Lluvia means Rain

One of several acts from Luzia where the ceiling opened up to bring the rain was this duo of Cyr Wheel artists.  One was twirling in the air, the other spinning inside a big metal wheel while a downpour drenched them both.

How the performers do these amazing feats with all that water being dumped on them without drowning or slipping off the stage is beyond me!  It is also a very cool to see the water dripping and spraying all over.  A fantastic show.

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
270mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 2500

Luzia – Light and Rain

On Sunday, we went to see the Cirque du Soliel show – Luzia which is now playing at Atlantic Station.  The show’s inspiration is Mexico and the title is a combination of the Spanish words for light (Luz) and rain (LLuvia) which are both prominenet in the show.

The spectacle is impressive in this production.  There are a number of large-scale animal puppets (similar to those used on Broadway for Lion King and War Horse) that are pretty amazing.  The image above shows the big, silver horse that appear several times along with the masked wrestler and the clown, an everpresent character in Cirque shows.

I was happy to see that the restrictions on photography have been relaxed here.  It was a bit confusing to determine what the rules were.  As long as you don’t use flash and you’re not trying to video the whole show, it’s pretty much OK.  I had someone tell me on the way in that I couldn’t use my camera at all during the show but then, at the opening of the show, they announced that photography was allowed.

In any case, I would recommend this show as it was very well done and amazing to watch.  The one thing I would warn people of was the contortionist.  This act is mind-blowing but also somewhat disturbing.  The guy bends totally in half, backwards and twists himself literally into a pretzel.  Made me kind of queazy.

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/5.6 – 1/160 sec – ISO 2500

 

Purple fringe

Maybe I’m a little lazy but sometimes that pays off too.  I don’t have a perfectly groomed yard.  It’s a bit too much work for me.  So, I have decided that by not weeding all the time, I get to see what some of those un-planned gifts that nature can bring.

I noticed these little purple flowers in the back of my yard recently.  Instead of just pulling or spraying them, I took one inside and set up my portable studio.  Even if it isn’t something that you see for sale at the florists, I love the textures and colors of this plant.  It is also a benefit of macro photography that almost any subject can be interesting when given some good lighting and a clean background.

All things considered, I think I will continue to let things run wild a bit and try to notice what Mother Nature decides to plant in my yard.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 3 sec – ISO 200

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Not a tomato

I keep finding these little yellow “fruits” in my backyard.  They actually grow on little weeds that keep cropping up.  Through the summer, these are small thorn-covered plants that I try to pull up.  The thorns often keep me from just grabbing them so, some survive.  In the fall, you seee the yellow fruit which look just like cherry tomatoes.

I was interested in them because of the color, the thorns and the shape.  It seemed like something to study for a nature composition.  The leaf is actually from a hydrangea which was larger and had nicer texture than the weed.  It is amazing to see what nature produces in the things we normally ignore.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.2 sec – ISO 200

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #fruit #hydrangea #yellow #leaves #macro #Nature #Photography  #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

Crowd of Chrysanthemum

Today, I thought a little color would be appropriate.  I’ve been wishing for those beautiful fall leaves but that isn’t here yet.  A close-up view of a group of brightly-colored chrysanthemum flowers will have to do.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.2 sec – ISO 200

Buds ‘n Berries

Autumn presents color in many forms.  It has not been very visible in the leaves so far but there are lots of red berries in evidence now.  The dogwood trees look a little distressed when you view the leaves but the iconic berries are bright and beautiful.

I pushed the contrast and detail on the processing here to make this more of a graphic image.  Liked the way the lighting makes them jump out and scream for attention.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.4 sec – ISO 200

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon #berries #dogwood

Maple and Dogwood

I had to go find the maple leaf but the dogwood tree is right in my own backyard.  Late afternoon light provided the stark contrast and nice shadows.  The trees are finally showing some color so, maybe I will get the chance to capture some nice autumn scenery this weekend.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/22 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #maple #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

Hawkeye

After the presentation at Wild Birds Unlimited, we got an added bonus. Pete Griffing invited a couple of us into the back room for a close up session with one of the raptors.  We got to be up close and personal with the red-winged hawk that he brought and she was fabulous.

It is totally amazing to see animals like this so nearby.  Pete was very clear in letting people know that these are not house pets.  They may be more used to people than a fully wild bird but they can still easily tear someone up with the talons and sharp beaks if they are the least bit threatened.  We were only a few inches away but I definitely had a healthy respect for the power that could be unleashed if we weren’t careful.  I’m glad we had a handler who knew what he was doing and what to expect from this wonderful animal.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
165mm @ f/8 – 1/40 sec – ISO 1600

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Suite October

On Sunday, we were invited by a friend to attend a free concert.  The production was as good as anything that you would get dressed up for and drive downtown to go see.  The Atlanta Wind Symphony, founded in 1979, is one of the oldest community bands in the Atlanta area.  The volunteer musicians spend many hours practicing and preparing for these wonderful performances and I can say, they do a fantastic job.  If you get the chance, be sure to go out and see these excellent musicians when you can.

The AWS is a musical outlet for some of Atlanta’s finest musicians. Over the course of more than three decades, the AWS has become internationally respected for its musical excellence, service to the community and contribution to music education. A nonprofit 501c(3) corporation, the AWS receives grants from individuals, foundations, corporations and the Fulton County Arts Council.

Atlanta Wind Symphony
Milton High School
Milton, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/10 – 1/13 sec – ISO 1600

#AtlantaWindSymphony #MiltonHighSchool #concert #SuiteOctober #WithMyTamron

Red-tailed Hawk

On Saturday, we went over to Wild Birds Unlimited in Alpharetta to listen to Pete Griffon from the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center talk about raptors.  Pete brought three owls, a Screech, Barred and a Great Horned owl and a Red-tailed hawk to show the group.  It was a great presentation and everyone enjoyed learning about these magnificent birds.

The animals that are kept at the wildlife center are all victims of some accident or physical issue that prevents them from being released back into the wild.  It is very sad to hear how many beautiful, wild animals are injured because of the carelessness of man.  At least we can learn more about them and hopefully, be more respectful so that this happens less often.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/20 sec – ISO 1250

#Alpharetta #CharlieElliottWildlifeCenter #GeorgiaDepartmentOfNaturalResources #hawk #PeteGriffon #raptor #raptors #RedTailedHawk #WildBirdsUnlimited #Georgia #WithMyTamron #nature