Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cedar Waxing - New Canon 7D!

Hey Everyone,
Two pieces of great news; First, I received a e-mail from Canon today saying that they have shipped my repaired 40D and it should get here tomorrow! 2nd, in the meantime I have purchased a Canon 7D with my brothers for our video business and will also get to use it for photography some! This photo of a Cedar Waxing was taken in my backyard with the 7D. I have not had a lot of time to spend with it yet, but am very impressed so far. The ISO performance is very good, as well as the AF, and there are a lot of new features that are really nice. The video is fantastic and I am thinking about making a few short films taken at the places I like to photograph birds. Speaking of which, I am hoping to get out to the reservoir on Friday to see if any shorebirds are back. And am planning to go shooting at the Nature Center on Monday so stay tuned!

Image Data:
1/500s. | f/8 | ISO 500 | cropped some branches out.
Canon 7D | 100-400mmL

Thursday, March 18, 2010

No Camera

Hey Everyone,
Just a quick post to let you know that I will not be posting much or any at all here for a couple of weeks or so due to my camera breaking down on me. A quick overview of the issue I am having: As I was taking the camera out of the bag this morning, I noticed the "direct print" light was blinking, I tried switching on the camera but it wouldn't power on. I replaced the battery and tried again, this time it turned on but when I tried to take a photo it would make a quiet click and shut off. I asked the great people on for some help and after trying some ideas, have been advised to send it off to Canon for repair. I will package it up and send it off tomorrow and hopefully have it back before the month is over. So, I am really going to miss shooting, the weather has been perfect lately, but hopefully I will have my camera back in time for the spring migrants which should be arriving very soon.
So long for now!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Here is a fun shot that I thought I would share. We had a rain shower on Thursday and there was a period when the clouds moved away from the sun providing some beautiful evening light while it was still raining and created this rainbow. I had my telephoto attached to my camera and did not want to change to my wide angle fearing the rainbow would disappear, and I like the effect the telephoto gave anyway. I snapped a few shots from the front porch before it faded away. Hope you like it.

Image Data:
1/320s. | f/8 | ISO 400

Friday, March 5, 2010

Downy Woodpecker

Made another trip out to the Fort Worth Nature Center yesterday. I spent most of my time once again trying to get a good Kingfisher shot, which did not happen. I decided on a new plan for the kingfisher which I hope works, so stay tuned! I walked the Riverbottom trail and came across this cute Downy. He was very approachable, but never came down to eye level. Not a fantastic shot, but I liked the pose here. Anyway, hope you like it.

Image Data:
1/400s. | f/8 | ISO 200 | Fill Flash EV - 1. 1/3
click image for larger size.