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
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
June 19, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: annuals, backyard, bald face, bald faced, bee, bees, biodegrading, bloom, blooming, blossom, blossoms, brown, bunches, cedar, close-up, cluster, clusters, collecting, colorful, day time, door frame, fading, fence, flower, flowers, flying, garden, gathering, green, honey bee, hornet, hornets, insect, insects, knot, lantana, layers, magenta, midwest, minnesota, nectar, old, photo, photograph, photographer, photos, picture, pictures, pine, pink, plant, plants, pollen, potted, purple, remnants, rotted, saint paul, st paul, stump, symetry, tree, twin cities, weathered, white, wing, wings, wood, wooden, worker, yard, yellow, zoom | Leave a comment
June 29, 2013 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bloom, blooming, blossom, bud, flower, flowers, garden, growing.picture, petals, photo, pots, potted, potting, red, white, yard, zinnias | Leave a comment
May 31, 2013 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bloom, blooming, blossom, buds, flower, flowers, garden, overcast, pink, pretty, red, streaks, stripe, striped, tulip, tulips, white | Leave a comment
I’m not even sure what variety of rose this is. It was given to Me by My Mom, late in the season last year. Hard to go wrong with $1 plants from the nursery.. Unlike My Lavender Lace Mini rose, this one is truely tiny. It stands a lofty 5 inches high, giving these nice pale pink blooms with fair petal layering. I put it in the attic with all My citrus trees for the winter, it seems happy.
March 17, 2013 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bloom, blossom, bush, close, flower, grown, indoor, light, mini, pale, picture, pink, pretty, rose, shrub, small, spring, tea, winter | Leave a comment
I got this little shrub last year. Having read it grows to only 8 to 12 inches in height and bearing ‘nickel sized’ flowers. So far, it’s grown to about 18 inches and the beautiful blooms are between one and one and a half inches wide. Certainly smaller than most rose varieties.. It may not be exactly what I was Looking for, but it’s conjuring new blooms constantly, with 3 to 10 blossoming at a time. What a lovely little plant!
August 5, 2012 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: bloom, blossom, buds, bush, double, flowers, lace, lavender, mini, pink, rose, roses, shrub | Leave a comment