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Ducklings, Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara

My next photography class here at Brooks is…. Nature Photography! So, prepare yourself for pictures of… well… nature and animals.

Before every session, we have an assignment called “prep week”, or preparation week, preparing yourself for the next class. Usually it involves research of some sort, but this time it consists of going around to 4 predetermined locations and shooting a “wide” shot (showing the location) and a “detail” shot (any sort of, well, detail). I decided to knock one out today, so I headed over to Andree Clark Bird Refuge.

Here are my two shots. I know, I know, my wide shot isn’t exactly spectacular but you’ll love my detail one!

Adorable ducklings! Ah, my heart melted. Of course, momma duck was sitting very close by, eyeing me as I attempted to sneak in closer and closer… until a chihuahua walked on past and they disappeared into the bushes and water.

Canon 7D
Canon 100mm 2.8
Canon 17-40mm 4.0 (perpetually stuck at, I believe, 17mm — yes, it needs to be repaired).

Photos taken at around 4:30PM.


Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve jumped on the Twitter bandwagon after reading so many great articles… and created two accounts: one for myself and one for our business, Black Swan Imagery! So here’s a few links to check out if you have the time:


Twitter:ย (me!)

Any and all retweets or mentions are very welcome, as we are trying to expand our social networking!

Check back in a few days for TONS of new posts… end of the school session means all of my files are finally processed and ready to go.

Patricia Burk - Sarah,
Enjoy your photos!!!!
Love to you.
Mrs. B

Spring time!

What a better reminder that spring is here than… spring flowers! Thank you honey ๐Ÿ™‚

Canon 7D,ย 100mm 2.8

blue - so sweet of him! i need to get better at hinting at mine that flowers would be nice ๐Ÿ˜›

Elderly Pets – Rottweiler

More animal portraits… I’m on a roll! This is Hannah, my 11 year old Rottweiler (mix) dog. We’re not sure what breed she is mixed with… when she bought her, the seller promised us that she was full-Rott, but as she grew up, we realized she didn’t really look like it. We’re thinking part German Sheperd or something, right? Anyway, we bought her before I got into 5th grade and I absolutely fell in love with her. She’s definitely calmed down a bunch from when she was younger; I remember tons and tons of holes in my shirts when she was teething. She’s actually fairly old for a large dog — I hear most large dogs only live to about 10 years!

Now she has a hard time getting up off of the floor unless there’s carpet or a rug on the floor for her feet to grip into. She hobbles around the house and her eyes look a bit cloudy and her sense of smell is a little faded. We give her mostly vegetable and fruit snacks but we still spoil her with some human food, mostly rice.

She manages to look alive whenever there’s food around… or when she wants you to pet her (which is often).

She looks fairly young in the last shot, which makes me happy. I hope she lives a long, long time!

Kat - LOL why’s she licking the carpet!? xD

Such a cutie! Always smushed my foot by sitting on it in the entryway ahaha. Pet her lots for me!

blue - Aww she is the cutest! I could see you two cuddling up all day ๐Ÿ™‚

Hummingbird Nest

So my friend Kat (from the previous post) has a hummingbird in her backyard… with a nest! Of course I had to get out there and take a few shots. Unfortunately the mother bird was flying around so I couldn’t get in to take a picture of the two eggs — just in case she became alarmed and abandoned them.

And just to show you HOW LARGE the Canon 7D files are… here’s a crop of the image at 100%.

Look how sharp that is! I absolutely love the 100mm ๐Ÿ™‚

Kat - !!!!!!!!!

LOVE the detail shot at 100%!! That’s just amazing!!!!

Isn’t she cuuuuute ^^ Checked up on her again today. Still happily perched in her spot! Love it!! ๐Ÿ˜€