December Gallery

A little sampling for December.

I found it quite interesting when reviewing the Trailcam photos, that the Trailcam decided, on its own apparently, to take a lovely snapshot of the quiet wood at sunrise on New Year’s Day 2018.

It also caught a great shot of a Barred Owl, the moment it landed on its prey.

I was pleased to get my own shot of the owl. 

I’ve also included a shot of Rock Doves, which we all know as Pigeons, taking off from the farm fields of our rural area. This is for Ellen Jennings at Passing By Photo, who told me she’s never seen pigeons outside of an urban environment. Truth is, Ellen, that even in the country, these birds hang around people, their farms and livestock. It seems their favorite place is perched on the silo.

 

Grandson Max moves up to Varsity Basketball this year, and provided us with exciting game pix. Younger sister Lizzy is right behind him, Captaining the JV Girls team. Their game was a real nail-biter. Tied, overtime, and a loss in just the last eight seconds!

We did the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count last weekend, and my prize was a shot of a Pileated Woodpecker. I see them from time to time, but this is my first photo of one. It’s quite obscured by a branch or two, and flew off before I could shoot a second frame.

May peace find you and keep you throughout the New Year!

 

Paz

Autumn Gallery 18

I tried my darnedest this year to keep the camera from blocking my view and enjoyment of the autumn. In this season, there are photos everywhere I look. I stop on the way to work, I stop on the way home, to bathe in the breathtaking sights. Alas, too many fascinating subjects called out to me, and I did, in fact, take pictures of all those autumn-y things; colorful foliage, golden sunrises, rich, red sunsets, deer on the move, migrating geese. Somewhere in there I became obsessed with capturing the texture of water droplets after the rain, on a variety of surfaces. I also captured a number of frames of the wide variety of mushrooms and other fungi that seem to leap from the ground on a daily basis in this season. I tried to capture a little sense of the state of the trails, and the in-between season, between fall and winter. It’s one of my favorites.

A break from the monthly Galleries, this is a seasonal one. Photography, like all the other facets of my life, advances and recedes in activity level, based on other distractions and goings-on. Readying for winter occupies a goodly portion of one’s time in autumn. Rest assured, the camera is never far from me, and we’ll continue to compile images for your perusal and entertainment.

Take care,

 

Paz

Da Bear, and other Trailcam pix

Here he is, without further ado. The Holy Grail for my trail camera, the black bear.

Black Bear

And some other highlights.

Also shot two thousand frames of waving grass until I mowed in front of the trail camera. If you use one of these, be sure to keep the grass cut as the motion triggers the camera. Or put the cam away until “Seeing Season” returns!

The Trail Cam has been a lot of fun. We’ve caught a bear, many deer, coyotes and turkeys. Some neighbor cats, possums, skunks, dogs, an owl, raccoons and a Chupacabra! The camera ran til August, about ten months, on a set of batteries. No doubt would have lasted a year if it wasn’t taking countless snapshots of empty grass. A new set of batteries and winter’s approach, and we’ll be ready for another great season!

 

Paz

Photo Shoot: Canada Geese

Something new for Crescent Moon Studio, this is the first of a series of “Photo Shoot” posts.

Here are 24 images of a recent shoot, including a variety of keepers and some raw images that might not make the cut.

When applicable, comments may be added to describe challenges to overcome, methodology, errors, and other details.

Here we go: click any image to enlarge & scroll.

The broad shot shows it was a cloudy day. In fact, it’s obviously snowing. White Balance settings are imperative for proper color resolution in digital photography, and this is one condition that can be challenging. I find the “Shade” preset to sometimes be more accurate than the “Cloudy” preset under such conditions. Exposure is the other element manipulated during the shoot. The bright colors of the trees have a high lux, and the sky, while overcast, still has a lot of UV light. A couple of experimental shots are in order. You see a couple shots here that are over-exposed. Not only is the over-exposure obvious on highlights, but this also tends to wash out contrast and color saturation. Some shots are “bracketed”, wherein we shoot one frame at the meter-suggested exposure, then a frame with a lower stop followed by a frame with a higher stop.

How to shoot all that time in snow without flecks on the lens or exposing the camera to the wet snow? Stay in the car.

The only challenge on this shoot was my dog, Sassy June. She wanted to get at the geese and tried desperately to squeeze her 47-pound self through a 4-inch opening in the window. She made a lot of noise, and in fact, probably cut the session a little short.

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