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

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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

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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