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
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
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
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