Todays post was going to be another ‘something new’ post. About nature again. About flowers again. Yesterday I noticed another type of unfamiliar flower bud. This morning the sun was just right, so I put on my micro lens and went to the backyard. I didn’t even notice the ants until I was looking through the lens. Bonus!
I do have one issue (ok, let’s say another) with macro photography, my eyesight. Does anyone else have this issue. I think the subject is in focus, and guess what- it’s not. I have started wearing my readers when I take a macro shot, not very convenient, but it works. Ok, since I’m being honest, another issue is that I can’t seem to stay still. Is it time to pull out the tripod for every shot I take? Ugh. Do most of you use a tripod for Macros? Any helpful tips?
The first picture, I just liked ;) The second is, well… the ant.
New place, new plants. This tree, which is in our yard, was full of little white blossoms for about two weeks, now it’s all green… still very pretty. Correct me if I’m wrong… but I believe this is a Cherry Blossom tree.
Nature is incredible… each day I see a new bud, flower, leaf, plant… it really is amazing how much there is to see. These buds appeared the other day, I have no idea what they are or what they will become, but it sure is fun watching them progress.
A few close-ups of Spring (taken a few weeks ago).
Blink and you will miss it! The beginning of Spring that is. One day the tree branches are bare, then you notice small buds and then… bam… the trees have leaves! It’s incredible, the different scents, colors, textures, shapes…. amazing.
I took the images below, of a Saucer-Cup Magnolia, on a bike ride in my neighborhood. There are so many beautiful trees right outside my front door. :)
Having made several trips to Austin in the past two months, I can tell you wildflowers in central Texas are in full bloom. With each passing trip we would see more and more, and then rain! Well, needless to say- there are some happy flowers in Texas… and happy bees, butterflies, birds…
Last weekend as we were making our way home, we counted 27 different wildflower varieties. I was drawn to the thistle flower, as were butterflies. Besides being a beautiful flower, thistles remind me of my Mom. I have memories of taking walks with her in Hemmoor, Germany (where she grew up) and her pointing out the thistle flowers to me. She would point out other flowers as well, but the thistle seemed to make an impression on her (and me too).
- National emblem of Scotland
- Symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth
- The name chardonnay, the french grape, is believed to have its origin from the word Thistle (in a round about way)
Rain. A word that had almost disappeared from many of our vocabularies in Texas and other parts of the US. I am happy to report, we are using that word again! Yes, it has been raining…often. In fact, with our warmer temperatures and new-found rain, plant are beginning to show signs of spring.
The pictures below are of plants in my back yard. Photoshop & PhotoFrames definitely played a part in their processing.
Why don’t cameras come with a fully charged battery? I know, I know… this is a very minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of life. However, as most of us are excited to play with our new toys as soon as they arrive, I was a bit disappointed I unfortunately could not. The Sigma DP2s charged overnight and here are few images I shot this morning in the back yard. I took pictures of the same rosemary plant (different blossom, same plant), so you and I both can compare the outcome. When you compare the images from todays post to the last post, keep in mind the lighting (much sunnier day with the Coolpix) and I did slightly increase the saturation on the Coolpix image, the ones below are straight out of the camera.
Even with the Sigma’s fixed lens, I think this camera is a keeper. Yes, there are a few items I would change on the camera, but over all (in my mind) it beats the Nikon Coolpix I recently returned. Of course it does not by any means beat my D3oo (I had to put a plug in for Nikon, because Nikon still is at the top of my list for DSLRs).
- Greater depth of field (even over the Nikon at the same fstop), from the info. I have read I believe the larger image sensor is the reason.
- Easier to see! I don’t need to put on my readers to read the screen, the exposure meter reading is not a bar, rather +/- and a number, this is much easier to read on the LCD monitor
- Faster, still not FAST, but faster. At least I can set up for another picture as the last one is processing (could not do this with the Coolpix)
- No viewfinder. Yes, I can purchase one for a bit over $150 – but doubt that will happen.
Now I am not saying there are only three Pros and one Con to this camera, but that is my list after shooting 19 pictures. Give me some time and I am sure the list will change, hopefully the Pros list will be the one growing!