Spring

This Week at the Lake – 18/52

Moving right along! Week 18 already….

I visited Radnor Lake on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Monday I was off work, so I took the kids to the zoo, after which we picked my wife up from work and headed to the lake. My son loves riding his bike so we brought it with us:

The kids enjoyed themselves, we were able to find deer, squirrels, birds, turtles and we even saw a couple owls!

On Tuesday I stopped by before heading to work. Along the path I found a fawn with, I presume, her mother

Heading back to the car, I got a flower shot. A Rose of Sharon, growing near the house on the dam walkway

The next day I again got to go before work. Arriving at 6 am I wandered up to the spillway bridge to take in the view of the lake from there. Noticed this Lightning Bug on the bridge railing

That’s some major depth of focus! Achieved by using a long focal length (180mm) and a wide open aperture (f2.8)

Further down the path I got another black and white deer portrait

This deer was walking along the path with everyone else!

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This Week at the Lake – 8/52

This Week at the Lake 8/52
Camera: Canon Xsi
Lens : Canon 70-200 2.8L
Exposure: 1/160
Aperture: f2.8
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100

For more information on my 52 week project at Radnor Lake, see my first blog entry about it called This Week at the Lake – 7/52

The above shot was taken Thursday morning, before work. I got there at about 6:30 am and walked a little of the trails. There were several deer down in the water and I got a few shots but this one was the best I think. If you look close, you can see it was a buck!

Also from the same morning:

Camera: Canon Xsi
Lens : Canon 70-200 2.8L
Exposure: 1/125
Aperture: f2.8
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100
It’s funny because when you carry around a large lens, everyone you see on the trail feels like they need to tell you everything they saw (not really a bad thing I guess). I was heading back and I passed a lady who told me about a wood duck sitting on a log. These wood duck are so hard to get close to. I left the trail (which is not allowed at Radnor) and got as close as I could. Got a few shots and he flew off. I would love to be able to find a good sitting spot off the trail one day and just spend some time there.


Camera: Canon Xsi
Lens : Canon 70-200 2.8L
Exposure: 1/125
Aperture: f2.8
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 800
I’m not real happy by the way this turned out but I liked the idea. I wanted him to stop and look at me but while I was trying to get these shots a group ladies came power walking by and the deer ran off.
There are still plenty of wildflowers blooming all around Radnor Lake. On the way back to the car I grabbed these:

Also last week I visited Monday morning. It was still raining off and on then and the sky was very dark and stormy so I didn’t stay long:

Camera: Canon Xsi
Lens : Canon 28-135 3.5-5.6
Exposure: 3 exposure HDR (1/200, 1/50, 1/13)
Aperture: f9
Focal Length: 28 mm
ISO Speed: 100

This was taken Monday morning also. The wind was blowing too much for HDR, so I did some “Orton” processing on it and I thought it looked cool

Camera: Canon Xsi
Lens : Canon 28-135 3.5-5.6
Exposure: 3 exposure HDR (1/5, .8, 3.2)
Aperture: f8
Focal Length: 135 mm
ISO Speed: 100

By Friday, I needed a lunch break at the lake. Stopped by and caught this deer in the water:

Camera: Canon Xsi
Lens : Canon 70-200 2.8L
Exposure: 1/400
Aperture: f2.8
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 100