An Icicle and A Drop To Be

Today I wanted to do some macro of the icicles and water droplets that are hanging off the front roof. I had used my iPod on a few and posted one on Instagram but wanted to use my extension tubes on some. Since yesterdays experience I know I will need a tripod. After checking out the situation I decided there was no safe way to do that quickly and moved to plan B. I broke out the PowerShot S3 and went at it.The end result: Water dropping on to the lens cover and rolling down inside the housing. Not good but after I dried it out I had an idea, and yes you should be afraid, and here is where it gets brilliant  weird. I take an old magnifying glass I have, put the small high magnification spot over the lense. This should allow me to still shot in macro mode but I would not have to be as close to the subject, therefor missing the droplets. Nuff words….here is the shot.

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Past Holding The Present

After being stuck in our home since early yesterday evening something had to give. I broke out the extension tubes, an old Minolta film lense, the A300 and went in search of a few good macro this afternoon. I picked water droplets: Too hard to focus properly but I will try again because I think I can figure that one out. Barb wire barbs: Could not get my back to cooperate with me bending over in the cold temps. I will also try those again in the Spring, all though there will not be snow on them, which was what I was trying to capture. Snow on dead vegetation: Had a little luck with that and non-snow covered dead vegetation. The challenge here was once again the wind. So out of the dozen or so shots I learned a bit and have new goals. Till the next time enjoy this little flower skeleton with snow on it. I thought the wind blew it out of frame but apparently I got this before it did.

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The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”

Engaging in nature photography is my way of slowing down, keeping things simple, enjoying the moment and simply being. And when I see something for the first time, or in a new light, that is my reward. So when I was photographing these brown wasps as they feed among the White Aster I learned they are more than their reputation, they are a thing of wonderment.

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Messing With Effects

Late fall I took several macros of a wasp feeding on a Common Wood Aster. I found the process very eye-opening and a new-found appreciation for wasps.So when I found this one today I thought it would be cool to play with a few effects.Now don’t ask me how I got here: I am that person who noodles around till it sings to me then forget how I got there. I am going to attempt to turn this one into digital art. Not sure what medium but oil paint will be my starting point.

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A Little Too Much Flash

Tonight I found this photo I took at the end of this past fall. Since I took this shot I have learned about flash diffusers and thought it would have been nice to had one for this shot. It would have also been nice to have known how to back the flash input down, I know how to do that now, and I should have used a tripod as well.I did shot this at the far end of the zoom to lessen the impact of the flash so the tripod would have been a good thing. But none the less I like the shot and at least I have learned a bit from having a little too much flash.

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I Am A Fly Not A Bee

Not a very catchy post title but the truth none the less.I have taken a few shots of the Hoverfly in the past but never knew what they were exactly. I found them almost exclusively flying around or feeding of flowers. It turns out the Hoverfly feeds on nectar, is a pollinator and an important player in controlling the aphids. They also can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Or simply put , I am a fly not a bee, though a very important fly indeed!

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