…..despite the icy temperatures yesterday I ventured down to lake
I never tire of seeing the swans. Yesterday I brought with me the telephoto lens that fits onto my iPhone. I’m not sure I really needed it but I wanted to get as close as possible without scaring them off.
….I promise that these are the last of my favourites for 2017
Playing with a telephoto lens is new for me and this year I loved experimenting with my new toy. One of the things that I enjoyed doing was trying to catch action shots. I found it tricky timing the shot. So often I would take the shot too early or too late and only get part of the subject or none of it in the photo. Here are two shots that I’m particularly fond of. I’m sure they are far from perfect but it’s a work in progress.
….what’s more entertaining than a dozen super energetic Super Dogs?
In the summer I saw, for the first time, the Super Dog Show at the CNE. I was sitting pretty far back from the arena and I didn’t have my zoom lens with me so most of my shots were distant and often not very focused. It was also very dark in the arena and the dogs were highlighted with special lights and spot lights.
A couple of weeks ago when I went to the Royal Winter Fair with my father, he really wanted to see the Super Dog Show, so I went again. It was very different this time. It wasn’t dark, we sat much closer and I had my zoom lens with me. It was, however, still difficult to get clear shots of the dogs because they moved so quickly through the race course.
Here are a few shots that I managed to get that I’m somewhat happy with:
One of my favourite presentations at the fair this year was the mini show put on by the Medieval Times cast. The costumes, the pageantry and the beautiful horses were delightful and a challenge to photograph. I’m not sure why but we chose to sit on the side of the arena with a big pillar in the middle of the barrier surrounding the show area. Despite this obstacle I managed to get some interesting shots. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.
As you know from previous posts I’ve inherited a zoom lens that I’ve been dying to use on wildlife. My moon photos were a complete bust but I’ll try again when the weather isn’t quite so frigid.
A few days ago, before the snow storm hit, a squirrel was darting around on my deck looking for water. I grabbed my camera and started shooting through the glass of the patio doors. The first few had too much glare because I was shooting at an angle. Then I was able to get a shot straight on and it made a big difference. I wanted to say ‘huge’ but I’m trying to avoid that word as much as possible.
I was hoping to open the doors so that I could get a shot that didn’t happen through a glass window (a dirty on at that) but as soon as I did that the squirrel took off and look who showed up (3rd photo). If the squirrel hadn’t run away when I opened the door , Frances’ presence would have scared him off for sure.