Archive for May, 2016

Photo Friday: Safe!

May 27, 2016

This week I took the first three pictures for my classes with the New York Institute of Photography.  I won’t go into details what the assignment is, but one of the shots was to involve action.

The action shot I chose, I took while watching a softball tournament, and it came out better than I expected.

It is for this reason I decided to make it my Friday photo.  When you look at this photo keep in mind that this shot beat out 182 other photos.

Safe

Photo Friday: Let Nature be Nature

May 20, 2016

This week, I went to a beautiful nature trail with a water fall.  While walking on the path, I came across an incident that reminded me that you never have to force nature to cooperate with you.

Some of the best shots I have ever taken of animals have been when nature is free to run its own course.  In this instance, I had spotted an eastern black swallowtail, and took a few shots.  I was going to move on when the butterfly decided my thumb looked like a good resting spot.  It was my right hand, so I couldn’t get the picture.  When it took off, I thought it would be fun to stick out my left hand, not expecting much.  When the butterfly landed right in my left hand, I started snapping.  I ended up with 40 shots before it left, including this week’s picture.

Eastern Black Swollowtail

 

 

Photo Friday:The Seeds of Beauty

May 13, 2016

This week I’ve been watching videos of National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones.  In them he talks about finding multiple right answers to any problem. He also talked about the fact that National Geographic will sift through 14,000 photographs to find thirty photos used in one article.  With that much dedication to finding the best of the best, it’s no wonder they are the top.

I’m not a National Geographic photographer, yet, but today’s photo stood out from many photographs, and I couldn’t resist giving it the top spot of the week.

Dandelion Seeds

Photo Friday: Staring Down Snakes

May 6, 2016

This week I took another trip to my favorite park, Hinkley, which never stops surprising me.  This time of the year, the temperatures never really go up to the 50’s, and this particular day was about 46.  This is why seeing a snake came as a surprise.

I decided to get as close to eye level as any human can get, so with me on my stomach the snake did something I didn’t expect.  I suppose it must have seen its reflection on the lens, but it raised itself up and stared at the camera while I kept taking shots.

The unpredictable behavior of nature is wonderful, isn’t it?

Stare Down