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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016 Score: Mosquitoes - 1, Kathy - 0

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on August 14, 2016 Blog | Homepage_front_4 | No comments
Perseid Meteor Shower 2016 Score: Mosquitoes - 1, Kathy - 0

August 12, 2016 was the second day of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Having missed shooting the first day (shame on me), I decided to gather up my equipment and set up a shoot on Aug 12th. Lounge chair? Check! Camera & tripod? Check! Extension cord for external camera power? Check! and so it went. The moon set at 1 AM, so I had some time to get things set up and to experiment with different settings to try to get those stars in focus. After trying my fixed 35mm 1.8 lens – which worked great gathering the light and reducing noise, I decided that I really needed a larger field of vision in order to maximize the chance of catching a meteor. I switched to my 11-16mm 2.8 lens, and bumped up the ISO to 400. About this time, those mosquitoes found me! It is monsoon season here in Arizona, […]

The Setting of the Moon aka - what to do when you can't sleep

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on July 19, 2016 Blog | Homepage_front_4 | No comments
The Setting of the Moon aka - what to do when you can't sleep

Unable to sleep, I got up and wandered out into the living room early this morning, only to find a beautiful full moon setting behind the remnant clouds from last night’s monsoon storm. So, what does one do when they see this? Grab a camera of course! When the moon is near the horizon, it appears that the rate it sets at speeds up, so you’d better be quick about that photograph. I missed the full moon, but caught this one as it was dipping below the horizon.

Newspaper’s Destructive Power Even the best of intentions could cause deterioration

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on July 16, 2016 Blog | Homepage_front_4 | No comments
Newspaper’s Destructive Power Even the best of intentions could cause deterioration

The Destructive Power of Newspaper! Published by George G. Morgan http://www.ancestry.com Photographs capture our lives, and those of our ancestors. They are fun to look back upon, to relive the past, and learn about our own heritage. Unfortunately, photographs, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia, if not stored properly will deteriorate, and history will be lost. Even those with the best of intentions could, unknowingly cause deterioration of their precious heritage. For example, did you know that having a photograph and a newspaper clipping on the same page in a scrapbook can cause the photograph to deteriorate? The following is an excerpt from a wonderful article written by George G. Morgan. For the full transcript, please see http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=5318. Never underestimate the power of the newspaper. A newspaper can destroy people’s lives. At, least, it can certainly destroy details about their lives. George can testify to this fact. George received a package […]

The Hawk Family – Part 3 Boy do they grow fast !

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on May 10, 2016 Blog | No comments
The Hawk Family – Part 3 Boy do they grow fast !

  It has been 6 days since I last photographed the family of Ferruginous Hawks that live just down the road a bit, and boy are they growing!   From a distance, I thought that the adults were in the nest; but upon further investigation (thanks to a long zoom lens) it was clear that the young ones are still in the nest.   A few facts about Ferruginous Hawks: Often referred to as Buteos, they are large birds.  The Ferruginous Hawk is the largest Bueto Hawks. The typical adult weights 2.6 pounds, while mature females can exceed 4.4 pounds. They breed in pairs, and may mate for life. Once the fledgling stage is reached, the female does most of the hunting. I have an itch!   This hawk had an itch on his chin, and scratched and scratched at it.  I grabbed this shot as one can really see the […]

The Hawk Family – Part 2 A Lot Happens In A Week

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on April 29, 2016 Blog | No comments
The Hawk Family – Part 2 A Lot Happens In A Week

It has been a week since I took the first photographs of the Ferruginous Hawk family that has taken up home in a water tower,  just a few minutes down the road from my house, so I thought it was time to pop over and see how they are doing.    The three were up and about this morning, and boy have they grown in a week! Now I don’t know how old these eyeas (the baby chicks) actually are.   A bit of research tells me that they are at least 4 weeks old, because the female will brood the young for the first three weeks while the male provides food for the family.  After that, both parents hunt.   Since both parents are now  hunting, I assume that they must be at least 4 weeks old now.    Apparently the young begin leaving the nest at approximately 38 days old – so […]

The Hawk Family Ferruginous Hawks in Arizona

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on April 27, 2016 Blog | No comments
The Hawk Family Ferruginous Hawks in Arizona

The other day as I was driving through some farm land on the way home from a photography class, a friend and I noticed a water tower sitting at an intersection.   My friend pointed out a nest way up high, just underneath the reservoir itself.    Of course, my long zoom lens was at home so we thought maybe someone was in the nest, but couldn’t be sure.      So…. what does an inquiring mind do?  Go home, get the long lens and go back to the nest!   Later that day…  with the long lens in hand, a trio of baby hawks could be seen. For a long time, all I could see was the tops of their little fuzzy heads.  But, soon one woke up and started moving around.    After some stretching, he hopped up and soaked in some sunshine.   He obviously was hungry – but unfortunately […]

Arizona Monsoons ...and the thunder rolls ....

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on April 21, 2016 Blog | No comments
Arizona Monsoons ...and the thunder rolls ....

When the humidity rises to uncomfortable levels, the wind picks up and clouds start rolling in.   The monsoon season has arrived. Monsoon season runs from mid-June through September.   In the summer, the winds in Arizona shift from westerly to southeasterly, bringing moisture from the Gulfs of Mexico and California.  This wind shift and increase in moisture combine with the surface low pressure from the desert heat to produce storms with heavy rain.  Before the rain, this wind shift can trigger dust storms known as haboobs – walls of dust several hundred feet high.  The shot to the left was taken from my back porch.  In a matter of minutes, we were completely engulfed in dust.   Arizona receives over half of its annual rainfall (12 inches per year) during the monsoon season.   Downpours often do not last very long, but the rainfall is very heavy.  Quite often, a monsoon storm […]

15 Tips for Shooting Great Photos Using your Smartphone Camera

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on April 20, 2016 Blog | No comments
15 Tips for Shooting Great Photos Using your Smartphone Camera

Mobile photography, smartphone photography, iPhoneography.  Taking great pictures with the camera on your phone has become a thing now.   From fabulous Instagram photos to works of art that hang in galleries, smartphone cameras have come a long way.  So, how do you maximize the quality of the photos taken with your smartphone? 1.   Toss the Stock Camera App To gain better control over the photos your camera phone takes, ditch the stock camera app in lieu of one helps you control the focus and exposure.   Many apps offer a manual or pro mode which provide features like burst mode shooting, and exposure lock.    Find an app that allows you to control basic things like contrast, white balance, color saturation and brightness. To get you started, check out this list of apps for the iPhone, or this similar list for Android.   2.   Learn to Use Your Camera Software Now […]

Blue and More Blue Focusing on Blue Abstract Photography

Posted by: Kathleen Prince on April 19, 2016 Blog | No comments
Blue and More Blue Focusing on Blue Abstract Photography

Do you love the color blue?   Well, I sure do!    So, when my photo club chose the color blue for one of its’ recent assignments I was in heaven.   Until I headed out into the world and realized how difficult it actually was to find blue items to photograph.   One can only take so many photos of the sky.  So, as the date of the assignment grew closer, I realized I would have to move indoors and play with still-life type photos, where I could control the colors myself. Water has always fascinated me, so I naturally gravitated there to start my project.  I found an old golf-ball, a blue sharpie – and voila!  Blue golf ball.     Camera on tripod?  Check!  Glass of water set up in a pan?  Check!  Background set and protected from splashes.  Check!   Remote trigger for the camera?  Check.   Ok – off we go!    I dropped […]