The Yellow Head Amazon shown here decided that it was time to chew on his human’s shirt.
Is it only I who finds it ironic that the bird is chewing on an image of Tweetie Bird?
All four parrots present seemed to thrive on the attention of the camera, and this bird was no exception. In looking through my collection of over 200 photos from yesterday’s shoot, it’s a rare shot that doesn’t have at least one other parrot peeking into the shot.
The birds’ owner didn’t have two birds who were alike, and I am going through my collection to see about showing each bird at their best, with a focus upon each one.
The next time I hit the Santa Monica Pier, I need to be sure that I get a picture of the entire bird set up that this man has created. Though you can’t see it from the pictures I took, he’s got his stand set up on the back of a bicycle, of all things!
Human creativity truly knows no bounds, and the bond between an animal and it’s human is something wonderful to behold, as these birds appear to truly love him for more than his ability to fill their food bowls.
A lot of people take up stations on the pier, working for donations. In this economy, I can certainly understand trying to make a living by any legal means possible.
I was shooting photos of this cheerful and energetic marimba player and the darkened ocean behind him, when this kid decided he just had to step in and make a spectacle of himself.
I really don’t understand the need of some people to insert themselves into another person’s work. Most people are thoughtful enough to stand out of the way of someone with a camera. At least I use a digital camera, so I didn’t end up wasting film.
He kept it up until I told him that I was going to be posting this on the internet.
See, kid. I kept my promise. I hope the large group of friends who were with you enjoy it!
These three very lovely and visually striking birds were on the Santa Monica Pier with their human, who also had a very personable Double Yellow Head Amazon parrot with him. (The Amazon is shown below)
The Macaws pictured to the left were more than happy to pose for me, and in fact seemed to go out of their way to seem as inviting as possible. As I’ve owned parrots in the past, however, I’ve learned not to be quite so trusting of those sweet, innocent-appearing faces.
Their human was gracious enough to allow me to take several dozen pictures of his avian babies, and I will be posting as many of those photos as soon as possible.
I took a friend of mine who hadn’t been to the ocean in quite some time to the Santa Monica Pier, so she could see what it was all about and I could find more pictures to take. (I’ll be posting several of those over the next few days.)
This little guy is Toby.
He wasn’t too sure what to make of the humans standing around, looming (Pugs aren’t particularly large dogs, but they have enormous bravery), so at first he was a bit woofy about things.
However, after a few pieces of popcorn to steady his nerves, he turned into a little showman and posed for several adorable photos.
To his people, I’ll be posting his pictures to a gallery on another site. Contact me and I’ll send you the link to the site. Just describe yourselves so I’ll know that it’s you.
I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for letting me take pictures of your little guy there. He was a lot of fun and I hope we meet again sometime.
Well, it actually arrived yesterday, but I was out when it did, so the apartment manager had to sign for it and I got in unexpectedly late, thus I had to pick it up this morning in his office.
Of course, he had to see what the fuss was all about, and we both had a good giggle over the size of the outer box used to transport the equipment, versus the much smaller inner box that actually carried the lens and hood that I had ordered.
It was like housing an egg in a Volkswagen Bug.
I couldn’t wait for my first opportunity to use the new lens. I itched to be able to find just the right situation to take the first photograph.
So, after that, I headed out to a friend’s place to take care of some stuff for her and brought my camera and my new lens along, as well as the magnification filters I’d recently purchased to go with this particular lens. (My other lenses are 67mm while the new one is 52mm — so they don’t mesh well.)
After I took care of my friend’s stuff, I walked around a bit and took some pictures. I was able to get in further than I had before, but not quite as far as I’d really like. I’ve included an example to the left of a Bougainvillea. You can see an earlier example of this plant (with my 18-105mm lens) in a previous post.
The greater detail of the center of the Bougainvillea flower is there, but I’m looking for something even more detailed, so I’m having to seriously consider extension tubes.
Now, I know that there are a few companies who put them out, but seem to be finding a difference of opinion on how they perform. Some are downright effusive in their love for this equipment, while others bring attention to potential physical issues with certain brands and with caveats as to particular care that must be taken when using them. Of course, especial care must always be taken of photographic equipment, as most of us cannot afford to replace an item at the drop of a hat, particularly with the cost of such equipment.
The best spoken of off-brand (meaning Not Nikon) is Kenko, but their extension tube set (3 sections of varying length) begins at about $169.00, if you’re going with a site like B&H Photo or Amazon. I’ve taken a look at eBay, but I’m just not comfortable dealing with eBay for a purchase such as this. Too many variables to consider and the strong possibility of counterfeit items. Plus, I prefer to support American businesses, since I live in the States.
As I’ve said before, I’ll keep you posted on this particular adventure of mine. While I do have the money to purchase such a set, I can’t really justify doing so at this time.
Damn this whole conscience thing, anyway!
I guess some explanation is in order.
We have a weekly Farmers’ Market at Pershing Square here in downtown Los Angeles every Wednesday afternoon from 11am to about 2pm.
It runs the gamut from food to flowers to jewelery and other gewgaws. I really like it.
When I got my camera, I just had to pay a visit, and when I met the very nice Japanese gentleman with the flowers (especially with the orchids that I love so very much), I had to keep coming back.
As I explained to him, taking a picture of an orchid is a much better thing for me to do, as if I were to try to take one home to keep, it’d very likely die. With a photograph, however, I can continue to enjoy the beauty of the flower for many years to come.
I’m not sure how much he understands of what I’ve said to him, but he’s very patient with my dawdling in his tent, camera held to my eye as I bend down close to his gloriously perfect flowers, taking multiple bursts of photographs in the dim light of his metal and cloth storefront.
I was checking out my +10 magnification filter when I got this picture. I turned it upside down and saw it as an eerie Mardi Gras mask. It was just so operatic looking and so very haunting.
I pulled it up in Adobe Elements 8 and used the Rendering tool to give it the special Light effect in the Omni setting. It gave a very nice glow to the picture and enhanced the eeriness of the photograph even further.
I’m very much looking forward to printing and framing this very special photograph.
This is a common view around my house.
Our big male Tabby has a habit of putting himself right in the middle of whatever it is you’re doing. I haven’t yet decided if it’s just honest curiosity, or if he’s actually horrified at whatever it is I’m doing at the time — and do I really want to know the answer to that question.
The story behind this picture:
This was cropped from a different picture and then in Adobe Elements 8, I used the Dry Brush tool to turn this from a photograph into the illusion of a painting.
Don’t let these wide innocent eyes fool you. This little girl is all about fun and a whole lot of mischief!
She’s also been known to fetch plastic. She will bring you a piece of plastic (her favorite toy is the wrapper from a roll of quarters) and you are expected to throw it, so she can chase after it, grab it and bring it back to you for more fun.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
This little creature follows me everywhere and has to know exactly what it is I’m doing at all times. She even likes to pose when I’ve got the camera out, as you can see.
While Ms Isis had an incredibly creative and beautiful top for her mortarboard, the gemmed clip that held her hair was lovely as well.
I’d really like to thank her for putting up with the crazy lady with the camera who was all about snapping pictures.
And if she hasn’t told you yet, Isis, I’ve told your Mom where I’ve put the gallery of pictures from your graduation. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
It was a real pleasure meeting you.