For all the people who’ve enjoyed looking at my posts about Ethan and Faith, my life-size Masterpiece dolls, I have some new photos for you today. I’ve had Ethan and Faith dressed up for summer in bathing suits for awhile, and today I hauled them outside and took pictures of them by the pool. I kept them both on their stands because I didn’t want to take any chances of either of them falling into the pool or off the pool steps and deck.
First, here’s Faith helping Ethan with his arm floats. Settings were f/8, 1/500, ISO 200.
Ethan’s ready to go swimming! Settings were f/8, 1/500, ISO 200.
Faith helps Ethan up the steps to the pool. Settings were f/16, 1/125, ISO 200.
The kids looking over the pool. Settings were f/16, 1/160, ISO 100.
Faith and Ethan by the pool. They are signed and numbered on their backs. I didn’t realize the writing showed until I looked at the photos afterward, but I still like the picture. Settings were f/16, 1/60, ISO 320.
Ethan sits down and looks at his reflection, but he isn’t ready to get his feet in the water. Settings were f/16, 1/200, ISO 200.
Faith and Ethan waving from the edge of the pool. Faith’s bathing suit was a gift from a doll collector friend. Settings were f/16, 1/125, ISO 200.
Did they get in the pool? Well, in post-processing Ethan and Faith did go swimming. I’m not totally happy with how this picture came out, but I don’t want to do it over now, and I did want to show them in the pool. Settings were f/16, 1/80, ISO 200.
Now for the birds! This morning I saw a large bird that had the general look and shape of a hawk flying over the yard. I thought it was probably the Cooper’s Hawk coming back, but when I looked at the photos I took I could see it was a different bird. I went to my bird books and identified it as an Osprey, which was confirmed on WhatBird. This was my first sighting of an Osprey. Settings were f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 400.
The three Swallow-tailed Kites were back today along with a fourth bird. I wondered if it was a juvenile Swallow-tailed Kite whose long forked tail hadn’t grown out yet, but the WhatBird people told me it was a Mississippi Kite–another new bird today. This photo shows the three Swallow-tailed Kites and the Mississippi Kite (on the right) soaring together. What strikes me as very funny is the pigeon sitting calmly on the wire in the middle of it all, oblivious to the kites overhead–or maybe it was just too stunned to move. Settings were f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 200.
The Mississippi Kite never came close enough for a good photo. This was taken from a distance and cropped. The gray kite is carrying some prey in its talons. If you look carefully you can see a dark marking by its eye, a marking seen on the Mississippi Kite. Settings were f/7.1, 1/500, ISO 200.
One of my better attempts at photographing a Swallow-Tailed Kite. I would love to have a chance to take closer photos of a kite. Settings were f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200.
And one of our everyday ordinary birds to end with, a Mockingbird. Settings were f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 200.