Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Photography, Uncategorized

Scary, up close!

I guess it depends on what scares you.  For whatever reason I find gargoyles interesting.  So, when I saw this one, I had to take a picture:

ISO 1600 15.4mm f/5.6 1/20

This was taken with my point and shoot in the monochrome setting.  Then I darkened it quite a bit and sharpened it some.  I used the sharpening to really bring out the pock-marked stone.


Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

White-Winged Nightmare

How is that for a melodramatic post title?  Here is the bird in question:

ISO 100 135mm f5.6 1/25

So, not exactly a nightmare, but I did have trouble with over-exposure on this one.  Suggestions on how to shoot a white bird on a dark background?


Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Critter I Couldn’t Get Close To

This prairie dog:

ISO 640 135mm f5.6 1/200

That is about as close as I could get.

ISO 640 135mm f/5.6 1/60

A prairie dog action shot!

Part of the reason I couldn’t get any closer was there was a possum that was also wandering around nearby.  Actually, it wasn’t the possum as much as it was the woman who pretty much lost her mind when she saw the possum.  She was kind-of bouncing up and down waving at it, yelling at no one in particular, “it’s a possum!”  That was pretty much the signal to the prairie dogs that underground was a good place to be.


Flowers, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Best of the Morning Walk

ISO 100 85mm f/5.6 1/5 tripod

Yes, this photo has some post-editing done to it.  I messed with the color and cropped the photo.  I was surprised that the color in camera came out a bit washed out looking.  It was cloudy out, so I thought the light would be pretty good.  Any suggestions on shooting on cloudy days?

Had to make a quick exit as well, the skies opened up just minutes later.


Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Gorilla in the Garden

I guess technically it is supposed to look more like a jungle or something like that as opposed to a garden, but you have to have a catchy title right?  These photos were shot in the morning, under an overcast sky.  I haven’t done any post editing, what kind might you do with these photos?

ISO 100 135mm f/7.1 1/8

What I like about the one above is that the gorilla was looking at the camera.

ISO 100 127mm f/7.1 1/6

The “problem” with both pictures is that you can tell the gorilla is behind a plastic-like window.  The result is that the color isn’t great.

ISO 640 135mm f/5.6 1/50

This one I like the color better, but you can still see the reflection of the enclosure.

What settings would you use in this situation?


Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

Would have been a great shot…

IF it had been in focus:

ISO 320 135mm f/5.6 1/25 handheld

Good thing for the sign, or this kestrel might not know who he is.

ISO 320 135mm f5.6 1/25

Yeah, he can’t believe I missed the other shot either….

The challenge with these shots was the extreme shade.


Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

This falcon is faster than shutter speed

Aptly named “Lightning”, this peregrine falcon is faster than my shutter speed.

ISO 1250 135mm f5.6 1/100

It was pretty shady when Lightning was getting settled on the perch.  I didn’t get a clear shot of the wings with the motion frozen, so here is my favorite in motion picture.

Below is my favorite peregrine shot of the morning:

ISO 800 135mm f5.6 1/100

The light was working a bit more in my favor, plus the lack of movement meant I could lower my ISO.  I like the color in this shot as well.

Here is one with the wings tucked in:

ISO 320 135mm f/5.6 1/25

All three photos were taken using a tripod and remote shutter, in an attempt to get a clear a picture as possible.

I love the peregrine falcon.  There are a lot of them in the area.  Their story of coming back from the brink of extinction just goes to show how much harm we humans are capable of inflicting on our environment.  OK, will step off soapbox now.


Photography, Uncategorized

I love/hate my photography club

I belong to a large camera club that is awesome, except for when it isn’t 🙂  Like when my photo gets a good review from the judge but then passed in the first round.  This was the fate of my entry last night:

A bit frustrating.  I like to go though, because there is always something new to be learned and I find that exciting.

Next week’s theme is architecture.  I am entering the photo below, but I know the competition will be tough.  I have seen some of the past winning images, and they are really something else.

ISO 200 f/7.1 1/450

This image was taken with my point and shoot in jpeg.  So, I didn’t have a heck of a lot to work with in post editing.  It is the Steam Clock in Vancouver.  Can you believe that my Canon 50D broke on a train ride across the Rockies to Vancouver?  I was too stunned to be heartbroken.

Anyway, about the post editing.  I use GIMP.  I really don’t have the whole dodge/burn thing down.  I have been trolling youtube for GIMP tutorials, but haven’t come across one yet on this particular topic that speaks to me.  If anyone else has a GIMP tutorial that they love, I would love the link.



Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

The armadillo in the kitchen is causing trouble

Not the kind of trouble you might think, like making a huge mess.  Although perhaps I have to take that back because he was leaving corn everywhere.

ISO 500 75mm f/5 1/30

This was the best shot, in that it is my favorite.  It lacks detail in the armadillo’s face though. I had just come in from shooting outside, so my white balance was set to “shady”, so this picture does not represent the armadillo’s true color.

ISO 500 75mm f/5 1/13

Here the white balance is set for the indoor kitchen light, so the color is right on the armadillo.  You see the crazy motion blur though?  I was having a hard time stopping the action and still having enough light on the subject.

Also, this was one of those crazy, hey armadillo in the kitchen kind of moments, so I didn’t have a lot of time to mess with the settings.

What would you have tried?