Short Lens Project

Almost never do I remove the 55-300mm zoom lens from my camera. Primarily, its dedicated purpose is for photographing birds, so the long lens is always welcome. Sometimes 300mm is still too short! Using the long lens crops out a lot before the image is even framed, and so from time to time I’ll put the short lens on the camera. It’s an 18-55mm zoom, and gives me a very different perspective in the viewfinder. I will often see things I want to capture, and I am tempted to put the long lens back on, but I’m forcing myself to use the broader format sometimes, to add some variety to all the close-cropped images. Also to keep my mind’s eye open to the creative prospects of a new view on old things.

 

Joshi Daniel has a blog called “The 28mm Project”. It is almost always head shots of more-or-less candid portraits. We can see that Joshi must get in close to his subject to fill the frame. I think that’s the idea. To get really close and make an intimate portrait. I did that with some of the floral shots. I still have the short lens on the camera, and look forward to continued practice. I may even break out the focus doublers and do some macros.

That is, unless I see a bird that really needs its photo taken.

Keep pointing and shooting!

 

Paz

Springing

 

A March sampler from around the town and trails. Click any image to start a full-size carousel.

 

 

Gotta run. Trout are calling.

 

Paz

Winter Walk

We donned our snow shoes and headed for the woods, Ryan and I. He had visited a few days before to check out the trail and break it. It was fairly cold, mid-20’s. The overcast skies would sometimes part enough for a brief wash of sunlight, and were otherwise true to their grays of winter. We stopped at the lean-to for coffee, and stopped from time to time to shoot a photo. Mostly, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the woods, the snow, the sky and the breeze.

Though it occupied barely an hour of our Saturday, it was the highlight of the weekend. New snow, the wind in the woods, and my favorite hiking partner, son Ryan. One hour of perfect peace. It doesn’t get any better than this. 

 

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

Photoshoot: Kerry’s Wedding

 

Daughter Kerry and her beau Kenyon decided on a spur of the moment to legalize their domestic cohabitation by getting married. Not ones for pretense, they set up an awning and pulled some machinery out of the barn, and were ready. The “official uniform” at Parson’s Farm is the custom printed T-shirt. Everyone who works on the farm or at the stand, myself included, wears a Parson’s Farm shirt. They have tag lines that change from year to year. So for the wedding, everyone was required to don a red T-shirt. Coincidentally, this year’s tag line is “Parson’s Farm: Where the vegetables are sweet and the women are bitter.”.  An unfailing sense of humor will carry this couple through their lives with fewer heartaches and tears than most.

After vows, we proceeded to the barn as it rained outside. A little food, a little music, a little cake, a little champagne, and you have a recipe for a grand time. For the famous cake-feeding shot, Kerry hammed it up and made a little mess. Then it was dancing, dancing and more dancing as we dined on the generous spread before us. Across the road from the farm, sadly, is a GIANT distribution warehouse. For the dancing-in-the-barn shots, I slowed the shutter speed because I wanted to show motion. When I looked at a couple preview pics, I saw that the shots were backlighted by the outdoors, the couple almost silhouetted, and the over-exposed outdoors made the distribution center disappear!

The rain continued as darkness fell. Indoors, I relied on the tripod for those low light shots, and ran the ISO up considerably. Youngsters one by one began to tire. Elders continued the ritual of dance and drink, and the party lights made a colorful atmosphere in the old barn. On the occasion of the bouquet toss, both granddaughters (Lizzy and Maddie) seemed to grasp the flowers simultaneously. Outside, away from all this foolishness, Elly and Evan took advantage of some high grade puddles. Alas, finally we had to take our leave, as the Mother of the Bride had had all the excitement she could stand for one day. 

And so, I present Mr. And Mrs. Kenyon Parsons!

The Happy Couple

Until next time,

 

Paz

April Gallery

Thirty Frames Hath April.

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Much of April’s gallery is made up of photos of birds around the feeder on the side porch. Usually I look out this window from my comfy chair, and see all varieties of feeder birds. They thrill me with their beauty and entertain me with their antics. I was going to do a post called “Outside My Window”, or something, just filled with these shots. They’re less than perfect as they’re all shot through window glass. Still, you can’t diminish their beauty with just a piece of glass. Trout fishing in the snow was a new experience for me. Grandson Max is in the photo. As always, these are raw, unaltered “proofs” right from the camera.   -Paz

 

March Gallery

Thirty-One frames hath March.

March brought us two blizzards, one after the other, piling about 40 inches of snow on Engleville. It’s been a beautiful winter, and I hate to see it end, but alas, I have no say in the matter. The deep snow keeps whitetail deer pinned down deep in the forests. These are referred to as their “winter yards”. You can tell it’s been a tough winter when they all break out en masse at the first chance, to forage for food needed urgently as the new fawns are born. And on we go to Mud Season…er…I mean Spring!  -Paz

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January Gallery

January Hath Thirty-One Frames.

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