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Monday - August 28, 2006

I'm Not Speaking to You

That's right, you. I am not speaking to you:

[Fence posts]
Details: 1/250 sec at f/4, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I'm not kidding. I mean it. Go away.

Can't you just hear that hummingbird saying all that? Can't you? Heh heh.

Posted by Joanna at 10:27 PM | Permalink

Sunday - August 27, 2006

Yep...fence posts

Remember my photo of the flag snagged on the fence? Remember the Giant Orange Pencils?

Well. Jennie and I drove out to Bastrop this afternoon to check on the house. And, I remembered to take FM 969 so I could take a look at the Giant Orange Pencils. And, Yeah...Katie was right, they're fence posts:

[Fence posts]
Details: 1/250 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 76mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

They are on a bit of a rise from where I took the original photo...thus the "Giant" effect. In fact, they're pretty much regular ol' fence posts...nothing out of the ordinary, size-wise.

So, now Katie can do an "I was right!" jig if'n she pleases. I'm guessing she won't please. But, you just never know 'bout that girl. Hmmmm. Now that I think on it, she's more likely to sing a song. Yep, much more likely to belt out a tune. Which, of course, reminds me of a post card I made for her in July of 2004:


See how much the cows enjoyed her serenade? Heh heh heh.

Posted by Joanna at 7:05 PM | Permalink

Friday - August 25, 2006

What's that over there?

Yep...yet another photo of a hummingbird taken at my grandmother's house:

Details: 1/250 sec at f/4, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

'Seems awfully curious about what's going on over there, eh?

Posted by Joanna at 11:46 PM | Permalink

Standing Guard

Another hummer from my NM trip:

Details: 1/125 sec at f/7.1, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

One day while I was visiting my grandmother, one of the male Roufus hummers decided the sugar water was all his. And, he guarded it relentlessly. For hours. As soon as one of the other hummingbirds would approach, he'd scare it away. He'd actually dive bomb the other birds. At one point, there were about 6 others (including one other male Roufus) trying to feed at the same time. He went nuts trying to make sure none of them could get any of his water. His tireless efforts were awe-inspiring. The bird above may well be that Roufus. I can't say for sure, of course. This photo was taken on a different day. But, he looks ready to charge, doesn't he? Yeah. At the ready.

Posted by Joanna at 8:32 AM | Permalink

Thursday - August 24, 2006


Yep...another hummer:

Details: 1/250 sec at f/7.1, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

See the little tiny "tuft" of feathers on the back of this one's head? And, look at that tiny foot!

Posted by Joanna at 8:10 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - August 22, 2006

Drink & Flap

Guess what! Another hummingbird:

Details: 1/320 sec at f/7.1, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

The question is: can I post too many photos of hummingbirds? I've already admitted that they mesmerized me. Are they boring you to tears? Heh.

Posted by Joanna at 7:51 AM | Permalink

Monday - August 21, 2006


Yes, it's another hummingbird photo from my visit with my grandmother:

Details: 1/500 sec at f/7.1, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

So green. So shiny. Cool.

Posted by Joanna at 8:37 AM | Permalink

Sunday - August 20, 2006


Another hummer from my NM trip:

Details: 1/80 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I was mesmerized by the hummingbirds. They'd hover in place and then flit to another in the blink of an eye. It's really an amazing thing to see.

Posted by Joanna at 10:26 AM | Permalink

Friday - August 18, 2006

Hay, you!

Another shot taken along FM 969 on the road to Bastrop a couple of weeks ago:

[Hay bales]
Details: 1/320 sec at f/8, 64 ISO, 45mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I love those large rolled bales of hay. I didn't used to like 'em. 'Cause they meant nobody was stacking the rectangular bales in big mountains you could climb. I remember climbing bales of hay as a child. Does everyone do the round bales now? Are there places here in the States where people still make big hay mountains out of rectangular bales?

I have this memory that seems almost like a dream. It's from when we were living in Albuquerque. At least 35 years ago. We had a horse or two corralled in the back yard. And a mound of those hay bales. Can that possibly be how things really were? If so, the horse (or horses) must've belonged to my uncle Powder, right? Or my grandparents. And, the horse(s) couldn't have been with us for too terribly long. Mom? Dad? Is it a real memory? Or just a dream that seems real? Hmmmm...

Posted by Joanna at 8:30 AM | Permalink

Monday - August 14, 2006


Details: 1/200 sec at f/6.3, 100 ISO, 135mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

If you think back to the first photo I posted after my trip to New Mexico, you'll remember that I wrote about the unusual amount of rain that fell while I was there. I took the photo above looking south from my grandmother's house on the evening of July 29th after one of those rain showers. 'Love rainbows.

Posted by Joanna at 10:09 PM | Permalink

Flap Flap Flap

Surprise! Another hummer:

Details: 1/640 sec at f/7.1, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

My camera has a continuous advance mode. It'll snap three photos in a row about 1.8 seconds apart. I don't remember to use it all the time but I did remember a couple of times when I was snapping all those photos of hummingbirds last month while I was in New Mexico. Here are the three "continuous advance mode" photos I took a few seconds after that photo above:


Cool, eh?

Posted by Joanna at 8:19 AM | Permalink

Sunday - August 13, 2006

On Target

Another hummer at Grandma's house:

Details: 1/80 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

'Looks to be zooming in on its target, eh?

Posted by Joanna at 8:47 PM | Permalink

Change of Pace

Another bird I saw hanging around my grandmother's house:

Details: 1/400 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I don't have a bird book and have no idea what kind of bird this might be. Ideas?

UPDATE. Dad thinks it's a female house finch.

Posted by Joanna at 10:28 AM | Permalink

Friday - August 11, 2006


Another hummingbird shot during my visit with my grandmother:

Details: 1/80 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Doesn't he look rather regal?

Posted by Joanna at 11:47 PM | Permalink

Thursday - August 10, 2006

No Noth'n

On FM 969 on the way to Bastrop:

Details: 1/250 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 42mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Another shot from my drive out to Bastrop the other day. 'Saw this sign posted on the property just south of the church and rather liked it.

Posted by Joanna at 9:34 PM | Permalink

More Hummers

Another shot of my grandmother's hummingbird friends:

Details: 1/80 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Two hummers having a snack. Or is it three? If you look closely, you can just see the bottom tip of a third bird's tail feathers peeking out from underneath the feeder.

Posted by Joanna at 8:54 AM | Permalink

Tuesday - August 8, 2006

Moon Over Austin

This evening's moon:

Details: 1/60 sec at f/3.5, 200 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

This evening was one of those times where the moon looked enormous as it rose over the horizon. I got home, grabbed my tripod, and went to work. Those detail listed are "as shot" but I played around with things quite a bit to bring out the details in the moon...which, sadly darkened the sky a lot. The main thing I did was take the exposure way down. I just tweaked the other values a little bit. Fun stuff.

UPDATE (8-9-2006). Cue "Twilight Zone" music. Rick Lee also posted a photo of a moon last night. We both posted hummingbirds on Sunday and then moons last night. Kinda spooky.

UPDATE #2 (8-9-2006, night). I got an email message asking me to show the "un-touched" photo so they could see what I was talking about regarding the exposure. So, here you go:

Details: 1/60 sec at f/3.5, 200 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I kinda like being able to see the power lines in the second photo. But, I don't really like all the noise in the sky. And, of course, I really wanted to see the detail in the moon. It's rather sad that the camera can't catch what the eye can see. The sky was actually lighter than you can see in either photo. This shot gets you something close to what the sky actually looked like to my eye when I took the photos:

Details: 2 sec at f/5, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

In all the images I shot where you can tell how light the sky was, the moon is so bright (and the whisps of clouds so opaque) that no matter how I tweak the settings, you can't see any of the details of the moon. And, those details were clear as can be to the naked eye. That's the magic of the human brain and eye at work together. No way to program all of that into a camera. Heh.

It's all magic, right? Right.

Posted by Joanna at 10:55 PM | Permalink

Hold on!

Another hummingbird:

Details: 1/400 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

He almost looks like he's about to fall over backwards and is reaching back to keep his balance. Almost.

Posted by Joanna at 9:03 AM | Permalink

Monday - August 7, 2006

Another Hummer

Here's the second in my hummingbird series:

Details: 1/100 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

This is another one I took in NM at my grandmother's house in late July.

Posted by Joanna at 9:37 PM | Permalink

Old Glory

Another one from the drive to Bastrop on Saturday:

[Along FM 969]
Details: 1/250 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 105mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

This was snagged on the fence outside the church. Here's a close-up (cropped from the original):

[Along FM 969]

I thought I'd like the cropped shot best. But, after seeing them next to each other, I think I prefer the full shot. Hmmm...maybe not. I just can't decide. I do have to admit that I'm very curious about that thing that looks like a giant pencil about one-third of the way from the right edge of the first view. What is that? Odd. Needless to say, I did not notice it when I took the photo or I would've checked it out! And, it's way too blurry to tell in the picture. It looks like a giant pencil! Heh heh.

UPDATE. Katie called to say that the Big Orange Pencil is just an orange fence post with a white cap. And, after looking further, I'm inclined to agree. You can see another one to the left of it. It's deeper in the brush, but it's there. If you look at the first picture of the church you can see a bunch of green fence posts (also with white caps). The Big Orange Pencil fence posts are quite a bit taller than the green ones...but, they're fence posts nevertheless.

UPDATE #2. Esther thinks the Big Orange Pencils are actually markers for a pipe line of some sort. Now I'm gonna have to stop and investigate the situation the next time I drive out to Bastrop. 'Course I'll have to remember to take 969 when I go out there. And, I'll have to remember to look. What are the chances? They don't seem particularly good, do they? Heh heh heh.

Posted by Joanna at 7:54 AM | Permalink

Sunday - August 6, 2006

The Church That Was

On the drive out to Bastrop yesterday, I stopped to take some photos of that church on FM 969 a mile or two north of Highway 71:

[Church along FM 969]
Details: 1/400 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 72mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I've been taking photos of that church for a few years now. I was surprised when I stopped yesterday to find the gate open; something I'd never seen before. Someone had actaully taken the time to mow the grass and weeds around the church. I'm guessing it was done within the last week or two. 'Makes me wonder if they're getting ready to go ahead and tear it down. About six months ago I heard that they used to have problems with people camping in the structure. I can't imagine anyone does that anymore...it just looks too dangerous. I did walk around the grounds a bit but decided not to try going into the building since I was alone.

Here's a shot I took in March of 2003 with my old camera:

[Church along FM 969]
Details: 1/500 sec at f/6.7, 100 ISO, 104mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

It's really going downhill, eh? It's always sad to see that sort of thing.

I do have to say, though, that I'm pleased with how much nicer the new photo looks. The colors are much more rich. Of course, the old picture was taken in March and the new one in August. So, that does make a difference. And, the new one was taken using the Camera Raw format so I had a lot more control over the exposure settings and all. Cool.

Posted by Joanna at 10:10 PM | Permalink

Saturday - August 5, 2006

What else? Another sunset.

I drove out to Bastrop to check on the house and took my camera along:

[FM 969 Sunset]
Details: 1/13 sec at f/2.8, 100 ISO, 45mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I got quite a few shots that I rather like. I think this was the last photo I took before my battery died. I didn't bother taking my bag so didn't have the spare...I just grabbed my camera on the way out the door. 'Glad the battery held up as long as it did.

I decided to play around with the Camera Raw setting and am rather pleased. I wish I'd thought to toy with that format when I took the Tower shots. Oh well. Live and learn.

Posted by Joanna at 10:56 PM | Permalink

Grandma's Hummingbirds

Another picture from my trip to New Mexico:

[Grandma's Hummingbirds]
Details: 1/400 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Grandma's got some bird feeders set up outside her kitchen window. She's got bird seed and hummingbird feeders. It rained much of the time I was there but there were breaks in the clouds. I got this shot the second day I was there. More to come...

UPDATE. I just noticed that one of my favorite photographers (Rick Lee) posted a (an?) hummingbird photo at about the same time I posted this one! Heh.

Posted by Joanna at 4:14 PM | Permalink

Friday - August 4, 2006

New Mexico Storm Clouds

I made a visit to New Mexico last week to visit my grandmother. The whole state was in the midst of one of the rainiest periods anyone can remember. This was the view off to the east as I was driving south from Albuquerque:

[New Mexico Storm Clouds]
Details: 1/200 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 45mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I love the way part of the mountains are lit up by the sun while part are hidden in shadows.

Posted by Joanna at 10:36 PM | Permalink

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