Day 305 (31 Oct 2012) Flower After The Storm

On Wednesday my college had power, so I headed in for classes.  The clouds had thinned slightly and allowed some of the setting sun’s light to penetrate.  I saw this nursery and thought it made a good foreground for the sky, esp. since it shows the flowers knocked over by Hurricane Sandy (this is several miles inland, where the wind wasn’t as bad).

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Day 234 (22 Aug 22) Morning Flowers

This morning I grabbed my camera and marco lens to shoot some flowers (aka weeks) growing in my yard as soon as the sun peaked up over the hills.  I was really tempted to spend an hour shooting dew on grass (cause I love the images and it’s fun), but had to work, so I limited it to a couple subjects 🙂  Plus, I’ve shot dew a couple times already 😉  Let me know what you think of these images:


60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Dandelion)

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60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Flower and Fly)

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Clover Flower)

Day 233 (21 Aug 2012) Black Eyed Susan

How to grow Black Eyed Susans: don’t mow your lawn!  Well, thats how these have grown.  I haven’t gotten to the mower in a couple weeks (and almost got to it today, good thing I didn’t!) so these survived long enough to be memorialized forever in my blog 🙂

The last shot is of one flower I’ve shot before.  It sadly is past it’s prime 😦  But it had a good life, brining cheer to me many days as I left my home, and to you when you saw it the first time.

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Sisters)

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60 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Little Sister)

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (I Lived A Full Life)

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60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Waiting For Tomorrow)

Day 192 (10 July 2012) Flowers and Bugs

One thing I like about doing yard work s that I get more than a drive-by look at my yard, and the flowers, plants, and nature that it contains.  As I was mowing after dinner tonight, I spotted some flowering plants that I had not seen/noticed before.  And while shooting one set, I noticed the beetle in the last photo.

Shooting at home is a great way to relax after a day at work, IMO.  Especially since I don’t have to drive anywhere, and I have plenty to shoot with my macro lens 🙂


60 mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Looking Up)


60 mm, 1.6 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Purple Flower)


60 mm, 1/4 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Beetle)

Day 187 (5 July 2012) Thistle Sunset

One of the challenges for me with this 365 project is that I have to come up with an idea of something to shoot every day.  It’s a HUGE stretch for me to think creatively that much, and it shows sometimes.  Today was one of those days where I didn’t have a great idea till shortly before shooting.  I was on my way to a friend’s to work out and saw the sign for Harkness Park and made the decision to go there to shoot the sunset.  I’m glad I didn’t have a different idea 🙂

I couldn’t decide which images I like best, so there are a few for your viewing pleasure. I almost didn’t post the last one, cause I like the others so much more, but I added it for variety 🙂

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Thistle Sunset)

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60 mm, 1/500 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Thistle Silhouette)

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60 mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Glowing Thistle)

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18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/14, ISO 100 (Harkness Park Sunset)

Day 185 (3 July 2012) Yellow Flowers – Macro

I saw this flower blooming in my yard a couple days ago, and finally got around to shooting it!  I’m not sure what it is, so if you know, please tell me!

I find “random” flowers and plants blooming at various times of the year; I’ve not worked in the flower beds, so whatever the previous owner put in still pops up to surprise me 🙂

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60 mm, 1/15 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Soft Flower)

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160, 60 mm macro lens (Yellow Flower)

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60 mm, 1/15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200, 60 mm macro lens (Pollen)

Day 171 (19 June 2012) Wild Sweet Pea Blossom

On my way into work I happened to take a slightly different route (avoiding a red light) and saw a patch of wild sweet peas in boom.  I just knew I had to stop and use them for today’s post.  I tried a few shots in the field, but being in my work clothes (slacks/shirt), I wasn’t able to get a great shot w/o getting dirty, so I plucked a particularly nice set of blossoms and took them home to shoot.

When I was a kid growing up in Northern California, I used to see these growing all over the place.  We used to eat the peas, though I just read that when ingested in large quantities, they can be toxic!  Good thing we didn’t eat a lot of them 🙂

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60 mm, 0.3 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Sweet Pea Blossom)

This second photo is one of my entries for the Photo Scavenger Hunt I’m participating in.  This on is, “Unusual Perspective”.  Not often to I see a photo of a flower taken from behind.

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60 mm, 2 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Unusual Perspective)

Day 168 (16 June 2012) Beach and Clouds

Today I was in Westerly, RI, for a pancake breakfast fundraiser, and decided to take the LONG way home, including a stop at the shore and a few other places along the way.  I had lots of time and my camera 🙂

Turns out that the beaches are so popular that they charge for parking, so I drove to a rocky portion of the shore where there was limited free parking (gotta save my money for more camera goodies, right? 🙂 ).  The painter below allowed me to take a couple photos of him.  However, I can’t decide which of the three images from the photo I like better.  I’m leaning towards the first one.  Which is your favorite?

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55 mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Beach Painter – 1)

Painter 1 - B&W Landscape

55 mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Beach Painter – 2)

Painter 1 - color

55 mm, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Beach Painter – 3)

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39 mm, 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Peace Sign)

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55 mm, 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100 (Field of Dreams)

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42 mm, 1/82 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Power Lines)

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 163 (11 June 2012) Daises, Ferns, and Dandelions, Oh My!

Today between work and a study group, I took out my camera with my favorite lens (my 60mm macro) and shot some of the plants in my yard.  I really love that lens 🙂

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60 mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm Macro Lens (Dandelion)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200, 60mm Macro Lens (Ferns)

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60 mm, 1/800 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm Macro Lens (Daises)

Day 155 (3 June 2012) Flowers

Today after church I went to ride my mountain bike at Bluff Point in Groton, CT with some friends from church.  After the ride I dropped off my friend’s son and went back out there to shoot.  It rained while we were en route, but the sun was back out when I returned.  There were so many wild flowers that I had a blast shooting with my macro lens 🙂  I started out with my 18-55 zoom and as I was admiring the flowers, I asked myself, “is it worth it to go back and swap out for the macro lens?”  Stupid question!  I had to correct myself for even asking such a question!  🙂

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm Macro lens (Wild Flower after the rain)

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60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 (Protecting the Beauty)

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm Macro lens (Future Beauty)

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm Macro lens (Basking in the Son)

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60 mm, 1/00 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm Macro lens (Yellow and Green)

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!

Morning Dew

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

Dew Drop Bokah

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


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

Day 111(20 April 2012) Front Yard Flowers

Today I wanted to shoot some of the reaming flowers in my yard (most will die off as spring progresses 😦 ), especially the patches of small white flowers (no idea what kind they are).

And as a note, this afternoon I leave for a weekend-long retreat, so I may not get a post up tomorrow, but I will snap something with my phone, if nothing else, to keep from breaking my streak.  Not sure what interesting things I may see where I’m going, but I’ll try to resist the urge to use all the fancy filters/effects on the phone software.  But who knows, stay tuned to find out what happens!

White and Yellow

60 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Yellow and White)


60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Flowers)

Field of White

60 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Field of White)

Drive Way Beauty

60 mm, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Drive Way Beauty)


60 mm, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Thorns)

Day 98 (7 April 2012) Busy as a Bee

Today is what my employer would call a ” day off.”  But it’s funny that I always have tons of work to do on my day off.  Not for my job, but home work, yard work, auto work, house work, etc.  It seems I never have enough time to get it done, but that’s ok.  Most of it will still be there for my next “day off” lol.

On one of my errands, I swung into the local high school parking lot since I noticed a lot of trees blooming.  I swapped out the kit zoom for the macro lens and spend about 20 min shooting the flowers.  Today was bright and sunny, and shooting at about 2:30 pm meant the light was bright and harsh.  So could that with the challenge of shooting white flowers against a back-lit sky, I was happy that I was able to get some good shots 🙂

Busy Bee

60 mm, 1/1600, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Busy Bee) {cropped}

White Bliss

60 mm, 1/2000, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (White Bliss)


60 mm, 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Azalea)

And this is a sight I’m never tired of seeing!

Old Glory

60 mm, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Old Glory)

Day 95 (4 April 2012) Spring Flowers

Today is such a wonderful spring day; I wish I didn’t have to leave shortly for school, or that I didn’t have to work today.  But at least I was working from home so I could have my door to the deck open to let in the fresh air, and I had some time to go out and enjoy it for a few min.

I took some macro photos in my yard, using a tripod this time.  There was a gentle breeze that made it a little difficult; I had to use a wide open aperture and fast shutter speed on most of them to snap the moment the flowers paused their swaying.  It was fun, though 🙂  enjoy!

Three Amigas

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Three Amigas)

First one this year

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (I'm First!)

Ready to Bloom

60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Ready to Bloom)

Day 88 (28 March 2012) The Empty Bench

Driving to class tonight I took a different route and noticed a bench sitting across a pond from the road I was driving.  I made a point to stop and do a single 6 min exposure and hoped it turned out well.

I loaded Magic Lantern firmware onto an SD card today and wanted to try to use the bulb timer function (it makes it possible to set an exposure longer than 30 sec w/o an external timer or remote).  As I’m still figuring out this new suite of tools, I didn’t realize that long exposure noise reduction was turned off, so the photo is slightly noisy.

I also took a couple minutes between work and class and shot a few of the flowers sprouting up in my front garden and got one that I think is nice.  I’ll shoot these again under better light w/ more time; I want to get it right 🙂

Bench By The Pond

23 mm, 6 min, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Bench By The Pond)

Purple Flower

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Purple Flower)

Day 78 (18 March 2012) Spring Time

Since we never had a real winter here, I’ve been ready for it to actually become spring and warm up some.  Give me a season where I know what to expect! LOL

Today I took out my macro filter (my real macro lens is due to arrive Tuesday!!) and just wandered around my yard for a little bit between homework and dinner.  Nothing spectacular, but it was nice to be out in the warm sunshine (I was even studying on my deck today) 🙂

New Growth

18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (New Growth)


55 mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (Awake)

This is the work that awaits me in the yard!


55 mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Briers)