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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Boreal Chickadee

Just picked up a Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L Carbon Fiber Tripod, I have been coveting one for a while now.  We are in that time of year called break-up ...the lawn is still half covered in snow. flowers are not blooming and generally messy to get around.   These guys stay around all winter and provided some opportunity to try out my new tripod. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friendly neighborhood fox

This fellow comes around  quite frequently. However, I am usually at work or it's late and dark.  This morning, being a Saturday, I was having breakfast a bit later and saw him trotting up the road toward our house.  My wife fed his some breakfast as well and I was able to get some shots of him.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Topaz Adjust software

Just picked up a copy of this software. It works from within Photoshop and offers detail, colour and tone  enhancement with presets and selective application.  Here are a couple of images of the old CN Bridge edited in Adjust.

My neighbours garden

Yesterday, my neighbor asked me to reset her point and shoot camera to just point and shoot.  Apparently, she was at a function and some helpful sole changed her settings and all she really wants is a point and shoot.  So after resetting the camera to it's default we took a couple of shots of her flowers.  Her garden is one of those on the garden tour some really nice flowers. 

Well, today I went back and took some with my camera, those are giant Irises ...I have never seen any as large. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mountain Lady Slippers

Usually one finds these blooming with a plant here or there.  This year there are bunches all over; I have never seen so many.

It's been many years since I tried photographing the mountain slippers.  I can say that this old boy has trouble today with the contortions to which one subjects their body to get the angles to photographs these flowers.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's tulip season

Just received my new Fuji XQ1 pocket camera that I purchased to replace the Fuji X100s that I sold to fund the DA 12-24 lens for my Pentax system.  I am impressed with this little camera, it shoots RAW and I have it configured so that it rear control dial works the shutter speed or aperture, depending on which mode I am in, and the other dial on the front, which I can easily access with my index finger, works the exposure compensation.  ISO is also easily accessed as is the macro mode and flash.  I leave the flash on "forced flash" but it only works if I press the little button to pop us the flash, so it is easy to activate when needed.  Tested it out with some shots around the living room with and without the flash.  I am impressed with the image quality and balanced exposure with flash and low light performance without.  The larger sensor than other cameras of this size pays dividends in this area. 

Here are a few macro mode shots I took.  All taken in aperture priority at ISO 200 F8.0 (shutter speed around 1/180) and with -1EV exposure compensation.