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Back in the Garden Pt. 3

Back in the Garden Pt. 3

Flowing Water
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 60mm f/6.3 ISO-100 1/40sec]

Water flowing through a fountain. Tried a variety of shots at various shutter speeds, but I like the blurring on this one.

Back in the Garden Part 2

Back in the Garden Part 2

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[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 210mm f/6.3 ISO-2000 1/400sec]

I would have preferred the tip of the flower to have remained in focus as well. Those little flying critters just don’t give you a whole lot of time to work with.

Back in the Garden

Back in the Garden

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[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 90mm f/5.6 ISO-400 1/160sec]

The next batch of pictures will be coming from my friend’s garden. We spent about a half an hour out there, photographing, until the threat of rain and the sting of mosquitoes drove us indoors for the remainder of the evening.

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.

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.

A New Direction

A New Direction

Words have never been a strong point of mine and every attempt to keep some sort of journal or blog has inevitably fell into disuse. After several years of dormancy, I finally found some inspiration in the form of a book I noticed while perusing the computer book section of the local library. A photo a day blog. Next to video games, photography is my favorite hobby and any excuse to get out and shoot more pictures is certainly welcome. As evidenced by my personal gallery, my pictures lean heavily towards nature/wildlife, but this gives me opportunity to experiment with new things. While I intend to post mostly new material shot within a few days of each post, I will also be digging through my archive for older material that never made my gallery. Perhaps for those rainy days, I just don’t feel like going out.

The site will likely be in flux for the next few weeks as I settle on a layout and photo sizes that work with the new direction for this blog.

I had planned to begin posting photos later this week, but I found an image suitable for this moment on my camera just now. So here is photo #1.

A flower ready to bloom, still dripping with fresh rain
A flower ready to bloom, still dripping with fresh rain

[Sony A57 with Minolta 28-135mm @ 28mm f/4 ISO-400 1/160sec]