Los Angeles River after a storm

Los Angeles River after a winter rain.
  Los Angeles River after a winter rain, color version.


Took a nature walk after work today down to the good ol' Los Angeles River/Catheter. Brought along my new Hoya nine-stop neutral density filter to see how it worked -- as the river was finally flowing at more than a trickle. 


Sammy's latest portrait



If you take your dog to the park, bring your camera. Never miss a chance to practice shooting! 


Look ma, no wings!: how to take photos of finches in flight




 



Busy weekend at my finch feeder. I have more than my share of the finches sitting in nearby branches or at the feeder so I thought it was time to man up and get some bird-in-flight pics.


Mule deer in Franklin Canyon

A mule deer in Franklin Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.

A mule deer in Franklin Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains above L.A. 

I could have cropped it, but I like the composition as is. Sky, brush, deer. Simple. 

Taken with my Nikon D5100 and Nikon 70-300mm telephoto lens -- a great telephoto for DX cameras that I bought used for $450 from B&H last year. On cropped sensor cameras such as the D5100, the telephoto actually has a reach of 105mm to 450mm. 

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--S.H. 

All photos above are ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved.

Rufous hummingbird changing his colors


3:49:59 p.m. last Saturday

 

3:50:19 p.m. last Saturday Same Rufous hummingbird, the two photos taken 20 seconds apart. Click on the photos to see a larger version. 

It wasn't until I was processing the photos that I realized that the color of the feathers around the hummingbird's neck had changed.

At first I thought perhaps the photos were of two different birds. But then I went back and looked at the sequence of 16 shots I took and realized it was the same bird, an adult male (I think). 

As it turns out, hummingbirds can change the color of those feathers -- called a gorget -- by flashing them. Cool! 

The photos were taken with my Nikon D5100 and Nikon 70-300mm telephoto lens at 300mm, ISO 400, f/5.6 and 1/400 shutter speed. They were shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4. 

Please feel free to check out my SmugMug site for all my work. For prints and licensing info on any of the above photos, please hit the "see larger" link and then go to "buy." 

--S.H.




All photos above are ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved.

Jesus van for sale



Something a little different today. Grabbed this shot near Debs Park in L.A. last year. As vans go, it's a nice one! 

 --S.H.

All photos above are ©Steve Hymon and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission. All rights reserved.

Finchapalooza in my backyard



 




I got a finch feeder for Christmas. Birds are all over the feeder, but the real benefit is that birds first hang out in an apple tree near the feeder -- and the apple tree is much more photogenic. 


Los Angeles skyline at sunset, part 3



Downtown Los Angeles skyline at sunset as seen from Elysian Park, black and white version.


I took the above pair in Elysian Park on Friday evening -- I haven't been able to get out of town much lately, so I've been scouting some urban landscapes. This vantage point is certainly better than the one I posted the other day and provides a more encompassing view than this one in the heart of downtown with a much closer view.

Confluence of Los Angeles River & Arroyo Seco



What is this? The big clutter that is northeast Los Angeles and beyond, as seen from Elysian Park on the north end of downtown L.A. Immediately below is the Los Angeles River and the confluence with one its main tributaries, the Arroyo Seco. 

The 110 freeway crosses the river on the green bridges and then passes beneath the 5 freeway. Mt. Washington rises beyond. And the purplish mountains in the distance? Those are the mighty San Gabriel Mountains that loom over Southern California -- rising to 10,069 feet atop Mt. Baldy, meaning there's a remarkable 10,069-foot range in elevations in L.A. County.


Los Angeles City Hall at night




Los Angeles City Hall, two very different views.

Photography lesson: the Los Angeles skyline and getting exposure right



I thought this would be an interesting photo to discuss. First, please click here to see a larger version of the photo and after the jump I'll talk about what I could have done better. 


Squirrelography





 
Squirrels are great. They're everywhere, they're bold and they're not terribly camera shy -- good subjects to practice focusing on!