Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My first ever Tulip!!

I am so excited. This is my first ever Tulip. I also noticed that the house across the street had some in the front so I went over there and took a picture of the red ones.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Flowers in my yard.

Woohoo!! I am so excited. I am the worst person to try and grow anything but look, I am going to have tulips in my yard!!

I also watched a magnolia bud open today. I would go and check on it throughout the day and it would be open further than the time before. I took a closer look and WOW they have an interesting center so I had to go get the macro lens out and take a couple shots. There was also a visitor on the flower. Not sure what it is.

Nesting Robin and a Very yellow American Goldfinch

This robin decided to make her nest on top of our neighbors garden hose reel. It is going to be hard for him to do any watering ;0) And the male American Goldfinch have really gotten their spring and summer yellow goin' on. They are not a brightly colored in the winter.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Downey Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) REVISED

These two above are the male.

These are the female.

Finally! I was able to get close enough to get some decent shots of both the male and female. I've never seen them feeding together.

I prefer bird pictues when they are not at the feeders but more in a natural setting. I am posting a couple, one of each at the feeder so you can see the male has a red spot on the back of his head. Otherwise the male and female look alike.

The Hairy Woodpecker is similar to the Downy Woodpecker but a little larger and has a longer bill.

REVISION:--I originally thought the woodpecker was a "Hairy" but I posted on the POTN bird forum and was informed that this is a picture of the "Downey" woodpecker.

Morning Dew

Wow!! Finally some sunshine today. I got up around 7 am and saw all the dew drops in the grass. I grabbed my new Gerber Daisy plant along with my camera of course, and headed for the back yard. I placed the daisies about 8-10 inches away from this clump of grass, laid down on the driveway, (neighbors think I'm crazed) and this is what I ended up with. Not as spectacular as some I've seen on POTN but not too bad for a first try.
These were shot with the 100mm macro.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Night shots.

Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/100Av( Aperture Value ) 2.0ISO Speed 1600Flash On
I couldn't find the original photo so some info is missing on this one.

Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AETv( Shutter Speed ) 1/40Av( Aperture Value ) 2.0Metering Mode Partial MeteringExposure Compensation 0ISO Speed 1600Lens EF50mm f/1.8 IIFocal Length 50.0 mmFlash Off

Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AETv( Shutter Speed ) 1/15Av( Aperture Value ) 2.5Metering Mode Partial MeteringExposure Compensation 0ISO Speed 1600Lens EF50mm f/1.8 IIFocal Length 50.0 mmFlash OffWhite Balance Mode AutoAF Mode AI Servo AF.

This photo has been straightened and cropped.

Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AETv( Shutter Speed ) 1/13Av( Aperture Value ) 2.5Metering Mode Partial MeteringExposure Compensation 0ISO Speed 640Lens EF50mm f/1.8 IIFocal Length 50.0 mmFlash Off.

This one is obviously out of focus but I wanted to post to hopefully get some feedback on how I could have gotten a better shot other than the focus part.

Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AETv( Shutter Speed ) 1/15Av( Aperture Value ) 2.0Metering Mode Partial MeteringExposure Compensation 0ISO Speed 1600Lens EF50mm f/1.8 IIFocal Length 50.0 mmFlash Off.

All of these have had some post processing mostly just for lighting and contrast.

I'm not exactly sure what I was going for with these just trying to get something different. I'm always looking for an artistic angle. I really was trying to get a neat shot with the pillars but that didn't happen.

This church has one side with windows and pillars all evenly spaced with lighting behind the pillars. It looks really cool at night and I wanted to capture it in a photograph but I'm afraid these just aren't what I was hoping for. I'll have to go back and try again sometime. If anyone has some suggestions, that would be great.

Gerber Daisies and Fuchsia macro shots

This one is actually my drawf lilac bush starting to bud out. I took this the other day when there was some sunshine.

More practice with the 100mm macro lens. I bought these today in hopes that the weather is going to cooperate and I can get them planted this weekend. You live here in the midwest and you just never know what the weather is going to be from one min. to the next.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


More macro practice. I actually have some flowers starting to bloom!!! YEAH!!

New kit lens shots

Ok, here are a couple with the kit lens that came with the 40D. Both were shot at 1/13, 8.0, 1000 ISO. The apple was with no flash and PeeWee was with the the pop-up flash. I was really close to the fruit and it tasted really good too. ;0)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

OOB (out of bounds) Experiment

Ok, I've tried this several times and could not get it to work. I thought today I would try one more time and TA-DA!!!! I finally got it to work. This is not the best but I thought it came out pretty good for my first Out of Bounds picture. Let me know what you think. I saved the tut. if you want to try one yourself.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Macro practice

I have found that for me yellow is hard to photograph. I hope my new daffodils don't get frozen with the impending bad weather.

water from our new fountain.

Looks like the Cheshire Cat. I found this at a store in Lincoln the other day. 40% off spring and garden stuff!!! Bad Pam.!

The dead Magnolia tree is still blooming. Got to get it moved before they bring my new tree. ;)

Bird seed. Yum Yum!

Here are my first shots with the NEW 40D camera. It is so awesome!!! I use my 100mm macro. Hopefully the weather will straighten up so I can try it out with the 200mm on it.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

New Toy

Frankie going for a spin.

My brother and his wife stopped at mom's while I happened to be there and showed us their new toy. WOW!! would you look at that. That is one pretty trike.

All taken with the "nifty" 50mm

Up close and personal

I was over at my mom's when this hungry squirrel came up to the bird feeder on their deck. This little guy was not shy at all. Well, a little but always kept coming back. I was able to get within about 6ft. or less of this animal. It really kept watching me while I took it's picture. The whole time I kept hoping that it wouldn't jump on my face and try and eat my eyeballs out!
All taken with the "nifty" 50mm