I got off early from work today (whoohoo) so instead of going to the gym (inside) I went hiking (outside) because it’s the last week of Sept and it was almost 80!
The colors are starting to come in here, down state – I love orange leaves…..
Everyone is going to think I’ve a thing for mushrooms, I don’t – however! they are great to start learning the macro settings on my camera on
Moss – really, gorgeous!
This guy was nice enough to stay still for a few pics
Fog rolling in!
My childhood friend, Melissa, aka Mac, came to the Island this weekend. She too, has a lovely Canon Rebel and we spent all of Saturday running around taking pictures – here are mine
The village of Stonington, Maine is just – well – breathtaking
Playing with the macro attachments!
Perspective! AKA Belly time!
I dragged Mac over to Barred Island and we spent some fun time tripping over roots and checking out shadows and light
Macro! I never realized how pretty moss was.
I started playing with my F settings and exposure – a few of my photos were “washed” out – however, I was able to recover much of it with my photo editor.
This is how the sun hits pink granite on the – macro of x7
I saw this mushroom – and instantly I thought of the Smurfs – then I get up and Mac said the same thing. It’s amazing how sometimes we think alike!
To end the day (Before food that is!) we hit up Sand Beach – tide was still high – but it was still a breathtaking sight to see.
I purchased a set of Macro lens – so now I am looking at the world in a whole new way – mostly down on my belly or kneeling in the muck taking pics
I found this little guy crawling around on my porch last week. Oh so very slowly.
I have 4 different lenses – x10, x4, x2 and x1 – Autofocus is close to useless while using 10 – I can also stack them for more magnifications
I’m a “fan” of the whole focus/blur – so I use the P setting often – one thing off to the side, with the blur washing out to one side.
I really do enjoy this island – after work on a Friday, I decided to go snapping pictures instead of going to the gym.
I do enjoy taking a look at things from different perspectives – and sometimes up close and person is best.
Check out the clouds – cotton candy in a sea of blue
I have yet to go inside the Opera House (yes, yes, I will go maybe when Jules visits)
I don’t get “sunsets” where I am living, instead I get that sweet glow of blue, oranges, and yellows – which can be better sometimes.
I can’t wait for longer days to hang out on my porch, do my nightly scheduling, and watch the boats come in.
Abandoned, overgrown houses and barns always make me think of what would the world look like if people began dying off, or an EMP hit, or some plague struck us down. (Not a zombie thing!). Half eaten meals on a table, VCR tape still jutting from a VCR, a coat draped over a now overturned kitchen chair. Trees and brush sprouting through the basement floors, edging up the stairs and into the 2nd story of the house. So I decided to go venture out and find a few of these places and just “look around”. I’ve been feeling very lackluster about writing lately, but passionate about taking photos, maybe I could get one to spark the other into gear.
There is a sadness in places like this and a story. Why was the house left like that? Why is all their “stuff” still here. Of the odd things you see while traveling, that make no sense in the realm of the world. The WTF things.
Or the beauty that hides in the areas, the wild grass, the wayward trees, the hidden treasures in the overgrown brush that tangle your feet.
We did come across a car from yesteryear. To which my nephew, Rhys asked “Can we take the steering wheel!” What a guy!
Those places, those once-homes to humans or animals, are relics frozen in time with dust and cobwebs. Snapshots into time that has just transpired, the blink of an eye if you think of the age of this rock we live on.
The last time I was in Clayton, NM I enjoyed quick lunches and the such at the Eklund. This time I got to stay there. My sister-in-law, Vic was rather taken w/the few pictures I took of the place. So, this time around, I took more.
The building was built in the last 1800s. It’s been rather well upkept, considering you go through out the country and see abandoned places just like this all along the drive.
There are some great details in the old place. The lighting isn’t great, its very yellow. But I worked out some of the details on post.
All along, I thought it was a tin ceiling, but it isn’t. It is all plaster. Which, makes it all more facinating and unique.
If anyone knows me, they know I love door knobs! The wood etching on the fireplace is very cool, and looked better in Black and White.
Again, the decorations/details on the ceiling are all plaster.
The fireplace is all marble. There are two in the dining room and one in the saloon (which I didn’t get to photograph, maybe next time!)
As I was driving down the 54, to my right it was as dark as night and to my left, completely sunny. And that produced a great rainbow – even with my 18 lens I couldn’t get the whole rainbow! (I did with my phone)
And that was my view to the front. And my long drive is finally over. For another 10 weeks.
I love the marco option on my 70-300 lens. I love getting close but being far away.
Like Mr. Frog. Good luck getting a nice photo of Mr. Frog with a standard lens. Either you’d fall in or Mr. Frog would take a powder.
This is Dutch, taken from across the room. She’s a cute cat, but try and get to close and that moment of cuteness is gone.
At NMCC one day, Gail Roy comes to me and asks “Do you have your camera?” Silly question, it is usually in my car. Outside a small bat was nestled against the building. The angle was odd, but this lil guy was cute!
Out walking last winter and that lovely red in a sea of white. And no reason to walk the quarter mile to get a nice closeup.
To the naked eye, its just the air disturbance, but to a telephoto lens, it’s a plane in a full climb.
Or you go off walking and come back to find your adorable nephew naked and in mid jump (the flower is post editing )
One of my fave shots. Taken on top of the mountain in front of my house – In the bigger photo, the shadows even display the webbing and patterns of the wings.
That’s all for now!