Moon, Moon, Moon

I was taking my son out for several nights in a row to try and find the Neowise Comet. Unfortunately he couldn’t find it, but I did manage to take some shots of the moon and had some fun being out with him. The best days to see the comet unfortunately ended up being some hazy days here in Eastvale, that made it really hard to see the comet in the night sky. I did manage to get this shot of the moon that I liked. I had my camera on the tripod using the 100-400 lens to take the shot.2020 07 30 untitled 592

Hummingbirds

I hung a hummingbird feeder in my backyard and have been steadily moving it closer to my door so that I can shoot the little buddies that are flying around. The first shot is when I first hung the feeder and the next ones are as I moved it closer to my door. I like being able to sit behind my camera on a tripod and shoot the birds while working at my desk. Gives me something to do during the day and I am in boring meetings. I’ve found the hummingbirds come in the morning and in the afternoon. They are really fun to watch as they come to eat.2020 07 27 untitled 432A9204763A9204813

The Passing of our sweet dog Sydney

On 7/9/20 we lost our beautiful girl Sydney. She went years before her time as she was only 10 at the time. She started to have seizures a week before and we had her on medication, but we believe she had a brain tumor as it’s the only thing that explains her passing within such a short time. She was a sweet girl and we will miss her dearly. We fell lucky to have had her bless our lives for the time that she was in it. She was a stubborn girl who would look at you and ignore all the while doing what she wanted, but we loved her very much and will miss her greatly.
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Falcon in flight

I was on my way over to the Chino Airport to photograph the Stearman flying over. As I was headed over I spotted this Peregrine Falcon flying around. I pulled over to take some shots of this magnificent predator out hunting for food. It was my first chance to try and capture a bird in flight and I am pretty happy with the results. Minimal fixes required in Lightroom to brighten the photo up a little.

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Shooting the Thunderbirds flyover Los Angeles

During the Thunderbird flyover of LA I went to my local hospital that looked like it was going to be in the flight path of the F16s. Unfortunately they didn’t exactly fly over the hospital they were a little far out and flying right at the tree line in the distance. So by the time my camera was able to track them these were the best I could get.

Camera Settings:
ISO 400
100-400mm on an A6500 so the lens was 600mm
1/4000
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I kept the aperture wide and raised the ISO from 100 to 400 to make sure the camera was shooting as fast as possible to give me the best chance as possible to catch some images. Luckily I had setup for this ahead of time as I wouldn’t have had any time to make changes once I saw the planes flying.2020 5 15 Thunderbird Flyover 212020 5 15 Thunderbird Flyover 192020 5 15 Thunderbird Flyover 202020 5 15 Thunderbird Flyover 5

Just shooting in the backyard

I haven’t been able to do much shooting for planes and such so I have been stuck in my backyard and taking shots. Just a couple of simple shots with my 100-400 on the A6500 with a polarizing filter on. Going through all of the notes for my camera the Phase Detection focusing only works below F11 so I am testing out different ND filters to see what will allow me keep the aperture down so that the Wide Angle focusing with focus lock will work. One reason to always read the manual so that you can find out about the individual quirks of the camera systems that you are using.

A nice lizard just sitting there sunning itself and then our really scraggily Schnauzer Sydney.2020 04 03 2020 4 27 Photo Import 962020 04 21 2020 4 27 Photo Import 220

Photo Printing from Lightroom

While I have been home I have been watching the KelbyOne videos on Youtube and watched this one about Photo Printing so I decided to test it out and see what worked best for me. I did most of what Scott Kelby recommended and included screenshots of my settings down below. I then submitted the photos to Bay Photo to test out their service as an 11×14 print. I think the biggest thing I learned was the sharpening and then the brightness for printing. I used this photo as my test photo:

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This is Spanish Shawl Nudibranch that I shot while underwater. Unfortunately my prints never looked as good as the screen. So hopefully after this test I will have photos that look better. I chose Glossy for the photos as I am printing on Luster with Bay photo.

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The photos came in and I have to say that the 20% looked the best and most closely resembled what I was looking for. Now that I have these settings I am going to keep going forward with printing some more photos and displaying them around my house. I mean what else do I have to do during the safer at home order. Might as well make my area pretty and enjoy it.