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The End of the Rainbow

The End of the Rainbow

Rainbow

[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250 Macro at 60mm f/7.1 ISO 100 1/125sec]

I’m disappointed with myself for skipping so many days so soon. But it’s time to get back into it with this rainbow right outside my front door. I could see the sun shining brightly and plenty of rain striking the pond out back, so I knew one had to be lurking around somewhere. Something I’m going to have to look into is the fact that my camera won’t take a picture if it doesn’t have a focus on anything. That’s great when I’m trying to find the minimum focus distance on a close-up, but not so great when I’m trying to photograph light.

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.

Detroit Skyline

Detroit Skyline

Detroit Skyline
[Sony A57 with Sigma 18-250mm Macro at 250mm f/10 ISO-100 1/500sec]

Detroit seems so far away, yet from the southern edge of Harsen’s Island, it doesn’t seem that far away at all.

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.

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.