No, really, I *do* dream in color.
And, I’d also like one of those painted “I Dream of Jeannie” bottles. Until I decide to splurge, I’ll just have fun with my brown-glass Jim Beam bottle and festive Christmas lights.
My unwavering goal in life is to eventually move out of southeast Texas and back to Washington State to live close to my sister and her family. With that in mind and because it feels like I am actually doing something toward that goal, I have donated lots of clothing and other items to the local hospice thrift shop and boxed up (and continue to box up) items in my apartment that I don’t use much but don’t wish to part with at this point in time. Over the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday, I managed to move most of the boxes off of my apartment’s spare bedroom floor and into the spare storage closet, leaving enough room in said spare bedroom for a tiny studio, complete with 2 studio lights & umbrellas, black bedspread backdrop and a black covered table. So tickled was I with this setup that I decided to take a break from housework for the weekend and have some fun with glass and Christmas lights.
I used my Induro tripod and Canon 5DS and Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II lens, ultimately switching over to the Canon 50mm f1.2L lens. ISO for all of the photos you see was 100 and aperture was f11. I played around with the shutter speeds, ranging from 1/6 of a second to 30 seconds. For the plain glass images, I used my two studio lights. For the glass with Christmas lights images, all lights were turned off.
Becky’s little Christmas tree, with a suitcase on the right to hide the electric cords, and part of a studio light because – at the time – I had no other place to put it
I did not plan on putting up my tree this year. After all, I’d be visiting my sister and her family for the holidays, so why go to the effort of putting up a tree I would not see for the final 1-1/2 weeks of December?
One afternoon, however, during the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, while on a long walk, I was thinking how nice it would be to see bright, multi-color lights. My mind’s eye saw all sorts of photo ops….
No solicitation, Santa. Just leave the presents and don’t try to sell me anything.
To stave off the post-Thanksgiving-tryptophan sleepies, I decided to clean my living room window so that my lovely little Christmas tree would show up better from the outside. Naturally, I had to take tripod and camera out after dark to capture images of this one little tree glowing brightly in the night. Apparently, I am either the only person with a tree in the entire apartment complex, or I am the only person who likes showing off their tree through the window.
This photo was taken shortly after sundown. I deliberately set the f-stop to 22 so the lights would create little starbursts. The ISO was 500, I used my 24-70mm lens with the focal length set to 24mm, and the shutter was open for 30 seconds.
I switched from to my 16-35mm lens because I wanted a much wider-angle view of the complex and my tree. The only issue was the fact that the oak tree branches in the yard drooped quite a bit. The ever-so-slight breeze took those drooping branches and blurred them during the 30-second shot. The ISO was 250. I had to use noise-reduction with this image (yes, you can sometimes get grainy low-light photos even when using a low ISO) and I ultimately cropped out as much of the offending blurred branches as I could, giving this image a sort of pseudo-pano look.
Lots of frames in this image above: the front lights on the brick columns, the frame created by the apartment complex architecture, and the frame created by the oak tree limbs.
The Magic Tree. Easy to do if you ever decide to experiment yourself. Just put your camera and zoom lens on a tripod, set the camera for however many seconds you wish, then play around with zooming the lens in and out to get some funky effects while the shutter is open.
When I was little and living in Montana, I remember a certain time of year when there were multitudes of dragonflies flitting through the clear, dry, sunshiny air, in metallic colors of red, blue, and green. I called that time of year Dragonfly Season.
I visited Brazos Bend State Park the other day. It was a lovely, sunny, non-humid day in southeast Texas, where egrets and herons populated the sky and dragonflies of all hues skimmed the air.
Must be Dragonfly Season.
None of these photos were taken with a dedicated macro lens (I don’t own a macro lens). For this day, I just took a single lens, the Canon 70-200 L USM II f2.8 attached to my Canon 5D Mark II body. The nice thing about a full-frame camera is that you can really crop those babies and still get a nice image with decent resolution.
I’d planned on posting this a little closer to Easter, except that I’m going to be on vacation over Easter (woo hoo!).
I’m a pretty secular soul, so in this post, it’s going to be all about the Easter egg hunt. These photos were taken back in 2009, when my great niece was two. I can’t remember the last time I took part in hiding Easter eggs filled with candy, and it was great fun to watch “Gammy” and “Cho” hide the eggs for one very excited little girl. As most of you probably already know, the hunt is fun, but it’s really all about the candy in the eggs
Hiding on the fence.
Hiding on the bubble machine (please note how nicely color-coordinated the egg is to the bubble machine)
Hiding underneath the Harley Skull.
Sometimes, hiding a little too high (what on earth was the Easter Bunny thinking??)
Aha! Found that egg!
Lookit all the loot!!