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Greenspread

August 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Greenspread-03692GreenspreadDeep green veins on pale green Maple leaves, peek out from underneath the dense canopy into the sunlight of a summer day. The secret life of trees.

Deep green veins on pale green Maple leaves, peek out from underneath the dense canopy into the sunlight of a summer day. 

The secret life of trees. 


Heading to Red

August 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Headed to Red-03727Headed to RedTowards twilight, after sunset.

I knew the sunset was going to be a nice one. 

I didn't arrange my time to be in the best place for it. 

This is the beginning of twilight after the sun had passed below the horizon. I like the color in the clouds, and the barely visible world of twilight shadows. 

Shifting to red, the long rays of last light. 


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.