MM2-1 “Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special”~Margo Nickel

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I’m going to participate in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 52 project this year. I’m a little apprehensive, and unsure if I’ll be able to complete all 52 weeks, and produce good work, but I’m going to try!

Yesterday a photographer friend of mine Dali, a colleague of his, and myself went up north to San Rafael, CAto photograph the last Frank Lloyd Wright commissioned building before heading to San Francisco for the Chinese New Year Parade.

The building is the Marin County Civic Center building. I was shooting the escalator when this woman came down the stairs so, I quickly recomposed to make this image.

Need to work on: I wish I had slowed the shutter speed down just a touch slower though. I wanted her to have a bit more motion blur showing movement. I’ll have to practice more street photography to get better at ICM and people blur.

"Whenever you wear a hat, your day will be special."~Margo Nicke

I have a few more images from the Marin County Civic Center Building, and lots from the Chinese New Year Parade I’ll be sharing soon.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra Fast Speed Digital Film| Hand-held| developed in CS6 and Nik Suite’s Silver Efex Pro 2

More to come…

A Birthday Prince

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Jaxon and Mommy on his 1st BirthdayMy first Grandchild turned 1-year-old yesterday. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. It seems like it was yesterday he was born.

Jaxon's BirthdayThe changes have been surprising, and awesome to behold…

1 month

Jaxon in Red Blanket2 months

Jaxon Out-take3 months

Jaxon 12 weeks old4 months with Uncle…he smiles, and laughs now!

20130429_Jaxon and Seth_9272v15 months

Just bathed6 months

20130618_3436 Jaxon sleeping in basket crop7 months looking more toddler  and boy like each day…

Jaxon at the park_64398 months

Jaxon quick pic9 months Photo courtesy of Allison Zajac.

20130927_iphone 3gs photos and videos_221910 months

The letters I and J11 months

Allie and Jaxon black and white1-year-old

Jaxon and Daddy on his 1st BirthdayI feel so blessed to see him everyday. He’s starting to walk, taking up to 12 steps at a time now, and real words should be coming soon too. I am looking forward to seeing the changes, and the look of wonder and awe on his face as he discovers more of his world.

Nikon D700

 

American Goldfinch-Female

Says Phoebe, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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This is a flittly little bird…though quite common here in Northern California.

I got this ID wrong. Thank you Shari, and Rainey for the correction!

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 80-400mm @ 400mm| 1/500 sec| f/8| ISO 320| Aperture Priority| Hand-held

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

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The bridge has new lights! It’s a temporary art piece by Artist Leo Villareal. I went up to the city with a group of photographers to photograph it. It is pretty. I’m planning to photograph it again while the lights are still up.

For more information about the artist, and lights:
“The Bay Lights is an iconic light sculpture designed by world-renowned artist Leo Villareal. This stunning fine arts experience will shine from dusk until 2:00 a.m. on the San Francisco Bay Bridge West Span from March 5, 2013 through 2015. ” ~ The Bay Lights Project
thebaylights.org/

Nikon D700| Nikkor 17-35 @ 17mm| f/16| 13 seconds| ISO 160| Manual Priority| Tripod|

 

Western Kingbird

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Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac.  All Rights Reserved.

My friend Dali and I went on a hike in Pinnacles National Park last week, and on the way home we drove through one of the places we have seen Golden Eagles, and we’ve heard there is a pair of Bald Eagles that hunt here too.

We saw one Golden Eagle, but no Bald Eagles on this drive, but I did see a Bobcat. He was  close to the road, and I tried so hard to get a shot, but my camera wouldn’t focus as he was in the shade under a huge Oak tree, and this lens needs a lot more light to grab focus fast. In the nano seconds it took me to get lock focus we spooked the Bobcat and he took off. I saw it though. I’ll never forget it. He was a beauty. I am hoping he’s territorial and will be in that area again. I’ll be making the trip over there again soon.

While driving I spotted this little bird. He’s a first for me too. I’m so excited to see him. Isn’t this a pretty pose? I couldn’t wait to get home and look through my National Geographic Book of Birds of North America to find out what breed he is.
I’m pretty sure this is a Western Kingbird. What do you think am I right?

I had another first on this drive…Dali spotted an American Badger and he too posed for us. I’ll be sharing a photo of it soon.

Nikon D700|Nikkor 70-300mm @300mm|f8| 1/640 sec| ISO 640| Manual Mode| Hand-held

Pheasant Under Grass

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Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

This is my first Pheasant capture! A couple of friends and I were shooting with a Meet-up group in Solano County and were on the way back  from lunch when one of my companions noticed him. I was shooting from a car window, and didn’t think anything would be very good, but was thrilled to see this shot would be a keeper. I love his coloring, wing patterns, and long tail. Even though he’s sort of camouflaged in the grass I’m thrilled  that I was able to capture a  photo of him in his natural habitat.  He darted behind a knoll just after this shot. I didn’t see him again.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 70-300 @ 300| f5.6| 1/1600 sec| Iso 500| Manual Mode| Hand-held

Wishing a bright and happy Christmas to you all and those you love!

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Nikon D700| Nikkor 17-35 @ 35mm | f.3.5| 0.3 seconds| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Tripod

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