Blowin’ in the Wind

We were out wandering yesterday and I spotted these fronds of decorative grasses blowing about.  I was trying to find a way to get the last of the autumn color in the trees behind this but it ended up that shooting toward the bright sky gave a better view of the delicate detail and fluffs lining them.

Fortunately for me, the sun was bright because the wind made keeping the grass in focus a challenge and it would have been impossible without a fairly high shutter speed.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/9 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 400

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Rusty Crusty Gold

Saturday was the start of a photo marathon for me.  First on the schedule, the annual field trip with Roswell Photographic Society to Old Car City in White, Georgia.  This is always a great site for amazing shapes and textures that you find in an auto junkyard.

Some of the cars here are really old and others are just beat up junkers.  Regardless of the make or model, each one has something interesting to look at.  It is also a place where nature starts to re-claim the metal hulks that were once kings of the road.  In this case, there is moss growing on the chrome in conjunction with the cracked and peeling paint.  All together, the texture symphony is pretty cool.

Wanna jump in and take a ride?

Old Car City
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/14 – 1/20 sec – ISO 200

Drip, drip, drip

Yes, we have had some rainy weather but there is still a lot of beautiful stuff to see.  This is an isolated shot of a raindrop at the tip of a dogwood leaf.  I was attracted by the water but the combination of detail in the leaf and the great bokeh of the fall colors in the surrounding area is what made this for me.

Nature is forever giving amazing sights for those who take the time to look.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
140mm @ f/10 – 1/400 sec – ISO 800

About to drip

We went very quickly from Summer to Autumn around here.  The recent rains really bring out the colors but also knock down alot of the leaves.  The ground is carpeted with them now but, I hope we will continue to see the beautiful colors for a while.

I wish we could get a commitment on what season it is.  Should have a cold snap the next couple of days but, it could be warm and sunny quickly after that.  I guess I should enjoy what fall weather we have since it will look like winter before we know it!

Maple trees after a rain
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/10 – 1/160 sec – ISO 800

Sparkling Raindrops

Some much needed rain fell this weekend and continues to make the fall scenery a bit wet.  I am not happy with the cloudy periods but when the sun breaks through, there are some really spectacular sights.

This nandina bush is heavy with little red berries and the raindrops hang from the ends of the bunches.  When you can get a view of the sun behind these drops, there are fantastic starbursts that shine off the edges.  This is a natural effect and not something added by a filter.  It is really neat to see.

Nandina berries after a rain
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/10 – 1/125 sec – ISO 800

Autumn color

Well, there is definitely some color in the trees around Atlanta now.  It’s kind of a weird blend.  Some trees have turned brown and dropped most leaves, some are getting the colors in and others are still green.

I went out and gathered some examples from around my yard.  Maple, sweet gum and dogwood leaves together make a nice combination.  I don’t know that the weather is helping with the change.  It keeps going from cold to warm.  Hopefully, the change will be more complete in the coming weeks.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 500

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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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