Day 100 – 365 Project…Kitesurfer

Welcome to day 100 of  365 photos…this kitesurfer (kiteboarder) put on a great show for me on Cedar Island. These were taken a couple of days ago and the day was dark, dreary, windy and cold. This dude was NOT camera shy. When he saw the camera, he made his way toward me and had a smile on his face for a lot of the photos that I took. This one is my favorite, even though he was not doing any tricks. I like the horses and riders behind him.Day 100 - Project 365 - KiteSurferCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 400mm – Aperture: f/8.0 – Shutter Speed: 1/800  second – ISO: 200He flew high over the water.KiteBoarder High Over The WaterAnd while I didn’t get the entire flip–here is a part of it. Note the smile that was on his face most of the time. Like I said before, he sure wasn’t camera shy.Flip from kitesurfer

From Wikipedia: “Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kitesurfer or kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot-straps or bindings. The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable, although kiteboarding may also refer to kite landboarding or kite snowboarding.

There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and wave-riding.[1] In 2012, the number of kitesurfers has been estimated by the ISAF and IKA at 1.5 million persons worldwide [2] (pending review). The global market is worth US$250 million.

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Liz, these last two photos are especially for you. They are my photos from today out of my rainy window. See how wet these two birds are! I didn’t want you to think that I was slacking on my daily photos. ;-) Wet Morning DoveWet red-breasted woodpecker

 

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Day 99 – 365 Project…Horned Grebes

Welcome to day 99 of  365 photos…I was excited to get these photos of Horned Grebes. I have never seen them before so even though they didn’t want to come closer for a better photo op, it was great to see them. I took these yesterday on Cedar Island where there are large ditches on each side of the road.  They were swimming along in the ditch.

We had gone for a ride “Downeast”  hoping to see some different ducks. Since I didn’t see any the entire way to the ferry terminal at the end of the island, I decided to change my lens to the 18-300mm so I could at least get some scenery photos. Wouldn’t you know, we hadn’t gone five miles when I spotted these ducks.  Photos are not as clear as I would have liked but they would have been gone if I had changed the lens. Day 99 - 365 Project - Horned GrebesCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 18-300mm
Focal Length: 300mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/1000  second – ISO: 400Horned GrebesFrom wikipedia,org: “The Horned Grebe is a small grebe at 31–38 cm (12–15 in) long with a 46–55 cm (18–22 in) wingspan. Unmistakable in summer, the plumage of both male and female includes a black head with brown puffy earlike tufts along the sides of its face. It shows a deep red neck, scarlet eyes, and a small, straight black bill tipped with white. It rides high in the water.”

I didn’t take any photos today. It rained all last night and today. The windows were covered with rain drops so I couldn’t even take photos of the birds out of the windows. These grebes were much nicer for you to look at than any thing that I would have taken in the house.

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 98 – 365 Project…American Goldfinch

Welcome to day 98 of  365 photos…this American Goldfinch was all fluffed up in a tree near the feeder today. I’m thinking that it is a young one because it it seems much smaller, fuzzier and lighter colored. Baby bird or adult, it sure was cute sitting on the branch.Day 98 - 365 Project - American Goldfinch - baby??Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 400mm – Aperture: f/8.0 – Shutter Speed: 1/200  second – ISO: 400

From allaboutbirds.org: “This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking. During molts they look bizarrely patchy.”

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 97 – 365 Project…Splish-Splash – Mallard

Welcome to day 97 of  365 photos…Splish-splash,  mallard was taking a bath. It is amazing how much splashing a duck can do. They are common ducks but so colorful. Thought I would share. Day 97 - 365 Project - Splish Splash MallardCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 400mm – Aperture: f/8.0 – Shutter Speed: 1/500  second – ISO: 400Mallard shaking water offmallard flying toward shoreIsn't he pretty after his bathFrom allaboutbirds.org: “If someone at a park is feeding bread to ducks, chances are there are Mallards in the fray. Perhaps the most familiar of all ducks, Mallards occur throughout North America and Eurasia in ponds and parks as well as wilder wetlands and estuaries. The male’s gleaming green head, gray flanks, and black tail-curl arguably make it the most easily identified duck. Mallards have long been hunted for the table, and almost all domestic ducks come from this species”

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 96 – 365 Project…just add sun

Welcome to day 96 of  365 photos…just add sun and even the lowly Common Grackle is pretty. Check out those iridescent colors. This bird is one of my least liked birds but it was pretty looking today in the sun with all those colors glowing. I decided to make the lowly Grackle my photo of the day.Day 96 - Project 365 - just add sun to the grackleCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 220mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/640  second – ISO: 400 (photos taken through the window)
Common GrackleHow about the color on this bird when you add some sun!

From allaboutbirds.org: “Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops (notably corn) and nearly anything else as well, including garbage. In flight their long tails trail behind them, sometimes folded down the middle into a shallow V shape.

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 95 – 365 Project…Camera Settings…oh-oh

Welcome to day 95 of  365 photos…I wanted to touch on camera settings today and since I was feeling a bit under the weather, I am going to use a few of yesterdays photos for my examples.

To let you know what prompted this post, here is a bit of background. I have been walking in the mornings lately and usually choose the Cedar Point Tideland Trail because of its scenery, chances of seeing ospreys and birds and because I know I won’t be chased by dogs, like I might be if I walked in my neighborhood. I took my small Canon SX50 at first but when I got the new Nikon 80-400mm lens, I started to carry Nikon D7100 because the photos are so much better. Because I am walking 1.4 miles around the trail, I am carrying my camera with the BlackRapid Elle (RS-W1) strap. The strap keeps my hands free and the weight of the camera and lens more are evenly distributed so that the weight of the camera and lens don’t hurt my neck and shoulders. Ok, there’s the background and no, I am not trying to sell the strap but I needed to tell you all of that so that I could show you why I need to check camera settings. A long way around Robin Hood’s barn…I know. When I left the car, my camera was set to Aperture Priority and F8 because I was hoping for photos of birds. The morning was bright and sunny with a pretty blue sky.

I had not walked far and was thrilled to see two ospreys in a couple of trees just past the first set of bridging–closer than I had ever seen them. I had only walked about 1/4 of a mile so I didn’t bother checking the camera settings again, I just put the camera up to my eye and started to shoot as they chased each other back and forth on these trees. As I walked along, I took other photos without changing any settings-after all I was walking for exercise too. I couldn’t wait to get home and take the photos from the camera because I was sure I had some pretty good osprey photos. Unfortunately, my photos turned out overexposed – like the two following. So disappointing.Day 95 - Project 365 - camera settings - ospreysCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 240mm – Aperture: f/8.0 – Shutter Speed: 1/250  second – ISO: 400
over-exposed ospreySo what happened?? I started looking at settings and found that my exposure compensation was +2 –  but why??  It is rare for me to change that setting, let alone start out with it. I also knew that this was not the first time that I had found the exposure compensation changed when I had been using the strap to carry the camera. I know that this should have been a clue to check settings first but I’m a slow learner.

I was still not sure what was happening and I decided to enlist Mr. B’s help to see if he could see what I was doing to change this settings. It is a setting that takes pushing down on the button and turning a knob. Seems like it would be impossible to do it, right?? Well, after watching me for just a few minutes, it turns out that my finger and thumb hit just the right places while I am trying to keep the camera from hitting my hip while walking and/or lifting the camera to take a photo.

So the moral of this story is to not just assume your settings are ok. It takes a short time to check settings occasionally, especially if you are carrying your camera while walking. I learned a very important lesson – it’s all good. The silver lining is that the photos were shot in raw and MAY be salvageable with the help of Lightroom or Photoshop. I’ll save that for another post though.

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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