Tag Archives: available light

Mourning Dove


Caught this one on my fence in the backyard. I’ve always found these birds to be quite shy and prone to flying off quickly, but this one surprised me. It had been perching itself on the same spot of the fence near my back door at the same time every day. I hesitated to take its picture for fear that I would scare it away. Strangely enough, when I first decided to go outside, it stayed on its perch! It even allowed me to approach! I decided to push the envelope and see how close I could get. I moved ever so slowly, watching for reactions and tips as to when I was getting too close. By the time it got nervous enough to fly off, I was probably within 5-7 feet! Awesome stuff!

Deets: 1/125; f/5.6; ISO400; 100-400 @ 260mm. It was around 5 or 6 on a summer evening, but it was a cool and cloudy day, hence the high ISO.

Until next time,
PG

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Soccer Sunrise


Took this last June, on an early Sunday morning. I used a P&S. I was trying to get the rays coming through the clouds to be more prominent in the photo, but this was about as good as I could get it. It would’ve been nice if I could have gotten the rays, players, and mow lines more centered, but this was a year ago so there’s no way that thought crossed my mind. The fact that I’m thinking about that now shows that I’m learning. Now I just have to start accomplishing.

I still like the photo.

Deets: Canon A620, 1/1250sec., f/2.8, hand held.

Until next time,
PG


Mountain Eastern Bluebird


Watching and photographing this little guy was a treat. It started with his not-as-colorful mate, flying out of the nest-hole to a nearby branch when she realized I was close by. Then this guy came by, first delivering some food to the nest and then taking her place on the branch. While the female flew back into the nest-hole, he obliged me by keeping still, occasionally hopping to a new branch, but mostly just watching me and effectively moving me away from the nest. A true protector.

I love the detail in this photo. Not much info to reveal – taken on Father’s Day 2008. 400mm, with a monopod, 1/30s, ISO100. I don’t remember if IS was on, but it probably was, since this was one of the first images I took with my set-up.

**Update** – I have since learned that this is actually an Eastern Bluebird, and not a Mountain Bluebird. A simple Google Images search will show you why.

Until next time,
PG


What’s a Photogorilla, Anyway?


What a Photogorilla looks like.

What a Photogorilla looks like.

I suppose the first question I might get is why Photogorilla? Well, read on, MacDuff!

Photogorilla comes from my kids. Actually, gorilla comes from my kids, photo is just my hobby (for now). Some years ago, I was shopping in a toy store with my family when we came across a fun little toy. It was an animated gorilla that would turn his head back and forth, grunting several times before baring his vicious teeth and letting out a large growl. My oldest, who was around 5 or 6 at the time, innocently remarked, “That’s just like daddy when he gets up in the morning!” After the laughter died down, we bought the gorilla and it’s been a running joke in our family ever since.

Details: Taken with a thrifty 50, available window light (west-facing), and aluminum foil as a reflector because I don’t own one of these.

Until next time,
PG