Snowy Frigid Ohio Morning
Sunrise at 5°F -15°C   —   Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/125 sec, f/7.1, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Sunrise at 5°F
-15°C   —   Rootstown, Ohio, USA

It's pretty chilly this morning here in Ohio, about 5°F (−15°C), with about 8" (20cm) of recent snow. It's not all that bad by Ohio standards, but it's been 30 years since I lived here, and Kyoto rarely gets much below freezing. Then again, it was only two years ago that I visited Ohio when it was -10°F (-23°C), so I guess today isn't so bad.

I woke up with the light, and it looked so pretty and calm outside that I had to run out with the camera. I only have one lens with me on this trip, a Nikkor 24-70/2.8.

Risky taking a shot from under the snow-laden branches -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Risky
taking a shot from under the snow-laden branches
Warm though I was hoping for more orange spill from the incandescent lighting inside -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Warm
though I was hoping for more orange spill from the incandescent lighting inside
Nasty Roads the reason I have time this morning, instead of heading in to the hospital to visit Mom -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Nasty Roads
the reason I have time this morning, instead of heading in to the hospital to visit Mom
49½ Years how long that sign has been up -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
49½ Years
how long that sign has been up
Downy Woodpecker -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Downy Woodpecker

I fed the birds outside — they've trained us well, as seen here and here — and tried a few pictures. Lack of lenses, warmth, and skill limited the results.

Bluebirds -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bluebirds
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos

There were goldfinches, bluebirds, chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, doves, bluejays, and I think some other kind of finches and birds I wasn't sure about.

Bird photography is difficult and I'm no good at it, though I have gotten some lucky shots before:

The most recent What the Duck, Aaron Johnson's photography-centric comic, is perfectly appropriate:

http://www.whattheduck.net/post/139603841588/wtd-1575-2016-aaron-johnson

The sun eventually came out, with a beautiful blue sky (that gets washed out in these pics)...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Risky -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Still Risky
Finishing a Lap -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36mm — 1/160 sec, f/11, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Finishing a Lap

In the past we've seen Jogging with Grandpa (7½ years ago) and Jogging with Grandpa, 2010 Edition (5½ years ago), and my 85-year-old dad still runs almost every day.

Laughing at the thought I'd want to take his photo -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Laughing
at the thought I'd want to take his photo

With the sun out, I tried a few more bird pictures...

Stacked Bluebirds -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Stacked Bluebirds
Worm Acquisition -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Worm Acquisition
Absconding with the Loot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Absconding with the Loot

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Compliments Jeffrey,

your pictures keep on feeding my mind and soul.

Looking forward to the spring pictures from Kyoto.

Best,

Thomas Busch

— comment by Thomas Busch on February 15th, 2016 at 10:11am JST (1 year, 1 month ago) comment permalink

The Bluebird feeding photos are wonderful to behold. It is a fabulous collection of hungry, friendly and colorful birds that are highlights against the snowy white background. I feel Francis of Assisi hovering nearby. I have never seen photos of Bluebirds before. Thank you
for the opportuniy, Jeffrey. Graham McDonnell

— comment by Father Mac on March 6th, 2016 at 7:26pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink
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