Stephen Kahrs: Blog https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog en-us All images are (C) by Stephen Kahrs and are not to be copied or used without my permission. (Stephen Kahrs) Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:28:00 GMT Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:28:00 GMT https://www.stephenkahrs.com/img/s/v-12/u904599072-o266947911-50.jpg Stephen Kahrs: Blog https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog 80 120 August 01 2020 https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/8/july-25th-2020 Today I am posting some astrophotography images.

Last evening, my camera was sitting in the kitchen and as I was about to put it away in my office when I peeked out the kitchen window and saw the Waxing Gibbous moon shining bright. I decided to seize the opportunity to grab a few images before putting the camera away.

Before shooting the moon though, I saw that both Jupiter and Saturn we trailing in the evening sky right behind the moon.

I'm fascinated with these 2 planets, i think with Jupiter because of the ability to capture the horizontal gaseous brown bands around it's belly and sometimes even the Great Red Spot with just my camera gear. I've also been able to capture up to 3 of it's 79 known moons just with a camera lens in the light polluted confines of my New England back yard.

I'm also keen on Saturn since I first saw the rings through my Aunt Loretta's telescope back in the early 1980's.

Here are a few images of Jupiter and Saturn respectively. Look for the 2 faint moons around Jupiter.

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July 22nd 2020 https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/july-22nd-2020 Intentions are all good and well. When I tackled the blog idea, I intended to post daily in an effort to curb the whole Facebook daily posting phase.

I was sadly mistaken. I'm the type of person who is consistently adding more tasks to my plate. One would think that being in the midst of a pandemic, when people are spending more time at home, there would be more free time. That's not the case with moi. 

I will never be bored!

Here is a small slideshow of a hummingbird who visited the garden a couple of days ago.

 

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(Stephen Kahrs) Hummingbird hummingbirds https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/july-22nd-2020 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:26:29 GMT
13 July 2020 Learning to Fly https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/learning-to-fly Good Morning!

It's been another busy week here at the compound and somehow I was able to fit in a few hours of shooting with a longtime acquaintance. We haven't had a photography excursion in several years and we'd both were looking forward to shooting together again so met up last week at Forrest Park to shoot. The sky was overcast so we opted to postpone the photography and needless to say, we spent the good part of 2 hours just catching up.

We returned to Forrest Park in Longmeadow on Tuesday. My friend introduced me to Duck Pond. Strangely enough, Duck Pond was void of ducks. Except for this mother with her duckling. Despite the heat and oppressive humidity, we sat for some time photographing this pair of Mallards. 

For anyone interested in what gear I used for these images. I am using a Canon 5Ds, a full frame, 50 megapixel DSLR with a Tamron SP 150-600mm G2. But it's not the Camera that makes the image, it's knowing how to use the camera. So get out there and shoot!

Mother Duck

Here Mom was making a lot of noise as she splashed about as she groomed herself. 

Baby Duckling Common Grackle

This male Grackle seemed to be enjoying the water as much as the ducks.

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(Stephen Kahrs) https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/learning-to-fly Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:28:15 GMT
July 9 2020 https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/july-9-2020 Bonjour!

2020 is half over, summer is almost half over, many of us wish ythat 2020 was over, some of us wish 2020 never happened.

As I scroll through my images from this year, I'm coming to realize that 2020 is not turning out to be an iconic year that I'd envisioned for images! Many of my images in the catalog are centered around the abundance of birds we have here at the compound or the flowers that my husband so eagerly looks forward to planting and nurturing all spring. Though I am happy with the abundance of close up bird and flower images, the catalog lacks much in terms of the landscapes and portraits that I was planning to shoot this summer.

The year is moving by fast, but sometimes not fast enough, and we have lost so much ground with Covid 19. I won't get political in the posts but until we have some leadership and people take responsibility, we will continue to slip behind.

I have ventured out a few times this year, in fact I was out on day one of 2020 with my Meetup group photographing the very first sunrise on January 1. That's where I will leave you all today. I leave you with some beautiful sunrise images of what started out as a great year. 

Have a great day....

The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct.

The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct. The spectacular First Sunrise of 2020 as seen from Walnut Beach in Milford,Ct.

 

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(Stephen Kahrs) https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/july-9-2020 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:35:50 GMT
Full Moon https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/full-moon Saturday's Full Moon

Saturday, we were on the Connecticut Shore for the 4th of July, and watched an almost full moon rise. Unfortunately, I didn't have camera gear with me. After returning home I set up shop to photograph the moon about an hour before Full moon at midnight. This images was taken around 11pm or so.

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(Stephen Kahrs) https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/full-moon Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:07:42 GMT
Macro Monday....on Tuesday https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/macro-monday-on-tuesday Dragonfly

This is an Orange Meadowhawk Dragonfly that I came upon after photographing some flowers in the back of our property near the wetlands. As I walked back up the hill towards the house,I stopped to pick a raspberry when I spotted this dragonfly. Fortunately for me I happened to have my macro lens on the camera! I didn't have a tripod or monopod however, so I wasn't able to soot many keeper images but this one turned out nice despite the backlighting from the sun.

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(Stephen Kahrs) https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/macro-monday-on-tuesday Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:58:29 GMT
Birds Galore! https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/birds-galore  Happy 4th of July, Covid 19 style!

 

I didn't post anything yesterday because after an incident in the morning, I wasn't in a good place. As I was pulling the car out of the driveway to go for my morning walk I spotted a Grey Catbird on the side of the road in the grass. I thought that it was eating something and continued on my way but after driving a quarter mile down the road something made me turn back to make sure that it was okay. Sure enough the bird was struggling. I picked it up and it was apparent to me that it probably collided with a car. I pick it up and gave it comfort and it twitched in my hands until it took it's last breath.

Earlier that morning, one of these catbirds were perched on the top rung of a ladder that is currently located outside of the window of my office. it was curiously staring in at my cat Iggy and I for a minute or two. I am almost certain that this was the same bird and I'm sure that it's one of the many that live on our property. 

I buried it in the yard in our own "Pet Sematary" as I felt it was one of our pets.

In honor of that Grey Catbird, today I've decided to post a few bird images for anyone who may have missed them on my Instagram page.
 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

These beautiful birds are frequent visitors to the Cherry Tree outside the 2nd story windows during the early days of June when the cherries begin to ripen. I find that these birds are quite difficult to capture because they rarely stay still and don't usually visit the side of the tree close to the camera.

Red-bellied Woodpecker A male Red-bellied Woodpecker enjoyig sone sour cherries
Grey Catbird
 Cedar Waxwing These, along with the Sparrows, are the easiest to photograph. They have no problem with sitting close and posing for me.

 

American Robin This is a juvenile American Robin. House Sparrow

I hope that you all enjoy todays selection! Have a Happy 4th of July!

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(Stephen Kahrs) Red-bellied Woodpecker woodpecker https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/birds-galore Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:55:27 GMT
Waxing Gibbous Moon https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/sad-sparrow  


Today's image is one that I took of the moon 2 evenings ago before the sun set. 

I have posted a lot of moon images on Facebook and Iinstagram in the past. My primary objective is capturing detail on the moon surface and in this lower contrast image, i find the detail to be pretty fine in my on screen image whch may or may not translate on your screen.

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(Stephen Kahrs) https://www.stephenkahrs.com/blog/2020/7/sad-sparrow Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:28:13 GMT