Monday, December 20, 2021

Where I lived most of my life



A VIEW OF NORTHEAST EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, TOWARD LAKE MICHIGAN

DJI Mini 2
4.49mm DJI lens (24mm in full frame format)
1/500 sec. f2.8 
ISO 100

This drone shot, taken from 397 feet directly above Three Crowns Park, the retirement community where I live, shows the Baha'i Temple, the hospital where both of my sons were born, Northwestern University's Ryan Field, one public school I attended, the church my parents attended, and the commuter rail line that took me to work every day for more than 40 years. Flying a drone is a good way to review the landmarks of one's life.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Autumn colors at Three Crowns Park

THREE CROWNS PARK, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 3, 2021

DJI Mini 2
4.49mm f2.8 DJI lens (24mm full frame equivalent)
1/800 sec. f2.8
ISO 100

Compare this fall colors shot with the summer-greenery photograph taken July 16. I continue to be impressed by the image quality of the 12-megapixel wide-angle camera on a drone that costs less than $500.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

N Scale Pocket Line Passenger Train


KATO POCKET LINE TRAIN, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 26, 2021

Sony A7R3
Tamron 28-200 at 68mm
18 stacked images, 1/15 sec. f11 +1EV
ISO 100

The Japanese model train manufacturer Kato issued this little gem in N scale, and it's a true crowd-pleaser on a small layout.  I'm pleased with the versatile Tamron walkaround zoom lens' capability for close focus with a 10mm extension ring.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

N scale EMD GP7 Locomotive


GP7 LOCOMOTIVE, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 23, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Tamron 28-200 at 50mm with 10mm lens extender
1/10 sec. f11
ISO 100

This is the result of several experiments in macrophotography with a new "light box" that has a built-in array of LED lamps on its ceiling. The N scale model locomotive is only 4 1/4 inches long, but it took electronic stacking of 13 separately focused images to produce one photograph that is sharp throughout the depth of field. I used two LumeCube mini lamps to provide light from either side.


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Great Blue Heron


GREAT BLUE HERON, CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, AUGUST 22, 2021

Sony A7Riii

Tamron 28-200 at 200mm

1/320 sec. f8

ISO 800

I've taken countless photos of these herons, uncommonly common at the Botanic Garden, and think this is one of my better efforts, although it is a static one. The blue-gray of the bird contrasts nicely with the green background, and the S curvature of its neck adds further interest.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Blue Jay


BLUE JAY, GREEN, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Sigma 100-400 DG DN at 400mm
1/160 sec. f8
ISO 1600

September is the month for jays to return from other climes to raid local feeders for the long flight south. They're here for a week or so, then suddenly disappear.
Somehow the fading afternoon light of an overcast sky enhanced the blue coloration of this jay's feathers.


White-breasted Nuthatch


WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GREEN, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 22, 202
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Sony A7Riii
Sigma 100-400 DG DN at 400mm
1/1250 sec. f8
ISO 1600

Photographing these birds on a feeder is not as simple as it might seem, for these birds are fast snatch-and-go artists that spend only split seconds gathering sunflower seeds to carry off to a distant tree to eat.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pine siskin


PINE SISKIN, GREEN, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Sony A7Riii
Sigma 100-400 DG DN at 400mm
1/640 sec. f8
ISO 800

Siskins, close cousins of goldfinches, are common in the North Woods. They can be identified by their sharply pointed beaks, streaked bellies and yellow-tinged wing edges.