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Why I’ve been away for a while

These two. Meet baby sister and puppy ❤

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1/80 sec at f/5.0, ISO 400, Sony a55 w/ 55mm macro lens

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Baby Sister, Family, Macro lens, Puppy, Sony DSLR A55

 

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Footerfly

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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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Fun with dandelions, pyro style

Just another night, hanging out together.

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1/640 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

With my camera was set to continuous advance, this was the next picture. It went up FAST!
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1/640 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

Am I the only one that sees a face screaming into a microphone?
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1/320 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

This one was a much slower burn. It reminds me of a burning marshmallow.
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1/320 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

This final cluster was a little stubborn…
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1/500 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

…but eventually they got going and produced my favourite picture of the night 🙂
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1/400 sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600, Sony a55 w/50mm macro lens, tripod

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Fire, Flower, Macro lens, Sony DSLR A55

 

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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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Fun with shutter speed – bridge edition

One thing about working downtown, right by the Legislature and the river valley, I have a lot of subject options 🙂 The other day day, part of my lunchtime photography stroll took me to the High Level Bridge.  I decided to play around with shutter speed using full manual mode; usually I play around with aperture in the aperture priority mode.  Although I was in the shade, it was a sunny day and I’d already set my ISO to 100.  I set a higher f-stop (small aperture size) to go along with my slower shutter speed to avoid blowing out my shot while capturing motion.

In my first try, I captured both car and pedestrian blur.
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1/8 sec at f/32, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/50mm macro

I think this next one is pretty neat, with just a hint of the wheels left, almost ghost-like, with the U of A’s Biological Science’s building in the background.
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1/10 sec at f/32, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/50mm macro

And one last full car blur.
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1/10sec at f/32, ISO 100, Sony a55 w/50mm macro

 

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