When you get old and worn out it takes a special person to see the real beauty in you.
Rain and heavy overcast skies kept us from seeing the blood moon last week but the night before the moon looked like this. At least in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living). I managed to grab a few shots before the clouds moved in.
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In honor of Earth Day, I’m recycling the first test post made for this blog in January of last year. Happy Earth Day!
First the bad news: birds are always trying to come into my house through the window. The window is not open so they usually are in for a big surprise when they don’t get in. A little bird tried to get in the other day and left his mark on the window. The good news is he (she?) seemed fine and flew away. The feather left stuck to the window is about half an inch (about 13 mm) long and I wanted to get a shot of it. This was shot from the opposite side of the window that the bird hit. The equipment I used to get this shot was the Nikon D600 with 100mm macro lens, 3 extension tubes and a focusing rail, all mounted on a tripod. This was only the second time I used the rail and it works very well. Both the tubes and the rail came from Amazon, which gets them from Adorama only Amazon offers free shipping.
Most alert readers know I have a problem with photo titles. And post titles. Even this photo lacks a decent title by most peoples standards, even though some think the title should be obvious (although I do like “2955” for it).
Though the ice was melted quite a bit, some folks can’t resist getting one more day of ice fishing in. I shot this from the shore with a long zoom since I didn’t want to step out on the ice. After all, I’m not getting hazardous duty pay.
I shot these at the Lamberton Conservatory a while back. They have a small but excellent collection of cactus and thorny plants and some of them are quite old. Some Saguaro plants live to be 150-200 years old, but I think no one really knows for sure. They do make great subjects for photos, though.
If anyone fines these erotic please don’t tell me.
There was still some ice on Braddock Bay marina when I shot this last month, probably all gone now. The yellowish color is from sediment and vegetation in the shallow water at the docks. These slips will be filled with boats very soon, if not already. Fishermen gotta fish!
Bonus pic: my new car. care to guess what it is?
Since the last post, the D600 was returned from Nikon with a new shutter and firmware and I needed to check it out. But outside it’s cold, wind and rain mixed with snow and generally not pleasant. The tulips on the table are looking pretty good to me now. There is a nice soft light from the south window and it falls nicely on the tulips. All shots taken with the D600 and macro lens. The shots had 50mm of extension tubes added. These shots turned out to be more experimental than I had planned as all of my default settings were gone, replaced by the new software Nikon installed. Of course, I did not have a list on my default settings so I had to play around with the camera more than I like to. But at least it’s warm and dry inside.
By the way, the tests showed no sign of the persistent sensor spots I had seen before I sent the camera in for repair. Essentially, it’s a new camera. Actually, better than new.
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