Friday, August 28, 2015

Backyard Visitor...

The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler, it won't be long and autumn will be here once again. A couple of years ago I grew some sunflowers and let them go to seed and here is one of the visitors they attracted.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Desolate Beach....

Here are a couple more photos I took at Reid State Park and Mile Beach. This is on the opposite end of the beach from the previous night photo. For the night pic I was standing on the rocks that can be seen way off in the distance in the first image.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Failed Milky Way Attempt....

I took this photo last Saturday night at Reid State Park looking down Mile Beach. I was hoping to get a shot of the Milky Way over the beach but the conditions were less than ideal. Along with the clouds, the lights of Portland (believe it or not) and the milky way not being in the right position this is what I came away with. This photo is a combination of two images. The sky was exposed for 30 seconds at f2.8 and the beach was the same aperture but a two minute exposure time.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Singing Song Sparrow...

Took this photo while traveling to last June's vacation destination. We stopped to check out the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and this song sparrow was singing just off the parking area.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pineland Farms Revisit...

I paid another visit to Pineland farms flower garden last weekend. I only took a few photos because the sun ended up coming out and the wind picked up. Anyone who shoots macro, wind is the macro photographers biggest enemy and I also don’t like photographing flowers in bright sunshine.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eagle Lift Off...

This image was taken in Lubec, ME. Moments before the shot, the eagle was sitting on the rail of the boat.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Night TIme is The Right Time.....

Sometimes plans don’t go according to plan. I originally had the idea of taking photos of the milky way with black eyed susans as a foreground subject. Well, the lights of Freeport and clouds washed that idea out. Instead I just pointed the camera to a darker section of sky (the west) and got this photo instead. This image is a focus stack of two photos, one focused on the sky, the other on the foreground flowers and blended in Photoshop. The sky exposure was 25 seconds at f2.8, ISO 1600 and the flowers, 30 secs @ f2.8 and the same ISO but for the flowers I used my headlamp to skim light onto them. The lens was the Canon 16-35 2.8L on my 7D Mark II. After shooting the daisys I learned not much light is needed, I just move the beam from my headlamp across the flowers for about a second or two. I discovered if you shine the light for too long on one area you tend to get a too bright, spotlight effect. I like the way the long sky exposure cause the clouds to streak, adding a little something extra to the photo.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Machias Seal Island.....

Here are some of the puffin photos I took during last months vacation. This actually made the seventh time I've been on the island, the first time being back in the 80's. The downeast area has a lot to offer in the way of photography so puffins are not the only attraction. The birds were still incubating the eggs so if I do this trip again I'll go later in the season. The puffins will be feeding the young and there's a better chance of getting photos of the adults with fish in their bills.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Wait Is Worth It....

This photo was taken during vacation. It was a very beautiful sunset in Lubec and of course there were tourists there taking photos and selfies with the sun setting in the background. In typical tourist fashion though, as soon as the sun set below the horizon, everyone left. The best colors of sunset usually happen 20 minutes to a half hour after the sun disappears. As you can see here, waiting it out paid off.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Daisys By Night....

The other night the northern lights were visible in Maine. I wasn't out with my camera that night but I read some Facebook chatter the lights were going to make another appearance on Wednesday night. When I got out of work I grabbed my camera and took a drive to Sabattus River, the aurora was a no show but I did get this image of a batch of daisys. There was a half moon out so the milky way didn't show up as brilliantly as it did last Friday. This time of year and the time of night I was out, the milky way shows up best looking south, I was looking north hoping to spot the northern lights. As for the daisys, I used my headlamp to skim a little light onto the blossoms.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Attempt.....

The internet has been inundated with Milky Way photos lately but here's my first attempt taken last night at Reid State Park.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Younsters are Hungry...

Every year I have birds nesting in the nest box I built. I’ve had tree swallows nesting in it but most of the time it’s chickadees. This year a pair of titmice took up residence. Right now they are actively feeding their young. I took this photo a couple of days ago as the adult paused before going into the box to feed the little ones. I’m loving the 7D Mark II.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Different Perspective....

We've all seen many photos of loons, usually taken from the side or head on, I've taken a lot myself. I have to say this is one of my favorites because of it's different and uncommon angle.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dew Season is Here....

Before sunrise is the best time for these type of photos.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Baby Got Back...

Soon it'll be time to photograph the loons again.