What Are You Looking At?

Caterpiller

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Instead of posting cook-out or firework photos I give you a caterpillar. Why? Because today is about freedom and independence… I am free to post what I please… plus, I don’t have any cook-out or firework photos and I saw this little guy while on a hike this morning. So, enjoy! Time for burgers, hot dogs and a couple cold beers.

The Lesser of Two Weevils

Captured with a Canon T3i and a Canon EF 40mm lens with +10 and +4 macro filters.

Captured with a Canon T3i and a Canon EF 40mm lens with +10 and +4 macro filters.

 

OK, I know it’s a horrible pun… but seriously, how often can you use a line like that? Anyway, I was out in the backyard today and found what appear to be Boll Weevils in the trees. This is surprising because Boll Weevils are usually found around cotton and that’s not something you find growing in north east Pennsylvania. It is also possible that these were Rose Weevils, but as the name suggests they are usually red in color. Regardless, Weevils are fairly destructive and although they are cool to see, I wouldn’t be too upset to see them leave (no pun intended).

The Fight for Life

Fight for Life

 

While preparing to play around with a new toy, an infrared filter, I noticed this fight for life taking place right in front of me. Even though, the combatants are tiny, the stakes are just as high as they would be anywhere in the wild. When I come across situations like these tend to let things play out naturally… in this case, the earthworm didn’t stand a chance and was fighting a multi-front war.

Mushrooms

Ironic that I hate mushrooms as a food, but find them fascinating to photograph! I just recieved my new Canon EF 40mm lens today and promptly fired up the camera and took some macro shots out in the back yard. With all the rain we had over the weekend, these mushrooms started popping up… figured they were a good starting place for my new lens. What do you think?

Taken with Canon T3i with an EF 40mm lens.

Taken with Canon T3i with an EF 40mm lens.

Beer Rings

Sitting outside and relaxing yesterday and decided to have a nice cold beer…. took a sip and got these odd rings in the neck of the bottle. Nothing special, just thought they were kind of cool looking. Taken with a friends iPhone 4S I borrowed for the picture.

Beer Rings

Inch Worm

Well, I wasn’t planning on taking any photos today, but sometimes the opportunity picks you. Not much to say about these photos, this little guy landed on me while I was just sitting outside relaxing… so I got him a stick to crawl on, snapped a few pics and then sent him on his way. Shot with Canon T3i with a UV filter and stacked macro lenses +1, +2, +4 and +10.

Inch Worm Inch Worm 2 Inch Worm 3

Fun with Close Up Photography

I’ve been playing around with my new Canon T3i every chance I get. As, I’m about to head out the door to go for a hike (Surprise bonus day off!) I figured I’d post a few of my favorite close up shots so far.

Backyard Purple

Backyard Purple

 

Just about 10 minutes ago I was in the back yard toying with my Polarizing filter and stacking my macro lenses. This shot I took with a UV filter, circular polarizing filter, a +1 macro lens and a +10 macro lens. Edited in GIMP.

 

Red Berry

Red Berry

 

Last week I went to a nearby spot called Eales Preserve on Moosic Mountain, the area is one of the few heath barrens in Pennsylvania and has large areas of rock and low brush… all in all it’s pretty desolate. I did come across many of these red berries though. This is just a close up taken with a 18-55mm lens, UV filter and CPL. No editing done.

Spring Butterfly

Spring Butterfly

 

While at Eales Preserve I also saw many of these small blue butterflies. They don’t sit still for long and take off as soon as you get close, so a macro shot was out of the question. For this shot I used my 55-250mm lens at full zoom from about 15-20 feet away. No editing done.

Finally!

So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any photos, but that’s about to change! I just recently had a birthday pass and decided to buy myself a little present. I got myself a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I’ve been doing a lot of research on entry level DSLR’s and have had my mind set on this particular camera for a while. The T3i, at least for me, was the best bang for the buck, plus it has a swing out, pivoting display which is handy for those awkward shots. My old Sony Cybershot had a swivel screen and it’s amazing how much of a advantage it can really be. So… here are a few early shots I’ve taken while getting comfortable with my new gear, no editing has been done these are just straight from the camera… enjoy!

Picture taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i with 18-55mm lens and 10x Macro adapter.

Picture taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i with 18-55mm lens and 10x Macro adapter.

 

Taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i and 18-55mm lens

Taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i and 18-55mm lens

Taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i and 18-55mm lens.

Taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i and 18-55mm lens.

Taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i with a 18-55mm lens and 10x Macro adapter.

Taken at Nay Aug Park in Scranton with a Canon T3i with a 18-55mm lens and 10x Macro adapter.

Taken in Dunmore Pa with a Canon T3i with a 55-250mm lens.

Taken in Dunmore Pa with a Canon T3i with a 55-250mm lens.