Oscar Dean Photography: Blog http://oscardean.com/blog en-us (C) Oscar Dean Photography oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) Fri, 19 May 2017 12:52:00 GMT Fri, 19 May 2017 12:52:00 GMT http://oscardean.com/img/s12/v175/u647488663-o606693715-50.jpg Oscar Dean Photography: Blog http://oscardean.com/blog 120 120 Psychedelic Moon http://oscardean.com/blog/2017/5/psychedelic-moon While sitting on the deck behind my house deciding whether to weed the flower garden or just take it easy, I chose to continue to kick back and relax.  I'm glad I did because when I sat back in my chair and looked up, there was the moon peeking through a space in the leaves and branches of the trees.  The sky was a beautiful blue and provided a nice contrast to the moon.  While taking the photo, I purposely put the foliage severely out of focus so that it would draw the viewer's eye to the moon which is the main subject.  So what happened with the flower garden?  Well, I did eventually work in the garden after about 30 minutes of chill time.

 

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Happy Easter 2017 http://oscardean.com/blog/2017/4/happy-easter-2017 Spring has finally arrived and with it comes blooming flowers, green grass, leaves budding on trees and of course....Easter!  And so, as is customary here at Oscar Dean Photography, I have to get my dog Lizzie involved in celebrating the holiday by taking a formal portrait of her!  She's used to it of course and poses for me like a pro.  I think some day soon Lizzie will a hire a manager, a booking agent and a publicist, but for now she is content with being "paid" with dog treats.  She hasn't turned into a diva yet but I must confess that she is spoiled beyond measure.

 

Happy Easter from Lizzie!

 

There are a number of different components that go into a photo shoot like this.  I have to pick out a costume, decide on props to include in the photo, choose a background etc while my wife helps to direct Lizzie's attention during the actual shoot.  But there is another part of the preparation that is extremely important which many people may not think about.  Grooming the subject!  Preparing Lizzie's luxurious coat for her photo sessions is well beyond my skill set so I leave that to the capable hands of Kelly at Petsmart.

 

Lizzie with her stylist Kelly

 

 

Kelly does a great job grooming Lizzie and this of course plays a major part in the final look of the images that I take.  Kelly and Lizzie have truly bonded over time and this is very evident as you can see from these pictures.  So a big "Thank You" to Kelly  for being so good to Lizzie and treating her as if she were her own, and also for making her look so "chic."  Lizzie's fur grows fast so we will see you again soon...

 

 

"Grooming is done, how do I look?"

 

 

 

Two divas in the making...

 

 

 

Kelly (stylist) and Lizzie (dog) cuddle together after the grooming session

 

 

 

Lizzie waits with Kelly to be picked up by Mommy and Daddy

 

 

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After the Rain... http://oscardean.com/blog/2017/3/after-the-rain Dreary.  Gloomy.  Grey.  Wet!  These words perfectly describe the kind of weather we've had here in New England over the past couple of days.  Lots of overcast skies, cold temperatures and heavy downpours of rain.  Conditions like that are certainly challenging from a photographic perspective unless you have a waterproof camera...which I don't have unfortunately!  The rain finally stopped and I noticed the trees in my backyard while looking out of my kitchen window.  It was quite a sight to see the drops of water that were clinging to the branches and leaves.  I took advantage of this break in the weather and ran outside to capture a few shots.  Here are a few of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like it has been a long winter here in New England since we've endured multiple snow storms including a blizzard that delivered 2 feet of snow!  These photos give me hope that the warmth and colors of Spring is not too far off in the future.

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) Spruce branches drops macro tree water drops http://oscardean.com/blog/2017/3/after-the-rain Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:11:27 GMT
The Wrath of Sandy http://oscardean.com/blog/2017/2/the-wrath-of-sandy On a drive along the southern coast in Connecticut, I stumbled upon Fort Nathan Hale Park, a place that I had never visited before.  It is a 20-acre historical park located on the east shore of New Haven Harbor in the city of New Haven.  The park was built in honor of Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755 – September 22, 1776), an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British and executed. His last words before being hanged were reported to be, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Hale has long been considered an American hero and, in 1985, he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut.

 

The waterfront park offers a harbor setting, a sandy beach, hiking trails, fishing and birdwatching, a pavillion and a statue of Nathan Hale depicting him moments before he was executed.  Another impressive sight at the park is the long wooden pier that stretches out into New Haven Harbor....impressive that is until the pier met its match a few years ago.

 

The rickety remains of Fort Hale Pier after being battered by Superstorm Sandy

 

The Fort Hale Pier was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy when it hit the Northeast in October 2012.  The massive storm surge from Sandy claimed more than 186 lives and caused $65 billion in damage along the East Coast from Maine to North Carolina.  The good news is that the Connecticut State Bonding Commission has approved $1.8 million to repair the pier.  I don't know when the restoration is scheduled to begin but it will be great to see it resurrected to its former glory.

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A near miss! http://oscardean.com/blog/2017/1/a-near-miss No matter where you are or what time of day or night, you may be presented with all sorts of photo opportunities. Recently I was in the area of our local airport taking care of some errands when it appeared to me that something was about to happen.  A Delta jet airliner was making its approach to the runway and all seemed normal until I noticed another element in this unfolding story.

 

 

Just ahead of the plane I saw a flock of black crows flying directly in the jet's path!  This was no joke!  I was literally expecting to see these birds get sucked into the engines and feathers being blasted out of the exhaust.  Faster than you can say "crow soup" I grabbed my camera and made a feeble attempt to capture what was about to happen.  The birds and the plane looked like they were playing a game of chicken, each holding their position and waiting for the other challenger to fold and turn away.  And then with extreme control and precision, the birds quickly sprayed out in different directions as the Delta jet roared through the sky into the path of where the birds had been just seconds before.  It was a very close call but not one bird was harmed during this crazy ordeal and the plane landed safely with the passengers that were most likely unaware of the drama that took place outside their windows.

 

After this was over I took a few moments to collect my thoughts and process what I had just witnessed.  It was kinda scary to even consider the tragedy that could have taken place had those birds caused an engine failure.  Here's hoping that the next spontaneous event that I photograph will be less intense than this one...

 

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Happy Holidays 2016 http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/12/happy-holidays-2016


The December holiday season is here again and along with the usual festivities the time has come for me to take my dog's annual Christmas photo.  Trust me, Lizzie is a seasoned pro when it comes to dog portraiture, after all, I've been photographing her since she was 3 months old and she's 8 years old now.  This year I went with a "reindeer" theme and dressed her up with antlers, Christmas socks and a "slightly" gaudy reindeer sweater.  OK, ok, it's a very gaudy sweater but I don't think she minded wearing it too much.  Lizzie seemed more interested in the contents of those wrapped gifts than what she looked like during the photo shoot.  On behalf of Oscar Dean Photography and of course "Lizzie," we wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016! http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/11/happy-thanksgiving-2016

 

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is loved by many, well.....maybe not by THIS guy!  Just the mention of the word and he will run for the hills.  I guess I can't blame him.  I photographed Mr. Turkey here when he and a flock of about 6 or 7 of his friends wandered around the houses in my neighborhood.  Pretty daring I would say given the season that we're in!  After I captured a nice profile picture of this handsome fella, he and his buddies disappeared into the nearby woods never to be seen again.

 

Do you have special plans for Thanksgiving?  Perhaps you are traveling to visit family or they are coming to see you at your house.  Some of you have jobs where you will be working and of course there are those who for various reasons may be in a less fortunate situation.  Whatever plans you have, be safe as you go about your travels and offer a kind holiday wish to strangers you encounter along the way.  And as you gaze into the sad dark eyes of Mr. Turkey pictured above, try not to feel TOO guilty as you sit down to the Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey as the main course.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from Oscar Dean Photography!

 

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) 2016 November Thanksgiving bird holiday turkey http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/11/happy-thanksgiving-2016 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:38:08 GMT
Super Moon - Nov. 13, 2016 http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/11/super-moon---nov-13-2016

 

The news is abuzz with lots of talk about the "super moon" which can be viewed on the evening of 11/13/16.  We've all seen the moon many times before but what's so special about it this time?  Well, two things actually make this something you won't want to miss.  First, the moon will be closest to the earth in its orbit since 1948.  Second, the moon's phase just happens to be a full moon and according to scientists will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.  In this photo, I captured the super moon as it rose above the trees in this residential neighborhood.  If you missed tonight's super moon, no worries, if you've got a lot of patience you can catch the next one in 18 years on November 25, 2034.

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) astronomy dark full house light moon night sky star street super moon http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/11/super-moon---nov-13-2016 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 01:41:27 GMT
Church of the Assumption - Ansonia, CT. http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/10/church-of-the-assumption---ansonia-ct Church of the Assumption - Ansonia, CTChurch of the Assumption - Ansonia, CT

This beautiful stone church is located in the town of Ansonia, CT.  The church is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and they contacted me because they need photos to be used in Newsletters, brochures and online to help spread the news about this special occasion.  I love church architecture, especially the traditional gothic cathedral churches that were built centuries ago.  I had previously seen this church from the outside but never inside so I was very excited to see what I would find on the other side of those vivid blue doors...

 

 

 

 

A banner in front of the church announcing its 125th anniversary

 

 

Upon entering, you are treated to an amazing view of the church's majestic sanctuary.
An artist can be seen on the left painting "The Stations of the Cross."

 

This view looks towards the entrance doors with the golden organ pipes above them.

 

A statue of Mary at the front of the church

 

No church is complete without stained glass windows!

 

Such beautiful and rich colors in this detail photo of the church's stained glass windows

 

A side view of the altar with a sign announcing the church's 125th anniversary

 

Looking down at the altar from a higher vantage point

 

 

 

More examples of the phenomenal artwork in the stained glass windows.

 

Looking down at the pews on the right side of the church from the upper level

 

A statue of Jesus in the back corner of the church

 

You will appreciate the painter's talent when you realize that this entire statue was completely white before he started!!!

 

I am 6'3" but I felt dwarfed by the gigantic pipes of the organ!

 

Even this unused upper level hallway looks great with its ornate architectural style

 

This huge church was so quiet while I was there, it was just me and the painter and he left shortly after I arrived so I was truly able to take in the ambiance of this place of worship with no one else around.  This church was a challenge in the sense that it is so big and there are so many beautiful things everywhere you look that I could have spent a couple of days here before I'd feel satisfied that I captured all that I wanted.  So there you have it, a mini tour of this quaint "little" church in Ansonia, CT.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Is there a church in CT that you know of that is stunningly beautiful?  Share its name and location in the comments, I would love to pay it a visit!  Thanks.

 

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Roadside vegetable stand http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/10/roadside-vegetable-stand

Whether I am driving on country back roads or modern highways, I always have my photographic eye on the lookout for interesting photo opportunities.  I am usually prepared by having my camera ready to go on the passenger seat next to me in case I do see something that catches my fancy.  For quite a few years I have driven by this small barn-like structure whose doors will open for several months of the year and the owners will sell fresh fruits and vegetables from this location.  They were not open for business on this particular drive-by but for some reason I was drawn to the scene and pulled over to explore some possibilities to take a nice photograph.

 

Although it was late in the afternoon but too early for the proper sunset, there was a pleasing sky and the rich greens of the grass and trees were a nice complement to the blue sky.  The red and white barn added another pop of color while the two boulders served as anchor points and additional items of interest.  Normally this place is bustling with people but without them in the photo I feel the image has an almost pastoral dreamlike quality.  Perhaps one day I will drive by this place again and they will be open and serving their customers and I will stop and capture another photo.....but this time with a completely different mood.

 

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) Fruit barn blue grass gravel green market red rocks sky trees vegetable white http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/10/roadside-vegetable-stand Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Ring-necked Pheasant http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/10/ring-necked-pheasant  

Over the years I have seen and captured photographs of many "backyard birds" but today was a little unusual.  Instead of the typical robins, blue jays and sparrows, there was a Ring-necked Pheasant right on my front lawn.  This species generally lives in wooded areas where it can use the many trees as places to hide from predators so it was quite a surprise to see one in the open in a suburban neighborhood.

A particularly shy bird, the pheasant is easily spooked so I had to be extra quiet and careful in order to grab a photo without scaring him off.  Fortunately I was using my 70-200mm zoom lens at the long end which enabled me to get in for a tighter shot but not taking any chances, he flew away the moment he heard the click of my camera.


 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/125 sec at f4.0, ISO 400
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 200mm

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A Very Dry Summer http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/8/a-very-dry-summer

 

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..."    Many of you may recognize this as the opening line to the classic song "Summertime" by Ella Fitzgerald.  The song's slow and languid tempo perfectly depicts the mood of those hot lazy days of summer but living isn't always easy.  Here in Connecticut we've experienced a brutal heatwave that has made living anything BUT easy!  The local new stations are reporting that although it is not mandatory, we should conserve our water usage due to the lack of rain and dry conditions.


So as I keep cool by staying indoors, I have to be extra creative to come up with some new photos.  I decided to dabble with the theme of the heat, water conservation and keeping cool during this heatwave.  After looking around the house for some ideas and coming up empty, I suddenly thought of using a water faucet and a drop of water.  Photographers and other creative artists will often have a fully realized vision in their mind as to what they want their finished project to look like and this was no different.  Once you have your final vision in your mind, the hard part is over, now all you have to do is take the necessary steps to make that vision a reality.


The faucet you see here is in the kitchen and for the blue background  I used a hard plastic lid that fits on top of a storage box.  The cool blue color is a stark contrast to the warm weather we are experiencing but it also makes the stainless steel and the water drop stand out in the photo.  To capture the water drop, I turned on the faucet slightly and had to be perfectly timed to capture the drop at the right moment.  An off-camera flash created a beautiful star highlight on the water drop that helps to add some visual interest.  Water is essential to us, we need it for our survival.  As we are in the midst of conserving our water resources, I hope that this single water drop will remind us of the delicate balance we have with nature and how we must preserve water now and for future generations.

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The Sparrows of Spring http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/5/the-sparrows-of-spring Warm temperatures, green grass, colorful flowers and leaves covering bare trees.  Yes, Spring has finally arrived in all of its glory.  For many of us, it may also mean cleaning up the yard from the ravages of the rough winter that much of our country endured.  As busy as we think we are, mankind is no match for Mother Nature's animals.  I have been lucky enough to witness several species of birds building nests, incubating their eggs, feeding their young and raising them until their juveniles were able to go out on their own.  To be able to see this process unfold before you is very fascinating and I did my best to document some of it for you in the photos that follow.  Enjoy, Oscar.

 

 

Male House Sparrow

 

I love nature and I try to do my part to preserve and protect it in any way I can.  To help give the birds a "leg up" In late March, I affixed a wooden birdhouse about 30ft high in a pine tree in my yard.  After a couple of weeks, I saw a male and female House Sparrow inspecting the birdhouse and soon after they were bringing grass, straw, cotton and other materials into the birdhouse in order to build their nest.  They packed the birdhouse so full of stuff that it began to protrude through some small seams under the roof!

 

 

Female House Sparrow returning to her birdhouse

 

 

 

Female House Sparrow peeping outside

 

 

Female House Sparrow with hungry baby!

 

The fun really begins after the eggs have hatched.  The new baby birds chirped so loudly that their cries could be heard from inside of my own house!  Both parents tirelessly took an active part in bringing back food to their hungry chicks.  "How many baby chicks are in the birdhouse?" was my burning question but with the house hanging 30ft in the air, there was no way to tell.  As the babies grew in size, they now began to appear in the doorway, mouths wide open whenever mom or dad returned with food.  At first one chick was visible, then two and then......four!  To help facilitate the feeding process, Mother Nature painted the baby's mouths bright red and yellow to create a perfect visual target for the parents.

 

Female House Sparrow feeding young

 

 

Female House Sparrow with two of her young chicks

 

 

Four hungry House Sparrow chicks cry out to their father

 

 

A chick nearly old enough to leave the nest

 

Everything I could have hoped for with regards to this sparrow family seemed to be going according to plan.  They have a safe dwelling to protect them from predators and the weather.  There was an adequate food supply due to the bird feeders, bird bath and bread that I made available to them.  Despite all of these advantages stacked in the bird's favor, nature's game of "Survival of the Fittest" may have other ideas.  One day, as I went outside to see what was happening at the birdhouse, I noticed some sort of object on the ground near the base of the pine tree.  I walked closer to it and saw that it was one of the baby sparrows...and it was dead.  Whether it tried to fly and failed or it accidentally fell out of the birdhouse I'll never know for sure but the sight of this little guy was truly saddening.

 

A baby House Sparrow, deceased after a fatal fall from the birdhouse

 

Rather than dwelling on this tragedy, I remind myself that this type of thing happens in nature all the time whether there is human intervention or not.  Birds fall out of nests, snakes and other predators invade nests to eat eggs or young birds and a myriad of other natural events occur that can take the lives of many young animals.  On a happier note, the remaining sparrow babies have grown up and left the nest and will hopefully continue the cycle of life for their species, perhaps in the house that they were raised or in the nearby woods.  Below is a photo of mom feeding on of the juvenile sparrows.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this journey as much as I did.

 

Adult female House Sparrow feeding juvenile

 

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A sign of Spring http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/4/a-sign-of-spring Is it safe to say that the Spring weather is finally here to stay?  I don't want to jinx it because it wasn't that long ago that the Northeastern United States had cold temperatures and snow blanketing the ground.  At first the leaves began to bud on the trees but were halted by the snowstorm  Now the leaves and flowers are sprouting again but at a much slower and tentative pace as if fearful of another blast of winter cold.  A sure sign that Spring is here to stay is the return of the grackle.  These medium sized iridescent black birds migrate south to warmer temperatures in late Fall and returns to New England in early Spring.  The insects of course are starting to appear in droves as well.  It won't be long until we will be bothered by pesky flies, wasps and mosquitoes but also we can enjoy the beautiful colors of the butterflies as they do their part to maintain the flowers in our gardens.  You must take the good with the bad as they say!

 

 

This morning as I opened the front door to go outside, a dark object suddenly flew right past my face!  I wasn't expecting it and it really startled me to be quite honest.  As I looked around I spotted the mysterious culprit and saw that it was a moth just as he landed on the floorboards of the front porch.  The moth was very small and would have gone unnoticed had I not seen it land where it did with my own two eyes.  How fortunate was I that I had my camera and macro lens with me!  After grabbing this photo, I "shooed" the moth away for fear that he'd get stepped on or worse.....a sloppy wet tongue licking from my dog!  Here's hoping that there will be lots more colorful "creepy crawlies" that will await me for the upcoming warm weather season.

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Happy Valentine's Day! http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/2/happy-valentines-day Yes that's right, it's another holiday and you know what THAT means don't you?  Time to grab Lizzie my cocker spaniel and appropriately dress her up for this month's theme.  Now if you follow my blog or website, you already know that Lizzie is a veteran when it comes to dressing up and posing during my photo sessions.  She has been doing this for nearly 8 years and is always up for my latest and craziest costume ideas....well, at least that is what I tell myself!
 

Lizzie was very laid back and cooperative today which made the photo shoot go without a hitch except for keeping the rose in place in her mouth.  That took a few tries for her to get used to it.  Don't fret, I did remove the thorns before putting the rose in Lizzie's mouth!  Now that the Valentine photo session is over, I can begin my plans for the next holiday photo shoot with Lizzie!  Lizzie?  Lizzie?  Hey, where did she go?????

 

Happy Valentine's Day from Lizzie!

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) 2016 Februrary Lizzie Valentine's Day bow dog flower green hearts holiday leaves necklace petals pink red rose http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/2/happy-valentines-day Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:27:46 GMT
Fiery Sunrise, Bangor Maine http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/2/fiery-sunrise-bangor-maine On a multi-day assignment in the state of Maine, I stayed overnight at a hotel in the city of Bangor.  The view from my room looked out to a sprawling snow covered forest.  Upon waking up early in the morning and opening the curtains, I was greeted with this amazing sunrise.    Upon first glance it appeared as if the forest was on fire but to my relief that was not the case.  In between the spaces in the clouds the blue sky displayed its subtle colors.  This was a very quiet but awesome event that I hope was seen and experienced by more people than just me.

 

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) Bangor ME Maine black blue clouds dawn landscape morning orange silhouette sky smoke sun sunrise trees http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/2/fiery-sunrise-bangor-maine Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:16:33 GMT
2015 Photo Recap http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/1/2015-photo-recap Happy New Year and welcome to 2016!  Of course this is the time of year when most people want to look ahead to the possibilities that the new year will bring, but in this blog post I'll take one last look back at the images I took in 2015.  Below is a video recapping some of my favorite pics from last year.

 

 

2015 Photo Recap

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) 2015 Oscar Dean favorites images photos recap slideshow video http://oscardean.com/blog/2016/1/2015-photo-recap Fri, 01 Jan 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Photo of the Week #52 - White-throated Sparrow http://oscardean.com/blog/2015/12/canine-cruising The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

As 2015 comes to an end, so does the "Photo of the Week" series as this photo is #52.  Reviewing all of the previous weekly photos is very revealing because I found it to be sort of a visual diary of my experiences during the past year.  A weekly photo project takes a lot of discipline but it's also fun because even I don't know what the next photo will be!  Photo opportunities can present themselves at any time, even in the most unlikely places.

 

My little friend the White-throated sparrow paid a visit on my front porch early in the morning.  He was busy searching for food that was possibly hidden beneath a light dusting of freshly fallen snow.  Fortunately for him (and all of his beaked buddies), food is readily available at the bird feeders that I tirelessly try to keep filled.  If you like to feed birds as I do, I am sure you already know how quickly they can deplete a feeder full of seeds!

 

I shot the photo of this sparrow through the glass of my front door.  He sat there for awhile and didn't fly away.  The perfect moment came when he noticed me and turned his head back and that locked gaze was what I tried to capture.  A few seconds later, he flew off, leaving two tiny footprints in the snow.

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/80 sec at f2.8, ISO 640
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 200mm

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) White-throated sparrow animal beak bird brown eyes feathers gaze porch snow steps tail white winter wood yellow http://oscardean.com/blog/2015/12/canine-cruising Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Photo of the Week #51 - Happy Holidays 2015 http://oscardean.com/blog/2015/12/photo-of-the-week-51---happy-holidays-2015 The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

My Cocker Spaniel named Lizzie is in the holiday spirit as you can see from the photo above.  I created this image and used it as the Christmas card my wife and I sent to family and friends.  With the holiday season upon us, it's time to be with family, reflect on the year that has passed but also to look forward to the year ahead.  We can only hope that 2016 will be filled with peace and harmony throughout the world and less of the tragic incidents that dominated the news over the last 12 months.  My wish is that you will have a joyful celebration of this holiday season with your family and loved ones; and that the coming year brings you health and prosperity.  Happy Holidays from Oscar Dean Photography!

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/60 sec at f5.0, ISO 800
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 55mm

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) Happy Holidays Lizzie Merry Christmas Santa berries dog gold green hat holiday ornament red snowflake sweater white http://oscardean.com/blog/2015/12/photo-of-the-week-51---happy-holidays-2015 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Photo of the Week #50 - Wooden Legs http://oscardean.com/blog/2015/12/photo-of-the-week-50---wooden-legs The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

Back a few months ago in September, I did a "photo hike" through Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, CT.  Some photographs from that day are posted on my website but not this one.  Why am I posting it now?  Well, I was searching through my images looking for something specific for another project when I came across this one.  It is far from being the type of image I was looking for however, seeing it again took me back to the time when I was capturing this image.  As I was walking along the edge of the pond, this fallen tree looked like two long legs outstretched into the water...to me at least!  I guess it's like looking at the clouds, everyone may see something different.  The shapes and colors here were enough to draw me in to take this photo.

 

I set my tripod up on rather precarious uneven ground and used an 11 second shutter speed to smooth out the water which had lots of ripples due to the blowing wind.  I chose my wide angle lens because I was very close to the subject and this lens would give me more flexibility in framing up my composition.  To avoid any camera shake, I used a remote shutter release that allowed me to take the picture without touching the camera and creating blur in the resulting photo.  The wonders of Nature are all around us and if we allow ourselves to become more observant, you will be rewarded with an unlimited view of unique and/or unusual things to enjoy or photograph.

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
11 sec at f14, ISO 100
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM lens set at 22mm

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oscar@oscardean.com (Oscar Dean Photography) Bigelow Hollow State Park CT abstract blue brown legs pond stilts texture tree water wood http://oscardean.com/blog/2015/12/photo-of-the-week-50---wooden-legs Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT