We were lucky this year to have a couple of wrens build their nest in one of our birdhouses. Every morning we wake up to their wonderful sounds and singing. For such a little bird they have a powerful set of vocal chords.
“In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
These photographs were taken with a Sony Mirrorless Camera in a Manual mode setting using an 18-55mm lens with an Opteka Achromatic 10x diopter attached to it.
As you have probably guessed by now, I love hummingbirds. They are one of my favorite birds to photograph. They are quite the little challenge.
Today I am very excited. Given the weather this spring in Chicagoland, I have been waiting for them to come back. They usually are spotted in mid-April. Today was a blessing! The first one arrived at my feeder. Spring has sprung!!
Each one has its own path and its own power. A lot like us!
Every year I set up a couple of hummingbird feeders in my backyard. In northern Illinois, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird is primarily the only species that migrates to our area. This little bird averages 3″ to 4″ in size and can beat its wings 53 times per second. They are very fun to watch. The males are extremely territorial. They will dive bomb and give chase to an intruder to send him on his way.
This male hummingbird below would sit at the feeder for hours into the night to guard its territory.
f/8; 1/500; ISO-125; 300mm
During the winter months in the Midwest, it is very quite outside. Except for the occasional dog barking or the howl of the wind, there is not a lot of noise during the day. At night we have a couple of great horned owls that break the silence with their hooting back and forth to mark their territory. I have yet to capture one in camera. Still hoping.
Yesterday, I heard the familiar sound of a red headed woodpecker who was making its way up the tree foraging for food.
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One of my favorite subjects to shoot is insects. I have found the best time to photograph them is early in the morning when the air temperature is still cool and crisp.
f/22; 1/50; ISO 100; 250mm
f/11; 1/60; ISO 800; 60mm
f/5; 1/60; ISO 100; 42mm
f/7.1; 1/80; ISO 250; 60mm – f/5.6; 1/400; ISO 640; 240mm
I was testing a camera lens for distance. So I decided to shoot this bird that was perched on a branch near the top of the tree. When I got home to view the shots I took that day, it was an unexpected surprise to see the dragonfly on the tip of the top tree branch.
f/14; ISO 400; 1/1600; 250mm
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched… they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller
f/8; 1/100; ISO 100
“You use a mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul”, George Bernard Shaw.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens offered an abstract photography class. I didn’t take the class because I am particularly fond of abstract photography, I enrolled because I had heard that the class material challenged students to look at the subject matter from a different perspective and creatively shoot.
The photograph above of two placed daisies was shot on a piece of mylar film.
f/7.1; 1/80; ISO 800.
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