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Day 36: June Moon

The moon was out early last night and the way it was illuminated allowed me to capture some great detail even with a limited focal length of 300mm.  Shot with my Canon 7d mk2 and Tamron 70-300 and processed in Adobe Lightroom to enhance the detail and attempt to color correct a little.

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Day 26: Morning Moon

Captured with my Canon 7d Mk2 and Tamron 70-300 lens. I was able to get some decent detail when photographing the moon this morning. I did use Adobe Lightroom to sharpen up that detail and correct the coloring a little.

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Death Star!

Day 14: April Moon

I took this shot this morning when I took Oshie out to do his business. The sky wasn’t as dark as it appears in this image, but I like the way that this edit of the photo turned out. I was able to capture some good detail around the edges of the moon. I just wish I could zoom even closer.

Taken with my Canon 7dmkii and Tamron 70-300 @300mm

April Moon

Challenging Myself

So in order to force myself to be more active with the blog and work on my photography skills I have created a challenge. I need to post a new image to the blog everyday. It can be of anyone or anything and will be categorized as random photography so it all of the posts will be compiled on that new page which is available through the menu at the top of the site. The random photography posts will also appear on the main page of the site but the new page and category was created so that they will be available in one location to be easily browsed through.

My plan is to write something very short about each photo in order to maintain the focus on the photo itself. This is mainly to force me to practice and improve my skills and also to provide more content for anyone reading the blog to look through. So without further delay here is Random Photography Day 1.

A simple shot of the moon captured the other day. Taken with my Canon 7D mkii and Tamron 70-300mm lens at 300mm with some editing in Adobe LR.

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Oshie…We Have Company

Nature…its pretty damn awesome! Lately our yard has been alive with activity both seen and unseen. There are songbirds all over the places, vultures and hawks soaring about and deer tracks all over the yard (although I never see the deer). Yesterday was no different, or actually it was as we had a visitor of a different kind.

I am fortunate enough to work only minutes from home. This is great for a few reasons. For one I can go home and let Oshie out instead of making him wait for 8 hours which I am sure he appreciates. Secondly I can make myself something fresh fresh for lunch and sit down and relax to eat it. And C (ha-ha) it gives me a chance to walked around the yard and attempt to find the songbirds I want to photograph such as the Chickadee and Titmouse below.

I usually head home for lunch around noon. If the weather is nice I head outside with Oshie and spend about half of my lunch period out there before going inside to get some grub. I always have my camera in hand because practice makes perfect! Yesterday the skies were clear and blue and the birds were everywhere but that is not what caught my attention. While I was scanning the trees look for perched birds something interesting caught my eye.

At first I wasn’t quite sure if I was seeing correctly (I wear some thick glasses ha-ha). Then a breeze kicked up and I saw the fur moving with it. Below is an image of when I first spotted the creature.

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What is that?

So like a young boy I grabbed some rocks and began to throw them at the tree. I had no intentions of striking the animal but only wished to stir it from slumber so I could get a better look. It has been a long time since I have thrown rocks and they went everywhere but the intended target. By this point I was sweating and the ball of fur hadn’t moved at all. I was beginning to wonder if it had died up there.

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Wandered into the woods to get a closer look.

I decided to walk into the woods a little and get a better view. From the yard zoomed all the way in on my 300mm lens it was still rather small. I scraped my way through the brush and thorns and parked myself right underneath the tree. The creature was now 40+ feet directly above me. At this point I had narrowed it down to either a Raccoon or a Possum. Later after zooming in on this image and also seeing the size of the creature I determined it was a rather large Raccoon.

Lunch time quickly ended and I barely had enough time to throw a sandwich together before heading back to the office. Fast forward a few hours and I was headed home and wondering all the way if the Raccoon was still sleeping soundly in the tree awaiting nightfall. To my surprise he was indeed.sleeping raccon-5

And there was a Tufted Titmouse hanging out with him. Even he couldn’t get the slumbering garbage bandit to wake up. He kept jumping on him but just as my rock throwing attempts had failed so did the little bird.

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Hey wake up!
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Seriously dude..wake up!
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You are in my tree!
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Drop kick!
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I give up.

I knew that Raccoons like to do their work at night so I patiently waited to see if he would become a little more lively and my patience was rewarded. He was actually a cute looking fella although I wouldn’t want to get too close to him.

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As it grew even darker he became more active. Unfortunately it was getting too dark for me to get a decent image so I called it quits and left him alone. By morning he was gone. I didn’t expect him to stick around and I wish I had a longer lens but it was still pretty cool.

 

 

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