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Month: June 2013

Birds in Flight

Birds in Flight

Bird in Flight
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250mm Macro at 250mm f/8 ISO-100 1/400sec]

A trend for me this year seems to be managing to capture images of birds in flight and still have the picture turn out pretty decent as well. I’ll admit most have been accidental, but I’ll take what I can get. This particular bird was hopping around the brush on Harsen’s Island. At some point I may have to put together a little gallery on my main site to highlight these.

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.