

Friday, September 29, 2017

More From the Sunflower Series

Yesterday afternoon I worked on the background of the sunflower images. I added more texture in the form of flowers between the sunflower perch and the fall background. Around four o'clock the lighting got really nice and I climbed into the photoblind and photographed birds for about half an our or so. I came away with about a dozen or so images that I really liked. After editing and processing I narrowed my favorites down to four images. Two each of Red Breasted Nuthatches and Chestnut Backed Chickadees. God's precious love upon your day, chris All images were created with aCanon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USMv.1 lens.#TeamCanon

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Working the Set Up

Yesterday afternoon I worked on changing the background for the sunflower set up I have been using in the backyard. I thought a fall color background would go very nicely with the sunflower. This morning with a new sunflower in hand I went out into the backyard to photograph the birds. Upon arrival I discovered that the squirrels had devastated the feeder. So the first order of the day was to put up a new bird feeder. I have a love/strong dislike relationship with the squirrels. They can be a lot of fun to photograph but they do take a toll on my bird feeders by chewing them apart. I spent less than half an hour photographing birds almost non stop as they kept coming into the perch one right after the other.It sure kept my eye glues to the viewfinder of the camera! After editing the images this morning this Red Breasted Nuthatch ended up being my overall favorite. God's light and love to all, chrisThe nuthach image was created with my Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS USM v.1 lens at 350mm on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 at 1/200th of a sec. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550EX flash set to -2 stops. #TeamCanon

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sunflower Kind of Day

Todays' photoblog was created with a nod to Jack Brock. He is one of the most talented and prolific bird photographers that I know. Please check out his bird photography on Facebook. He is always posting something new and creative. He posted some birds with sunflowers recently and I decided to create something of a similar nature. Last night I went out into the backyard and did the preliminary work on the set up. This morning I headed out to the backyard with a sunflower in hand and completed the set up. I photographed the Chestnut Backed Chickadees for about half an hour. After editing these three images were my favorite. Thanks, Jack. God's love and blessings to all, chris All of the images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L is USM v.1 Lens. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800 and the exposures varied. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 500EX flash set to -2 stops. Please check out the book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography for more information on how to photograph birds in your backyard. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Flying High

Whenever I fly I always try to get a window seat. I love to look at the clouds and the geography of the landscape below. I just find it fascinating.You never know what you might see! Here are some images from two of our flights over Europe this last summer. God's blessings upon your week, chrisAll of the images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 18-200mm lens. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Monday, September 25, 2017

Above the Clouds

I've been going through my images from this last summer looking for ones that catch my eye. Here is one from our flight from Poland to Spain. There was the coolest contrail sitting just above the clouds. This image was captured with my Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 18-200 at 18mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 400, 1/800th of a sec. at F 8.0. God bless, chris #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Saturday, September 23, 2017

My Little Corner of the World

One for fun from yesterday afternoon. Canon 7D MKII and a Canon EF 28-135 IS lens. I hope you are having a nice weekend. God bless, chris

Friday, September 22, 2017

Postcards from Greenland

Well not exactly post cards. But I was super excited to see Greenland from the air when we flew over it in daylight on our return trip from Europe this last summer. The whole return flight was cloudy except for flying over the ice cap of the southern part of Greenland. 80% or 666,000 sq. miles of Greenland is covered by an ice cap that is roughly 6,000 to 9,00 feet deep. That's a lot of ice! This summer the ice cap saw the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded there during the summer. On July 4th they recored a low of -33C at Summit station and in the same month on the 28th they recorded a high of +1.9 C. The most disturbing sight for me to see was the ice melt in center of the ice cap around one of the rocky peaks poking up through the ice. Though this year the ice sheet data shows no net loss for this year pending checking some more incoming data. God's blessings upon you weekend, chris Canon 7D MkII exposure varied. #TeamCanon

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brief Time With the Hummingbirds

Last night I recharged all of the batteries for my flashes. This morning I went out into the backyard and set the flashes up and photographed the hummingbirds for about half an hour.There were a lot more hummingbirds coming to the feeder. Many more than I expected. In fact I often times had to wait because there was a traffic jam of birds trying to all get to the feeder at one time. I was working on verticals and these two ended up being my favorites. I couldn't decide between the two so I posted both of them! God's precious love to all, chris Both images were created with my usual set up of a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon 100-400 L IS usm lens. The camera settings used were Manual mode, ISO 100, F 8.0 at 1/200th of a sec. A multi flash set up was used consisting of five Canon 540EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. #TeamCanon

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dreamland: Never Stop Learning

Last night before I drifted off to sleep I was day dreaming of the images I wanted to create this morning. As I lay there I was envisioning all of the steps I needed to take to make these images happen. We all know of the best laid plans of mice and men. They don't always work out the way we had planned. Such was the case with this morning. I really had to work to figure out what was going on. First off there was a major glare . There was a huge hot spot on the background I was using. I had to move the backdrop numerous times to eliminate it. The second and biggest problem was the expposures. They ended up being all over the map. I finally learned that the flashes weren't fully charging and were either not going off or they were firing at less than a full charge. I can be a slow learner some times. I remembered from last year that the rechargeable Enloops batteries can only be used at most two times and here I was attempting a third time. There is always something new to be learned in photography. That is part of what makes it fun and exciting. I had to slow down and let the flashes fully charge between each shot. the my exposure somewhat stabilized. I got some really nice images this morning and in this case I relearned something along the way. Time to recharge all of the batteries! God bless, chrisAll of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM V.1 lens supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB pro Tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead.. Flash was provided by six Canon 54EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. The camera settings used were. Manual mode, ISO 100, F14.0 at 1/160th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hummingbirds!

The earth is slowly tilting away from the sun. It's almost the end of summer! It has taken me all summer to get around to doing some hummingbird photography. On Friday I stopped off at the nursery and purchased some petunias and zinnias. Friday night I put freshly charged batteries in all of my flashes. Then early on Saturday morning I worked for close to an hour getting everything all set up in the backyard. Placing flashes, choosing and setting up a colorful back drop. Then moving the photoblind into place etc. By the time I was finished I was able to photograph for about half an hour before the ambient light got too bright to photograph with. I left everything set up and I photographed for a short time Sunday afternoon. Last night I covered the flashes with plastic bags because it looked like it might rain. I'm so glad I did because we had a little rain last night and it has been lightly showering all morning. Checking outside this morning there were only four hummingbirds coming to the feeders. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM V.1 lens supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB pro Tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead.. Flash was provided by six Canon 54EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. The camera settings used were. Manual mode, ISO 100, F14.0 at 1/160th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Way Back

Right now I'm working on a huge non photo project. It's a major archeological dig! I'm attempting to get our garage cleaned of all it's boxes. It's amazing all of artifacts that are being unearthed. Many, many items are destined to be recycled, donated or sent to the landfill. Here is an image of me from a backbacking trip to Stanislaus National Forest, Central California in July of 1974. Notice my trusty Argus C3 camera is slung around my neck. I believe this image was taken by Dale Tressler. God's light and love upon your day, chris

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another Misty Magical Morning

Little Lake Valley in Northern California this morning. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris
#TeamCanon This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Canon 100-400 IS USM v.1 lens. AV mode, ISO 400, F16.0 at 1/ 1/250th of a sec.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time for a Close Up!

Here is a close up of a Western Gray Squirrel stopping by the old backyard water hole for a drink. This image was made using a water set up that I created and built. Bird feeders were placed around its edge to entice the birds and squirrels to come in. It's really cool to get an intimate portrait of a squirrel drinking. God's precious light and love to all, chris This image was made with Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600 mm G2 lens at 552mm. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F11.0 at 1/60th of a sec. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX set to - 1 and 2/3rds stops. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting for the Sunrise

A couple of weeks back I pre visualized an idea that I had for an image. I was walking down our driveway and a grasshopper jumped up in front of me and hopped across the driveway. Almost immediately I had the idea of an image of a grasshopper silhouetted on dried grass against the rising sun. Yesterday morning I gathered up what I needed to create that vision. I captured a grasshopper on the driveway and set up some dried grass on a table in my studio upstairs. What I could have really used was a wrangler to help keep the grasshopper contained. I almost lost it once before I finished photographing it and setting it free. I'm sure it has a whopper of a story to tell its grasshopper friends. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris This delightful image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Canon EF 70-300 f 4-5.6IS USM lens at 115mm. The camera was supported on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 11.0 at 1/80th of a sec.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rounding Up the Strays

Here are a round up of images from the past few days around the little backyard pond I set up in the backyard. Steller's Jays, Western Gray Squirrels, a Chestnut Backed Chickadee and some Douglas Tree Squirrels. God's precious light and love to all, chris All of these images were created with a canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600 mm G2 lens on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB Pro tripod witha bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron