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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Photography – A Noisy Little Woodpecker

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f/8; 1/500; ISO-125; 300mm

During the winter months in the Midwest, it is very quite outside. Except for the occasional dog barking or the howl of the wind, there is not a lot of noise during the day. At night we have a couple of great horned owls that break the silence with their hooting back and forth to mark their territory. I have yet to capture one in camera. Still hoping.

Yesterday, I heard the familiar sound of a red headed woodpecker who was making its way up the tree foraging for food.

Comments are always welcome.

Flowers – Photographing Indoors

Purchased flowers provide a great opportunity to creatively practice your photography skills during the winter months. Anything in your home can be used as background. To my surprise, the insect in the bottom photograph hitched a ride on one of the flowers I purchased!

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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.

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

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

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

 

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

 

Bird Photography – Sometimes You Just Get Lucky!

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I was testing a camera lens for distance. So I decided to shoot this bird that was perched on a branch near the top of the tree. When I got home to view the shots I took that day, it was an unexpected surprise to see the dragonfly on the tip of the top tree branch. 

f/14; ISO 400; 1/1600; 250mm