What are you looking at?

I love it when you capture an image of animals that seem to have such an expressive look that you have to wonder what they’re thinking.  This one shows a tufted titmouse with its head cocked to the side, seeming to be asking a question of me.  Maybe it just heard a sound or saw some random motion, but this quizical look was just perfect.

The titmouse is one of those birds that I don’t catch all that often.  They don’t sit still for long.  Even when they are feeding, there is always a motion going on.  Shifting positions or bouncing their heads from side to side, it is always a moving target.  I caught this one in a moment of indecesion.  Is it safe to go down and grab a few seeds now?  I guess so, then – bye, off they go!

Tufted titmouse
Roswell, Georgia
January 28, 2018

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
350mm @ f/7.1 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

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Up close

I often look out at the birds that come to my feeders and see the male house finches with their red highlights and think what a beautiful bird this is.  The female is much less flashy.  She doesn’t have the bright colors that the male sports but goes about her day with muted hues that don’t draw attention.

It is quite interesting however, to look at the patterns shown here.  The stripes and textures that mark this often ignored visitor are beautiful in their own right.  I guess this is another example of how we can miss out on the things that are right in front of us but which don’t scream for our attention.  If we take a few minutes to appreciate what is given to us everyday to deepen your own experience.

Female House Finch
Roswell, Georgia
January 27, 2018

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/7.1 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #HouseFinch #rainy #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Rainy days

This image shows exactly how I feel when it rains all weekend.  I’m not sure I have ever seen a bird look so water-logged before.  This bluebird was making lots of stops by my feeder.  I would have thought that flying back and forth would have dried him out pretty quickly but it seems to only have resulted in a case of “bad hair day”.

Eastern Bluebird

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/125 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #BlueBird #rainy #BadHairDay #Georgia #WithMyTamron

By the window

One of the most beautiful light conditions to photograph is sunlight through a window.  When you get that great balance of soft light coming in to highlight whatever is inside, it kind of creates halos and makes items shine in a way they don’t when you shoot with flash or other artificial light.

This setting is pretty simple but, I think the light makes it special.  The reflections along with the contrasts of dark and light just make things stand out without being harsh.  Natural light is definitely my preference if at all possible.

Barrington Hall
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
38mm @ f/16 – 1/5 sec – ISO 200

#BarringtonHall #window #antique  #historical  #Roswell  #Georgia  #antebellum #WithMyTamron

Gather ’round

One look at this radio tells you a few things.  First of all, it’s obviously pretty old and secondly, it has been well used.  Look at the wear marks around the tuning knobs and along the edges.  This is something that was constantly being touched.  Of course, there was a time when the radio was the main source of entertainment for the household.

I was remembering the scenes from the Christmas Story movie where Ralphie would race home to hear the Little Orphan Annie show.  This radio isn’t what would have been around in the early days of radio but it harkens back to that time.  Maybe it was just the constant companion of grandma as she did her daily chores.  I remember my grandmother always had the radio going with news and music keeping her company in the kitchen.

We’re surrounded by so many sources of information and entertainment today.  It’s kind of nice to remember back to a time when that one little box was so central to keeping us in touch with the world and bringing music into our lives.

Barrington Hall
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/16 – 1/4 sec – ISO 800

#BarringtonHall #radio #antique  #historical  #Roswell  #Georgia  #antebellum #WithMyTamron

Caring for clothing

In each of the historic homes that we visit with the Roswell Photographic Society each year, there is some kind of sewing room or at least a corner of a room dedicated to this.  It makes me realize how much things have changed related to clothing over time.  Obviously, if you have rooms dedicated to weaving cloth, sewing garments, and mending the wear and tear that these clothes take over time, that whole process is a major part of everyday life.

Today, we purchase and discard clothing so readily it seems that while fashion still concerns us, we don’t dedicate much time or effort to creating or maintaining the clothes we wear.  Our consumer society has separated us from the “hands on” process of being connected to these things, because we have invested our time and effort into them, and caused us to regard them as things to be bought and discarded without caring that much.

I don’t really wish to return to the days when we had to spin our own yarn, weave our own cloth and sew each item of clothing by hand.  I do wish that we could find a way to put more value and care into the things that we own and use so that we don’t treat our world as inconsequential and disposable.  Don’t lose sight of the value of things.  Remember the time when people couldn’t just run out to the store and grab something but had to work hard for the basics.  Stop now and then and be thankful.

Barrington Hall
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/16 – 1/25 sec – ISO 640

#BarringtonHall #sewing #antique  #historical  #Roswell  #Georgia  #antebellum #WithMyTamron

Showing your age

Some things age gracefully and others… not so much.  This piano looks as though it had held up pretty well until you look closely at the keys.  From this angle, you can see that there’s quite a lot of height variation and the top surface is certainly not flat and regular.  In some cases, the top is actually curling up and ready to fall off.

I’m afraid that if someone tried to play this instrument, bits and pieces would come apart before a song could be completed.  Then again, I am not as old as this piano and there are parts of me that don’t work as originally designed so, maybe I should be more gentle in my description.  In any case, the textures and patterns here made me think it was quite an interesting scene to study.

Barrington Hall
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
62mm @ f/20 – 1/4 sec – ISO 800

#BarringtonHall #piano #antique  #historical  #Roswell  #Georgia  #antebellum #WithMyTamron