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:

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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 172 (20 June 2012) Bone Yard

Today I took a side trip down a road to an area of town where there are countless abandoned vehicle of all types.  It’s an interesting place; It’s not your typical wrecking/bone yard where you can go buy parts.  All these vehicles are just sitting, rusting, having tress fall on them, and all along the road are painted “Keep Out” signs.  There are also signs warning of video surveillance.  To me, a car guy, it’s confusing and sad.  I can see many classic cars and trucks just rusting more and more each year, and it pulls at my heart strings.  I don’t know why someone would want all these vehicles and not restore or sell the parts from them.  Or at a minimum sell them for scrap metal.

So today I found a spot that didn’t have any signs and shot a few frames.  I could have spent hours, broken out the macro lens, but I didn’t want to risk any more than I had.

This first image is a submission to the photo scavenger hunt I’m participating in; this one is under the entry, “abandoned”.  They all could fit that title.  The last one may be submitted under another category, depending on what I can think of for it.

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36 mm, 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Abandoned)

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55 mm, 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Fire Truck)

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37 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Chuck Noris?)

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)

Flowers

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)

Thorns

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

Day 58 (27 Feb 2012) The Tree

Tonight I wanted to shoot a small, historic cemetery I’ve seen near the Thames River in Ledyard, CT, silhouetting the grave stones against the river.  But what I didn’t notice untill tonight was the amount of brush/vines ruining the view I wanted.  But while I was exposing one of those shots, I looked up and saw the view below and knew that was my shot for today 🙂

Cemetary Tree

18 mm, 5 min, f/8.0, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Cemetery Tree)

Day 39 (8 Feb 2012) The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

There are those to go through this life always striving for more; more pay, a bigger house, a nicer car, more ‘power’, higher social status, that legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  When they do finally do reach the end goal, and find that pot, this is what they end up with:

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18 mm, 4 min, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Pot of Gold)

They end up dead with nothing to show, except a tombstone and an empty, broken, rusty pot.

And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6

Remember what is important in life: God, family, friends, and helping others.  Don’t forgot to take time to enjoy life, this is where you will find your true treasure!