Monday, November 26, 2012


First attempt:

Then I tried again Saturday, with a better lens, a little more knowledge, better light, shooting RAW instead of JPG and a thread-on +5 macro lens on the front: of the Tamron 28-80mm 
Here you go.

So what do you think? What should I work on to make it better?
Questions, comments, concerns...please?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Opening Day

The sun rises higher over the hedgerows, bathing the frosty cornfield in golden rays. Softened by the morning mists, it yet creates sparkling wonder wherever an ice-rimmed leaf turns toward its light. 

I abandon the 50cal. muzzle-loader, resisting the impulse to turn it upwards and obliterate the ruin-er of my hunting. Instead I reach for my side arm, with a 55mm barrel, aim, and fire several shots in rapid succession. I hit every time but he did not die. He is still very much alive and well, and waiting to warn the deer away tomorrow morning. But all the same I have captured him and put him where he can never escape, for all the world to see, and for all the world to call him on his deeds or rejoice with him in his impunity.  
You may have guessed by now.

A gray squirrel.
Don't let his innocent look fool you.

Acknowledging the little critter king of the hedgerow, I step out into the sunshine an start on a new hunt: for the abnormal, the little- seen, the seldom-pondered. The air is invigorating, the birds singing, the Nikon DX 18-55mm Nikkor auto-focus lens is a joy to use.

I come into the house, slide the memory card into the reader connected to my laptop, and promptly delete all but 17 images of the 50 or so I took.

And now as I sit here in front of the wood stove, a steaming  cup of coffee and the smell of frying eggs and pepperoni slices keeping me company, it is my prayer that as you view these photos, your hearts will join mine in thankfulness to the Father who created all things beautiful and good, and the Son who died that we could truly enjoy it all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Trying some fun stuff with the Fuji S5 Pro.
I lack the "tack sharp' look that the pros get in a studio, but it's a start.

Then I changed the background and lighting and got some really cool results, although it was trickier.

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Horizons...

...have opened up as I finally own a true Digital Singe Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, a  used Fuji S5 Pro body. I've coupled with it a Tamron auto focus 80-210mm telephoto and a 28mm lens. Here are my first attempts at dslr photography.

The first thing that presented itself when I popped in a charged battery for the first time.

Dobro focus 1

Dobro focus 2

It's hard not to eat your subject

Any and all comments/ helpful criticisms and advice are welcome!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


The old Unverferth zone builder is retiring as we trade it in for a new one. My job has been making the 12-row - which I turned into an 8-row earlier this year - into 2 zone builders.

The first was the 6- row pull- type, which was mostly dis-assembly.

The 6-row 3-point-type I built from an empty frame into a full implement. For the most part, it was an enjoyable challenge.

Friday, November 2, 2012


I have made an attempt to fix the problem of not being able to comment on my blog (due to pop-up blockers, I think). If you still experiencing problems, try enabling pop-up windows temporarily. A big *thank you* to those who have commented and those who will. I hope you will be blessed by this site.
Blessings, gentle reader.

~Elliott Parfitt

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