Supermoon – Before

Supermoon – Before

Image Stacking  - Before
[Sony A57 with Sony 75-300mm at 300mm f/5.6 ISO-400 1/320sec]

This is one of about 200 shots of the moon I took Monday night. My plan is to use a technique called image stacking to bring out the detail on the moon. Here, then, is a before image and hopefully in a few days I’ll have the after shot.

Bats Belong Outside the House

Bats Belong Outside the House

Bad Bat
[Kodak Z712 at 70mm f/4.8 ISO-64 1/125sec]

This picture dates back to 17 August, 2007 when my brother found a bat in his room. While I certainly prefer shooting wildlife over any other subject, I generally prefer doing it over much greater distances and hopefully with some obstructions between us. However, after several normal shots, I decided to chance getting underneath him and shooting upwards for a more unique angle. Afterwords, I managed to trap him in a shoebox and release him outside, where he belongs. We still haven’t figured out how he got in in the first place, but thankfully there hasn’t been a repeat.

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

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[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 45mm f/5 ISO-100 1/160sec]

60ft, to be precise. This is the view to the East off of the Mill Creek Trestle, a 640ft wooden bridge on the Wadhams to Avoca Rd Trail.

Mill Creek Trestle

Mill Creek Trestle

Mill Creek Trestle
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 26mm f/9 ISO-100 1/200sec]

Rode the Wadhams to Avoca Trail with a small group. This is the bridge crossing Mill Creek. It’s quite a drop to the water below, which I’ll show in tomorrow’s picture.

Smooth Sumac

Smooth Sumac

Smooth Sumac
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250mm at 250mm f/6.3 ISO-1000 1/400sec]

Pretty sure this is Rhus glabra, or smooth sumac. I’m rather enjoying trying to identify the things I’m photographing. Quite different than being at the zoo with a nameplate posted nearby.

The Spider’s Web

The Spider’s Web

The Spider's Web
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250mm at 75mm f/5.6 ISO-1000 1/125sec]

With the amount of bugs swarming around, it shouldn’t have taken that spider too long to catch it’s meal.

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday

April in the D
[Panasonic Lumix FZ40 at 20mm f/4 ISO-80 1/160sec]

Today’s flashback goes to 26 April, 2012. Rick Porcello pitching to the Seattle Mariners. The Tigers would end up losing 5-4. It’s also the last time I was at Comerica Park.

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 250mm f/6.3 ISO-200 1/400sec]

My new lens arrived while I slept yesterday, so I couldn’t wait to get home and take it out for testing. And for the most part, it did not disappoint. For those times when I can only carry one lens, this will be it. A wide range (18-250mm) and a short minimum focusing distance compared to my other lenses.

Today’s subject is a male Plathemis Lydia, otherwise known as the Common Whitetail. I wasn’t quite sure what he was when he landed near me, but I know I wasn’t thinking dragonfly, but now that I’ve done my research, I can definitely see the family resemblance.

Boots

Boots

Boots

Stopped by my dad’s last night to take him out to dinner for Father’s Day. While there I tried to get some pictures of his cat, Boots. Not as easy as I was expecting as Boots prefers to be right next to you when you are giving him attention. I did finally get a picture I found acceptable.

Ducks on the Miller Drain

Ducks on the Miller Drain

Ducks in a Row
[Sony A57 with Minolta 28-135mm at 120mm f/4.5 ISO-200 1/200sec]

Finally a morning that wasn’t raining and I wasn’t dead tired. I was going to walk the nearby Canal Park, but I’m waiting for what will hopefully be my new macro lens to arrive in the mail and as I tried to walk out the door my bike glared at me for having not ridden it since the group ride last month. I ended up in a local subdivision, nothing really catching my eye until I was nearly back to a main road and there was a bridge over a swollen creek or maybe a drainage ditch, likely flowing into the nearby Clinton River. Nothing too exciting, though I walked down the hill to the water, I spied these ducks further down. They didn’t take too kindly to my intrusion and retreated rather quickly.

Google says that was the Miller Drain which starts about 4 miles north and does indeed drain into the Clinton. I had no idea there were so many of these Drains. I’ve seen them here and there, but I was not aware they were named. Miller Drain even forms forms the northwest boundary of my apartment complex. I once tried to walk across one night on my way to Subway, stopping only a few feet from the water when I realized the greenery looked more like lily pads then weeds.