Day 314 (9 Nov 2012) For the birds.

Yesterday while sitting at my table, working, I noticed some Blue Jays, so this morning I slapped on my 50-200mm lens on and kept the camera next to me.  I got a couple shots, none very clear.  I blame that on the lens, it’s the cheapest zoom I could get w/ IS I could find, and and I bought it.  Little did I know that the quality of glass is one of the most important contributors to image quality (as far as gear goes).  Want to by a cheap lens? 😉


200 mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Fly Birdie, Fly)


200 mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Blue Jay)

Day 207 (25 July 2012) Fly Away. . .

Today at lunch I was walking around I found a feather: I almost didn’t pick it up, but I’m glad I did 🙂

60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Feather Silhouette)


60 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Feather In The Sky)


60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Blue Feather)

Day 74 (14 March 2012) The Birds and the Beans

I know today is Π (Pi) Day and I should have pulled something witty out of my bag, like baking a pie, or making the symbol with 3.14 grains of rice and shooting macro, but not today!

I had placed a stale piece of bread on my deck hoping to attract some birds, and it worked!  I set up my camera with my 200mm zoom and pre-set the settings and shot away as a couple of birds ate.  I also dropped a coffee bean this morning while doing the daily grind, and being inspired by Pablo’s Day 100 post, I figured I would try shooting it with my macro filter.

Bird Feeding

200 mm, 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 50-200mm lens (Bird Feeding)

The Coffee Bean

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/36, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (The Coffee Bean)

Coffee Time

55 mm, 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (Coffee Time)