"a Photo a Day"

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We went to the local aquarium today with some visiting friends and their kids. Lots of photo ops, but this one I thought was a (perhaps overused) sentiment on our tech obsessed culture.
1/45, f/2.8, ISO6400
Fuji XF 14mm

We went to the local aquarium today with some visiting friends and their kids. Lots of photo ops, but this one I thought was a (perhaps overused) sentiment on our tech obsessed culture.

1/45, f/2.8, ISO6400

Fuji XF 14mm

I get a lot of Hummingbirds at the end of July. Perhaps 50 or more, draining 3 liter bottles every day or so. I like to sit out back and photograph them. But this Fuji I have lacks a decent 70-200mm equivalent so I end up using my Canon most of the time. Tonight though I had an idea - lay underneath the feeder and take a non-traditional shot. I started with my 8mm lens, thinking I would get all three feeders in one frame. And it worked nicely. But when I magnified to pick the best photo, this jumped out. So I cropped the heck out of it and this is the result - three birds in the process of coming in for a meal.
1/3200, f/5.6„ ISO800
Rokinon 8mm.

I get a lot of Hummingbirds at the end of July. Perhaps 50 or more, draining 3 liter bottles every day or so. I like to sit out back and photograph them. But this Fuji I have lacks a decent 70-200mm equivalent so I end up using my Canon most of the time. Tonight though I had an idea - lay underneath the feeder and take a non-traditional shot. I started with my 8mm lens, thinking I would get all three feeders in one frame. And it worked nicely. But when I magnified to pick the best photo, this jumped out. So I cropped the heck out of it and this is the result - three birds in the process of coming in for a meal.

1/3200, f/5.6„ ISO800

Rokinon 8mm.

Tonight you get to see the photographer in action. This sunflower is 3.4 meters (134 inches) tall. The top shot required a ladder, a lot of stretching and a very wide angle lens.

1/400, f/5.6, ISO800

Garden gloves.
1/2200, f/2.0, ISO800
Fuji XF 18mm

Garden gloves.

1/2200, f/2.0, ISO800

Fuji XF 18mm

My place is overrun with lizards. Years ago it was a rare day when I’d see one, not it’s almost impossible to go outside without tripping over a dozen or more. As far as I can tell, being no herpetologist, I have maybe 3-4 species. In spite of the hordes of adults, I’ve never seen a baby until yesterday when one ran across the bike path while I was out riding. Satisfied with that, I was doubly happy to find one tonight out in the garden.
As far as I can tell, this is a Southwestern Fence Lizard and you can see compared to the fence, he is really small. Perhaps one inch long. Cool after all these years to actually see the next generation coming along.
1/40, f/6.4. ISO800
Fuji XF 18mm (wrong lens for this picture, but I was shooting the sunset when he happened by.)

My place is overrun with lizards. Years ago it was a rare day when I’d see one, not it’s almost impossible to go outside without tripping over a dozen or more. As far as I can tell, being no herpetologist, I have maybe 3-4 species. In spite of the hordes of adults, I’ve never seen a baby until yesterday when one ran across the bike path while I was out riding. Satisfied with that, I was doubly happy to find one tonight out in the garden.

As far as I can tell, this is a Southwestern Fence Lizard and you can see compared to the fence, he is really small. Perhaps one inch long. Cool after all these years to actually see the next generation coming along.

1/40, f/6.4. ISO800

Fuji XF 18mm (wrong lens for this picture, but I was shooting the sunset when he happened by.)

Sometimes when I’m working on a Photo a Day, I wonder whether just taking a picture is enough. I suppose one could argue that it should be all about being creative. Yet the converse of simply trying to capture a moment every day is appealing too. A little guilt creeps in when you do something simple, yet there are few things nicer than a sunflower towering overhead, hosting that last honeybee of the day as the sun goes down on a warm summer evening. Perhaps that’s what it’s about, making a good moment permanent. And nothing more.
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO800

Sometimes when I’m working on a Photo a Day, I wonder whether just taking a picture is enough. I suppose one could argue that it should be all about being creative. Yet the converse of simply trying to capture a moment every day is appealing too. A little guilt creeps in when you do something simple, yet there are few things nicer than a sunflower towering overhead, hosting that last honeybee of the day as the sun goes down on a warm summer evening. Perhaps that’s what it’s about, making a good moment permanent. And nothing more.

1/2000, f/5.6, ISO800

Detail from a piece by Santa Fe artist Carolyn Larouche that hangs in our living room. She’s known for her rendition of eyes.
1/210, f/2.4, ISO800
Fuji XF800

Detail from a piece by Santa Fe artist Carolyn Larouche that hangs in our living room. She’s known for her rendition of eyes.

1/210, f/2.4, ISO800

Fuji XF800

Four little black skulls. WindchimesbyDave.com
1/1400, f/2.4, ISO800

Four little black skulls. WindchimesbyDave.com

1/1400, f/2.4, ISO800

Thunderstorm over the fence.
1/420, f/22, ISO500

Thunderstorm over the fence.

1/420, f/22, ISO500

Garden still life.
1/60, f/4.0, ISO200
Fuji XF 60mm

Garden still life.

1/60, f/4.0, ISO200

Fuji XF 60mm

Inside of the barn
1/45, f/2.8. ISO6400

Inside of the barn

1/45, f/2.8. ISO6400

Dinner for two.
1/70, f/8, ISO6400

Dinner for two.

1/70, f/8, ISO6400

Porch lights.
1/80, f/7.1, ISO5000

Porch lights.

1/80, f/7.1, ISO5000

First major sunflower of this summer.
1/420, f/5.6, ISO200
Fuji XF 23mm

First major sunflower of this summer.

1/420, f/5.6, ISO200

Fuji XF 23mm

Still life with vase and snow globe.
6”, f/16, ISO200

Still life with vase and snow globe.

6”, f/16, ISO200