Red-Bellied Woodpecker

 

 

After a 20 cm (8 “) snowfall yesterday I glimpsed the red-bellied woodpecker at the feeder today.

We regularly get cardinals, chickadees, juncos, house sparrows, winter-faded American goldfinches, rose-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches, downy and hairy woodpeckers. A few blue jays this year have been around and the “red-bellied” seems to appear after snowstorms mainly.

I didn’t dare open the patio door (that scared it last time) or run for a bigger lens and patiently waited, while others like the female cardinal took turns. for less than ten minutes for it to come back while smaller birds had their turn.

I had the A-6000 and used the old 18-55 zoom from my old NEX-5N set on continuous shooting (mid speed) and captured the last two as it flew away:

 

All photos were taken at f/8, ISO 100 and 1/125.

Prime Lens for my A6000

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Things are looking up!

 

Bought a Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 lens for my Sony alpha A6000 mirrorless DSLR on Thursday and began learning how to use my first ever prime lens on Friday afternoon in the back yard. This photo was taken with the lens fully open looking almost straight up at the last full rose in our lovely old arbour. Very pleased with the shallow depth of field producing the blurred background, but I’ve never owned a 1.4 lens before so there’s a learning curve involved. The Sigma 1.4 has a very high rating for sharpness and will do a lovely job on portraits.

Some more photos taken in the gardens around the house follow: Continue reading “Prime Lens for my A6000”

George Lake, Killarney, Ontario

Discovered Killarney Provincial Park in 1979. We were there many times, most recently this July.

Photos: Evening July 23 from high rock near Groundhog campsites. The other two were shot this morning just after dawn from the jumping rock near Woodchuck campsites.