Day 244 (1 Sep 2012) Mt. Marcy, ADKs

Back on Sept 1st, 3 friends and I climbed Mt. March, which is one of the ADK’s “46ers” and the tallest peak in the state of New York at 5,344 feet (1,629 m).  It was the second attempt for two of us, who attempted to climb it back in May, when the last several miles of trail were still covered in snow and ice.  This time the trail was dry 🙂

It was a great hike, with some spectacular views from the top, and a great time with friends!  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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Reflection

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Edge of the Path

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Nestled Berries

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Cloud Break over Mt. Marcy

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Marsh Crossing

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View From Mt. Marcy’s Summit

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Carin
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My Accomplishment

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 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 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 🙂

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

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

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

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 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 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 🙂

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

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

Day 81 (21 March 11) More Macro

I’m so in love with this new lens; and I got it just in time for spring (esp. since yesterday was the first day)!  I spend about an hour after work walking my woods/yard shooting some new growth.

I never realized how unsteady I am w/o a stabilized lens; many shots didn’t come out because I was swaying ever so slightly and it was enough to move out of focus when the shutter activated.  I’ll have to either bring my tripod out next time or look into getting a monopod (or use a piece of string to step on).  It didn’t help that the slightest breeze more than “compensated” for the times I was steady, lol.  I know I’ve got a lot of learning to do with this new lens 🙂  Any and ALL suggestions are welcome!

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60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Oak Blossom)

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Oak Blossoms)

Wild Rose

60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Wild Rose)

And just in case you didn’t guess yesterday’s puzzle, It was the surface of the Pepsi I was drinking, the light coming out of the can caught my attention as I was shooting “Redemption”

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) 🙂

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

Awake

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!

Briers

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