Photography – Up Close & Personal

Bee

“In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

These photographs were taken with a Sony Mirrorless Camera in a Manual mode setting using an 18-55mm lens with an Opteka Achromatic 10x diopter attached to it.

PistilsWildflower Closeup

 

Photography-Friendly Hummingbirds

Hummingbird-In flight

f7.1; 1/2000 sec; ISO 800; 250mm

“With Brave Wings She Flies”…..I never get tired of photographing hummingbirds. Each comes with its own personality. Some are very shy and hide behind the feeder hoping you won’t see them while others seem to pose for the camera. The other day, I was approaching the house. I heard the buzzing of the wings and chirping sound of the hummingbird. You can’t really hear their chirp unless you are really close. To my surprise this hummingbird (who is a frequent guest at our feeder) hovered about two feet in front of me, eye level, staring at me for at least 20 seconds before taking off. It was such a thrill to learn it was not afraid of me.

Photography – There is hope that warm weather is coming!

Visitor at the Feeder

As you have probably guessed by now, I love hummingbirds. They are one of my favorite birds to photograph. They are quite the little challenge.

Today I am very excited. Given the weather this spring in Chicagoland, I have been waiting for them to come back. They usually are spotted in mid-April. Today was a blessing! The first one arrived at my feeder. Spring has sprung!!

Photography – Waterfalls

“Nature is the art of God.” Dante Alighieri

Each one has its own path and its own power. A lot like us!

Norway
Norway – f/5; 1/800 sec; ISO-500; 74mm
Alaska
Alaska – f/14; ISO 200; 1/200; 187mm
Yosemite
Yosemite – f/5; 1/400 sec; ISO-100; 20mm

Photography – Those Amazing Insects

One of my favorite subjects to shoot is insects. I have found the best time to photograph them is early in the morning when the air temperature is still cool and crisp.

clover

f/22; 1/50; ISO 100; 250mm

lady bug final wp

f/11; 1/60; ISO 800; 60mm

bee final

f/5; 1/60; ISO 100; 42mm

 

f/7.1; 1/80; ISO 250; 60mm – f/5.6; 1/400; ISO 640; 240mm