Photography – Hummingbirds

Hummingbird - at the feederEvery 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.

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Photography – A Noisy Little Woodpecker

Woodpecker

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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Photography – Those Amazing Insects

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.

clover

f/22; 1/50; ISO 100; 250mm

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f/11; 1/60; ISO 800; 60mm

bee final

f/5; 1/60; ISO 100; 42mm

 

f/7.1; 1/80; ISO 250; 60mm – f/5.6; 1/400; ISO 640; 240mm

 

Bird Photography – Sometimes You Just Get Lucky!

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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

Photography – Bleeding Hearts

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“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

Creative Photography – Fun with Daisies

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“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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