Friday, July 12, 2013

A Personal Photo Challenge ~ "Birds"

This month's challenge  ~ "Birds" ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
(Taken from behind the storm door,
with my Kodak EasyShare Z812 IS.)
It seemed nature was with me and against me for this challenge.
My "dumb" dovey built her nest and laid two eggs,
in a flower planter on our front porch,
(iPhone proof there were eggs.)
then she and her eggs mysteriously disappeared one night.
(No kidding! All that's left was a nest and the flowers.
No evidence of a struggle...
 I'm hoping they had to go into witness protection!)
This made my job a little harder to
meet this month's challenge in the way I would have liked...
photographing birds takes a lot of patience, planning, time and skill,
that I don't seem to have.
(Martins finally moved into our house this year...after four years.
Randomly taken with my iPhone.)

Last January I ran across our neighborhood hawk,
and took a couple shots I was really happy to take.  Post here.
My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF,
a EOS 18-135mm lens
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
If you are interested in joining "A Personal Photo Challenge", 
a link to Donna's blog is at the beginning of this post. 
Thank you Donna for hosting this great challenge!
A Personal Photo Challenge
I hope you will join us for these monthly challenges,
you're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome! 
You might be interested in SutterBug's How to Guide 2013,
now on newsstands, where you can read an interview
with Joe Campanellie. Mr Campanellie is known 
for his portrait and wedding photography,
 but also has a passion for photographing eagles and birds
 which is discussed in the article.
A quote by him expresses why, I too, enjoy getting outside and taking photos:
"It's a time to decompress and get a whole new perspective on life."
Some of his work can be seen here.

Closing with a laugh...
(Moonwalking bird from
This challenge did make me more aware of birds in our neighborhood,
and when the weather cools off I plan to spend time photographing them!
Happy Click'n!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Firework Art

It's so exciting to see these surprises after downloading to my PC ...
the above shot reminds me of dragonflies,
and these next two remind me of butterflies on flowers.
Maybe it's just me.
I call the next one Summer snowflakes.
 And this one, a streaking daisy.
 Then some are like
 neon lights all crazy,
and lost galaxies...
 I also got traditional shots on the horizon.
Hope everyone had a great July 4th weekend,
with or without the fireworks!
(Here is my fireworks experiment photo notes 2013.)
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fireworks (Notes and Photos)

This post shows my notes and photos for a three
day experiment using the "B" (Bulb) mode while capturing fireworks ~  
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon 18-50mm
Cable Release and Tripod
Settings: ISO 100, f 7.1, NO FLASH, AF on

Setup = Position the tripod and camera aiming the lens where the fireworks will be in the sky.  When the fireworks start to launch, hold open the shutter. Let fireworks burst in the air and release the shutter to let it close.  Check your results and adjust your equipment if you need to.   

Internet links to more info regarding fireworks: Canon here, and more tips here.

July 4th (at Tulsa Driller game and fireworks) ~ fireworks above us.  Too close!
Above, captured a lantern (?) in this shot.
A surprise in the dark.
No definition to fireworks, just tracers.  
What a bummer! 

July 5th (Friday night fireworks at Tulsa Driller game) ~ 3 blocks away.
 The "bursts" are more defined.
Had trouble with my timing.
Above shot reminds me of jellyfish...
yeah, I also can see bunnies in the fluffy clouds 
during lazy afternoons.
 Better! (Above.)
Night shot of downtown Tulsa using "B" mode.
Love downtown at night!

July 6th (fireworks at Haskell/Bixhoma Lake) ~ about 5 or 6 blocks away from fireworks. Framing my shots was still a little difficult (they change the height of the fireworks). It's all in the timing.  Take lots of shots!
I'm already looking forward to fireworks next year.
Big THANKS to my Hubineer for escorting me to these festivities!
Your comments and suggestions are welcomed...
Happy Click'n!

Thank you for your understanding!

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