Zooming Around Town

Saturday was one of those rare sunny days in Seattle… the kind that makes you feel great… makes you want to get out and do something fun and exciting. It was a beautiful day for a ride in a convertible car. I love ridding in the convertible. There is something very exhilarating about the freedom of not having a roof over my head… the feel of the sun on my face… and the hair whipping in the wind…

 As we headed towards Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market for my intended photo shoot, I took a self-portrait from the side-mirror. When I saw the result of the shot, my creative mind started churning… I came up with the idea of shooting from the moving car at different speeds. Luckily, I have a willing partner and driver who were supportive of my interesting idea. I have never done anything like this before… so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the end results…


The World of Tiny Details

Here I thought this golf course pond was nothing more than a place for miss shot golf balls and breeding ground for blood sucking mosquitos. Except now, I feel like I have discovered a gold mine.  This pond has forced me to look beyond the norm…  to seek out things that I would not have thought about or felt it would be interesting to photograph. Every time I go there, I learn to see things with a different perspective. Another life lesson from these little creatures… don’t judge a book by its cover. 

I didn’t think much of this fly until I got really up close and personal.

When I saw the details of the wings, I wanted to see more… I spent over an hour chasing and waiting for a fly to sit still.

My patience rewarded… WOW! Creepy but fascinating. I couldn’t believe the amount of details on this little guy and honestly, I never knew what a fly’s feet look like until now. The head is so alien like. It looks more like it belongs in one of those Hollywood horror movies. The movie – “THE FLY” comes to mind…

Another Date with Macro

Okay… it’s only the second date and already, I am in love. I spent another few hours this morning getting up close and personal with my new toy. This little piece of glass has opened up a completely different world for me… I am looking forward to a long-lasting relationship.

While most people think of dandelion as pesky weeds, many herbalist consider it a valuable herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. Personally, I like them for being so photogenic…

Rainy Day Fun

I had so much fun on my date with Macro yesterday, I was hoping for a second date… unfortunately, the rain came back. Not wanting to risk getting my camera wet, I decided to shoot whatever I could find around the house.  I bought a studio light box last week, so I thought today would be good to experiment with light and exposure. I started with my dog, Frisette. She was a great model… no attitude problems and only cost me a chicken jerky.

The next subject was my breakfast… when I first sat down to eat it, I thought it looked pretty enough for a picture and maybe I could shoot a few frames before eating it. Right… those few shots turned into a couple of hours. It was afternoon by the time I was done with it. 

Okay… I did sneak in a little Marco time with this shot.

My Date with Macro

I finally got a macro lens Friday and was looking forward to using it… but of course it rained for the next three days. Rain… rain… go away… come again some other day, I sang before going to bed last night. Well… this morning I was happy to see the song had worked. It was cloudy but no rain. Quickly, I got my gears and headed down to the golf course pond; my new-found playground. I spent the next couple of hours bending, crouching and twisting my body into interesting positions… lost in the world of tiny details. I was on my elbows and knees looking at an interesting plant when I noticed a movement… quickly I refocused and saw two black eyes staring back at me. Wow! I couldn’t believe my luck… and what a nice model this little bug was. It sat and posed for me until I was satisfied with the results.

The joy of Macro photography… this little bug is less than 1/4″ long.

Shoot For The Moon

I couldn’t sleep and woke up at 3 a.m… When I saw the moon through the window, my creative mind started churning.  Standing in my driveway with the camera mounted on the tripod, I started shooting at the moon. It took quite a few shots before I found the right settings to get the exposure. The images were good but the moon was small and the details were not as clear as I would have liked. I used the only telephoto lens I have; 70mm-300mm.

Well… I decided to get a closer distance between me and the moon. I started walking towards the moon and ended up at the golf course. The place was very quiet and tranquil… the only sounds were from the frogs in the pond. When I looked up, the moon was right above the trees with the pond in front… perfect shot. The moon was still  far but I was able to get a closer image with more of its details. It was amazing to see all the craters and holes on the moon’s surface.  After shooting the moon… I took some shots of the surrounding. The morning dew on the plants made some very interesting shots.

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Life In The Golf Course Pond

I never would have guessed the abundant life could exist in a small man-made golf course pond. All this time, I thought it was just a golf balls burial ground. What I thought was going to be a quick photo session turned into a two-hour adventure. I spent most of it  just sitting and observing… waiting for some good shots.

Good things come to those who wait… as I crouched between the bushes being eaten alive by the mosquitoes, my patience finally paid off. This little bird flew right in front of me with a white moth in its beaks. Quickly, I shot off a few frames before it spotted me and flew off.

Marching To A Different Drummer

It never fails… however perfect it seems, there is always at least one in every family who doesn’t like to go with the flow.

Who choose to be different… to march to the beat of a different drummer.

Even if it means blocking the flow by doing the backstroke swim…

or by going the opposite direction than everyone else…  sibling rivalry never ends and defying authority is natural.

 It’s good to be different. I think it makes life more exciting and interesting.  In the end, we will eventually cross the finish line… just at our own pace.