Friday, June 25, 2021

Fat Boy



CARDINAL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, APRIL 15, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Sigma 100-400 DG DN at 400mm
1/1250 sec. f8
ISO 400

It's probably just the long lens, but this specimen of a cardinal looks rather high on the body mass index.




Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sir Cholmondeley

 

HOUSE SPARROW, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 6, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Sigma 100-400mm DG DN at 400mm
1/1000 sec at f8
ISO 400

This is a 1640 x 2412 pixel crop of a 7952 x 5304 pixel full-frame shot. It is usable at that tiny size thanks to the new Enhance Details feature in Lightroom and Photoshop. Owing to the snooty upper-class pose, I'm calling him Wing Commander Sir Cholmondeley Housesparrow DFC KBE.


Friday, March 19, 2021

Cardinal

MALE CARDINAL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, MARCH 9, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Sigma 100-400 DG DN at 400mm
1/1250 f8
ISO 400

Having gone from Pentax APS-C size to Sony full-frame  format, this is one of my first efforts with the new Alpha A7Riii camera and a new Sigma 100-400mm full-frame zoom lens. The scene is the sidewalk under the bird feeder in the waterfall garden at Three Crowns Park.



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lily pads

LILY PADS, CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, AUGUST 11, 2020 

Pentax K-3
Sigma 18-250 at 88mm
1/400 f8
ISO 400

Normally I'd use a Tamron 90mm macro or a Pentax 18-135 for garden shooting in order to get the best possible image quality, but this day I thought I'd try a Sigma 18-250, my go-to lens for the lightest possible traveling kit, and see how it did. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Scruffy youngster

JUVENILE HOUSE SPARROW, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 12, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/200 sec. f8
ISO 400

Adolescents of every species in the world always look unkempt, as if they've been out all night. This one is a female house sparrow about six weeks old.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Hooligans

JUVENILE HOUSE SPARROWS, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 12, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/640 sec. f8
ISO 400

At about six weeks of age, these young house sparrows have graduated from fledgling to ill-mannered hooligan stage. All day they fight frantically for a perch on the feeder in the Three Crowns Park garden.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Tiger swallowtail

TIGER SWALLOWTAIL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JULY 12, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x extender (420mm)
1/400 sec. f8
ISO 400

Normally I'd be equipped with a 90mm macro lens to shoot butterflies, but the 300 and extender were on the camera when this butterfly came along in the Three Crowns Park garden, and the rule is to make use of what you have. The blossom seems to be either an allium or an eastern waterleaf.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Adult robin

ADULT ROBIN, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, JUNE 30, 2020

Pentax K-3
Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 with Pentax 1.4x converter
1/1000 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Robins are so common that I never think about photographing them, but today they were the only birds that came to the Three Crowns garden on a warm and sticky day. I was able to get in close and capture plenty of detail.