Day 333 (28 Nov 2012) The Melting of the Snow

After yesterday’s snow, the sun came out today and it warmed up a tad, so the snow started to melt a bit.  Most of its still here as of tonight.  So during my lunch break I took out my macro lens & tripod and attempted to shoot some droplets.  I’ve been following H2O by Joanna for quite a while and she creates some amazing drop photos, and she has inspired many images of mine, such as todays (though hers are better 🙂 )

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Day 227 (15 Aug 2012) Dragon Tree

For some reason I keep trying to type May or April for the date of my blog; it’s been happening over the past few days.  Am I stuck in a time warp, or is there a wormhole passing over my desk chair?  Anyway. . . .

This morning we had a few thundershowers pass through, with sun in-between.  I noticed my baby Dragon Tree looked pretty cool with the few drops that remained glistening in the sun, so I busted out my macro lens and spent a few moments between meetings shooting.

In case you are wondering why I say “baby” Dragon Tree, well, its because the momma died (I’m not the best with house plants), before I had a chance to dump the pot, two babies sprung up!  Talk about Grace 🙂

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dragon Tree)

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60 mm, 1/150 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dragon Tree)

Day 222 (9 Aug 2012) Water Drops

Today’s post is inspired by Joanna of H2O by Joanna.  She’s done this kind of shoot before.  I’ve kept the idea on the back burner for a day when I had a lot going on.  I have will be doing a “gallery” showing at a local coffee shop in September jointly with a friend who paints, so we hung out and discussed the the upcoming show and just caught up on life.

For today’s shoot, I set up my camera with my macro lens pointing straight at the water stream from my kitchen faucet.  I set the appetite wide open, and used my seedlight hand held and manually triggered.  My exposure was about 1/2 sec so I could synchronize the flash and shutter easily and not over expose the image.

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dripping Faucet)

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (About to Fall)

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60 mm, 0.4 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Outline of a Drip)

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (String of Pearls)

Day 165 (13 June 2012) 10 Minute Challenge

Today I decided to take Shannon up on her 10 Minute Challenge (check out her amazing blog, Seeing Spots Photography).  Basicly what you do is gather up your camera/gear, and “go” (drive, bike, walk, jog, dance, conga line, etc) for 10 min.  You then stop and shoot where you end up.  I decided to hop in my car for the 10 min trip, as it was a bit too wet to get a conga line going 🙂  I found myself on a dirt road I’ve never been on before.  I still had my macro lens on, and decided to leave it. I pulled out my tripod and snapped some interesting shots, if I do say so myself 🙂

I highly recommend taking up this challenge, esp. on a day where you may not feel so inspired.  It forces you to use what you find, rather than try and think of a subject/location.  I will deff do this again, it was fun!

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100 (Dry Hydrant)

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60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Fence Post)

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 (Tall Grass)

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60 mm, 0.3 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Wet Weed)

Day 164 (12 June 2012) Rainy Day

I had this great plan to do a photo walk after work.  Next time I’ll check the weather before I plan, LOL.  But as the rain let up before it got too dark, I wasn’t too disappointed.  I’ve enjoyed the “challenge” of shooting rain drops.

I say “challenge” because it can be frustrating.  The slightest breeze or movement of the plant will ruing an image or I just have to sit and wait.  However, all I need is one good image, so I shoot several and hope that the movement is slow enough for the shutter speed or that I capture the movement at the apex, where it stalls momentarily.  I was using a tripod, which was necessary today, as it’s too dark to shoot hand-held.  I did use live view to get the focus just right (or just right until the subject moved! lol).  Anyway, I may have to invest in an inexpensive ring light/flash so I can use faster shutter speeds.

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60 mm, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Rain Drop On Leaf)

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60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Drop on Buds)

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60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/10, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Tiny Flowers)

Day 144 (23 May 2012) Randomness

The title says it all.  I just some random stuff around my home, and one while out & about.

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

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Droplet with bug on a leaf

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Hard Worker

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Soap

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New Fern

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Crescent Moon

Day 130 (9 May 2012) Rain Drops Keep Falling . . .

I think I’ve fallen in love with taking macro shots of water drops 🙂  I would be remiss to not mention the that I’ve drawn some inspiration from H2O by Joanna!  It’s amazing what these small little worlds look like up close.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them 🙂

(Rain Drop Reflection

60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Rain Drop Reflection)

Inverted World

60 mm, 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Inverted World)

Flowers in a Drop

60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Flowers in a Drop)

I have a few more on my Flickr feed, but these are my favorites from today.

Day 118 (27 April 2012) Do the Dew

I finally got up earlier enough to have time to shoot some shots of the dew before it evaporated away. After I got dressed and was about to grab my camera, the sun disappeared. I thought I had missed my chance by taking those extra minutes luxuriating in the shower. But as I sat down in my chair, the sun came out and gave me the perfect light for the shots! Then results have given me motivation to set the alarm a bit earlier on occasion!

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens, cropped (Morning Dew)

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dew Drop Bokah)

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dandelion)

Day 61 (1 March 2012) Rain Drop

First of all, I’m just glad to say that the post number and day of the month are in alignment again!  No more math, lol!

But on to why you are here.  Today, other than work, I really needed to finish my paper (which was due yesterday, but thanks to the snow, class was canceled!), so I didn’t really do much with my camera.  But while sitting at my table after lunch plugging away at work, I looked out on my deck and saw several large water drops suspended on a piece of patio furniture.  Not having a macro lens, or any macro equipment, I took my lens off, turned it backwards, and attempted to shoot a particular large drop with both lens and camera hand-held (I have a close-up filter kit on order!).  While this photo isn’t anything that would win an award, I thought the black, curved ‘line’ on the drop was interesting.  And since it’s late, it’s what I’m posing 🙂  I decided to rotate the photo 180 to give it a more abstract feel.

For those of you who have shot great water drop shots, what suggestions do you have for attempting this once my filters arrive?

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1/25 sec, ISO 1600, kit lens inverted and hand held (water drop)

Day 47 (16 Feb 2012) The Commute

This afternoon was a rainy afternoon here in CT.  And as such, everyone on the freeway decided that they couldn’t drive more than 35 mph.  So I decided If I was going to crawl along at a snail’s pace, I would detour and parallel the highway on city streets.  My thought was that I probably won’t lose any more time, plus I’ll get to see an area of town I normally don’t get to see.  And maybe I would see something worth shooting.

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55 mm, 1/30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Red Lights In The Rain)

But alas, the surface streets were crawling, too.  It took over 30 min to less than a mile.  As I’m sitting at a light I’ve watched turn green many time, I let my mind drift from my predicament and my focus locked onto the red dots in the rain drops on my wind shield.  And since my camera was near by, I grabbed it and was able to improve my mood a bit 🙂

But as I continued to crawl, all I saw was red.  Not anger (ok, maybe a little), but the sea of red tail lights stretched out in front of me like a slow-moving ribbon.

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49 mm, 1/8 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Ribbon of Red)

Day 27 (27 Jan 2012) Rain, Rain, Go Away

It’s January, and it’s warm.  47 F was the high, to be exact.  It’s supposed to be in the 20s and snowing, but what can I do, but take the opportunity to try to photograph the weather?

In the first photo I was trying to capture the splash of rain drops.  I used my 50-200mm zoom lens so I could get ‘close’ w/o getting my camera wet 🙂  I like how you can see the remainders of the drops flying out from the railing in addition to the actual splash.

The other two photos are of trees and fog.  They seemed a bit bland, so I decided to jazz them up with filters in Lightroom.

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178 mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, Sigma DC OS 20-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM (Splashdown)

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200 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, Sigma DC OS 20-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM (Green Fog)

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50 mm, 1/100, f/8.0, ISO 400, Sigma DC OS 20-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM (Blue Fog)

Day 23 (23 Jan 2012) Rain, Rain. . .

This morning as I was pulling out of a snow-covered drive way, I was thinking that shooting a snow-covered landscape under star light would look cool.  But that was before I checked the weather and learned it was going to rain today.

So I shot what was available: rain.

This first shot is of my windshield (from the inside) while parked at the local grocery store.
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55 mm, 1/4 sec, f/5/6, ISO 3200, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Rain on Glass)

This second photo was a lone street light at a freeway on/off ramp

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55 mm, 0.3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Lonely Street Light)

Day 7 (7 Jan 2012) Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Today I spend hiking and shooting a few hundred pics (just shy of 300!) at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT.  It’s a beautiful area with plenty of trails and a constantly changing scenery.  It was very hard to belive it was January in New England, as it was almost 50F!  This time last year it was 20F.  But it made for a perfect day to get outside and enjoy God’s creation!

This first pic was of water dripping from an icicle.  My next piece of camera gear will be a macro lens (or close up filter or extension tubes) so I can get real closeups.

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55 mm, 1/50 sec, f/5/6, ISO 800 (water drop in icicle)

Nearing the end of the hike, I looked up from the ridge line as the sun was setting and saw this:

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18mm, 1/160 sec, f/13, ISO 100 (tree against sky)