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

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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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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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Patterns

Nature is full of patterns which we often do not see.  You have to look closely.  When you take the time to do this, you will find amazing worlds.  This is a macro image of a hydrangea leaf.  The veins seem to cut bright roads through verdant hills.  The edge of the leaf is a saw blade or the ridge of a dinosaur’s back.

I will never cease to be amazed by the glory of nature’s beauty.  It is always right in front of us but not always noticed.  I guess that is true of all really good things in life.  We need to make an effort to appreciate how lucky we are!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

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

That’s not my leaf

This arrangement is my attempt to copy Mike Moats in combining leaves with interesting tree bark as a background.  Many of the fabulous shots that Mike shows use birch trees which are not plentiful around here.  There are however, many sweet gum trees in the Atlanta area so, that’s what I went with.  Putting this vibrant red maple leaf on the surface of the gum tree made a nice composition.

It may not be a smooth white backdrop with curls of paper-thin bark peeling up but there is plenty of texture and contrast.  It works for me!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 400

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