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

Photography – Bleeding Hearts

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched… they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

f/8; 1/100; ISO 100

Creative Photography – Fun with Daisies

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“You use a mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul”, George Bernard Shaw. 

The Chicago Botanic Gardens offered an abstract photography class. I didn’t take the class because I am particularly fond of abstract photography, I enrolled because I had heard that the class material challenged students to look at the subject matter from a different perspective and creatively shoot.

The photograph above of two placed daisies was shot on a piece of mylar film. 

f/7.1; 1/80; ISO 800.

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Photography – Calla Lilies – Rain Drops

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“Time itself comes in drops.”  William James – f/8; 1/320; ISO 400.


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The sturdy calla lily petals with their smooth and graceful curves are the perfect subject to shoot water drops. The water drops display a nice variety of shapes and sizes without dripping into the center of the flower.  

These calla lilies where placed in a vase and set on my patio table two feet in front of an evergreen which made the background very easy to darken. f/8; 1/60; ISO 400. 

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Photography – A Toad and Two Frogs

“There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.” Franz Kafka

frog4comp_jpgThree different adventures, three different subjects – On each photo shoot I had no idea what my subject was going to be. Normally I like to take my macro lens when walking along shorelines and in wooded areas. But on these three occasions my camera had  a 55-250mm lens attached to it which allowed me to capture these subjects without disturbing them.

The toad shown above hopped out a few feet in front of me when I was walking along a dirt path in a wooded area in the fall. It was no more than two inches big. Luck would have it that it posed on a multi-colored leaf that made this subject fun to shoot. Camera settings: f/5.6; 1/40; ISO 200; 171mm.


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Amongst an abundance of floating duckweed in a creek, a little head appeared ever so slightly rippling the water. I would not have seen it if it had not been for the ripple.

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Strolling down by a lake, I happened to peak over some shoreline plants and discovered a bull frog who appeared to be waiting for dinner. This photo was taken just before dusk. Just right for reflections on the water surface.  Camera Settings: f/16; 1/40; ISO 100; 250mm.

 

 

 

 

Photography – After the Snow Storm

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SNOW: “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ”  John Burroughs

The Chicago area was under a blizzard warning last night. The wind was blowing so strong and the snow was really coming down. It was a winter wonderland. As much as I dread the snow, it always amazes me how beautifully it drapes nature after the storm.

f/6.3;  1/250; ISO-400; 18mm lens