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.

January 1949

January 1949

My line of work (cable TV installer) allows me to be in a lot of different houses… and you never know what you’ll come across. Sometimes, it’s stuff you don’t want to find and sometimes, like today, I stumble upon things like this. I have no doubt this calendar has been hanging in this basement since 1949. It’s things like this that make emphasize how much things have changed over the years. Two point of interest on this calendar are the phrase “Air & Steamship Tickets” and… check out that phone number, it’s only 3 numbers!!!

 

Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus

1000mm

Yesterday I posted about the Rokinon 500mm mirror lens I got, one of the accessories it came with is a 2x doubler or magnifier which boosts the lens to 1000mm. My initial tests of the lens were done in my backyard and 1000mm was a bit much… basically, nothing was far enough away. So, I went out to Dunmore Reservoir #1 and gave it a test. Here are a few of the shots I took of a family of geese.

500mm

It’s now been a month since I got my Canon T3i and I’ve been having a blast learning all the in’s and out’s of it… the more I learn the more I realize how much I don’t know! I have been trying to build a collection of lenses to cover a large focal range. The camera came with a 18mm-55mm kit lens, I then bought a Canon 55mm-250mm, then a Canon 40mm pancake lens. Those lenses, plus a set of macro filters give me a pretty good range to work with, but then a couple days ago I came across a deal I just couldn’t pass up. A 500mm Mirror lens made by a company called Rokinon.

The Rokinon 500mm mirror lens with 2x doubler attached to my Canon T3i

The Rokinon 500mm mirror lens with 2x doubler attached to my Canon T3i

I found it online, for $135 and it came with the lens, a 2x doubler (teleconverter pushing it to 1000mm), leather pouch, a set of 3 rear mount filters and a T-Ring adapter. One of the things I liked about this lens, other than the price, was its short length. Without the doubler it’s only about 4″ and is very light. Since I’ll be using it mostly for Continue reading

A Butterfly in Flight

With today being my only day off this week, I decided to go out to Ayelsworth Park in Jermyn, Pa. I hadn’t been there in quite a few years, in fact when I was last there the park was still largely unfinished. Now, there are hiking trails and picnic areas, a little beach and a playground being built. I snapped lots of photos… here is one of my favorites.

Butterfly in Flight

Captured with my Canon T31 using my Canon 55-250mm lens

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.

Weather is Blowing In

We’ve been lucky here in north east Pennsylvania… it’s been a beautiful 4 or 5 days, weather-wise. According to the weatherman, that’s about to change. It looks like rain for the next few days and these clouds rolling in seem to confirm that. Of course, clouds and old as dirt power poles do make some interesting photographs.

Weather

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

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.