50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

What I’m Thankful for (I’ll keep it simple)

Not only will I keep it simple, I’ll just base it on this photo:


First of all, I’m thankful for my husband.  He’s the one who rigged the bird feeders right out side of my office window.  Awesome no?

Second, to the birds that frequent my feeder all day while I’m working.  I just love that they stop by.

Third, for photography in black and white.  Also, color photography.  I also like mixing the two.  Fun, isn’t it?

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving! (yeah, about a month or so ago say all my Canadian friends!)

Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography


We have a couple of bird feeders outside of my office window because I enjoy watching them come and go.  Here is a photo I took the other day:

ISO 400 50mm 1ev f/4 1/500

To get this photo I set up my camera with a remote shutter on a tripod and went back inside.  From my office window I could see when this Downy Woodpecker landed.  I was shooting bracketed exposures.  For this particular image I used Photomatix to combine them and then used one of the painterly settings because I thought that helped the bird stand out a bit from the background.


50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

For the Birds

Or, thanks to the birds that hang out nearby so I can take their picture:

ISO 160 f/3.2 1/200 50mm

I took this photo right when you are not supposed to take pictures, that is, the middle of the day.  Harsh light and shadows are an issue that is certain.  I shot this at ISO 160 but then had to lighten the bird in Aperture so that you could see some detail.  I will try this again using a higher ISO to see if that makes it possible to edit less.  I will be working on trying different angles to shoot from as well.  I did use a tripod, but this is about as high as is goes.  I will have to think about other ways I might get a nice shot.  Any thoughts on that?