Travel Photography – Athens, Greece

Anafiotika in Athens

f/11; 1/60 sec; ISO-160; 16mm – Taken in Anafiotika, Athens, Greece.

Traveling is not just seeing the new…it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors…also closing them behind you…never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see…whenever you shut your eyes. Jan Myrdal

 

Flower Photography – Simply a Daisy

Pink Daisy - Soft Petals

Sony a6000; Lensbaby Sol 45 with extension tubes; manual focus.

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” Therese of Lisieux

Flower Photography – Narrowing the Focus

Lily - On the Inside

After taking a hiatus from photo shoots to learn and get comfortable with a new camera and lenses, I decided to take a new approach to my flower photography. My process has always been to find an interesting flower against a relatively good background and shoot it with a variety of lenses; wide, telephoto, macro, Lensbaby. My thinking is, a beautiful flower speaks for itself. Not too much thought or creativity goes into this process. Consequently, many of my flower photographs look like many of the photographs taken by everybody else.

For Easter someone brought me a Lily plant. Given spring is still fleeting here in Chicagoland (might snow this weekend), I decided to place the plant on a patio table and see what I could come up with creatively. Not too many ways to shoot a single lily. I kept focusing on what is the most interesting thing about this lily. This is what I came up with.

The photograph taken above was not cropped. The subject was shot as is. So this year, I’ve decided to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and photograph only a portion of every flower I shoot. I believe it is going to be “easier said than done”! But if nothing else, I am hoping to learn a lot, and it will definitely be interesting!!

The photo below was taken a few years ago.

Pansy - showing off

 

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

Flower Photography – Macro Lens Mount Adapters

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f/2.8; 1/100 sec; ISO-1250; 60mm – Sony a6000 and Canon 60mm macro lens.

Recently, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and purchased a Sony mirrorless camera. You could label me as “brand loyal” when it comes to Canon cameras. I know how they work, am very comfortable with settings, menus, etc. My motivation – we do a lot of traveling and am tired of lugging heavy camera equipment. 

To my surprise, the Sony menu is not very user friendly, and the learning curve for me was very time consuming. But, I must say it takes an incredibly sharp photograph for the price point.

The one component I didn’t research very well was the expense and availability of Sony lenses. Do your homework on lens availability before you buy! The next best option for me was to find a lens mount adapter to allow me to use some of my Canon lenses with a Sony camera. Although the adapter doesn’t work with all of my Canon lenses, it works with the ones I use most often. It arrived today and given it was 7 degrees outside, I decided to do a quick shoot in my kitchen using the Sony camera with a Canon 60mm macro lens.

Photography – Hummingbirds

Hummingbird - at the feederEvery year I set up a couple of hummingbird feeders in my backyard. In northern Illinois, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird is primarily the only species that migrates to our area. This little bird averages 3″ to 4″ in size and can beat its wings 53 times per second. They are very fun to watch. The males are extremely territorial. They will dive bomb and give chase to an intruder to send him on his way.

This male hummingbird below would sit at the feeder for hours into the night to guard its territory.

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