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July 19th  HOSTA FLOWER
3-18-13 Coquille Lighthouse. I'm taking a long exposure online class and based upon feedback I reprocessed this image
Chipmunks are so cute!!
March 1, 2011 "The Rose" this is SOOC using my new Sigma 50-500 lens, hand held and natural light through a window. I ordered it a week ago and all buyers remorse was gone after the first few shots.  The roses were sent to our office manager by her husband yesterday on their 35th ann..
Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon, located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona.  Some have asked if you can see the saturated colors with the naked eye. The answer is "no."   Photos taken in this canyon, which is 50 feet or more below the surface, need to be captured with the camera on a tripod, ISO 400 and higher, and the lens stopped down to achieve as great a depth of field as possible.  Also, due to no direct light, exposures may vary from a second to over a minute. I had no idea of the proper settings but listened to the pros shooting around me.  I also had no idea of the beautiful colors in the canyon until after each photo was taken.   Another tip - if you want to get out of there alive, please do not use your flash. I didn't and I survived.  Best results are achieved when the sun is high in the sky, and from late Spring to early Fall.    Someone wanted to know if using a flash would stir up bats or some other form of wildlife.  I'm sure it could.  I was cautioned not to use a flash because of the wrath that could potentially rain down on me from other photographers.  The saturated colors that you see in photos like mine are only achieved by using time exposures.  A flash will only wash out the colors.
August 20, 2010    What the heck kind of bug is this???    Whatever it is, it's truly ugly in X3, but I couldn't help snapping, then posting this photo.    Spotted this really ugly fellow on my husband's 1981 Ford truck's window wipers.  I have no idea what this guy is, but he is really, really ugly.  Let me know if you know what this guy's  name is.  Hope he gives you a laugh today.    Thanks to everyone for your comments!!!    Linda    PS - see the comments below:  Pulsman's friend thinks it's a Dance Fly (that's pretty cool, he does seem to be dancing - sort of), and Macropixels agrees with Pulsman that it is the fly family Empididae, a Empis Tesselata.  Cool to know.
2009  OK everyone - I "bit the bullet" and bought my first macro lens - it's a Nikon 105 VR.  This is my daily today and it was shot hand held of the Texas Prickly Pear blooms.  Many of my shots with the new lens today weren't great - I guess I was shaking.  I didn't particularly like the comp, but loved the colors.  Still learning this new lens.  Anyway, I'm loving the experience.  Thanks for all your comments.  Have a wonderful day tomorrow.     Best viewed in Xlarge or 2X    Linda
Black sail in the moonset :-) - Nov 30 2009  Well didn't want to turn to the archives again... couldn't shoot new pictures... so fabricated this. A fake moon, fake ocean, fake stars, fake shadow... oh yes, the sailboat is real, but darkened... the whole picture is not a masterpiece, but hey... don't blame me, blame photoshop... in my head it was perfect ;-)  For yesterdays picture... the real Azur is the one in the middle.
October 17, 2009 - "Color In The Fog"    This was shot at the top of the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces.  As we descended to the bottom of the terraces, the cold, foggy and damp morning  turned to heavy sleet.  I was left alone as most people left to escape the sleet that was coming down almost horizontally.  My levi's were soaked when I got down but I ended up getting many beautiful photos to choose from!    It will probably take me 4 or 5 posts to attempt to convey the scope and beauty of the Mammoth Hots Springs Area.    from    http://www.nps.gov/yell/naturescience/mamterr.htm	  Mammoth Terraces - At Mammoth Hot Springs, a rarer kind of spring is born when the hot water ascends through the ancient limestone deposits of the area instead of the silica-rich lava flows of the hot springs common elsewhere in the park. The results are strikingly different and unique. They invoke a landscape that resembles a cave turned inside out, with its delicate features exposed for all to see. The flowing waters spill across the surface to sculpt magnificent travertine limestone terraces. As one early visitor described them, "No human architect ever designed such intricate fountains as these. The water trickles over the edges from one to another, blending them together with the effect of a frozen waterfall."
Cowboy at the Rodeo - I saw this gentleman walking away from the coliseum and snapped this photo.  He glimpsed me taking his picture and stopped and offered to pose for me.  I took some other shots of him but liked this first one the best.  I appreciated those of you who took the time to check out my most recent barrel racing shot.  Thanks.  My cold is still hanging in there, but I'm sure I'll start to get better soon.  Like everyone else, I hate being sick.  I've fallen down a bit on my commenting but hope to be back to normal tomorrow.  Enjoy your day!
The 6th Sense - Jan 18 2009  Awful wet and dark day so I decided to follow up the 5 senses of Jean-Yves and create the sixth one... the paranormal sense. It's nowhere near perfect, but seen the lack of good materials and ditto equipment... well, I'm pleased with the result.  Best seen in the smallest size... less flaws visible ;-))
Blueberries  Driving down the road, I thought this was a pretty January scene.  Oregon is well known for its berries.  The lines running away from us are blueberries, and the bushes to the right of the farmhouse are more blueberries. I think the bushes in front of the house are, too, but the color is slightly different. We'll have to drive by in the summer and see for sure.   Yummy ~Deb 1/25/2010
Eggs & chickens 09 July 2010  Shot at Colaba market in South Mumbai.  The colour version is here:   http://hershy.smugmug.com/Photography/Mumbai-my-city/Misc-shots-of-Mumbai/6410100_x8urE#927522116_5vvgA-A-LB   Today is our beloved Dash's birthday, he would have been 17! Guess can't complain because he gave us so much love for 16.6 years...
Buskirk's Bridge - Hoosick, NY
07/16/2011 ***It was refreshing then; it's refreshing now.*** I learned how to do pin up photography today :) How could I resist but to do a vintage Coke ad?   [edit by david: Jacci used the monster softbox I made with directions from here, adding in her effects magic on top.  update 9/30/2011: There is now a blog posting about the construction of the monster softbox.]
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HOSTA FLOWER

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