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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Morning

I woke up early to catch the sunrise this morning. The earth has finally tilted far enough that I can once again watch the sun come up over the Mendocino Range. In a few months as it moves farther south the trees on that end will block my view of it through the winter. I can enjoy it for now. God bless your day, chris All of these images were created with a Canon 7D mkII camera and a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens. the camera was supported with a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead. #TeamCanon, #withmytamron

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hummingbird Heaven

When we got back from vacation we only had two hummingbirds left in our backyard. I immediately cleaned and restocked all of the feeders in the first week we were back. At the end of last week I replaced the pump for the hummingbird bath that had died during the heat wave that we have been having. Slowly the hummingbirds have been making a comeback. Thirsty little sugar vampires! This morning I counted over twenty. Pretty exciting to see. They really love our yard and so do we. Here are some images from yesterday afternoon from their favorite perch. It's in the oak tree arch that overlooks our backyard. The images were taken by using the progressive approximation approach. I slowly worked my way forward closer and closer to the perch. I would stop and take images and then stand motionless with my face pressed to the camera. I would then move forward and repeat the process all over again until I couldn't go forward any further closer to the perch.The hummingbirds gradually got used to me being there with the camera and tripod. God's blessings upon your weekend, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D mkII and a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens. A Canon 550 EX flash set to -2 stops was used for fill flash on a Manfrotto flash bracket. The camera was supported with a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen heavy duty ballhead.ISO 800, AV mode, F 8.0 shutter speeds varied.#TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hand of Man

I usually don't like to include images of birds with manmade perches in them. Yesterday this immature Anna's Hummingbird landed on the nectar feeder's wire and I couldn't resist making an image of it.I hope that you are having a beautiful day, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. # TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bee Happy

Yesterday afternoon i grabbed my camera, a 100mm macro lens,a flash bracket and a flash. I went out into the front yard and sat down next to the cone flowers and waited for the bees.I ended up waiting quite awhile actually. This was because the sun was off of the flowers already. When it's cooler this slows down the nectar production of the flowers and not as many bees come. Eventually two bees did drop by for snack and I was able to create some images. God's love and blessings upon your day, chris all images were created with a handheld Canon 7D MkII and a 100mm macro lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX set to -2 stops.#TeamCanon

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Stopping by for a Drink

Yesterday I sprayed some water on the coneflowers out in our front yard. Soon afterwards the butterflies started dropping in for an afternoon drink. I walked back indoors and grabbed my tripod and my camera outfitted with a telephoto lens. I came back out and set the tripod up as close to the flowers as I could focus. I watched and waited until one of the Painted Lady butterflies turned its body towards me. It's really important that the butterfly be as parallel to the front of the lens as possible for everything to be in focus. I was really happy to find a really nice one when I was editing images early this morning. Thank you Lord for the beautiful butterflies, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600mm lG2 lens at 600mm. The camera was supported by a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a 3055 heavy duty ballhead. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 6.3 at 1/1,000th of a sec. #TeamCanon, #WithMyTamron

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wilson's Warbler

Saturday afternoon while I was photographing hummingbirds I had a surprise visitor drop into the same tree where I was photographing hummingbirds. A Wilson's Warbler dropped by to get a drink from our pond. I was set up for photographing the hummingbirds with the dark redwoods as a background so when the warbler landed in a different part of the tree the background behind it was a bald, bright sky. I just went with it and decided to create a high key image out of it. I like how the pictures have sort of an illustrated Audubon feel to it. Almost like they were printed on white paper. God's love and blessings upon your day. Lay your troubles at his feet, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 1590-600mm G2 lens.Fill flash was provided by a Canon 550 EX flash set to -2 stops. Thecamera was supported with a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod with a Bogen 3055 heavy duty ballhead. #TeamCanon

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hanging with the Hummingbirds

Yesterday afternoon I restocked all the hummingbird feeders and then I pulled up a comfortable chair and sat and watched them. They are fascinating to observe as they dart from their perches to the feeder. Once in awhile one would break off and feed on Lenore's roses or some of the flowers that we have planted down the hillside. As they fly there are flashes of white, emerald green, ruby red and brown. It's just beautiful! As usual there were plenty of skirmishes and fights over the feeders even though I have ten of them. After a bit I noticed that they were landing and fighting over one particular perch. I went back inside and grabbed my camera. I sat down on my chair with the tripod in front of me and focused it on the perch where they were landing. I started about fifteen feet away and slowly over the course of about half and hour I moved my chair closer and closer to the perch until I was roughly eight feet away. I ended up with a lot of of really nice hummingbird images. May you have a lovely Sunday. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D MkII camera and a Tamron 150-600 mm G2 lens. Fill flash was provided by a Canon 500 EX flash set to -2 stops.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Badger the Wonder Dog looks so darn cute at times. He is so very friendly to people and loves to be petted. Today however I'm keeping my distance. No pets on the head or anywhere else for that matter. He smells really bad! Last night at two-thirty a.m. he badly wanted to go out. I'm not a witness to what happened as I slept through it all and was greeted by the smell of the incident when I came downstairs this morning. According to Lenore she went to go let him out. He bolted out the door and went head first into the back end of a skunk going under our deck. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out what happened next. He was whimpering and rolling around on the leaves trying to get that nasty, wicked stuff off his face. This afternoon I'm going to put on some old clothes and give him a bath in water, baking soda,hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. He won't be sleeping indoors for a few days. God bless, chris Image created with a handheld Canon 7DmkII and a Tamron 18-200mm lens at 70mm. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 5.0 at 1/250th of a sec. On board fill flash was used. Dog Wash Mix 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide 1/2 cup of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) 1 teaspoon of liquid soap Mix together, shampoo and then rise thoroughly. Make sure to keep it out of the dogs eyes!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Good Morning

The Badger dog woke me up at six am with the urgent need to go outside. I was greeted by a beautiful tropical looking sunrise when I stepped out onto our deck. Thank you Lord for such a lovely day, chris

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jackdaw

Being on a family vacation in Europe I didn't invest too much time into bird photography. Though I must say that luck was with my when a Jackdaw landed on a post right in front of me when we were visiting Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark. We saw Jackdaws everywhere we went in Europe. They are quite the intelligent and opportunistic bird. I was quite fascinated with them. They are known as the Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) and also known as the Eurasian Jackdaw and European Jackdaw. Most people just seemed to call them simply jackdaw. Jackdaws are a corvid passerine bird member of the crow family. They are found across Europe, western Asia and North Africa. They can be quite boisterous and noisy. Particularly when they would gather in large roosts in late evening before going to sleep. May you have a blessed week, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 18-200 mm lens at 112mm. the camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 200, F 6.3 at 1/80th of a sec. handheld. #TeamCanon

Saturday, July 29, 2017

We Saw a Tesla X or They are Getting Closer

While we were in Copenhagen, Denmark on vacation we walked past the Tesla showroom. At first I wanted to keep on walking. But my curiosity got the better of me. We turned around and walked back in. It's fun playing tourist. Also we live in the sticks and rarely see Teslas. The Tesla X was a pretty cool looking vehicle. I really liked the way it looked. I asked the sales person if I could photograph the car. They were like, "Sure click away!" I zoomed my lens back to as wide as it would go and bent down to click and image. Nothing. The batteries to my camera were dead. Luckily I always carry spare batteries. Batteries changed I clicked off an image. I went to make another one and the card on the camera was full! Thankfully I carry spare CF cards. Now back to the car and my thoughts on it. I really loved the clean looks and styling. There was plenty of room for passengers and a nicely laid out interior. I wasn't sold on the gull wing doors for parking lots.It looks like you can't open the doors in narrow spaces. The big question is, "Does the new Tesla had enough range for me to drive to San Francisco Airport and back without being recharged?" I found out that it has a range of 237-289 miles. I live 163 miles from the airport so a round trip is 326 miles. Not good enough yet but they are getting closer! Thanks for the look at your car Tesla. God's blessings on everyone's weekends, chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 18-200mm lens at 18mm. Handheld, ISO 200 AV mode, 1/100th of a sec at F 6.3.#TeamCanon, #TakenWithMyTamron

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gritty City

First off Copenhagen, Denmark is a beautiful city with its harbor, parks and beautiful architecture. One night I decided to photograph a more gritty side of the city by photographing one of the rail yards. I love doing night photography! In processing the image this morning I used a bleaching filter to help emphasize the gritty feel. Thank God it's Friday. I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend., chris This image was created with a Canon 7D MkII camera with a Tamron 18-200mm lens at 38mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 100, F 8.0 for 30 Sec. The camera was supported with a MeFoto A1350 RoadTrip tripod. I really like this tripod because it fits perfectly in my carryon for travel. #TeamCanon, #takenwithmytamron

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bicycles!

In my travels the most bike friendly I've yet to visit has to be Copenhagen, Denmark. They have have bike paths and lanes everywhere. The image below is in the central part of the city near the indoor/outdoor market. I sometimes forget where I've parked my car at the mall. How hard would it be for me to find my bicycle? I love the chaos of this image. I used a high f stop to get the depth of field I needed to get as many of the bikes in focus as possible. It was created with a Canon 7D MkII and a Tamron 18-200mm lens at 63 mm. The camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 200, F 18.0 at 1/40th of a sec. God's blessings upon your week, chris

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quick Visit to the Kastellet

Landing early in the afternoon in Copenhagen Lenore and I went for a quick walk to the Kastellet a couple of blocks from our hotel. The Kastellet is a star shaped earthen walled fortress surrounded by a moat. The walls were constructed in the form of a star shaped pentagram. There are walking trails all around the top of the fortress walls. The military still uses it as base which strangely enough is open to the public with the limitation that most of the interior of the buildings are off limits. We were surprised to see that there was a concert being performed on the parade ground by a drum and fife corp. We sat and watched them for close to an hour. Their finale was amazing and totally unexpected as it was a techno fusion number that was distinctly non military. We had a great time and it was a nice way to decompress from being stuck in a plane for ten hours. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images were created with a Canon 7D mkII. #TeamCanon