Sunday, November 30, 2008

Carolina Wren


Carolina Wren
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I spent most of my day either sitting the porch waiting for birds to come in, or tromping around in the woods with my brother, Steve.

Fortunately, I was able to get a pretty decent shot of this Carolina Wren. It was so content feeding on the fresh suet that I had just put out that it didn't even mind the fill flash on my camera popping off every few seconds.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Downy Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I have several suet feeders at my house, but don't normally get many woodpeckers. However, the suet log at my Dad's house gets plenty.

Unfortunately due to the season, his feeders are usually back or side-lit most of the day, so lighting each shot tends to be a challenge.

Fill flash is of course the best measure, but tends to limit my time with each bird to only one or two shots at most sense the flash firing scares them away.

This particular shot is still back-lit a little heavier than I would like, but I was able to reflect some natural light back towards the subject with a piece of white poster board. This way I could take multiple images of the birds without scaring them off.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Waxwings-a-Plenty


Cedar Waxwing
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I typically spend my Sundays walking about and taking pictures, but today I thought I'd drive and be a bit lazy. Naturally, I covered a bit more ground, but ended up with even fewer shots to show despite my efforts.

Thankfully, there was a small group of Cedar Waxwings feeding at Sam Parkin's house, and I was able to get a few decent shots. Naturally, at the distance I was shooting it was stretching the capabilities of my current lens. I just can't wait until next year when I get my new 400mm 2.8 lens. Coupled with a 2X converter, it's going to be one mean lens for bird photography.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

White-throated Sparrow


White-throated Sparrow
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I didn't shoot as much as I'd hoped today, but I was able to sneak out to my Dad's house for a few hours this afternoon and snag a few shots at his bird feeders. I was particularly pleased with the coloration of this White-throated Sparrow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

West Virginia Capitol at Night


West Virginia Capitol at Night
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I had high hopes of catching a few good moon shots tonight, but the clouds rolled in earlier than I had expected. But, tonights cool, still, clear air gave me an opportunity to snap a few shots of the state capitol and its reflection in the mighty Kanawha.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Packers Loaded and Ready to Ship


Packers Loaded and Ready to Ship
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Our first system hit the road this afternoon, and should most likely be in the ground within the next few days.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

First System Ready to Go

Packers Plus Energy - Charleston, WV
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

After several hectic weeks of getting the new Packers location in Charleston up and running, we finished our first system today.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cedar Waxwing


Cedar Waxwing
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

The Cedar Waxwings were out in full force today. Despite their playfulness, this was about as close as I could get. A far cry from a great image... but I'll take what I can get considering the equipment and time that I have available to me.

Making Up For Lost Time


Fall Leaves
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

It's feels good to get back behind the lens of my camera. Between training for my new job and guard drills, I haven't had time to shoot very much, and have pretty much blown right through the month of October, missing my favorite time of the year for photography.

I've been trying my best to make due with the time available to me to shoot as much as I could this weekend, and enjoy some of the last colors of fall.