Tuesday, June 12, 2012

All Creatures Great And Small

My garden.






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  1. those are great shots. I really like the one of the yellow jacket.

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    1. Thanks Ellen. It isn't a Yellow Jacket but a type of paper wasp. They love the nectar that seeps from the trumpet vine flowers. In fact, all of the insects do. The flowers are covered with all manner of bees and ants and such.

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  2. Your garden looks quite enchanted. Throw in some nuts and a squirrel might feel mighty comfortable there.

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    1. Just so happens my garden... take that back, my yard, is literally crawling with grey squirrels. Why? Because I feed them.

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  3. I need a good macro lens and better knees. Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks Jono. Only the wasp was shot macro. It's tough to get good macro without a tripod because there is no depth of field and you need small apertures. I'm lusting for a vibration damping lens, or camera.

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  4. That third photo...are you growing fog food? That is so cool!

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    1. the fogs don't seem to care for them but the cats, now that's another story. That little guy is about 6-7" long head to tail. A Brown Anole. An invasive species but pretty cool none the less.

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  5. I am hugely impressed with these photos, how long did it take you to capture the creatures?

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    1. It really isn't that difficult to capture them, you just have to be aware of what's going on in their world a keep a camera handy. The tough one is the lizard. They spook easily and are lightning fast. Zip!Gone! A good camera is a God send for this type of stuff. I'm lusting for a new one. Do you know anyone with lots of cash? ;)

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  6. Stop feeding those squirrels! :-)
    You've got patience, Mr. C. and it paid off. Nice shots, especially of that little guy on the glass. I waste my time shooting macros of inanimate objects. A tripod is the best way to go but I shoot a lot of closeups handheld. Usually they're out of focus, but if I put an extension tube on my 50mm f/1.4 at least I get good bokeh :-)
    I want a new camera, too. The ol' Rebel XT is showing its age, mostly in lack of features and pixels.

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    1. That's the way I shoot too Doug. Hand held. And, like you, a bunch of them are out of focus so I shoot a bunch of them and every once and a while I get lucky. I've got a D70 and it definitely can't give me the quality I need for what I'm trying to do. BTW, I put an old Nikon F lens on it and the glass is so much better than the kit lens it increased resolution by at least 30%.

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    2. My EF-S kit lens is used only for occasional indoor shots where I might use the 18-55mm spread. I chopped off the bit that prevented it from being mounted on the EF mount on my extension tubes, but the AF still works.
      If I do get a new camera someday, I will just buy the body.

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  7. Really nice shots. That paper wasp is kinda spooky looking!

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    1. Wasps are spooky looking, but nearly all insects are. I love photographing them but they aren't always willing subjects.

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  8. Like all these pictures, but love the frog! Can relate to lusting after a new camera or camera gear.

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    1. got my eye on the new micro fourthirds like the Sony NEX-7

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  9. Beautiful pictures. On the flip side: does your garden also have venomous snakes and/or alligators?

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  10. The short answer is yes. However, my garden is basically my yard... and my brother's yard... make that two brothers, whose combined property makes up about 2 acres fronting the river. Haven't seen a poisonous snake in a long time. But they may be around and I just haven't seen them. Big gator in the river however. Use to be a dozen of them. But those days are gone.

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  11. nice shots Mr. C...say, what about the Pope? Is he on disability too? LOL

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    1. He should be on mental disability given his stance on birth control.

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