Day 109 (27 July 2012) Rain, Rain, . . .

Early this afternoon we had a heavy thunderstorm move through the area; the rain was so heavy at times I couldn’t hear my radio!  I decided to venture out a bit (with my umbrella).  After I got back inside, the sun came out before the rain left, and caused a really neat effect, it’s like I had a mega-flash illuminating the drops! 🙂

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29 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, (Staying Dry)

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55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Sun and Rain)

Day 137 (16 May 2012) Spider Man and Storm

This afternoon I went out on my deck w/ my macro lens, just to see what there was that would grab my interest.  I noticed some spider webs on a tree on my deck, and commenced to find their creator.  Then I saw him trying to scurry off the side of the deck rail, so I persuaded him to come back to the top (I didn’t hurt him, just chased him w/ a twig), so we could meet.  He was kind enough to pause during his busy day and pose for me.

Mr 8-eyes

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Mr. 8-eyes)

Spider

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Spider)

On my way home tonight I saw a thunderstorm off in the distance, in the direction I was traveling.  I normally don’t get to see them so far off as CT is full of hills and trees, so they are usually right on top of me before I know it.  But I had a little time to try and find a location to shoot before it pushed too far away.  I’ve been wanting to shoot lighting for a long time, and thought this could be my chance.  I wasn’t able to capture anything spectacular; most of the bolts were internal to the clouds.  It did make an enjoyable sight, though 🙂

Lightning

30 mm, 30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Lightning)