Where is Spring?

A few weeks ago I took a mini-vacation and went down to Florida for a few days. I made sure I packed my camera so I could snap some shots of warm weather… just in case spring doesn’t make it to the north east this year!

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A Pleasant Surprise

Back in May 2013 I uploaded a post called Mushrooms. It was a photo I had shot with my newly purchased Canon T3i in the backyard. It was one of those right place, right time kind of shots. The sun was just about to set and the light was hitting these mushrooms perfectly. I immediately loved the photo. Now, you may or may not know, but I am a great fan of open source software and operating systems… Continue reading

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.

At the End of the Rainbow

At the End of the Rainbow

 

When I got home from work today to begin my weekend, I took off my work boots and tossed them aside. When I looked down at them I saw the prism effect of sunset reflecting off the mirror in the hall. If I would have known the weekend was at the end of the rainbow I would have tried to find it sooner!

Supermoon 6.23.13

Taken with Canon T31 and Rokinon 500mm Mirror lens using 2x doubler (1000mm total)

Taken with Canon T31 and Rokinon 500mm Mirror lens using 2x doubler (1000mm total)

Well, even though I had an extra day off this week, it was still a long work week and I didn’t get much time for taking pictures. I did, however, get out for the Supermoon earlier this week. I took this with my Canon T3i using my Rokinon 500mm lens with the 2x doubler attachment boosting it up to 1000mm. It was a little hazy here that night so this isn’t as clear as I would have liked.

I also tried something a little different by using a technique called “stacking”. Stacking, if you are unfamiliar, requires taking many photos of the subject and then, through several different programs stacking the photos to increase sharpness and detail. I followed the procedure I found at this blog http://www.photographyblogger.net/shoot-the-supermoon-like-an-astrophotographer/

Irony

Irony

Life is beautiful, it is kind, gentle and free

Walking one of the trails in Nay Aug Park this morning, the above saying caught my eye and I thought… how ironic that someone would express their idea of beauty by defacing a tree.

Day Off at Tobyhanna State Park

Boats at the Lake

Shot with Canon T3i and a Bower 8mm Fisheye Lens

 

So, this week I only got one day off, so I headed out to Tobyhanna State Park for a little while. I wanted to give my new Bower 8mm Fisheye lens a test… the above shot was taken with it. Weather-wise it was pretty dismal… windy, cool and rain storms rolling around. I was able to get a few shots and here Continue reading

Moon at 1000mm

1000mm Moon

 

For the first time since I got my Rokinon 50mm Mirror Lens the Moon is visible tonight (the weather here in Pa has been pretty crappy). So, I decided to grab my camera, the 500mm and the 2x doubler and grab some shots of our closest neighbor. I can’t wait for the Super Moon coming up on June 23!

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).

A Rare Treat

Mercury and Venus

 

So tonight, June 3 2013, I got to see a rare sight. Both planets Venus and Mercury visible just above the horizon. Mercury is the hardest of the inner planets to see because of it’s close proximity to the sun. This photo was taken from the front porch, Venus can be seen just above the horizon with Mercury above and to the left.