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1/4000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, Sony a55 w/ 50mm macro lens

 
 

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Aperture and Depth of Field

During a recent visit to the lake, as the dog and I were strolling through the forest next door, I decided to play with the aperture settings on my camera. After settling on looking up a poplar tree for my experiment, I rested the camera body on the tree and aimed my 50mm macro lens up towards the sky.

First, I wanted a very narrow depth of field, so I set my f-stop quite low. This meant the aperture was wide open, letting lots of light in:

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1/400 sec at f/3.5, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/50 mm macro lens

Then, to see how the same photo would look like with a wider depth of field, I opted for a larger f-stop. This meant the aperture was narrower, not letting in as much light.  I was having trouble focusing on the same spot as the last photo, so while it’s not a perfect compassion, it still works.

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1/100 sec a f/11, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/50 mm macro lens

You can tell the difference in light by the shutter speed difference between the two shots.  I don’t know about you, but I kind of like the abstract nature of the first shot.

 
 

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Morning butterflies by the lake

The other morning, out at the lake, little Munchkin was begging to go for a quad ride.  And since that was preferable to another viewing of ‘The Little Mermaid’, down to the lake we went.  Well, we get to the docks and what do we see? There, on the gravel boat launch, is a flutter of butterflies.

( Yup, that’s right – a group of butterflies is called a ‘flutter’.  The more you know 😉 )

Inwardly, I was cursing for not having my camera at hand. But luckily, it was easy enough to convince little girl to go for a ride back to camp and back.

I didn’t bother switching lenses, so I was ‘stuck’ with my zoom. I count at least four different types of butterflies and now I just need to figure out what they are! Any ideas?

I really like this pretty blue one, it was beautiful in the sun.
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1/2000 sec at f/13, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

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1/160 sec at f/11, ISO 200, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

There was this guy, dark and dapper
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1/160 sec atf/11, ISO 200, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

Little orange
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1/160 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

And these guys. These were by far the most abundant and gregarious.

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1/100 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

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1/100 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

Here’s a (blurry) close up
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1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/75-300mm zoom lens

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Butterfly, Nature, Sony DSLR A55, Summer, Zoom lens

 

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Baby bluebirds!

Hey, remember these guys ?  Well, guess what they did?  They had a little brood of 5 babies (right in the hitch of the 5th wheel!).  It was a challenging to take pictures, there wasn’t much room to maneuver the lens and no way to set up the tripod.  The pictures aren’t as crisp as I would like, but anyways, here they are!

Here you can see all 5 chicks.
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1/15 sec at f/5.0, ISO 1600, Sony a55

Close up
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1/8 sec at f/5.0, ISO 1600, Sony a55

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Bird, Sony DSLR A55, Summer

 

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It’s the first full day of summer!

I know I blogged recently about the un-official start of summer, but today is the first full day of official summer! Where I live, summer technically started last night at 11:04pm, but that barely counts 😉

In honour of summer, I offer this picture of a male and female mountain bluebird for your consideration.

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1/160 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/75-300 zoom lens

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Bird, Sony DSLR A55, Summer, Zoom lens

 

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Pretty in Pink

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1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 100, Sony a5 w/55mm macro

 
 

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Because SUMMER!

Ah, May long weekend 🙂 The un-official start of summer and the sign that it’s time to plant the garden outside. Time for gardening, camping, fishing and generally enjoying the outdoors without a million layers 😉

I meant to post this on Friday, at the start of ‘summer’, but summer got in the way. Because, you know, SUMMER!

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1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/ 50mm macro

This was my start to summer, after work sangria with awesome coworkers! In a KING jar, no less.

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1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/ 50mm macro

*sluuurp* ahhhhh!

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Galaxy S3 cell phone

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Food, GalaxyS3, Macro lens, Sony DSLR A55, Summer

 

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