Monday, April 22, 2013

A Walk In Our Back Yard 2013

Microsoft Movie Maker - Canon 7D - Galaxy S3 Audio Recording
A Walk In Our Back Yard 2013

The setting: A warm spring afternoon with a light breeze - you are standing in our back yard listening to the beautiful music and seeing these amazing sights. All sounds and photographs were recorded and taken right here - our slice of America we call home in Maine.

**This is my first attempt at a video like this - feed back is appreciated**

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Woody Wood Pecker Live

EOS 7D - F4 - ISO 400 - 200MM - 1/5000
Woody Wood Pecker Live
We have lived in Maine for a year now. I have been trying to get some decent shots of the wood peckers we have in our yard. I took my yorkie outside to get some spring pictures of him. I heard the wood pecker hammering away close by. I watched and waited and then I spotted him. I was able to get close enough without him flying away to get some decent shots. Here is one of them. If you have ever watched one of these birds, you know how fast they move. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Up For Air

 EOS 7D - F11 - ISO 400 - 300MM - 1/160
Up For Air
OK, This is my first post since 2012. I am on home time from my new job, and I am a little rusty with the camera. I enhanced this picture quite a bit so it has some distortion. These 2 snappers are in our pond in the back yard. They each are bigger then each of our Yorkies. I also found about 6-10 babies swimming around as well. Spring is here!! I will get my skills back and start posting some exciting stuff.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Summer Breeze

EOS 7D - F5.6 - ISO 400 - 135MM - 1/1250

Summer Breeze

My wife and I have visited Acadia National Park several times this summer. One thing I have noticed about the BEAUTIFUL state of Maine, is that the shoreline is not all owned by wealthy people and blocked from us common folks view. This park actually allows you to walk out onto the cliffs and view the ocean. This particular day my wife and I had done a lot of walking, I got bit by a spider who landed in the back of my shirt from a tree, and I was exhausted. I ventured out onto this cliff anyway to see what I could shoot. As I was trying to make my way back, this gull landed right in front of me. I laid down and took a few shots. This one was as he was running to fly away.

Little Red

EOS 7D - F5.6 - ISO 400 - 200MM - 1/1250

Little Red

My wife and I were walking through our yard exploring a little since the brush is starting to thin. I spotted this guy flying around. I laid down in the grass and perched up on my elbows and waited for him to land. Once he landed I zoomed in, focused, and captured him in my camera for all to see. I have been working with my zoom lens for about a year now and I feel I am starting to learn it's capabilities. Anybody who shoots photography knows how hard it is to zoom, focus and shoot with the correct settings as fast as these guys move. I hope to capture a whole array of Dragon Flies in various colors.

Warm Summer Day

EOS 7D - F5.6 - ISO 400 - 135MM - 1/5000

Warm Summer Day

Walking with my wife on a warm summer day I spotted this little guy following us. I stopped and put the camera to my eye as he started to pose for me. I took a good number of shots with him changing poses. It was if he seemed to be aware of what I was doing. You may see other shots of him in the future, but for I selected this one because it looks like he is looking at me.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Busy Bee

EOS 7D - F8 - ISO 400 - 200MM - 1/160

Busy Bee

Strolling through my back yard I came across this guy hard at work. Even though I am afraid of bees, having a nice zoom lets me get in close. It is amazing to see how these creatures pollinate. It is also fascinating how much detail the magic of cameras capture. These are the details we take for granted because we never see them with the naked eye.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

What Tangled Webs We Weave

EOS 7D - F5.6 - ISO 400 - 77MM - 1/640

What Tangled Webs We Weave

Well, it has been a long while since my last post. I have had some life changing events happen during the past few months. I hadn't picked up my camera since the October snowstorm in CT until I moved to Maine with my wife. We bought a nice property way out in the country and have LOTS of land to roam and take pictures as well as I must say, the MOST BEAUTIFUL state I have ever been too. We fell in love with Maine during our various trips. An opportunity arose and we latched on.

The picture above is one of the MANY HUGE spiders we have boarding on our property. I was mowing the lawn and this fella caught my eye. He was repairing his web from the damage he sustained during the weekend rainstorms.

I will be posting more pictures now. I am getting back into the swing of life. Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave comments.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

EOS 50D - F8 - ISO 400 - 18MM - 1/1000

Rockland Breakwater Light

On our trip to Maine, we took the opportunity to visit this lighthouse. It was a 9 tenth of a mile walk out into the ocean along the breakwater wall. It was worth the walk. I am looking forward to seeing more of the lights in Maine.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Peek a Boo

EOS 60D - F5.6 - ISO 400 - 135MM - 1/1000

Peek a Boo

I swear, this little guy messed with me the whole morning. I kept trying to get a nice shot of him because he was so colorful. Every time I was setting up the shot he would fly away. Obviously you can see him watching me while I was taking a picture of another butterfly. I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw him. In one swift move I aimed focused and shot this photo.

Sturbridge Village

EOS 60D - F8 - ISO 400 - 18MM - .6"

Old Time Craft "Cooper"

This was taken at Sturbridge Village. This was taken with natural lighting. It is nice to see how things used to get done when we weren't a disposable society.

Bushnell Park, Hartford CT

EOS 50D - F8 - ISO 100 - 25MM - 30"

Bushnell Park, Hartford CT

This was taken around 11:00 at night in Bushnell Park. Although the water was ABSOLUTELY disgusting, the delayed exposure was able to mask most of the trash floating in the water.

Case Mountain, Manchester CT

EOS 50D - F29 - ISO 100 - 50MM - 25"

Case Mountain

This was taken after the heavy rains we got the week after the hurricane. My wife and I had been there a few weeks before, the water was only a trickle that time. This is land that was left to the Town of Manchester by the Case family. They were very prominent during the Industrial Revolution days.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peaceful Overlook

EOS 60D - F14 - ISO 400 - 29mm - 1/500

Peaceful Overlook

This was taken in late winter. This is one of my favorites. This picture has beautiful coloring. I don't know why this blog likes to change the blues to purples. At anyrate, if I had this view from my back porch, I would love it!

City Lights

EOS 60D - F22 - ISO 400 - 178mm - 10"

City Lights

I91 viewed from Constitution Plaza in Hartford Connecticut. If you look closely at the red lights, you can make out signal light flashes from vehicles changing lanes. This was a lot of fun.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kent Falls

EOS 60D - F32 - ISO 400 - 75mm - 2"

Kent Falls

One of my earlier photos. This was taken at Kent Falls in October of 2010. It was an overcast day which helped me in obtaining nice long exposures. I have a few more I will post later.

Waking Up

EOS 60D - F5.6 - ISO 2000 - 92mm - 1/125

Ready To Fly

Magic Wings in Springfield is where this was taken. We got there very early, before their normal business hours. We woke the butterflies up. I will be posting a few more.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Race Rock

EOS 50D - F8 - ISO 400 - 22mm - 1/400

Race Rock

Light houses have drawn my attention since I was a little boy. I am lucky enough to live near my favorite light which is Race Rock. Please enjoy the view.

In The Still Of The Night

EOS 50D - F9 - ISO 1600 - 200mm - 20"

In The Still Of The Night

My wife and I were out night shooting after our light house cruise. She spotted this scene. I had to get it as well. She deserves all the credit for the scene, this is my version of it. This scene is lit up by the lighting at General Dynamics to the left. We were lucky enough for him to stay still during our photographs.

Shenipsit Lake

EOS 50D - F13 - ISO 400 - 18mm - 1/100

What I Can Remember, And What I Don't

I remember growing up here as a kid, I remember getting drunk here with my friends as a teenager, I remember that this trail went on forever. What I don't remember is how beautiful this lake is. (Shenipsit Lake)

Hiding in plain sight

EOS 60D - F4 - ISO 1600 - 200mm - 1/320
Amazing what is right in front of us sometimes..

Walking along the Hockanum river in Ellington with my wife early one evening, I stopped to take a picture of this small colorful  flower. I focused my lens and saw this magnificent creature busy at work. He was so small that I missed him with my naked eye. I find it amazing what you can see with the eye of the camera that you don't see in everyday life.