I bought this plant three years ago and planted it in My mom’s garden. This year, for the first time, it sprouted some flowers. Touted as the only two-tone peony one can buy, the blooms were certainly impressive! Hard to go wrong with $3 flowers, but these are particularly gorgeous…
August 19, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bloom, blooms, blossom, blossoms, bold, color, colors, cream, flower, flowers, garden, gardening, minnesota, multi, peonies, peonnies, peony, pink, plant, plants, pretty, shrub, sorbet, tone, twin cities, two, two-tone, twotone | Leave a comment
I bought a set of screw on macro filters to play with. I was buying an intervalometer to enter in to time lapse photography and adding the filters to the order made it qualify for free shipping, for cheaper than the shipping cost. At twelve dollars, this four piece set made by AGFA is a steal! They simply screw on a lens like a UV, or polarizing filter and allow You to get physically closer to what You are trying to shoot. Not without a hitch though. This 77mm set has been mated to my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS to reduce the minimum focus distance from three and a half feet, down to eight to twelve inches with the +4. The extreme curve of the +4 and +10 filters, dramatically reduces the amount of light intake. So You are pretty much required to shoot in full sun light. On My first try, I used a portable L.E.D. to augment the fading evening light. It worked okay, not great though.
Over the weekend, I was musing pretty hard on My friends garden, so I popped on the +4 filter and had a go in full sun light. The filter reduced the depth of field to nearly nothing. I had to run very tight apertures to get a range of one inch into focus. Using shutter speeds of 125ths, to 400ths of a second, with apertures from 16-22 and My ISO at 400 and 800 in broad daylight was very odd. It did yield some rewards, at a better ratio than the first time, but still only 1 in every 15 shots was acceptable. Half of those were still not quite sharp, but I think I am getting the hang of using these things. Who would have thought that a $12 set of filters could turn a telephoto lens into decent macro shooting optics. It is not as good as buying a 200mm macro lens, but at one, or two percent of the price, WOW. None of the images in this post have been cropped…
August 4, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: +10, +2, +4, 1, 200mm, 70mm, 77mm, agfa, aperture, beautiful, bee, bees, beetle, beetles, best option, bloom, blooming, blooms, blossom, blossoming, blossoms, bought on amazon, bumble, bumblebee, burrowing, center, cheap, cheap option, close, close-up, collection, color, colorful, coloring, colors, contrast, core, daylight, eating, exoskeleton, filter, filters, flower, flowering, flowers, fur, furry, fuzzy, garden, gardens, grazing, image, images, img, instect, iridescent, japanese, kit, lens, lenses, light, lighting, lights, macro, middle america, midwest, minnesota, mn, nectar, nice, no coating, no cropping, no multi-coating, oppo moto, oppomoto, petal, petals, photo, photograph, photographic, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, pink, pistil, pistils, plant, plants, pollen, pollenating, pretty, range, salmon, see, sharp, shell, shoot, shooting, shot, shots, shutter, sigma 70-200mm, speed, sun, sunlight, twin cities, view, wing, wings, without cropping, yard, yellow, zinnia, zoom | Leave a comment
August 3, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2014, andor, andorblogs, angles, august, beautiful, beauty, bee, bees, blogs?, bloom, blooming, blooms, border, bumble, butterflies, butterfly, canon, close, close-up, color, colored, colorful, contrast, eat, eating, flower, flowers, garden, green, images, lens, many, natural, nature, nectar, on, orange, pattern, patterns, perch, perched, photo, photographer, photos, picture, pictures, pink, planter, planters, pollen, pots, potted, pretty, purple, range, red, rock, rocks, rocky, scheme, sigma 70-200mm 2.8 os, stand, summer, t4i, tall, telephoto, varieties, variety, view, yard, yellow, zinnia, zinnias, zoom | Leave a comment
July 6, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: afternoon, bloom, blooming, blooms, blossom, blossoms, bold, bright, close, close-up, deck, dog, dogs, double, female, flower, flowers, focus, friendly, garden, green, grey, layers, macro, middle america, midwest, minn, minnesota, mn, patio, petal, petals, photo, photographer, photography, picture, pictures, pig, pigglestein, piggums, pink, pit, pit bull, pitbull, plant, plants, pollen, potted, range, red, summer, sunny, two-tone, up, yard, yellow, zinnia, zinnias, zoom | Leave a comment
I Headed upstream to hang out with a good friend. We spent most of the day walking around Nicollet Island and down to the dam at Saint Anthony Falls. It made Me realise just how long it has been since I walked miles and miles with no set destination. This was such a large part of My teenage years, suddenly it feels like a lost part of who I am has been rediscovered. Unlike in the past when I was up to various mischievous activities, now I carry a camera. Let’s see where this goes.
May 26, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 2014, 3rd, 3rd ave, andor, andor2000, andorius, angle, angles, arch, architecture, avenue, balance, bench, bend, beneath, bicycle, bike, bird house, birdhouse, bloom, blooming, blooms, blossoms, bridge, bridges, bright, buildings, cast, center, centered, central, central ave, chair, chairs, city, color, colors, concrete, county, current, currents, dam, dock, docks, door way, doorway, down, down town, downstream, downtown, falls, fence, flour, flower, flowers, flowing, foam, gold medal, gold metal, gravel, heading, hennepin, hennepin county, high capacity, historic, island, light, lighting, lines, lock, looking, man-made, manmade, may, metal, middle america, midwest, minneapolis, minnesota, mississippi, mississippi river, mist, mn, mpls, nicollet, nicollet island, north america, north star blankets, park, parks, path, pathway, patina, peeling paint, photograph, photographer, picket, picture, pictures, plant, plants, power, recreation, reflecting, reflection, river, river rd, river road, rivets, rushing, rust, rusty, saint anthony, shadows, shapes, span, spanning, spray, spring, st anthony falls, st. anthony, stair, stairs, stairway, steel, stone, stone arch, street, streets, stroll, structure, structures, sunny, symetrical, symetry, table, through, tower, towers, town, tracks, trail, tree, trees, turn, twin cities, twincities, under, underneath, upstream, urban, walk, walkway, wall, walls, water, waterfall, waves, way, white water, wood, wooden | Leave a comment
May 23, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: .jpg, 2014, backyarrd, beautiful, beauty, bloom, blooming, blooms, bold, bright, center, color, colored, coloring, colors, contrast, flower, flowering, flowers, garden, gorgeous, green, images, img, leaves, maroon, may, mid-west, middle america, midwest, multiple, natural, nature, orange, petal, petals, photo, photos, picture, pictures, pink, plant, planted, plants, plum, pretty, purple, shot, soil, spring, stem, streaked, streaks, stripe, sunlight, sunny, three, tulip, tulips, twin cities, yard, yellow | Leave a comment
May 23, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 3, arrangement, array, assortment, back yard, backyard, beautiful, bloom, blooming, blooms, bright, color, colorful, colors, contrast, different, fence, flower, flowers, foreground, green, middle america, midwest, minnesota, mix, mn, nature, pale, pot, pots, potted, pretty, purple, red, sun light, sunlight, sunny, three, together, trio, twin cities, twincities, wood, wooden, yard, yellow | Leave a comment
A friend gave this plant to Me for christmas. Flowers have never really caught My interest, instead I tend to grow plants that give Me food, flowers to Me are just there to draw in more pollinators for the edible stuff. It’s been a couple of months since then and it’s still looking great. This petite little plant has been constantly sprouting 2 inch wide white flowers, with splashes of green, yellow and magenta in the center. I can’t keep from taking pictures of it every week or two.
March 31, 2013 | Categories: Photography | Tags: blooms, blossoms, flower, flowers, orchid, photos, prettypics, shot, white | Leave a comment
August 6, 2012 | Categories: Photography | Tags: around the yard, bloom, blooming, blooms, flower, flowers, garden, plant, purple, white | Leave a comment