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Just another flower picture… I really like the colors in this one.  

Shutter Speed – 1/60 sec.
Aperture – f/5.6
ISO 250
184 mm

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Defying Gravity

Rather mystifying how most of these tendrils of plant-life defy gravity and just reach to the heavens.

Shutter Speed – 1/250 sec.
Aperture – f/13
ISO 200
218 mm

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It’s aged and has seen better days, but I still found this old dock very appealing with it’s colors, textures and wonderful geometric shapes.

Shutter Speed – 1/640 sec.
Aperture – f/5.6
ISO 200
119 mm

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… from the curse of vandalism and graffiti.  Not far from the heron shots we came across this colorful “art” scrawled on a concrete retaining wall.  I guess it was easier to access at low tide, because it was right at the edge of the marshy water as we drifted by.

Shutter Speed – 1/640 sec
Aperture – f/5.6
ISO 200
237 mm

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The heavy cloud cover from earlier in the day was starting to break, giving way to a magnificent sunset. 

I should have taken a second shot to show what a little selective in-camera cropping can do to improve the image – this shot was taken in a parking lot, catching the sun setting over a dune on the far side.  By zooming in to capture just the top edge of the dune in silhouette I managed to eliminate the cars parked just below the dune making it look as if I was in the middle of pristine countryside.

Shutter Speed – 1/400 sec.
Aperture – f/6.3
ISO 400
300 mm

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This fellow was kind enough to take as stroll near the water’s edge so I could include a nice reflection in this shot.

Shutter Speed – 1/640 sec.
Aperture – f/6.3
ISO 200
300 mm

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Yesterday I had the good fortune to get fairly close to some great white heron when we took the Discovery Wetlands Tour through some marshland on the north shore.  I took advantage of this opportunity to practice using shutter priority to capture the action.

Shutter Speed – 1/640 sec.
Aperture – f/6.3
ISO 200
300 mm

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I found this dried Cosmo in my garden a few days ago.  It seemed like the perfect candidate for a little processing to give it an aged look.  The top photo is just some minor adjustments and sharpening.  The middle image had a Lightroom preset applied – Matt’s Morning Glow.  The last image had another LR preset applied – PH Aged In a Box, with some additional adjustments to saturation and color.  So – which is your favorite?

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Dockside

I really like the textures and colors you find in old wood, weathered paint and metal coated with natural patina.  I boosted the contrast and sharpened it a bit to bring out some of the details.

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 168mm
ISO 400

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Neglected

Looks like this boat could use a little TLC but she’s still got some pride.  The windows almost look like eyes to me; I feel like she’s trying to tell me a story.

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 135mm
ISO: 400

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The first lily of the season bloomed today.  I look forward to these every year; they provide a plethora of photo opportunities so you’ll be seeing more as time goes by.

Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec.
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Lengh: 70mm
ISO 1000

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