Spring is springing, the blossoms are blooming and the butterflies are flying! 😎 Exciting stuff. At lunch I noticed these butterflies swarming around like my brother at an all you can eat buffet. I grabbed the macro lens and went to town. It was awesome! Later I identified them as Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral butterflies. The sun was high so everything was nice and contrasty and colour rich. Boo ya!
In the pub “Bobby’s Place” in Moose Jaw, there are his and hers bathrooms like in any other public house. However, in Bobby’s the doors are labeled “Laddies” and “Ladies”. I watched for over an hour as woman after woman went through the “Laddies” door! bwahahaah… 😀 They all came out with the same shock & awe embarrassment face! . . . That little anecdote has nothing to do with this blog post other than it’s about Macro Photography of Lady Bugs. 😉 Sorry for the red herring. Anyways, nabbed these shots of this lady bug today. Everything is super saturated in colour from the rain and dark cloud lighting conditions. I love the textures and the colours in these shots. The lady bug stands out like Shaquille O’Neil in Alameda. 😎
Can you imagine if this thing was people life-sized?? 😯 It would eat you and your family. I often think that, whilst doing macro photography. Blech!
Earlier this week I went down to Starr Liquor and Wine to buy a bottle of my favourite red wine: Angus The Bull (a delightful cabernet sauvignon from Australia). 8) It’s pure awesome! Big bold bull flavour. But alas, Starr didn’t have any in stock. 😦 But, lest my palette be dismayed, I caught a gander of a beautiful Scottish Lass! 🙂
So at last night’s photography club, we decided to go on the fall photo walk today. Beautiful, beautiful day for a walk in Shepherd’s ravine near Oxbow. I have been in there many times for geocaching and running the dog but low and behold, when we got there today, it was barricaded with a locked gate! CURSES! 👿 We had to park at the top and then hoof it on down into the valley for the mad shots. The exercise was good for us, so I’m not complaining. 😉 It was another fun photo event to be sure. I decided that I was going to shoot macro for this photo walk so all I brought was the 105mm AF-S VR Micro. That and my trusty reflector/diffuser, it was all I needed . It’s way more fun and way less complicated when you bring only 1 camera and 1 lens. Scott Kelby also did a photo walk today, you can check out the website here.
Check out this crazy green snake we found in our yard yesterday! It freaked me out, because normally we only see garter snakes. Then this glow in the dark green sucker shows up! I thought it was an escaped boa constrictor baby that snuck in on a banana shipment! Yikes! 😆 He slithered away behind a set of concrete steps. Hopefully to eat some crickets or something. 8)
I guess there was a big storm last night. I wouldn’t know. I slept through it all! 😉 But the tell tale signs were there in the morning. Ground was wet, raindrop remnants on the leaves. I looked out at our patio this morning and noticed that one of our potted plants had some pretty cool drops that were left over and evaporating quickly. I grabbed the picture mill and a flash and nabbed a couple of shots. It’s another one of those small world micro shots. They’re cool and often overlooked in the modern day haste of the world.
One of my other fun times things to do is go geocaching. And a sub-area of geocaching is the trackable/geocoin game where people actually mint coins that have tracking numbers and move them all over the world. On the geocaching.com website, you can track these things and see exactly who made them, where they’ve been or if they have a mission. I picked up this really cool geocoin in Regina called N&V’s 4musketeers Royalist Geocoin. It has a mission to travel to Château d’Arricau-Bordes in France. I was struck by how cool this coin was and I vowed to take some pictures of it to upload to its tracking page. I finally got a minute to do it and so here’s what I came up with. It’s a very unique geocoin! 8D
One of the most relaxing, yet still challenging, things to shoot are flowers and gardens. A beautiful sunny day, some nice breeze and 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro lens. What could be better?! 8) I went over to the Tetzlaffs the other day and was able to snap some nice shots of their beautiful garden. It was a veritable macro shooting gallery with lilies and roses and petunias and dahlias and everything else in between. It’s a relaxing time because it’s slow, you take your time in setting up your shots verses fast paced candids where you have to be ready non stop. But there are challenges to overcome too. The first being wind. It’s always windy in Saskatchewan but with macro, even the slightest breeze is enough to give you blurry shots, even when on a tripod, which I was for many of these shots. Using my cable release and manual focusing I had to wait for the flowers to quit bobbing in the breeze. Also, another challenge is light. I shot the majority of these shots from 5-6PMish. The sun is still high and it was harsh lighting. I brought a big diffuser and a reflector though and made a light tent around the flower. The sun becomes the ginormous key light and the silver reflector provides some sweet fill. You get soft luscious lighting that still has some direction and complexity. I would call it even, but not flat light. 🙂 Anyways, here’s the take:
Fly. Dragonfly that is. 8) There were zillions out in the back yard the other night, taking care of our mosquito population. I grabbed the 105 macro and an SB-600 on camera to add some much needed fill as the light was low and making some sweet cross lighting setups. I love dragonflies. They will forever be on the payroll at my house! 😉