Tiger Lily

This is the time of year when the Tiger Lilies in our back yard start to bloom. We started with just a few but over the past eight years they have really spread. They grow to around 5-6 feet high before blooming, so you have to make sure they are well supported so the wind doesn’t blow them over during thunderstorms. I use a wire cage around the whole bunch. Works good. (Canon G11, ISO 800(whoops, incorrect setting) 6mm, f8, 1/2000 sec. Developed by Lightroom 3, which took care of the moderate noise created by me forgetting to check the in camera ISO 800 setting first, Should have been 80 or 100)

Reflections in a Lamp

If there was a candle inside this old wooden hanging lamp, instead of an electric light, you’d think you were back in the 1700’s. When I took this, I positioned myself so I got a reflection of the blue sky in the glass on the front face of the lamp. That, plus the wooden beams and bricks makes for an interesting composition. (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 27mm, f8, 1/80 sec. Developed by Lightroom 3)

Wrought Iron Fence Gate

Iron fences often make a good photo capture, especially when there are various designs present, such as these hearts. Moving this gate open was not an easy task—it was very heavy. I added an “antique” appearance to the original. (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 82mm, f5, 1.125 sec. Developed by Lightroom 3)

Butterfly on Top

Not much to say about this photo, other than when you can find them, up close, it’s never a bad move to take their picture. They like it a lot—at least this one told me so afterwards, when I asked if it was OK for me to have taken it’s picture. (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 300mm, f5.6, 1/320 sec. Developed by Lightroom 3)

Shore Birds

These little guys scurry in and out of the surf looking for goodies to eat. The thing I like about this image (besides the bird) is the sparkling clear water. When I took this last spring near  Tampa/St Petersburg, I never would have imagined that beaches like this on the west coast of Florida face a terrible fate if the oil spill spreads there, and creates the sort of damage seen in the panhandle. I’m no “tree hugger”, but I have concluded that we’ve sold the future of our environment to satisfy our demands for things we really can do without. (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 200mm, f11, 1/400 sec. Developed by Lightroom 3)

Monument Valley Arizona

When I parked the car and got out with cameras in hand, the wind was blowing hard, and a sand storm was on its way. Regardless, my jaw dropped when I looked across expansive and famous Monument Valley, with its iconic spires that have formed the background for many Hollywood movies—especially those starring John Wayne. Every way I looked I saw beauty. But, I also was aware of the brewing sand storm, which I could see on the horizon, and I wanted to take as many photos as possible before it all went to heck, as it most likely would. Here’s one example of what I got. Main lesson learned was that it’s wise to come to a place like this, and stay for several days in order to get the most out of your camera. But, the three hours I did get were well worth the drive home later that afternoon—in the midst of said sandstorm—which is a totally different story. (Panasonic Lumix LX3, ISO 100, 5mm, f8, 1/400 sec. Developed by Lightroom 3)

Ready to Plant

I need to get out soon and take some new photos. When I have to select one such as this to post (not that’s it’s all that bad) I tell myself to “try harder”. (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 36mm, f4.2, 1/160 sec. Developed with Lightroom 3)

Raylen Winery

When I visited Raylen Winery near Winston Salem, NC a while back there were some great photographic possibilities, with new grapes hanging on row after row of very healthy looking vines. Sampling the finished product inside the beautiful winery was pretty special as well. (Nikon D300, ISO 200,12mm, f11, 1/320 sec. Developed in Lightroom 3)

Watch the background

I spent a bit of time walking back and forth, trying to get this old historic carriage building framed such that the white fence would lead the viewers eye to it. Ah yes, I said to myself, this is exactly what I want, so I went “click”. Then I noticed the background on my camera’s LCD during a quick check right after I took the shot. I could have deleted it right there and moved on, but decided to keep it as an example of why one needs to always look at other items in the picture besides the main subject. You never know what you will get.