I start thinking about the birds around this time every year when my Christmas Card comes to mind. My attention wanes during the spring and summer when I am more focused on what we’re growing here and of course the beach and the sound which are always uppermost in my mind.
I use a photograph of a Cardinal on my Christmas Card every year which I send to old friends and clients and what bird better conveys the holiday season than a male Northern Cardinal in his new red suit. These guys are my choice for this year. They were braving the cold snap in a bare River Birch Tree here on the farm. I caught them with a Nikon D7100 coupled to a Nikon 70-300 mm lens which on the small sensor D7100 is the equivalent of a 400 mm plenty of power to bring him up close and personal. My cards won’t go out until the second week of December but for all of you, an early peek.
Need I say this photograph and the entire collection of Cardinals and hundreds of other shots are available for cards or prints or framed shots etc via my web site. Just click on “John Harding Art Prints” and off you go.
Dawn breaks over one of the cotton fields here. This was a good year for cotton in coastal North Carolina thanks to the unusually wet weather over the summer and the heat.
I shot this with a Nikon D800E Camera using a 24-120 f/4 lens. The D800E has jaw dropping resolution thanks to its 36 mp sensor and the disablement of a low pass filter which increases sharpness measurably. I was blown away by the detail in the low light of the early morning. As with most things electronic these days, the D800E has already been replaced by the next big thin, the D810, but most of the improvements are in the video side of the camera which I never use so I suspect the D800E will be in my bag for a long time to come.
A word about the ads WordPress is now selling and plastering on individual blogs. I don’t mind them putting static ads on my site but I think video ads are obtrusive and detract from the blog which I’m sure is exactly the idea. Anyway, it does not sit well with me. I’m going to look into creating my own site and getting rid of WordPress and its ads. If I move on, I will give lots of notice and give all of you who are nice enough to drop by, my forwarding address.
A very, overcast morning on the beach except for one or two degrees above the horizon. I had maybe a two or three minute window to get this before the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Nikon D600 with a 300mm lens. Ya’ll have a good Sunday.
I came across this while reviewing files on one of my external drives. I don’t post many black and whites on the blog because most people prefer color but I think monochrome does amplify tones and contrast that often are smothered by color and represents a nice change of pace.
This was shot on the beach either at Kitty Hawk or Southern Shores (there’s no sign when going from one locality to another on the beach) in December of 2012. I remember having purchased a couple of rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400 to take with me that weekend to scratch a persistent itch I had been having to shoot some film. I shot it with my Nikon F-100 which along with my old Nikon F3 is probably among the best made cameras I have ever owned. The lens was a 20mm prime. As it turned out, the first day was quite quite overcast with the cloud layer stretching down the beach to infinity. Black and white turned out to be the perfect vehicle for the day.
There was a time when one could buy 35mm film routinely in drug stores. No more but the big photo stores on line still sell it along with processing mailers. Remember those.
I apologize for the spotty posts of late but have been very busy which on my side of it, is not a bad thing. Have a great evening.
Sea Oats along the Dunes at Southern Shores at Sunrise. One the sun is up 5 degrees or so, it becomes very hot to handle so I used a neutral density filter to reduce the light along with an 812 warming filter. I’ve had the warming filter since the 70′s and the film days but its also quite useful on a digital shot. These days, of course, one can certainly add this effect in post processing but I prefer the old way. I’m entitled. I’m old. Nikon D600. 18-35mm.