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Working With Flowers

July 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Working With Flowers-03582Working With FlowersA bumble bee, at work among the purple cone flowers or echinacea. Despite the current heat wave, this stand of flowers has continued to bloom and generate pollen for the bees to pick over and gather. Whenever I park my car in the driveway, I usually look over at this group closest to my door. I look for butterflies and bees, seldom disappointed. I used an old lens, a SMC Pentax 50mm f2, on my Sony A6000 via a Voigtlander mount adapter. The lens was a kit lens for many a K1000 film camera. It's surprisingly good wide open at f2. The area of focus is slim, but the creamy-dreamy out of focus area allows for subject isolation and a compositional mood. At least that's what I say.

A bumble bee, at work among the purple cone flowers or echinacea. 

Despite the current heat wave, this stand of flowers has continued to bloom and generate pollen for the bees to pick over and gather. Whenever I park my car in the driveway, I usually look over at this group closest to my door. I look for butterflies and bees, seldom disappointed. 

I used an old lens, a SMC Pentax 50mm f2, on my Sony A6000 via a Voigtlander mount adapter.  The lens was a kit lens for many a K1000 film camera. It's surprisingly good wide open at f2. The area of focus is slim, but the creamy-dreamy out of focus area allows for subject isolation and a compositional mood. 

At least that's what I say. 


Pollen Gold

July 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Pollen Gold-05703Pollen GoldUp close with a Zinnia in bloom, stamen encrusted with flecks of gold pollen. Nature sure is interesting, especially up close.

 

Up close with a Zinnia in bloom, stamen encrusted with flecks of gold pollen.

 

Nature sure is interesting, especially up close.


Curious

July 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Curious-03534CuriousSmokey - The curious one of our two feline companions. Always on the lookout for something of interest in her domain.

Our two cats like to cuddle up with my sandals, when they're off my feet. It's a cat thing, apparently. 

I observed our curious one of the two feline companions in our home, Smokey, as she circled round the footware, pawing away at them and settling into a comfortable spot, sprawled across them on the floor. It was a perfect setting for a portrait. 

I grabbed my camera, lay down on the floor, and contented myself with a long wait until the right combination of elements would eventually arrive in front of my lens. In the meanwhile, I had to put up with our two furry friends, licking my hair, my arm, rubbing up against me, and all manner of greetings and signs of affection while they got used to my new and unfamiliar position on the floor. 

Eventually, they settled down and went back to my sandals, finding them more fun than me. 

First Sissy, then Smokey, both took turns with my footwear. This image was towards the end of my patience. I'm glad I took the time. 

The contrast and light is perfect for a portrait. It was worth both the kitty attention, and the wait. 


Trish

July 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Trish-03509TrishMy sister Trish, taken with a lens that dates to around 1965, mounted to my Sony A6000.

My sister Trish. 

She almost always acts like a goofball when a camera is pointed at her. I did her a favor today, so in return, I asked for her portrait with a natural smile. She obliged. 

She's two years older than me. She's always been my protector, even when I find it a bit irritating. That's how siblings work: we love each other and find each other strangely odd at times. I'm glad she puts up with me. Likewise, I know! 

I used a lens that means a lot to me for this portrait. It was passed on to me from a friend who gave it to me prior to his passing on from life. It's a very old lens, dating from around 1965. I use an adapter to mount it to my Sony A6000 camera. It's a dreamy-good portrait lens. I think of my friend Dean, bringing back memories of his laughter and smile with each use of this wonderful lens. 

Thanks for returning the favor, Trish. 


Pink and Green

July 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Pink and Green-03500Pink and GreenA small Hydrangea plant that graces the front of my mother-in-law Mary's home. The plant is just to the right of the stoop (that's an old word!) as I face the front door. I've noticed it many times, and today succumbed to the urge to grab this photograph. I've been a bit busy, and have not been "seeing" photographs until recently. I find that to be a good sign that life is settling into a more normal pattern. My creative juices are flowing once more. Yay!

A small Hydrangea plant that graces the front of my mother-in-law Mary's home. 

The plant is just to the right of the stoop (that's an old word!) as I face the front door. I've noticed it many times, and today succumbed to the urge to grab this photograph. 

I've been a bit busy, and have not been "seeing" photographs until recently. I find that to be a good sign that life is settling into a more normal pattern.

My creative juices are flowing once more. 

Yay!