Monday, February 28, 2011

Cat, with stripes

This Cat prefers to hang like this during daylight hours. No, he's not dead.
[Raphael Catfish, Platydoras armatulus]


100mm, f/3.5, 1/125, 6400 ISO

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lab Results

Some pure, white, innocent carnations found their way into the lab the other day. It is a commonly known fact that a carnation will change color when dye is added to its water; a group of inquisitive individuals (aka: my co-workers) force-fed the flowers a variety of deeply hued chemicals to see if that would also lead to altered colors in the blooms. Some of the specimens came out looking quite nice, although I doubt that these methods will be employed by legitimate florists anytime soon, as the flowers soon lost their look of freshness. I was merely the photographer in this caper, but I did learn something very important: Carnations make my eyes itch.


This flower drank Eosin.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/100, 640 ISO


This flower was served a mixed cocktail, the ingredients of which I cannot recall.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/100, 640 ISO


The label on the vase does not reflect the liquid contained inside.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/100, 640 ISO


I can see an unhealthy hue in this poor flower.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/100, 640 ISO


This photo is a nice contrast to the preceding one.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/100, 640 ISO


This flower drank a green stain, which turned out looking closer to blue.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/125, 640 ISO



100mm, f/4.0, 1/100, 640 ISO


The green agent left this flower the least shriveled of the bunch.


100mm, f/4.0, 1/125, 640 ISO

Saturday, February 26, 2011

the Holiday that isn't

The plant manages to bloom again between holidays, missing Valentine's Day, and surely the last flower will have withered by the time the Bunny hops into town. In the winter, it does an excellent job of blooming between, but not on, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
[Thanksgiving Cactus, Schlumbergera truncata]


100mm, f/2.8, 1/200, 400 ISO

Friday, February 25, 2011

Something Fishy

What makes fish smile? Apparently playing peek-a-boo with the camera behind the algae spots on the tank.
[Pictus Cat, Pimelodus pictus]


100mm, f/3.5, 1/125, 6400 ISO

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Flakes

We had a bit of unseasonable snow here last night. I had in mind some great pictures, and didn't get quite what I had been seeking. I'd like to blame the quality of the snow for part of that dissatisfaction- I really wanted to capture some intricate snowflakes, but they were disintegrating into blobs of white almost before my eyes. Perhaps next year I will again have an opportunity to go snowflake hunting, but in the meantime, I will share my favorites from this morning, because that is kind of what this blog is about: puttering around, not attaining perfection with each image. This blog is a story of progress in pictures.


100mm, f/3.5, 1/320, 320 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/320, 320 ISO



100mm, f/3.5, 1/160, 500 ISO

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

the ubiquitous water droplet

These trees out our window have probably had identical raindrops hanging off their needles 85% of the time over the past 4 months. Today was the first day it struck me that they'd look good in front of my camera.


100mm, f/2.8, 1/160, 400 ISO

Monday, February 21, 2011

Big Game

I bought a telephoto lens off Craig's List last week, and I've been itching to try it out on some wildlife. This squirrel is stretching the "wildlife" definition, but regardless, I like the shot (and the lens!).


300mm, f/4.0, 1/400, 400 ISO

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Furry Ones

I was out today and saw some pussy-willow-looking things that begged to be photographed.


100mm, f/2.8, 1/640, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, 200 ISO


Green=Spring


100mm, f/2.8, 1/250, 200 ISO


This plant defies spring


100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, 200 ISO

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The First Macro Walkabout

This is the first day I've taken my macro lens out to use it for its real purpose. It was fun walking around looking for things that are starting to grow.


100mm, f/2.8, 1/1250, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/1250, 200 ISO


I have no idea what some of these things are going to turn into; I'll have to go back with my camera and find out.


100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/1000, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, 200 ISO


In less than a month this will be a cherry tree in full bloom.


100mm, f/2.8, 1/640, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/640, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/400, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/320, 200 ISO



100mm, f/2.8, 1/320, 200 ISO