Firey Fall colors

On a sunny November day you can still find some amazing light and color to brighten the landscape.  Although most of the leaves are on the ground these days, not everything has gone barren yet.  I am really enjoying the cool weather.  Not in a hurry for winter now even though Christmas is on its way!

Hope you all are getting out and enjoying this season as well.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

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Blazing barberry

Most of the autumn color in the trees has faded here but there are still a number of bushes that are displaying great fall shades.  This barberry bush in my yard is covered in red, orange and yellow hues which shine in the sun.  I just had to get a shot and share this will everyone!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400

Four-alarm fire

Most of the vehicles at Old Car City are, well … old cars.  There are some trucks here and in a few cases, specialty vehicles like this old fire engine.  Though there is no squad of men keeping this one polished on a regular basis now, it still demands attention.  The lights that once flashed to get traffic out of the way, are now the one remaining spot of brilliant red.  All else has faded and the rust has started to eat at that once sparkling finish.

Somehow, I can still envision the light coming to life and the sirens blaring out their warning.  I see men pulling on their boots and coats and running to jump on as she roars off to rescue a cat up a tree or extingush a blazing fire.  It is amazing how a few little details can conjure up such vivid pictures!

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
78mm @ f/18 – 1/3 sec – ISO 200

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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

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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

Surprise Blossom

I have been enjoying the many blossoms of Spring in Atlanta lately.  There are so many trees and shrubs and bulbs bursting out right now.  At the same time, I have some plants that I bring inside when the weather turns cold.  I have not brought them back out yet because we keep having these dramatic swings in the weather that produce harsh wind and rain.

I noticed a couple of weeks ago the one of the two Amaryllis bulbs that I have acquired over the last few years as Christmas gifts, was sprouting leaves.  The other one seemed to be doing nothing.  Suddenly, the second bulb put out a long shoot without having any leaves come out and boom, two big, red Amaryllis flowers appear!

We see so many of these around the winter holiday season and it’s not a flower you really associate with Spring but, this was so eye-popping that I thought I would share it today.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  5 sec – ISO 400

More ice than snow

Atlanta was on the watch for a big snow storm Friday night.  There was a little snow but it was more icy than snow-covered Saturday morning.  Even though it was below freezing, the ice was melting off when the sun came out but I was able to capture some of the ice encapsulated plants.

This shot is of ice covered Nandina berries.  I got some nice starburst patterns by shooting into the sun with a small aperture.  Oooh, sparkly!

Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/50 sec – ISO 100