Archive for July, 2016

Photo Friday: Hitting Gold

July 29, 2016

I love dragonflies.  They are harmless to humans, and they eat mosquitos and black flies.  Dragonflies come in a variety of colors, and they make great photo subjects.

This week I was at Mill Creek park, shooting every dragonfly that would sit still long enough, when I saw something golden cross my path.  I went to where it landed, and saw a black dragonfly, with golden wings.  This was something I had never seen, so I started snapping.

After 10 good shots, I found one that was exceptionally clear, so I have chosen this as the photo of the week, and my favorite shot of the month.

Golden Wing Dragonfly

Photo Friday: Garden Variety

July 22, 2016

This week I thought I would go a little more domestic, and shoot a couple of garden flowers.  Wild flowers are my favorite flowers to photograph, but garden flowers make easy beautiful subjects.  People love their gardens, and are proud to show off their landscaping skills, so getting permission to photograph them is no problem.

I had to look up the flower I’m using for today’s photograph, but I found is most lovely.  For those who want to know what kind it is, it is a purple coneflower, aka Echinacea Purpurea.

Purple Coneflower

Photo Friday: Exposure Exposed

July 15, 2016

Photography, like any art, is not a series of rules.  It is a series of guidelines.  The biggest of these involves what is thought of as correct exposure.  Exposure is important, especially in documentation, however, using it creatively can have very interesting results.

Today’s  photo is such an example.  The intentional over exposure of the image gives the picture a dreamy appearance, while still being a beautiful photograph of a queen anne’s lace.

Dreamy Queen

Photo Friday: Now That’s a Tongue

July 8, 2016

I was on one of my photo walks, to the store, when I saw some bumble bees.  They were busy with the flowers, and I saw a great opportunity for some macro practice.  I just wanted to get a clear picture of a bumble bee on a flower, and I used a high speed burst to give me more choices of a good shot.  What I didn’t expect was to find one that gave me a good shot, and showed just how long their tongue really is.  This is why it is the shot of the week.

Bumble Bee Tongue

Photo Friday: Fun for all Ages

July 1, 2016

June 26th was a great day to photograph an event.  It was the day of the South Portland Color Run.  You don’t have to be a top athlete to participate.  I saw entrants as young as 3, and as old as 78.  My purpose was to get pictures of the event, and I ended up with 900 pictures.  Out of all those pictures, I chose today’s picture because it shows the fun of the race and how friendly it is to all ages.

Munchkin Attack