Sunday, August 30, 2009
The end of the summer...
The house across has a beautiful big tree in the front yard. And it's leaves are turning. Ah - life in the north... We DO have 4 seasons - we do! Early winter, winter, late winter, and roadwork.
Photo taken August 30, 2009
How to NOT burn down the house...
Use numbers instead of 50 individual candles! Yep - I turned 50. Don't feel any more wise than I did on August 27... So we'll see how this goes...
And thanks to my family and friends for putting up with me setting up the tripod and making them wait to sing Happy Birthday! Used the remote and set shutter at .5 seconds. I like how the candles are glowing just a bit...
Photo taken August 28, 2009
Faking the Moon.
B&W treatment on the setting moon, which was actually quite brown from the earth's admosphere. The b&w allows you to see the craters better. Taken with my new (to me) Sigma 80-400.
Photo taken August 27, 2009
The East Pine River outside Chetwynd, BC was really low this late in the summer. It was slow and peaceful, and I wanted to spend the afternoon reading at it's edge instead of working... Oh, well.
Photo taken August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
My wife is an avid horsewoman, and has been horse crazy since she was little. She has a beautiful Morgan mare - Argo, but doesn't get to show much due to the fact that we don't have a horse trailer so she can't travel to shows. So she was really excited to ride in the yearly local schooling show. She ribboned in three classes, including bettering last year's score on her dressage test! Yeah, Xena! I'm really proud of her.
Photo taken August 22, 2009.
I'm always somewhat surprised when I see seagulls scavenging around town, as I live about 1200 kilometres from the coast. But here they were, overseeing the local mall parking lot.
This was my first shot with my new (to me) Sigma 80-400. It's the biggest and heaviest lens I own and will take some getting used to. So the softness I atribute to user error, and not the lens itself! OS will only go so far, and this was handheld. I'm excited to see what kinds of images I might get after some practice.
Photo taken August 21, 2009.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ok, they're not real oranges - and they are 1/2 the size of a marble. But they are orange! And shiny! Actually I have no clue what they are - the colour just caught my eye. This plant is on the fence line at the edge of my office parking lot.
Photo taken August 17, 2009
I was really taken with this view of the farm and fields in the foreground, with the new windmills on the ridge. This windmill project has already begun to produce energy for my small town. I know the technology is somewhat controversial, and my feelings on the subject are somewhat mixed. But it makes a good picture.
Photo taken August 16, 2009
We filled the feeder that hangs from the jack pine in the front yard, and it didn't take long for the birds to return. I took this through the basement window - I'm having trouble getting any shots of them from outside.
Photo taken August 14, 2009
Back Yard Surprise.
I was in the back yard with the dogs, and wandered to the back fence behind the shed. I noticed a flash of red near the ground, and discovered a tiny wild rasberry plant - not more than 8 inches high and loaded with fruit. I got the macro shots and then my partner got the rasberries!
Photo taken August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Every summer my little town has a "Fall Fair." This isn't unusual, but further south they actually take place in September. Because we might have snow in September, our "Fall" Fair happens in early August!
This was my first attempt at photographing fireworks, and my timing wasn't the best. But I got a couple of shots that I'm pleased with...
Photo taken August 8, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
I got a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter, which makes my 70-300 zoom extend to 420mm. And that difference is allowing me to finally get some decent crater definition on a full moon. I can't wait to try it in a few days when the moon is waning!
I know it's silly to expect the same type results of those who have super long zooms and telescopes. But I can try to do the best I can with the equipment I have. And I'm really happy with these shots!
Photo taken August 7, 2009 - 1:14am
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
And my, did we need it! The heat wave that has lingered for the last week was wearing us out. Over 30C for days on end with no air conditioning - whew! But the thunderstorms started yesterday, and the temp has dropped 10 degrees.
Photo taken August 3, 2009.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Growing Against the Grain...
(Everybody grown collectively at my title - ok, is that out of the way? LOL) I thought this was cool - one canola blossom in a huge oat field. Notice the brown in the pine trees - that's the sad work of the pine beetle. This field is located on my drive between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
Photo taken July 30, 2009