Eastern tiger swallowtail

On our trip to Harris Neck, I got a couple of bonuses when looking for bird images.  One was the presence of some cool insect life around Woody Pond where the bird rookery was.  Another, was to discover that my Tamron 150-600 works equally well for relatively close shots as it does for distance.

There were some neat butterflies and dragonflies at the pond’s edge enjoying the wildflowers and sunshine.  I certainly couldn’t blame them since this was a beautiful morning to be out enjoying nature and all it has to offer.

I guess I have to go back to work now but, I can always dream of the next opportunity to see beauty like this and capture more images to share.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 320

All Rise

I love the beautiful colors of summer flowers especially when the sun shines through the petals as in this image.  The only challenge here is finding a balance of the light that will keep the beautiful detail of the petals and the center of the flower and still show that great back light coming through.  A tight shot on the eye of the flower helped me control the hot white of the sun.

It’s also an interesting process trying to capture these flowers that only stick around for a day or so.  Have to get it today since it will be on the way out if you wait.   I’m glad that these beauties have lots of blooms so I can enjoy them for more than a few days.  One of the great pleasures of Summer!

Yellow Day Lily
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/25 – 1/30 sec – ISO 200

Bunches of Blue

Another of the backyard flowers that has burst into bloom is this wonderful Hydrangea.  I was looking at the multitude of flowers and noticing how there is quite a bit of variety in those big mop heads.  Besides the nice pastel blue that you see from a distance, there are also white and yellow hues mixed in and when you get closer you see how many different stages of blooming are here.

In this bundle, you can see flowers that are completely open, buds that are tightly closed and some interesting little star-burst stems which I assume will soon be covered with flowers also.  This is one more instance of how little we really see when viewing things from a distance and how much we miss if we don’t get in close.

Mophead Hydrangea
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/5 – 1/400 sec – ISO 200

My Daylilies are blooming

It’s the perfect conditions for flowers, warm weather and plenty of rain.  This has really brought out the Day Lilies in my yard and the previous night’s rain also left lots of water drops this morning.

I haven’t quite figured out the best aperture to use on these shots.  This image is actually a combination of two exposures.  The flower is at f-11 and the background is f-6.3.  I took a series of exposures and couldn’t really find a sweet spot where the whole flower was sharp and the background was blurred out.  I guess I will need to keep trying on this.

Mike Moats told us at his Boot Camp about printing out blurred images and putting them on a backing to put behind subjects and block out distracting backgrounds.  In this case, I don’t mind the background itself but it was competing way too much with the shot that got all the flower detail.  So, this time I went to Photoshop to get a combination of the two.  Maybe that was the only choice for this shot.  I’m not sure.

Summer Day Lily
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 – 1/50 sec – ISO 200

Details

Sometimes, it’s the details that are most important.  When visiting Lindale Mill, I spent most of my time looking at the vast, industrial spaces and the interesting light patterns that came in through the windows.  It would have been a pity if I had not also been paying attention to the details.

There were so many interesting small things in this place.  Items like the gears and pipes shown here and all the amazing detail of the texture and color that was all around.  One of my greatest pleasures as a result of being into photography to notice these things.  So often, we pass by the details without paying any attention.  Try to focus on this more often and you will be rewarded with many amazing things that other people miss!

Lindale Mill
Lindale, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1.3 sec – ISO 800

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Bearded Iris

One of my favorite flowers of Springtime is the Iris.  I have a little patch growing near my front door that is now in bloom and always looks great.  I went out yesterday to be sure I got a few images before they got beaten up by wind or rain.  Somehow, I also got a few waterdrops on the petals just as an added bonus.

Nature is wonderful.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/40 sec – ISO 400

Portable Studio work

This weekend, in-between runs over to church to shoot Easter events, I pulled out the portable studio setup I got a while back and tried a few flower shots.  It really is amazing how being able to control the light and the background makes so much difference.  This setup is pretty easy and lets me get in close without needing to worry about what else is around.

I also used my little LED light to change angles and get the best effects for the subject.  I tried reflecting, back-lighting and all kinds of variations.  This was the one that I liked best.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  6 sec – ISO 200