Monday, March 30, 2009
BACKYARD SQUIRREL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 29, 2008
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/180 sec. f11
For long seconds this specimen stood stock still, eyeing me suspiciously, as if I was the first human he had spotted close up all winter. By the end of spring he and his kin will think of us folks like comfortable old backyard furniture to be neglected and ignored, unless we feed them regularly.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
SPARROWS AND SQUIRREL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 29, 2009
SMC Pentax-F * 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/125 sec. f11
The first backyard squirrel shot of 2009 may not be the last of this long, long winter. It was taken on a snowy, overcast day with a gift 300mm lens that is considered one of the half dozen best lenses Pentax ever made, and the frame was cropped by about 50 per cent.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
NIGHT ABSTRACT, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, MARCH 16, 2009
Sigma 17-70 at 70mm
10 sec. at f19
We were driving home over potholes in traffic Sunday night when I idly put the camera to my eye and pressed the shutter. This was the result. I am sure a talented chimpanzee could replicate the image without difficulty, but doesn't the dedicated photographer seize whatever moment comes along?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
DAWN ON GANDER MOUNTAIN NEAR ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS, MARCH 15, 2009
Sigma 17-70 at 70mm
HDR composite at f11
The sun was just rising over the frosty woods at Gander Mountain Forest Preserve in Lake County, Illinois, hard by the Wisconsin state line, when I drove by and stopped to catch this shot.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
BASKETBALL BACKBOARD IN ALLEY, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2009
SMC Pentax-DA 50-200 at 80mm
1/3000 sec. f8
I had just emerged into a grungy commercial/residential alley from an Office Depot when I spotted this backboard affixed to a garage that badly needs a coat of paint but is unlikely to get one any time soon.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
WITHERED MAPLE LEAVES, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 14, 2009
Sigma APO 135-400 at 320mm
1/2000 sec. f8
There's a contrary maple tree in our back yard that refuses to shed its leaves -- any of them -- until mid-December, and a few exceptionally stubborn individuals manage to keep their grip through howling winter storms and into the first few days of spring.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
FRONT PORCH, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2009
SMC Pentax-DA 50-200 at 63mm
1/500 sec. f11
Many people in our neighborhood fly American flags on their front porches year-round . . . or maybe some of them put them up for the Fourth of July and just forget to take them down afterward, just as lots of folks leave their Christmas displays up until Easter.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
DOMESTIC CAT, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2009
SMC Pentax-DA 50-200 at 150mm
1/60 sec. f22
This disdainful and haughty creature, striking a regal pose in the shade of an automobile, refused to give me the time of day. He must have sensed that I'm a dog person.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
TALLMADGE STREET LIGHT, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2009
SMC Pentax-DA 50-200 at 88mm
1/4000 sec. f5.6
Thomas Tallmadge, a Prairie School-trained architect who lived in Evanston, designed the Chicago suburb's street lights during the 1920s. Every once in a while anti-crime interests urge the city to install brighter lights, but Evanstonians always say no -- they cherish the distinctive Tallmadge design and its soft illumination.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
AMOROUS MOURNING DOVES, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 4, 2009
Sigma APO 135-400 at 400mm
1/500 sec. f9.5
The season's first foray onto the backyard deck with the big Sigma found the local mourning doves carrying on as if spring had already arrived. The male seemed eager and persistent, but the female wasn't having any of it, not just yet.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
DISPLAY IN FRONT OF THE MILLE FIORI, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Pentax *ist DS
SMC Pentax-DA 18-55 at 52mm
1/2000 sec. f8
Another shot of the Central Street shopping area by Deborah Abbott. Mille Fiori sells all kinds of colorful gimcracks and gewgaws for the garden as well as the interior. Third in a series.