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Day 207: Moth-Snowberry Clearwing - July 26.   This moth, like a Hummingbird moth is a member of the Sphinx moth family.  Like hummingbirds, these moths hover over a flower with rapidly beating wings to gather nectar from the flower.  There seems to be disagreement about whether the moths are simply variable colorings and markings of the sphinx moth or if there are actually different species within that family.  Typically, those called Hummingbird clearwings have lighter legs and more red in their bodies and the edges of the wings.  When the moths first hatch, the wings are a dark color but as they begin to fly, the scales fall off leaving a clear wing with dark borders and veins.
7-27-15 Having fun.
Really enjoying this gazania pot  .  I tried shots in four different modes but I'm not sure which one this is .  42 is serious heat for us Canadians . John, your Alaskan friend would call me a sissy extraordinaire!!! And I'm allergic to black fly bites so Alaska is out for me. LOL Oh,, and bears scare me. Have a neat and cool Summer. Thanks for all the comments!  Thank You to everyone for comments and support.29/07/15
Hummingbird - I am a bit ambivalent about this shot because the hummer's iridescence is just SOOO high voltage, but I decided that maybe it was worth featuring as a daily.  This is best viewed in the largest sizes.  Quite a lot of you are wondering about the shutter speed.  It is 1/1600 sec.  I've found I can usually freeze hummers at about 1/1200 sec. or faster.  I bumped the speed up on this day because it was exceptionally bright and sunny!  Thanks to all of you who commented on my shot of the white cactus flower.  Much of the snow melted today, although it kept on snowing until about 11 a.m.  The wedding shoot went well, I think, although I've not yet looked closely at the images.  They'll keep me busy processing for several weeks.  Hope every has a chance to get outside and enjoy nicer weather today!
Sunlight - I had to wait that the sun settle a bit before shooting this one. I wanted the tree to glow. Cheers - JY
Yesterday I woke up at sunrise. The sun was barely over the horizon at southeast. As I looked out of my bedroom window I saw this landscape to the northwest with the full moon as a golden coin. I at once grabbed my camera, opened the window even as the temperature was minus 10° centigrade and made some shots. Here is one of them. 10 minutes later the sun was well over the horizon, the sky was lit and the moon hardly to be seen.
Two Minute Blue Hour, Lake Sam Rayburn TX    A view from the new beach we've found at Lake Sam Rayburn.  I can't stress enough how cool this beach is.  My photos don't really give any sense of what it looks like, just the view.  I'll have to take a video the next time we're there.  Maybe I'm just really excited because the previous 20 or so lake views we've scouted on two different lakes have mostly been a bust.  We're really looking forward to spending the day there sometime in the next few weeks and exploring it further.      This is a single two minute exposure taken some 20 minutes after the sun went down.  This is one of the last shots of the night and it was getting dark fast.  I'm always surprised how much light I can continue to capture long after the sun goes down.  I used a 3-stop hard-step graduated neutral density filter to block three stops of light above the horizon.  I've always admired the abstract feeling of really long exposures on the water, and it has been a goal of mine to make some really long exposures of my own.  I've still got a lot to learn.  I'm also trying to break my habit of using 17mm and f/22, but habits are hard to break.    QUESTION:  I'm interested to hear your thoughts about the color temperature of this photo.  What color temperature do you think I used for this photo?  What's your best guess?  What is the appropriate color temperature for this situation 20 minutes after sundown?    Critiques always welcome!    Daily photo: August 29, 2012, taken August 26, 2012
South American King Vulture    More Information           Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 03/26/2013   One Cool Bird. Elegant Neck Wrap.   That Swept Back Look Finishing in a Stylish PonyTail.    A Nose Job and Wild Eye Liner.       Link to Photo Without Frame
"The River Flows"  On my way home from an appt. today I stopped at one of my favorite fishing spots on the Rockaway River in my town to grab this capture. Too bad I didn't have a set of waders in my car to get the little water fall that is located just below this scene but I have to be UNDER the bridge I was on in order to get it in the frame LOL. So you'll have to settle for this one.    I love the little water flow control house that is dilapidated here, it adds a nice rigid feel to the scene. I've watched the roof continue to collapse over the years and soon it will just fall in completely. This is one of the best trout spots around here and they stock the river just upstream weekly during trout season from the farm with tags on them so you know if you caught a wild or farm bread fish. The mountain you see in the background is part of the Picatinny Arsenal where they develop & test new weapons for the military.    Anyway, it was an overcast day here as you can see and it really brought some nice contrast into the picture that I liked. I had to make slight levels adjustments to bring the clouds out a bit more and then some selective dodging & burning to the shadow areas but not much more to this one. Oh and a slight filter applied to bring the colors up a bit since it was so dark here. 10 min. of work and it was finished. So I hope you enjoy this next addition to my fall colors month - I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and get out there to enjoy the crisp clean fall air ;)    ALTERNATE VERSION: You can see a second version in SEPIA of this image in my EXTRAS Gallery BY CLICKING HERE    Best Regards,  ~Bill~
Atlantic way -    The bridge on the atlantic ocean  in Norway.
28.04.10 - Kaleidoscope   When I walk into town I try to plan my route around photo opportunities, indeed I do the same if I drive in too. But this afternoon I was on foot, and on the way home I took a detour through the Arboretum to see what was new. As it happened there were plenty of new flowers in bloom, which gave me the opportunity to grovel around on my stomach to see what outrageous bokeh I could manage to get!   Apologies for any burned out retinas that might be caused by this riot of colour. If you want to see a few more subtle shots go here; http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/THE-ARBORETUM/6049364_a8pPu#850928920_dQnQb
03/23/2011  Thank you all for your wonderful comments.
7/29/15 - Groom helping the bride with part of her gown; I just liked the light and the view of the couple with the trees and green around.  Thanks for your warm response to my shot of the sunflowers.  I love those flowers, too!  A lot of terrific shots today, but I am very sad about John Loguk's giving up his photography.  Seems like there is something wrong when a talented and skilled photographer like John cannot make a go or it.
January 7, 2012  This shot was taken just after sundown somewhere along the Mississippi coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  We had stopped to walk on the beautiful white-sand beaches and take some photos.  Just as we left, we stopped at a nearby marina to put gas in the car and I couldn't resist taking this photo.  Frame added in Picnik.  I hope you enjoy this tranquil setting captured in this photo - it's going to be one of my favorites from our recent vacation.  Check it out in X3 for all the color, reflections and details.  Thanks for your comments!!!  Have a fabulous weekend!!!  Linda
Day 207: Moth-Snowberry Clearwing - July 26. This moth, like a Hummingbird moth is a member of the Sphinx moth family. Like hummingbirds, these moths hover over a flower with rapidly beating wings to gather nectar from the flower. There seems to be disagreement about whether the moths are simply variable colorings and markings of the sphinx moth or if there are actually different species within that family. Typically, those called Hummingbird clearwings have lighter legs and more red in their bodies and the edges of the wings. When the moths first hatch, the wings are a dark color but as they begin to fly, the scales fall off leaving a clear wing with dark borders and veins.

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Day 207: Moth-Snowberry Clearwing - July 26.   This moth, like a Hummingbird moth is a member of the Sphinx moth family.  Like hummingbirds, these moths hover over a flower with rapidly beating wings to gather nectar from the flower.  There seems to be disagreement about whether the moths are simply variable colorings and markings of the sphinx moth or if there are actually different species within that family.  Typically, those called Hummingbird clearwings have lighter legs and more red in their bodies and the edges of the wings.  When the moths first hatch, the wings are a dark color but as they begin to fly, the scales fall off leaving a clear wing with dark borders and veins.
Day 207: Moth-Snowberry Clearwing - July 26. This moth, like a Hummingbird moth is a member of the Sphinx moth family. Like hummingbirds, these moths hover over a flower with rapidly beating wings to gather nectar from the flower. There seems to be disagreement about whether the moths are simply variable colorings and markings of the sphinx moth or if there are actually different species within that family. Typically, those called Hummingbird clearwings have lighter legs and more red in their bodies and the edges of the wings. When the moths first hatch, the wings are a dark color but as they begin to fly, the scales fall off leaving a clear wing with dark borders and veins.

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