Hello, and Welcome to Talain’s photo blog. Enjoy your visit

My name is Michael. I am an amateur photographer in my 40’s. I am an outdoor enthusiast that has combined the love of birding with photography and expanded off of it occasionally. Most of my subject matter is nature oriented: birds, bees, trees and flowers with sunsets, rainbows, and with rocky towers thrown in. But don’t be surprised if I throw in something else that is not nature oriented occasionally. If it catches my eye, I’ll put it in and try to give you some background on the photo’s subject matter!

I primarily work out of a handful of locations in my area: My home in Binghamton in Central New York State in which I get a lot of images from;The wooded hill just south of my home; The Susquehanna River banks between Binghamton and Johnson City. Another good place for me is the Little Choconut site #2 water shed off Airport Road, north of JC and the area I grew up in as a child. The last regular routine place I go for a good majority of my images is a family owned farm property near the Binghamton Regional Airport. I’ll simply call it “The Farm”, 40 acres of land. It has 3 small fields, a couple of ponds, an overgrown orchard with shrubs and a small wooded area.  (Added in August of 2013)

Some thing about my blogging habits: I try to make three or four posts a day, some time more but not to often. I follow my followers primarily through the reader. I browse through such topics as Birds, Nature, Landscapes and Photography. If I find something I really like, I will camp out for a while going deep into that blog’s archives. I usually go through my new followers on the weekends. The last thing is that I ask that you “NOT” nominate me for any awards. I will accept them graciously, but I will not post them!   (Added in August of 2013)

This blog was actually my wife’s idea at the time. She was my biggest supporter of my pictures taking and everything. At first she wanted me to take pictures of roses and other flowers for her blog and her postings. She finally convinced me to share my photos and things that are usually only seen by my immediate family members. Very seldom did I show them out side of my home.

I started out taking pictures with a disc camera and eventually moved up to a 35 mm Cannon Rebel camera in the mid 80’s that I used for many years. It is a good camera body, light weight and easy to use, but I did move up  to the 35 mm Cannon Elan7E or EOS 30 model next. It is a good, large, camera body full of a lot of good features that allow you to enjoy picture-taking and special effects to your work. I still use this camera occasionally. Now, I moved up to the Cannon digital 18 mega pixels camera body, my first digital camera. So far, I am enjoying my experience with it, and most of the photos that you will see in this blog are from this camera. It has the basic lens 18-55 mm,  28-90 mm and I also use the 75-300 mm lens. I do have a 2x converter, but I rarely use it, because you sacrifice  F stops and need outstanding conditions to get the best results out of it… a really sunny day. The real good thing about this digital camera body is that I can use the 35 mm lenses with it, with other brands you cannot swap digital with 35mm lenses.

Well,  I sincerely hope you enjoy my photos!

161 comments
  1. Julia said:

    Hi there, I wanted to ask if you mind my re-blogging a few of your lovely bird photos on April 25? I would, of course, include links to your blog, and attribute the photos to you. I want to post about birds and you have the best photos out there! Please let me know if this will be OK – thanks and keep up the lovely photos, they are a joy.

    • Thank you Julia for the nice complements, I would be honored to have you do that. Help your self to what you think you can utilize and I’ll look forwards to seeing your post on April 25th.Thank you for asking, enjoy and take care, Michael.

  2. Hello Michael. I discovered your blog thanks to a post at: http://defeatdespair.wordpress.com/. Julia gave you a rave review so I had to see for myself. You obviously have talent in an area that is only a sideline for me, birding. I believe I get a bigger thrill when I capture a good photo of a wild bird than any of my own photographic exploits. I’ve signed up to follow you blog and keep track of your adventures. Keep up the good work! – Bob

  3. I have featured you on my weekly rec list:http://wp.me/p4gNzR-qW as I truly enjoy your work. If you wish for me to remove you from the list for any reason let me know and I will do so. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Thank you for adding me to your rec list, that was vary nice of you. I’m glad that you have enjoy your visits here and much thanks for all of the likes that you have left. Gods speed, Michael 🙂

  4. HI Michael, thankl for stopping by my blog, I appreciate that. Your photographs are amazing!!! Looking forward to seeing more.

    • Thank you Tina, I’m glad you enjoy your stop in as much I enjoyed your post. I’ll have to stop in and take a longer look soon, Michael 🙂

  5. stacy said:

    Hi Michael!
    Your photos are beautiful and inspiring!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my posts.

    • Thank you for the comment and your very welcome Stacy. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I’m looking forwards to seeing more of your work in the future. 🙂

  6. Hi Michael… 🙂 We’ve enjoyed so many of your photos over time that we’ve nominated you for the Dragon Loyalty Award.
    You can find out how to participate here: http://wp.me/p25CBm-15T

    Have a great day! 🙂

    • Thank you lifeinminutes. That is very nice of you to consider me for this award. It quit an honor to be acknowledge by my piers. I personally receive great gratitude knowing that people are enjoying my photos. Thanks again, Michael 🙂

  7. I think that this is the 5th time you have signed up to follow me! I remember your gravatar and the name is distinctive! I hope that you stick with me this time! Thank you for the follow! ^..^

    • I’ll have to APALIJIS for that, I don’t think WordPress is keeps up with all the people that I fallow. I think that they dump a few of them on me occasionally and I have to find them again after I realize that they are missing. Your not the first person to tell me that. Glad to be back and you are very welcome.

      • How weird is that? Thanks again!

  8. Hi, quick query. I am compiling an ID list of Abaco’s 37 recorded warbler species, including photos of each taken as far as possible on the main island or its cays. However there are a number of transients / rarities (common elsewhere) for which I don’t have pics. How would you feel if I used a few (2 or 3) of yours, duly credited and with a link to your blog? The chestnut-sided warbler is a good example of one I would like! All the best from Rolling Harbour

    • talain45 said:

      Yes, that would be fine. Help your self and if I can be any further help just let me know, Michael 🙂

  9. pj said:

    Thanks so much for “liking” my blog post today. I love pics of birds and am a total rookie w/camera and blog. LOVE your pics! Blessings to you!

  10. Very transparent and genuine “about” page. I really enjoyed reading it and felt like it had that true personal touch. Also, thank you for taking time to visit my blog. I’m still new so it’s a work in progress:)

  11. thanks for stopping by our blog and liking our post about the Lightning Tree

  12. Thanks. I’m enjoying engaging with your images. More explorations required! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now!)

    • Thank you Rajiv, I’m glad you enjoyed the posted you viewed.

  13. Adlaya said:

    Hi Michael, I have been following your wonderful work for some time now, and absolutely love it! I post quite a lot about birds and other animals, and oftentimes you have pictures that would fit perfectly with my topics. Would you mind if I used your pictures on my blog? I would of course credit your work and link it back to your site.

    Also thank you for reading my blog and liking my posts, I appreciate it!

    • talain45 said:

      Yes Adlaya, that would be fine. I’m looking forwards to seeing how you utilize them. Enjoy 🙂

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