Archive | January, 2015

Bugz

24 Jan

It’s Saturday!  Quite possible my favourite day of the week.  Hubster and I headed out with our cameras, he to do a test run on his new bag, me to try my hand with his tripod.  Destination?  Mt Wellington, specifically a mini-waterfall that hopefully would still be flowing situated about halfway between The Springs and The Pinnacle.

Water was flowing and I was excited.  Hubster fitted up my camera with one of his old Pentax lenses with an adapter ring, along with a something or other density filter (yep, real expert here).   All I wanted to do was take a photo of water that was a total white blur.  Sort of got what I wanted, I just need more practise.

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A change of angle to get the sun shining a bit differently gave a happier result

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But somehow I just seem to be able to stop the movement better

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What’s a post from me with out a flower?  Yes, my macro lens got a workout and I found lots of interesting things to shoot but I won’t bore everyone with everything.  I just love looking at the detail of flowers that look so teeny and uninteresting at first glance.

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Finally, as we pulled in to home a traveller jumped on board.  How often do we get to see a grasshopper from this angle?

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And look how creepy he is up close

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All in all, a great day 🙂

Oops, Flat Battery

23 Jan

Big lesson learnt tonight.  When the battery icon flashes red at the end of the day – Charge It!  I don’t know what I was thinking last night, I noticed the flashing red icon but was too caught up in the rain drop photos to compute that I needed to charge my battery.  Guess a backup battery really would be a good idea.

Before my battery went flat I managed to get a few sunset shots.  As the sun lowered tonight the sky put on a rather impressive show.

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Another lesson tonight is that I need to learn how to edit out power lines.  I think this shot would be better if the power lines weren’t there……. but I need the power lines to charge my camera battery, so I can’t be to grumpy that they are in the way.

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It’s Raining

22 Jan

As we drove home tonight from our various places of employ I wondered out loud if I would be able to capture the individual rain drops.  Suffice to say the lighting is no good, the breeze is, well breezy and the rain is now showery.

Instead I thought I would have another go at capturing the dandelions while practising my manual focus skills.  So that idea is a bust as the dandelions have all blown away.

What I found instead is the wee little blue flowers that I photographed earlier are now teeny tiny puffs very similar to dandelions.  Even better I found they have rain drops in/on them 🙂  I’m still working on the manual focus technique, I also wonder if this one would be better with a great depth of field, but it’s now raining too hard.

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I also revisited my Jasmine.  It too has rain drops on it.  The breeze was playing havoc making the flowers wave around but I managed to get one decent shot.

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I think I like my macro lens.

Antz

21 Jan

The sky is looking pretty amazing this afternoon.  It’s not quite sunset – yet, but the clouds and sun are looking pretty.  I actually headed out with my macro lens on and a dandelion as my target.  I got distracted.

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Because I can I added the dramatic tone art filter

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I have a lovely clump of Agapanthus growing.  This started from one teeny little pot bought at our local church fair probably 20 years ago.

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I love playing with my macro lens though.  It certainly gives a whole different perspective on flowers

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Finally, these little blighters are not our friends.  They leave a nasty bite, some in this household suffer worse side effects than others.  By the look of the nest we have rain on the way.  Yep, call it an old wives tale, but when these critters start building their nest up into a mound we are in for rain.

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River Dreaming

20 Jan

I had the opportunity to spend some quiet alone time today at a local dog beach watching the world go by.  I took the opportunity to try some ‘action’ shots of seagulls flying and dogs romping.  81 shots and I’ve narrowed it down to 4 to share.  These have all been cropped to show the detail.  My attempts at blurred motion action were all a failure, just lucky this is a digital experiment 🙂

First we have a seagull who dropped by to say hello.  Nothing special happening, just a curious bird.

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Then all of a sudden out of no where a flock of gulls descended on the water making all sorts of noise.  I couldn’t see what they were so happy about, the tide was heading out and the water depth was about 3 inches.

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Next, one of the gulls ‘in action’.  It’s actually quite difficult to zoom in on a flying bird.

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I don’t know who the dogs belonged to, but they were having a wow of a time.  No fighting over the ball, no barking or growling at each other, just pure joy at running in the water. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wildlife

19 Jan

Today I had a visit from a local echidna.  This one was busy digging around for ants and was upset by the family pet yapping creature.  It took a while but eventually he poked his nose out enough for me to get a shot.  He was investigating the stack of tomato stakes I have lying on the ground and when I checked back an hour later he had wandered off.

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The other backyard ornament today was Velcro, our pet cat.  Current guesstimates put her at 15.  She still regularly brings us ‘presents’ mostly field mice and rabbits, which I don’t mind as they are pests.

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I also have a number of shots of Baby Bear posing and generally being silly, but I won’t share those in the public domain…….. but she best beware, her 21st is not far away 🙂

A Day at Home

18 Jan

It’s been a quiet Sunday spent pottering at home.  I played domestic goddess – baked a loaf of bread, made pizza dough for lunch, stewed the leftover apricots and then made white choc, apricot and coconut muffins.  The muffin recipe was a new one, the finished product tastes nice, but doesn’t look as good as the uncooked muffins.  Luckily I took a photo before the oven 🙂

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As I was pottering I realised that I haven’t taken any shots of my orchid.  Baby Bear bought it for me for Christmas.  I love orchids but have never attempted to grow one before.  So far so good.  I lost the unopened buds at the start due to over watering.  😦  Just hope that I didn’t do any permanent damage.  Luckily I have a couple of friends that grow lots and lots of orchids, so I have access to plenty of hints and tips.

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