Busy Day at the Feeder

After a few days of very cold weather and snow the bird feeder was very busy today. Most interesting to me is the frequent arrivals of this male Red-bellied Woodpecker. I don’t see woodpeckers at the feeder very often. Whenever he showed up all of the smaller birds fled. One choice shot is on the Nikon Df 365 day page, and three more are here.
Red-bellied Woodpecker, male at bird feeder, Piedmont of North Carolina.

Red-bellied Woodpecker, male at bird feeder, Piedmont of North Carolina.

Red-bellied Woodpecker, male at bird feeder, Piedmont of North Carolina.

Mornings and Evenings

We have had a series of beautiful morning and evening skies here in the Piedmont of North Carolina lately, interrupted for a couple of days by a storm. As I am eager to get good shots every day with my Nikon Df (see that link above) and post them, naturally in the process I have taken several morning and evening shots. However, many of these have not been posted on the Df 365 days of posts page because I chose to post something else there. So here are a few of our recent morning and evening sky shots with the Df. All were taken from the south facing second story deck of my house.
Sunrise on a winter morning.January 24th, morning

Sunset reflections on southern clouds.January 26th, morning

Early morning sky before sunrise, Piedmont of North Carolina.January 26th, evening

Sunrise on a winter morning, Piedmont of North Carolina.January 29th, morning

WRA_1305January 30th, evening

A Frosty Morning and a New Lens

The field behind my house was covered in heavy frost this morning. A good time to put the Zeiss 100mm Macro on the Nikon Df and take to the outdoors. After some experiments, all hand held, I took a couple of shots that I liked. One is on the DF page and the other is here:
Frost on wild grass.

Later in the day UPS showed up with my order of the Voigtlander 40mm Ultron f2 pancake lens. By that time the frost was gone so I went out looking for some likely subjects to try it out. It comes with a handy screw-on close-up lens to increase its usefulness for people like me who favor macro photography. Though I got the lens with Street photography in mind, it looks like it will be a fine field lens. Here are a couple of samples from the afternoon trial. The two close focused shots are without the closeup lens:
Starburst sun over trees and blue sky.

Here is the Nikon Df with the Voigtlander 40mm Ultron f2 lens:
Nikon Df with Voigtlander 40mm Ultron f2 pancake lens.

A Visually Rich Day

When I got up this morning and saw the fog I prepared to enjoy the mysteriously photogenic appeal that foggy days bring. Since I am ten days into my goal to post a new photo everyday taken with the Nikon Df, it promised to be a good day. So when it came time in the evening to chose a single photo to post it was not an easy choice. For example, I like this one of a badly damage Oak tree silhouetted in the fog struggling to live even though its top half broke off in a storm a few years ago. (ISO 12800)
Bare winter trees in fog. A broken Oak tree struggling to live.
Then I decided to take a country road side trip on my way to the office and see what else might present itself. That led me to the picture I posted on the Df page, and this one that follows of an old train trestle bridge that is still in use. (My goal for the future is to catch it when there is a train on it.) (ISO 100)
An old train tressel bridge on the outskirts of Mount Gilead, North Carolina.
Further up the same road I found this delightful representation (or was it the real thing?) of an old gas station. (ISO 450)
All of these were shot with the Nikon Df and the Nikon 24-85 f2.8-4 zoom lens.

January 12, 2014

Obviously I have been neglecting this blog. The main action on this site right now is the photo-a-day for 365 days with the Nikon Df. I love this camera. It is the camera I have been waiting for ever since I switched to digital. It is not for everyone, and I certainly do not expect everyone to appreciate it equally. But it is a full-frame full-featured camera that caters to those of us who still like to use physical dials to control the camera. For me it is intuitive since I began photography with Nikon film cameras over 30 years ago. So click on the Nikon Df link above and follow the progress. Here is the shot from yesterday taken from the second story deck of my house in the country.