July 12, 2010
April 23, 2009
Wednesday evening I made a run on the JMU Arboretum in Harrisonburg. Pulling up on the scene, I was met with an overcast and chilly site.
Initially, I spotted several squirrels and blue jays near the feeder and slowly made an approach. Read the rest of this entry »
April 13, 2009
By comparison, Friday’s trip to the JMU arboretum yielded many more results than the trip to Hillandale Park.
Some days when it’s nice out, I worry that the high presence of people in the arboretum would limit the opportunities to photograph animals. That might be true to a degree, but I didn’t have any problems finding high concentrations of birds.
A number of woodpeckers, including downy and red-bellied woodpeckers like the one below, were out and about.
I made some nice images of downy woodpeckers that will likely be put in the book. Read the rest of this entry »
April 7, 2009
Monday I stopped briefly at the JMU arboretum and made a few finds.
Arriving in the parking lot, I noticed two forms darting around on a hill near the overflow parking lot. As I approached, they disappeared. At first I wasn’t sure if they were groundhogs or raccoons, but I’m going to conclude they were likely groundhogs since I found some more burrows around that area. Read the rest of this entry »
April 3, 2009
I guess the best way to preface this is to say… get ready to say “aww.”
On Thursday I hit the arboretum again, and covered a lot of ground, but didn’t see much besides squirrels and birds. It had been raining most of the day and I almost gave up, thinking that interesting animals wouldn’t be out.
And then there was this:
It makes me laugh. I hope you like it too. Read the rest of this entry »
April 2, 2009
Wednesday I swung by the JMU arboretum for fun and for play- mainly to try out a Flip video camera. Here is the result, which summarizes my outing pretty well:
March 26, 2009
It began feeling repetitive heading to the arboretum so much, so I mixed it up yesterday and began with a photography experiment. If you don’t care about technical things, hop down a bit and the adventure continues.
Instead of using my 200mm 2.8 lens, I tried my hand at my 300mm lens with a doubler (a doubler multiplies the range of the lens, effectively making a 600mm lens). Combining that lens with a doubler AND the camera’s crop factor (which I believe is 1.4x) makes it closer to 840mm. The range was fun, but the glass combination was a royal failure. Read the rest of this entry »