Ok, I lied. To myself. I told myself I would wait until Friday the 16th or Saturday the 17th of March to post these images. Then I realized that I will, on the 17th – hopefully despite the forecasted weather – be out somewhere like Brazos Bend State Park, or even in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, taking photos of birds/wildflowers/whatever catches my camera’s fancy.
So, here are some photos I took recently with the upcoming St. Paddy’s Day in mind. I used my Canon 5D Mark II and either the 50mm f1.4 lens or my favorite all-purpose lens the 24-105mm (which does a much better job at capturing macro-like images at full-zoom). I increased the ISO between 640 – 1000, depending upon the light source at the time, and I actually used my tiny little Canon Speedlite 270EX, which I bounced off the ceiling – for the horizontal shots – it’s limited in its positions so it doesn’t work for verticals.
My themes were green and alcohol (the meds I take for my rheumatoid arthritis prohibit me from overdoing, but a drink or two now and then is a very nice thing in which to indulge)
My Irish Whiskey of choice is Redbreast.
My mother and father collected Depression and Elegant glass. This lovely lady is called a (an?) ivy bowl and was my father’s favorite glass possession. When he died, I asked Mom if I could have it, and she said yes.
The “Greening” of the beer (ok, not an Irish beer – in this case, I used Coors Light because there was no Harp’s around at the grocery store, and you need a pale beer to get the green coloring to really show up). And that glass beer stein has special meaning for me – I received it from some good friends on my 19th birthday – some 32 years ago (we went to a pizza joint in Tennessee because the drinking age was 19 back then). The stein has accompanied me through all of my moves – one of the few items not lost, broken, sold, or given away. Thanks guys, for the gift and the memories
Did I drink the contents in the glasses when I was finished with the photography? What do you think?
Here’s from me to all of you: Go Green on the 17th, Baby!
And have a Designated Driver.