Heron

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @270mm, 1/400 sec., f/6.0, ISO 720

So I got a new toy, lens, and had to try it out. So last night I went to my local park hoping to get some photographs and I caught this guy in a tree over the creek. In addition to trying out the lens I wanted to see how far I could push the ISO on my camera. Typically I would not shoot at this high of an ISO, but because I did not have a tripod, I had to keep a high shutter speed to avoid the blur from not being able to hold the lens steady. Overall I was impressed with the sharpness and the low noise.

Spring

Nikon D7500, 18.0-140.0mm @90mm, 1/320 sec., f/5.6, ISO 200

Been a while since I posted, but wanted to post something newer than January. So I actually got off my butt and and got out a few weeks ago. Most of the trees and plants were somewhere between just starting to come out and already done. As the time of the day was mid afternoon I choose to look for compositions that either were side or backlit.

Roots

Nikon D7500, 35.0mm, 1/500 sec., f/22, ISO 200

Been a while since I posted. I took this back in January when I was using a prime lens. This caught my eye when I was going back over photographs. Not sure if this one tree or multiple trees sharing the same place. Looking forward to photographing later this year with leaves and maybe a wider lens opening.

Creek and Buildings

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @ 48mm, 1/100 sec., f/4.8, ISO 400

Nothing special this week, just a photograph I took in 2016 of the local creek and buildings leading into the city. Sometimes it is interesting to look back at some of my previous photographs and see if they have any value. Not sure about this one but I do like how you see the creek as it enters the underground passages that carry the excess water contrasted with the new townhouses.

Bleakness of Winter

Nikon D7500, 35.00mm, 1/125 sec., f/9.0, ISO 200

Another one from a few weeks ago when I went out with a prime lens to see what I could photograph. Not that nice of a day, but that is normal for winter around here. Typically we don’t have a lot of snow and we normally left with the dull browns and grays. The blue/gray of the sky gives you an idea of what the overall temperature in the scene, and I avoided warming it up in Lightroom so I could capture the cold late afternoon. Finally, As you eye moves from the bottom center towards the top you can see the flock of Mallards that were hanging about.

Hills

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.00mm @24mm, 1/200 sec., f/18, ISO 400

Oops, looks like I forgot to post last week. Which is a shame as I was on a streak of posting every Sunday for over a year. To try to get the streak going again. Here is another photograph from 2019 taken on the Skyline Drive in the summer. This was actually taken before the photograph in an earlier post taken the same day.

Last Leaves

Nikon D7500, 35.0mm, 1/500 sec., f/1.8, ISO 200

So last week, or maybe the week before, I decided to just use a prime lens and see what I could get. Since I only own one prime lens the choice was easy. I wish finding a subject was that easy though. I believe I took 47 photographs, and, at least for now, I think this was the best of them. It was at then end of my walk and this set of leaves caught my eye. I opened the lens to the maximum aperture to achieve the low depth of field, and cropped the final edit to a square. I reduced the saturation around the leaves to bring the out a little.

Sunset Over Man of War Harbor

Fujifilm FinePix XP130, 25.00mm, 1/180 sec., f/4.9, ISO 100

Photograph from July 2018 in the Florida Keys. I was down there with my son’s Scout Troop and we were staying on a sailboat as part of our Seabase adventure. Took this photograph at sunset from the sailboat anchored just west of Fleming Key near Key West. The photograph was taken with a point and shoot.