I will often have breakfast at the same time I check my emails and messages in the mornings before the sun rises. The cat often joins me while I’m trying to work on the laptop.
By the way, Abby Gail (the cat) was mesmerized by the flashing light of the timer on the camera. (I used a remote trigger in combination with the timer).
I believe this is a Ceraunus Blue, Hemiargus ceraunus
Taken during the week of 52Frames’ Macro challenge (2018).
I am thrilled with this shot even though it’s a reject. I’ve been trying to capture a decent picture of this tiny beautiful butterfly for a very long time. You have to be extremely slow approaching butterflies. I think of it as stalking to shoot (with a camera). This particular species is especially skittish. I was with this little one for a good fifteen minutes and discovered it will open its wings when the sun comes out from behind the clouds. Patience will always win.
I apologize for two posts in one day. I am all caught up now. Hopefully, this will not happen again. Enjoy!
I was pulling up wild sunflowers running amok earlier this week when I realized I needed to empty out the left side of my ComposT-Twin due to the right side being full and needing to turn into “black gold”. Since I was messing around with compost, I decided to play with compost for this week’s theme. I staged our current kitchen scraps, some of the “black gold” that came straight out of the compost tumbler, and the kitchen pail (with a vegetable baggie).
This post is one week late as I never got around to doing week 4. Ugh! This week will be coming up shortly. Enjoy.
Hairy Texas Bluebonnet plant — Lupinus texensis (Fabaceae)
I struggled mightily with this challenge. I was going outside my comfort zone using items I rarely shoot. I was not happy with any of the pictures I obtained. FYI: I’m happiest shooting macro in nature. Texas in the wintertime can be boring brown.
I was thrilled to see dew on the ground Saturday morning while the sun was rising. I immediately gathered up my camera, tripod, went outdoors, and lost track of time. I challenged myself and shot something with depth to it (as opposed to being mostly flat). This is the result.
I am in love with the result of focus stacking; but, I’m not in love with the amount of work involved. It doesn’t help that I don’t know (or lack confidence in) what I’m doing.
Shot during the 52Frames, Opposite Attracts, challenge week (2018)
I came up with this staged picture when my first consistency shot didn’t quite fill what I needed or wanted for the challenge. I piled blue tinted and clear glass of varying sizes around some candles on a pie plate. I was shooting for the illusion of looking across a lake that was lit afire. The edges of the pie plate was a plus — looks like white mountains. This was going to be my submission if I could not get the self-portrait I wanted with my husband.
I played around a couple of weeks ago with the concept of focus stacking. I knew it was going to be an extra credit portion for the 52Frame’s macro challenge. Since I was playing around, I didn’t try to be perfect with taking pictures.
I took three macro shots of the same plant but each one was focused on a different part of the plant. The first picture focused at the bottom. The second in the center. And, the third at the top. (All three were taken with an aperture of f/2.8.)
I then tried my hand at focus stacking with these three pictures yesterday. I was absolutely floored at the result. Check out my first attempt at focus stacking:
I whiled away my time in New Braunfels on January 21st while Dan worked at his office. He had a meeting that day. So, I took him to work and picked him up since he couldn’t drive with a broken collarbone. I was a little punch drunk by the time I returned home as I was operating with just 4 to 5 hours of sleep.
Oh, I didn’t tell you? I stayed up to help my astronomy loving man with his mega-sized telescope to watch the lunar eclipse. One of the pieces is 40 pounds! There was no way I was going to let him do it by himself with a broken collarbone. It was fun and I now can claim to have seen a lunar eclipse. I never had the inclination to stay up to watch one.
Anyway, here are a few pictures I took while in New Braunfels, Texas. Enjoy.
Ghosts on the Comal River
Fishing on the Guadalupe
Shot from Faust Street Bridge
Tried my hand shooting through a “keyhole” which is a bridge support column.
Shot while on Faust Street Bridge