Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Moving Day!




Hi folks -- I've combined my three blogs and moved them over to my own website. So if you want to keep up on what I've discovered in urban nature, gardening, field-to-table food, come to my writing & photos over at patanderson.net .

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Birdy weekend!

Along with sunny days come migratory birds! My backyard is certainly attracting them. They like to have places to perch. In addition to the fence, they've got the sand cherry standard and the elderberry. They like to scratch the soil for insects. They've got a garden free of pesticides for that. They like to have baths and drinks of water. My water cascade definitely provides that! I had three species of warblers at the same time in it on the weekend: it looked like a bird convention (hmm... a parliament of fowls?).


I was very glad to have the long lens to take their pictures. I did have to raise the ISO to 800, which resulted in somewhat grainy images, due to the shade in my yard from surrounding trees and the speed at which these birds move. If they were slower seed eaters, I could have gotten by with an ISO of 200; as it was, 800 wasn't enough to stop the motion of the black-throated blue warbler, who is rather blurry in my shots. 


I take as many pictures as I can, and sort through them later. Sunday I shot 320 pictures. Definitely got some good shots. Lots of pictures over in my Backyard Birds folder on Flickr.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sold!

My image of the golden pear will be appearing in an iPad app in the near future. I've sold its non-exclusive use to Grocio.com.

I should take advantage of the crummy weather today and update my website.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Linked in

I'm exploring all the professional groups associated with photography through Linked In, and found a group for members of the North American Nature Photography Association, which led me to the association's website.

There's some truly inspirational nature photography on their 2010 Member Showcase.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bird migration season

Last week I bought myself a long zoom: 125-400mm.
I'm practicing with it on birds in my backyard, and posting some of the results at my Flickr account.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Standing up for what you believe in

I'm on Flickr under two separate accounts. On one of them, I had posted a photo of a polychromatic wood sculpture of Joan of Arc that I found on my travels. Recently it was given an award by someone, together with the information about the Flickr group that I could also post the image to. I joined the group, posted the image, and then read the group information. What I read runs counter to my ethics; I removed the image, quit the group, and posted about why I was refusing the "honour."

Yes, I want a large audience for my images, and want to spread info around about them. But I cannot use, and will not permit my images to be used, to support ideologies and beliefs to which I am ultimately opposed.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Someone to watch

Ranjit does beautiful things with a scanner and fresh farmers' market produce.
Some of my favorites:
eggs and radishes
greens and onions
tomato, mushrooms & greens
alliums

And he photographs, too:
Death Valley