Flowers in Macro/Indiana Photographer

Last night I chose to edit for me, my own personal photographs. On Wednesday, I received my new lens via UPS. I just love that guy…he always brings such nice items when he comes. I’ve been trying to decide what my next lens should be. Up until Wednesday, I only had the 18-55, 55-200 and my wonderful nifty fifty 50 1.4mm. I really never took off the 50mm lens because I love the sharpness. I hated using either of the other two lenses because it didn’t offer a full zoom. Anyway, I though about buying the 18-200mm lens from B&H and was just about ready to push the buy button when one of my fellow photographers pointed out that I wouldn’t be getting the quality out of that lens that I’m getting from the 50mm. That really did stop me in my tracks. So, I looked at another lens that I was eyeing, the Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 lens for Nikon. It offers a wide shot at 2.8 (good light). I was really honest and asked myself, ‘how often do I really need to zoom in?’. I’m always needing to move back to get a subject’s entire body in the frame. So, anyway, I bought the Sigma and am very excited about it. It’s also a macro lens? I don’t know that it’s a true macro lens, but you can get pretty darn close to the flowers.

Here is a link to the lens at B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/514741-REG/Sigma_689_306_17_70mm_f_2_8_4_5_DC_Macro.html

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Flowers from my walk

The other day, my little sidekick and I went on a little “adventure” in the hay field next to my house. I of course took my camera and decided to do a little test. I wanted to see what happened to my images when I selected different meter settings. On my D90 I have the matrix metering, center weighted metering, and spot metering. The image I took using matrix ended up in the trash as it wasn’t sharp. The other two however, turned out very well. The only processing I did on the first two is to do a levels adjustment on them and then to sharpen them.

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Nelson’s Greenhouse

I posted a blog a little bit ago about the local greenhouse in my hometown. Yesterday I took the little one and we went to see what colors were popping there. Becky was right, boy had things changed since the last time I was there. Their roses smell SO good!!!! The colors were just exploding everywhere. Seriously, if you have any question regarding flowers and/or vegetables, Becky and Kenny are the one to ask. Everyone there is so nice.

Shameless plug? Absolutely. 🙂 She always helps me.

Spring Flowers

Well, earlier I think I posted some images of my emerging lilacs, my favorite flower. However, the cold weather that decided to come back killed most of my flowers. That makes me so sad. 😦

Yesterday though we had some amazing temps and so “E” and I got outside and I was able to take some pictures of flowers and her. I’ll post her pictures tomorrow though.

To process these images I used an action from Coffee Shop Photography. I believe there is a link on the right hand side. If there isn’t, I’ll post the link again.

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Not textured. If anyone knows what kind of tree this is, let me know.

Not textured. If anyone knows what kind of tree this is, let me know.

textured flowers

I took these images the other day and thought they were really boring. So, i went to flickr and found a cool texture to put over the image. These two pictures are now in frames. 😀

Visiting local Greenhouse

Since I had to reschedule both my sessions this weekend due to the lovely and unreliable Indiana spring weather, “E” and I went to Wal-mart to get a few things, then we headed to Nelson’s Greenhouse just down the road to look at what they’ve got growing so far. I don’t know how many greenhouses they have, I’d venture to say they have around 7 greenhouses. Only a few of them had any blooming flowers yet, but they were getting fuller and fuller. They grow everything organically and everything you get from there is so healthy looking and it’s just awesome. Becky is so knowledgeable and friendly. I just love that place. So, with camera in hand, “E” and I looked around to see what they had.

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“E” was helping Becky and her husband hold the plastic in place. They were getting another greenhouse ready. 😀

Flowers and Hope of new life

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.  ~Virgil A. Kraft

Spring has to be by far my most favorite season. I really could do without the snow, the cold temps, the staying inside for what seems like forever! lol

Spring to me reminds me of the new birth. Everything is new, clean, fresh. So, when “E” and I went for a small walk, you can imagine my joy at finding that my lilacs had buds on them. I do hope that the still cold temps don’t kill them. Lilacs are my favorite flowers.

The pictures of the red and white flower are just random and thought I would throw them in here too.

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