When at the lake I rise early 20-30 min prior to sunrise so I can drink my coffee and watch the sky and lake turn colors. Most mornings I do not photograph the sunrise because well I would have to wake up a few hours before to drink coffee and get my 2 brain cells sparking. On this morning the sky turned from Pink to Orange as the glowing ball rose in the East. Clouds moved in and hung around as the sun rose.
I decided to play for a moment and focused the lens to infinity checking focus at the far end of the lake (few miles away). Then I metered off the clouds and set the aperture to an insanely small aperture (for me anyway) . Pointed the lens at the sun and clicked the button . No way was I checking my comp through the lens while at 600mm . I enjoy my sight and well looking back this probably was one of the lets see what this small wire (electric fence) running around the garden does when I pee on it moments.
However the results are rather cool and different. Other than adjust the color temp to what I remember seeing and adding contrast through the highlight and shadow sliders I did nothing else to this shot. I think there maybe a sun spot at the 6ish Oclock position. Not sure I would have to dig through SOHO data to see if it was there or not.
After another cup of coffee I decided to take a stroll to see what I could see hoping for a Red or Grey Fox ... No love for me on them yet.
I was luck enough to stop and then Gods' spotlight hit a stump . This guy landed and I grabbed a shot. If you are wondering it is a Juvenile Bluebird. This was not what the scene was like I just lightened the shadows so you could see more of the bird; however the scene was closer to the next shot.
Head and body was in deep shadow and the spotlight was shining on the blue feathers making them glow. I did lighten up the head area mainly because well I set the shutter speed for the meter (spot) on the feather that were blue. I wanted them about 1/3-2/3 stops above a 0 meter reading. This was because honestly for me that was the important part of this shot. The blue and bit of speckles on the back.
Later that evening my mom and I took another walk and we saw some rabbits. They are a bit weary because they tend to get chased out of the garden which they manage to break into the fence that is suppose to keep them out. I guess the plants are sweeter on the other side of the fence.
This guy that is above is something that confused me. It is a Black and White Warbler and in South Carolina it is a Winter species. August is too early for it to arrive here. Something that I confirmed by talking to the manager at the county park I visit. Even he has seen several which confused him too. There have been a few other winter species spotted in the last few days also by him . I wonder if that means an early winter is coming (here is to hoping ... Sorry for the northern neighbors that are cursing this wish right now).
No clouds in the sky and the moon was on a shorter cycle in the night sky so around 10ish my mom and I went out to see what we could shoot.
A thunderstorm across the lake was providing light for the clouds and the yellow on the left side of the frame is Great Falls, SC a small town Northeast of where we were.
I shot a few frames down the lake and the houses provided the light in the center of the frame and the storm illuminated the clouds. The red lights in the sky is planes. The property is located near flight paths for Charlotte NC and Columbia SC maybe even Augusta Ga.
If you squint your eyes just right the milky way is in the shot from right top corner to bottom left corner. I need to practice in OnOne how to process this to get better results. At this time of the night the main part was almost overhead and honestly for all of the light pollution I am happy with getting this frame.. I have some more practice to go before I am happy with my captures but looking back I do see improvements from past years.
Now a few months ago my mom was in the market for a new camera so I asked some questions on what she wanted feature wise and a few more question I recommend for her to go to Best Buy and handle both a FujiFilm Camera body and an Olympus body . She went for the Olympus body mainly due to the in body image stabilization. I have shot a few frames with the camera (EM 5 Mark II) and honestly I love it. Battery life is a bit shorter than my 77d but not a major issue. Well I mention this because there is a feature on it called Live Composite. Basically set the iso and aperture turn it to the Live Comp feature and then set the shutter speed. Press the button first time for a base frame and then press a second time to start the process. Once your happy with the image look on the back of the camera screen to stop press the shutter a 3rd time. You can do some nice star trails this way.
This is about a 15ish min exposure and was the first attempt to see how the feature would do. Pointed roughly north . We took another 2 or 3 frames after this with a couple of different compositions this one was my moms favorite .This practice will allow her to give this a shot on her adventures when she is in a location that has nice night skys.
I can say I am honestly impressed with the noise capability of that camera body in some ways it exceeds what the larger asp-c sensor in the Canon 77d does. Yes there is some noise at higher iso but it is a bit closer to film grain but not to the extent of Fuji which to me as odd as it sounds I enjoy images at higher iso due to the way the noise renders.