Thursday, December 30, 2010

Continuing Hawk- Photo Experiments

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In the further pursuit of better photographs of my friend the Red Tailed Hawk.

I spotted my friend in the Tulip Popular Tree down the road about a 1/4 mile away and decided to again try to get some better photo's of him.

I grabbed the camera with the 70-300VR lens with the 2X adapter and headed down the road to a church parking lot just across the road from the tree..I pulled in there in my truck and parked parallel to the tree and rolled down the window and stuck the camera out the partly open window..resting the log lens on the window edge and started to photograph my elusive friend.

I was still at some distance from the tree across the road...I would say maybe about 1500 ft. away the long lens was a big help in capturing some of the awesome beauty of my friend.

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There He is ..what a tease He is.

Turned his head looking for lunch..feathers blowing in the wind.

A bit of a closer look

He decided to fly off for a new hunting place.flying directly towards me

Zooming in for a closer shot.

Turning South West just before again turning back towards me.

I hope you enjoyed watching my friend along with me in my endeavours to better capture his awesome beauty with my camera..I hope he forgives me for disturbing his hunting..but I don't think he really minded.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hawk Experiments/Photography

After being closed up in the cabin for 3 days due to snow, when the Sun came out today, I decided it was time to get out and do some photography.

I have been trying to get closer pictures of the Red Tailed Hawk that sits in a Tulip Popular Tree just about 1/4 mile down the road so I decided to try an experiment.

I grabbed a 2x adapter and attached it to my camera and then put on the 70-300VR lens , now you can't use Auto Focus with the 2x adapter that I have, so I set the VR to be ON and clicked it to Manual Focus.

Next I grabbed the Tripod and mounted the camera on it and set the camera to Manual Settings and played with settings till I got what I felt would make for good shots.

It was a very bright sunny day so I had to be careful when shooting not to let the Sun hit directly in the lens while shooting.

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This shot taken from our front porch

Zooming in to 300 with the 2x adapter

Cropping and editing

Moved down the driveway a bit for a closer look

After putting in Photo Shop, cropping and zooming in.

I hope you enjoyed my experiments and efforts to get better and closer Photographs of my Friend ..The Red Tailed Hawk.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

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I am going to again try to post on Sky Watch as I did last week..but alas I could not post there as the page just came up blank when trying several times, and I see only one person came and looked at my post on my blog..thank you Sylvia.

Here we go again..trying again this usual just click on any photo to get a life sized view.

Sky Watch is all about sky and this week I am concentrating on clouds mostly...there is always an awesome array of clouds here in Western NC.

Sunrise in the East

Sunrise in the North

Sunrise in the SW

Sunrise in the NE

Now I want to take you along on a journey that I recently took down East of here and on the way back approaching the mountains again saw some awesome cloud formations that I would like to share with you as seem from my truck window.

I took all the following photo's with a point and shoot camera through the windshield of my truck.

Approaching the mountains

What a view and awesome cloud formations

Great clouds seen from the truck window

More cloud formations

Churning,Swiriling clouds

We hope you enjoyed our tour of the skies this week...please come again for a visit.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

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Once again it is time for us to post our best of skies that we observed this week and share with all our participants the beauty of the of a sky in our area.

See below my contribution for this week...I will start with a Sunrise and end with the Sunset.

The Sunrise isn't as colorful as some I have posted, but I just love the cloud patterns we got this week, and want to share them with you.

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Sunrise in the East

Sunrise in the NE

Sunrise in the North

Sunrise in the NW

Sunrise in the South with valley fog.

Now I want to show you just a bit of the Sunset we had that same evening, we started with a great setting sun in the West, then I noticed Two Sun Dogs ( count them ) I was totally surprised...for this doesn't happen very often...I grabbed the camera once again and captured them in all their awesome was at about 45 degrees to the South West of the setting sun , the other was about 45 degrees to the North West of the setting sun.

Sunset in the West

An Awesome Sun Dog in the South West

The other Sun Dog in the North West

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

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My post today is of Sunrise and Sunset on the same day,after a very rainy previous day.

I will start with the great Sunrise and follow it with the awesome Sunset at the end of the day.

Sunrise over Bald Rock Mt. (East)

Just a bit more SE..wish i could have spliced the two together for a panoramic view,
something I will have to explore.

Sunrise over the Garden in the East

Sunrise in the West

Sunrise NW

Sunrise North

Sunrise who put that pole in my way?

We now move to the end of the day and the glorious Sunset photo's

Sunset in the West

Sunset NW

Sunset NE..I know it is grainy, but didn't have my camera setting quite right, but this is straight out of the camera, wanted you to see it just as I saw it.

Sunset South

Sunset SW