Picture of the Day - "Irishtown Sunset" - Oct. 23, 2017

Looked out the door around suppertime and saw what looked to be the beginning of a good sunset. I grabbed my camera and headed over to the Irishtown Nature Park. I had to hike a bit to get to a good spot but I think it was worth it.

Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 18-135 mm @ 18 mm, 1/125 sec, f/16 and ISO 100

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Pictures of the Day - "Frost" - Oct 22, 2017

When we left work this morning, it was a bit cool and there was a very pink sky again, but it didn't last long and we wasn't able to catch before the sun rose. But on our way home, we made a pit stop at a local pond area as there was a lot of mist coming off the water and frost everywhere on the plants and weeds. I thought it would make for some interesting shots for a change of pace :)

First photo is just before the sun rose above the clouds and the second photo is just after the sun appeared and was shining warm light (although it was chilly....lol) on the plant leaves. The change in the light intensity was amazing.

Taken with Sony a6500 & Sigma 20mm f1.4 "Art" lens. Shot wide open on both at f1.4.

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Picture of the Day - " Falling Leaves" - Oct. 21, 2017

I thought I would share what is probably my favourite photo from our shoot the other day. Everything just seemed to work out right for the light, the timing and the subject. June threw the leaves up in the air and I snapped as they were coming down and you can see her eyes between the leaves. With such a shallow depth of field, it was hard to keep the focus right on her eyes, but I managed.

Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 85mm ART lens, 1/640 sec, f/1.4 and ISO 100

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Picture of the Day - "Petitcodiac Morning" - Oct 20, 2017

Last week, we stopped over at the Petitcodiac Riverfront to catch the glorious sunrise that was unfolding before us as the sun was starting to rise. It was very colourful and reflecting some of the warmth on the dried mud flats by the river. It's times like this that we have to stand in awe of the magnificent splendor of our earth. So lets all take care of it :)

Taken with Canon 5Div & Sigma 35mm f1.4 "Art" lens. Shot settings: 1/60 secs, f8, ISO 100.

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Picture of the Day - "Christmas Colours in the Fall" - Oct. 19, 2017

The late afternoon sun shining through the trees, gives a beautiful light to the leaves outside. The golden hour(s) are truly a great time to take photos.

Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 85mm ART lens, 1/1250 sec, f/1.4 and ISO 100

Also, just a quick reminder that I will be doing a Gaming Marathon for charity on the 4th of Nov. If you want to donate, go to the link of the right side of the page.


Pictures of the Day - "'June' In October" - Oct 18, 2017

Late this afternoon, we went on another portrait session at Irishtown Park in Moncton, NB. The fall colours are still holding on, but a lot of leaves have already fallen. After a few pictures we turned to see the sun shining through the trees behind us. So we had our model June go in a spot of sunlight where she was backlit and then we lit her with some off camera flash.

The last photo, the sun had gone around to the other side so it was almost hidden, so we created our own "sun" behind her along with another flash in front. The wind was blowing a bit then to give some movement in the hair and sash :)

Taken with Sony a6500 & Sony FE 85mm f1.8 lens.

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Picture of the Day - "Pair of Birds" - Oct. 17, 2017

Went out for a drive today and check a few spots we have not seen before and stopped at a few regular spots. We saw some Buffleheads, a few Mallards, lots of Gulls and a few songbirds. We seemed to manage to get a new friend , in the form of a Gull at Pointe-du-Chene. I couldn't decide if I liked the close up of the gull or one of the songbirds, so I am posting both. :)

Taken with Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1250 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 500


Taken with Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary, 1/1250 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 320


Pictures of the Day - "Rainy Days" - Oct 16, 2017

Tonight, I decided to try something different in a portrait with my daughter. I set up this scene where it looked like she was looking through a window and it was raining outside. I lit her from the inside of the glass for a more dramatic look. It was something I've wanted to try for awhile now and I do like how it turned out. I couldn't decide which one to go with so I put up 2 of them :)

Taken with Sony a6500 & Sony FE 85mm f1.8 lens.

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Picture of the Day - "Morning Light(s)" - Oct 14, 2017

This morning, when leaving work, there was a lot of pinks, oranges, and deep blues in the sky and clouds which didn't last for long, only a few moments. But we did manage to capture it before it disappeared :)  The lights were still turned on along the boardwalk which added to the early morning scene :)

Taken with Sony a6500 & Sony FE 85mm f1.8 lens. Shot settings: 1/13 secs, f8, ISO 100, hand held.

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Picture of the Day - "Soar" - Oct 12, 2017

On our drive around this morning, we went to Penobsquis, NB to check out the bald eagles to see how many were around the area. We did end up seeing 11 of them, including this juvenile bald eagle soaring by the still visible half moon :)

Taken with Sony a6500 & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll with Canon 2x ll teleconverter @800mm.  Shot settings: 1/1600, f11, ISO 3200.

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Picture of the Day - "Looking Down on Us" - Oct. 11, 2017

Took another trip down to Hopewell Hill to see if we could spot the Crested Caracara that has been visiting our part of the world. The northern territorial limit of these birds is usually the Gulf Coast of the US, Texas, Arizona and Mexico. There have been sightings, in the last couple of years, in Cape Breton, New Brunswick and even around Jasper, Alberta.

This particular bird though as been seen in the Hopewell Hill area since early September. We did manage to see him once last week but he was a fair way back in the field. Today though, we spend a few hours driving around the marsh, where we met up with some roaming cows (we let the farmer know they were loose), took a short side trip to Crooked Creek Lookoff to check out the fall foliage and met up with some fellow birders. He was spotted flying across the field and up into a tree. He stayed for a few minutes, allowing us to get some pictures of him (until Bev ran back to the car to get her 2x Convertor and was almost back, lol), and then flew off. He was back a few minutes later, circled around and flew off across the highway. All in all, we did manage to get a few great shots.

Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/640 sec,f/6.3 and ISO 100.


Pictures of the Day - "Reflections Of Fall" - Oct 10, 2017

Yesterday, we checked out our local park to see if the was a lot of colour yet. It was definitely full of colour and very vibrant. This park must have the best colour around our town each year and it usually doesn't disappoint :)

Taken with Sony a6500 & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll lens @100mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Petitcodiac Morning Fog" - Oct. 9, 2017

There was an incredible sunrise this morning. The sky was totally lit up in red.It soon faded to orange and yellows and we could see there was a bit of low fog off in the distance. We worked our way down the riverbank until we met up with a couple of fellow photographers. Once the sun was up, we headed over to Centennial Park to check out some of the leaves. As we were going by Jones Lake, we spotted a couple of Cormorants in a tree so of course we stopped for a few pictures. The leaves at Centennial did not disappoint.

Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 18-135mm @ 135mm, 1/320 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 100


Pictures of the Day - "How To Run On Water....Merganser Style" - Oct 8, 2017

Since I wasn't able to get out today to get any photos, I decided to go back in my files to see what I haven't posted yet and came up with these :)

Back in April, on our usual driving around looking for photo opportunities, we had stopped at Point-du-chene. There were several species of ducks there at that time and one was a female red-breasted merganser. She was swimming all by herself and then a couple of males started swimming up. She floated in the water a few seconds more, then took off......running on water....lol.  I had to laugh watching her, as she literally looked like she was running on water until she got enough speed to take off in the air :)

Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Dawn Morning Fog" - Oct. 7, 2017

Leaving work was like walking into a wall. The fog was was so thick, you could hardly see across the street. The river was hidden for the most part. Surprisingly though, the fog disappeared around the airport except for a small bit of ground fog. When I got to the highway though, the fog came back again. I had to stop for a few shots. Always make sure you look around you when taking pictures as if I did not, I would have missed the moon over the fog.

Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 18-135mm @ 67mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 1600


Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 18-135mm @ 24mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 500


Picture of the Day - "Colours In The Morning" - Oct 6, 2017

This morning started out with a very red and pink sky as the sun was about to rise. But then it turned within a short few moments to yellow and blue, and mauve. We just happened to catch the tail end of the pinks while it was changing so rapidly with all the reflections in the water and on the riverbank on the mud.

Taken with Sony A6500 & Sigma 20mm f1.4 Art lens. Camera Settings: 1/800 secs, f5.6, ISO 160.

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Picture of the Day - "Don't Ruffle My Feathers ... They Are Bad Enough!" - Oct. 5, 2017

Went out for a short drive today. We ended up at Cassie Cape. Saw a few gulls and to our surprise, we spotted a seal swimming by but it dove and I only managed to get a couple of pictures. Got home to see several Blue Jays hanging out at the feeder next door. They are extremely flighty. I did a few closeups of one of them on the feeder but I really like this one perched in the tree.

Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/1250, f/7.1 and ISO 1250


Picture of the Day - "Ugh, It's Just Another Photographer....." - Oct 4, 2017

Today we took a trip up to Fredericton, NB as we had to make a stop off, then we headed to see if we could find some eagles. This guy was sitting quite comfortably on his perch and turned to look at us briefly. Then he totally ignored us as if to say "Just another silly photographer".....lol.

Taken with Sony A6500 & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll with Canon 2x ll teleconverter @800mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Out-of-towner" - Oct. 3, 2017

Went down to the Hopewell Hill - Riverside-Albert area again today, looking for the Crested Caracara. Had to run some errands this morning so we decided to wait until mid-afternoon to go down as it has been spotted in the morning and evening, not mid-day (except for today but we didn't know that until later). There was a big dead skunk in the middle of the road that we thought might attract its attention but no luck. We checked on Facebook for any updates and heard it had been spotted around noon and got fairly good directions. We drove around the marshes a bit and were on the way out, to head home, when we spotted it in a field. It took off and headed further back in the field before we could get out of the car. As it came in to land, it picked a poor location as there was a crow nearby. The Caracara walked a round for a minute before the crow had enough and dove at the Caracara. It took off an headed into the trees where a couple of more crows joined in harassing it. Last we saw, they were all heading off, over the trees.

Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 3200 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 3200