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Archive for July, 2010

These are known as Balloon Flowers, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the dried remnants.  The buds grow into a shape that looks like a hot air balloon, then the seams release and it opens into a five-petal blossom.

Manual exposure
1/400 sec
f/1.8
ISO 200

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After several hot scorching days with no rain and watering restrictions we had a few drenching downpours.  The garden and lawns were happy again.

Manual exposure
1/250 sec
f/1.8
ISO 200

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I’ve been shooting in manual mode for several of these last images in my quest to become more comfortable with settings until it becomes second nature.  I’ve also been looking at composition, setting up these shots so the focal point is cropped by the frame, as shown here and in the previous Hydangea image.  I like the results; it’s something I want to continue to try.

Manual exposure
1/400 sec
f/1.8
ISO 200

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Soft hues of paper-like petals on a Rose of Sharon tree, speckled with water droplets after a rainstorm.

Manual exposure
1/1,600 sec
f/1.8
ISO 200

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Another image captured with the 50mm f/1.8

ISO 200
1/200 sec at F/1.8
Manual Exposure

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Julie’s series of Lupin Photos shot with her 50mm and her Lensbaby inspired me get out my 50mm.  A grey overcast day following a rainstorm was the perfect opportunity to use the fast f/1.8 lens.  This had a bit of a Lensbaby look to me.  I was really pleased with the soft colors in the background. 

ISO 200
1/400 sec at f/1.8
Manual exposure

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This bumblebee was busy chowing down on the butterfly bush blossoms; he didn’t seem to notice my presence at all which gave me plenty of time to capture him at work.

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This dragonfly was staring me down – head on.  I think he was waiting to see who would blink first.

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Dragonfly

I’ve been so impressed by some of the other dragonfly photos I’ve seen on the virtual photowalk and it inspired me to seek out my own dragonfly images.  No dedicated macro lens in my kit yet so I wasn’t able to get as much detail as I’d like, but it was still a fun exercise and I’ll keep trying for “the shot.”  If you’d like to see some of the shots that inspired me check out the links below.

here and here – Terri

here and here – Clara

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The country club near our house puts on a fireworks display every year, giving me the perfect opportunity to practice trying to capture some images without the crowds.  All images were ISO 100, the first one was 4 sec. at f/11, the other 4 were 10 sec. at f/11.

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