Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Almost painterly enough

VIEW OF THE GREAT BASIN, CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, OCTOBER 21, 2018

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 105mm
1/250 f9
ISO 800

Too bad the guy in the backwards ball cap wasn't a young woman in a yellow summer dress lounging on the lawn and leaning on the grass with one hand, but I had to make do with what was there. I was pleased with the image quality of the Sigma 18-250, a consumer lens, and think I will henceforth use it as my travel go-to when I can carry only one lens. The panoramic effect was achieved with simple cropping of top and bottom of the image.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Common Grackle

COMMON GRACKLE, GREEN, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x converter (420mm)
1/160 sec. f6.7
ISO 1600

A flock of about 20 noisy grackles invaded our back yard this morning, bullying all the songbirds into fleeing. I hope they don't return.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Female rose-brested grosbeak III

FEMALE ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 11, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-f* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/3200 sec. f6.7
ISO 1600

Turned up this one while reviewing old frames from a month ago. As with the female grosbeak in an earlier post, the camera was set for photographing in deep shadow when the sun suddenly came out.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Nuthatch II

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GREEN, MICHIGAN, JULY 28, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1/4x converter (420mm)
1/250 sec. f8
ISO 1600

This photo, more than any of the hundreds I've taken at our cabin's backyard feeders, best demonstrates the acrobatic appeal of the quicksilver little nuthatch.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Female rose-breasted grosbeak II

FEMALE ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 11, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/3200 sec. f6.7
ISO 1600

Another shot from three weeks ago. The lighting on this one was serendipitous. The high shutter speed comes from the camera being set to photograph in deep shade and the lens wide open. Had I thought of it, I would have reduced the ISO to 400 or even 200 for finer image quality, but this seems adequate for Internet use.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Rose-breasted grosbeak, first summer

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, FIRST SUMMER, GREEN, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x converter (420mm)
1/320 sec. f6.7
ISO 1600

We'd seen one or two female grosbeaks at the feeders regularly all summer, but not a male. Until today. This very young grosbeak looks almost like a hybrid of male and female, but over the winter its colors will change until its head is mostly black and the rosy red spreads almost all over its breast. I just wish I hadn't left the car in the driveway in the rear of the shot.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Mr. and Ms. Downy

DOWNY WOODPECKERS, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 18, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/500 sec. f6.7
ISO 1600

I'd never before seen both female and male downy woodpeckers together in our back yard, let alone on a single suet feeder. Probably the little ones have left the nest so Mama and Daddy can go out on a Saturday night and have some fun. The camera was hand-held, lens wide open near dusk, and the image quality not bad for such conditions.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Downy woodpecker

DOWNY WOODPECKER, GREEN, MICHIGAN, AUGUST 16, 2018

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 plus Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/500 sec f6.7
ISO 1600

We have a pair of Downys in our backyard, and both of them love the basketwork suet feeder Debby made at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School in 2017. This is the male, as attested by the little red yarmulke on his head.