Pink Roses


Beauty, like supreme dominion, is but supported by opinion.”

– Benjamin Franklin, 1741.

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Summer Colors

Here are some flowers from our little garden.  I really like these kind of flowers that open up flat like this.  They look like starbursts.

Photos taken with the Fuji X10 in super-macro mode.

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Tonight’s Moon

I have been taking many test shots with the D2X in order to get used to it and to fine tune the settings as well.

Tonight, i took on the moon.


Photo taken with the Nikon D2x and Nikkor 70-300 VR G.  SHot at f/8, 1/320, spot metering, ISO 400, 300mm and -0.7 step.

I’m getting there.

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Stalking A Cardinal

It’s been hard to get a decent photograph of the Cardinal that frequents our backyard, but i finally got him!

I noticed that he and Mrs. Cardinal were flying around at the back, so i went and attached my 50-230mm to my X-Pro1 in the hopes of photographing at least one of them.

He does not stay still for very long and i needed him to do so in order to get a decent photo of him.

Maybe he was “listening” to me, because he stood still on top of the fence just long enough.


Photo taken with my X-Pro1 & XC 50-230mm.  Shot at f/6.7, ISO 3200, 1/25s at 230mm.  Thanks for not moving a muscle for a few seconds.

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Little Creatures

When i can, i take the time to sit on my balcony and enjoy the peace and quiet (well, quieter then some places) of a Sunday afternoon.

It’s nice to look up into the sky and see all the different cloud formations and see if there are any aircraft flying by, only to wish being on one of them.

Looking around the trees and flowers in my backyard, there is also plenty of activity to be spotted.  Bees, butterflies, birds, squirrels, etc.  Watching nature at work is pleasant on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

This squirrel was amusing to watch.  He started to eat this apple while he was hanging onto the side of the telegraph pole.  At one point, he dropped the apple.  So, he had to go all the way back down to the ground and retrieve it.

Once he got to the ground, he was very thorough in getting back the apple that he had dropped.  He inspected 2-3 apples before he came across the one that he had been munching on minutes before.

Once he retrieved his apple, he made his way to the top of the telegraph pole and finished eating.


For the first time, i was able to take a photo of a hummingbird.  It was flying around among these “trumpet” flowers, going to each one and putting his beak inside.

Being on the balcony, i must have been about 25-30 feet away with my camera.  Thanks to the 50-230mm, i was able to get some decent shots, but i did have to crop them a bit.


I will certainly be looking out for hummingbirds from here on out.

Thanks for looking.

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Backyard Birds

It was another beautiful day here in Montreal, one that you could not resist by sitting inside all day.

I took my daughter to the park and then once home, took a seat on the balcony to enjoy the warm weather.


We both sat on the balcony, watching the various birds come to visit the backyard.  They used to be easier to photograph; but since my neighbor at the back decided to cut down most of the small trees along the fence, the birds are now stopping on trees further away.


I certainly don’t have the best lens to do bird photography with, even at 230mm.  Unless i am really close to the birds, i always have to crop the photos.

In my opinion, the minimum focal length suitable for good birding photography, is 400mm.


During the afternoon, i was able to catch a few Starlings pecking through the grass.  I was also able to get some closer shots of the Cardinal.


My daughter really likes birds, so it was nice to take these photographs with her and show her the photos afterwards.


Thanks for looking.

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