Spring took a long time to finally reach us this year. Its been a long, cold and dark winter. But I take great joy at the sunshine, longer days and warmth that we have ahead of us. My flowering trees are enjoying the sun as well.
And now please head over to the super talented Iris Nelson to see what her serenity is for this month.
Its been a while since I wrote a blog post and I thought now would be a great time to do so. We just recently completed a big basement finishing project and in doing so I created a new space just for me and my studio. I’ve been getting quite a few questions about what I shoot with and how I set up the studio so I thought I would write a post about just that, my gear with links. But before I do that, I thought I would share some photos of the new space:
For cameras I have two bodies – Canon 5DMIII and Canon 7DMII:
For wildlife I use a Sigma 150-600 and a Canon 100-400L:
My main light for my studio is an Alien Bees AB800:
And the frame and fabric for the standup reflector I use:
For the rest of my gear, here is a link to my Amazon website to show you what else I shoot with:
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
This was my first time visiting a sunflower field. I had heard and seen some amazing things about a local field that was a haven to birds like Indigo Buntings and Goldfinches. I thought I would drive the hour to go see for myself. I was armed with both my cameras, one for distance and one for wide, so I could try my hand in sunflower shooting. And while it was super hot and sticky and buggy and very crowded I managed to get a few shots I liked, even though the Indigo Buntings were not all that interested in posing for me in the field. I saw them in the trees though. Here is how I spent my evening.
For more serenity, please head over to the super talented Nadeen Flynn, northern California natural light photographer for her photos this month.
I know you are probably thinking I am loosing my mind saying there is serenity in weeding but let me explain. First of all I am the furthest from a good gardener. I really know nothing about what it is like to have a green thumb. That said, 15 months ago I purchased a few small plants to designate a small part of my yard as a butterfly and hummingbird garden. My first mistake was not to mark what and where I planted these teeny plants. My second mistake was to not keep control of the weeds in this area. So last summer, I was pretty disappointed in the growth of this garden. However, this year the two butterfly bushes and Joe Pye weeds decided to grow like crazy as well as a couple of other miscellaneous plants that I *think* I planted. However, again this year I let the weeds overtake this area and I decided this weekend I needed to tackle it.
OK why is this serenity, well the hours I have spent out in my little garden allowed me to be up close and personal to some of the most beautiful tiny creatures that share my backyard with me. I grabbed my macro lens and in between weeding I captured the beauty of these creatures that lives in their own small little world.
Here is a sampling of the critters that posed for me. Most of these bugs I didn’t bother to identify but I did recognize a woolly caterpillar, some butterflies, a host of baby tree frogs (oh so cute) and of course some flowers.
And now please head over to the talented Eileen Critchley and see her fancy new blog and her photos that she has for us this week.
This month I am excited to be joining in on The Serenity Project with some of my talented photographer friends. Once a month we all share what serenity means to us and take photos. This month, as we are just now leaving a cold spell, I find my serenity in the warmth of the spring days and the bright sunshine on our faces and leaves.
I also find serenity in tiny blossoms, aka weeds, that surround my house at the edge of the forrest.
Please keep the circle going by heading over to see what Nadeen has for us this month.
I am lucky that my cherry tree decided to hold off blooming until after all that nastiness we got in the middle of the month. Now I can enjoy some beautiful cherry blossoms for this Macro Monday. I used my Helios and did some freelensing. We were lucky to have one day this weekend with amazing weather. Bring on spring!
And now head over to the talented Iris Nelson to see her Macro Monday shots. 🙂
Yesterday morning we got yet another dusting of snow, just before the first day of spring. But before it all melted off the trees, I grabbed my macro and captured some shots as the sun was just rising.
And now head over to the super talented Tiffany Kelly to see her macro shots on the first day of spring. 😀
Happy Macro Monday. It was a brutally cold weekend around here just to prep ourselves for the Nor’easter headed this way. But before we are buried under a foot or more of snow (I’m still holding on to the fact that it could be just a rumor) I went outside to take a few photos of the almost blooming magnolia with my new Lensbaby Trio set to twist on my Fuji to practice and see if it would do a little freelensing. I hope the flowers survive the deep freeze this week and still blossom.
I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. It was pretty hard to freelens but that could just mean I need more practice on a nicer day.
I also shot a few with my canon macro lens too. Here is my fave:
And now head over to the amazing Tiffany Kelly and see what she has for us on this Monday.