Saturday afternoon,clouds rolling in, I picked up my camera, snapped on my Sigma 10-20mm ultra-wide lens, and went outside.
For as late as it is, the flowers still look pretty good.
The thing with an ultra-wide lens is that you have to get pretty close to fill the frame with the subject, and that is exactly what I wanted to try with the sun behind heavy clouds, assured harsh sunlight would not blow out the colors. I cranked up the ISO (relatively speaking), and shot at f/14 to get a bit more depth of field.
I went from flowerpot to flowerpot, mimicking a would-be bee.
This being late afternoon, some of the flowers – them who do so – were beginning to close.
I made my way around the yard.
The maples in the back are beginning to go. They are going pretty quick, at that; just a few days ago there was barely a hint of red in them leaves.
The dark clouds were to the South and West, obscuring the sun, but this was aimed North and East, where the sky was still bright. When I shot this a thinner membrane covered the sun . . . a few seconds later a heavier cloud covered the spot, and it was different.
I was standing pretty close to the trees , the camera angled up – one of the advantage of wide lenses.
Here’s a couple of closeups of one branch . . .
As usual, WordPress takes the photos, resizes them, dulls them up, and tries to present them so that most people go ‘meh!’
You can click on them, and you’ll bet a better – and larger – version in a new window. You can also go to the SmugMug gallery HERE for the full-size versions. There are multiple versions of some shots as it was pretty breezy, and I was not sure if the photos would come out blurred, so I snapped a few extra when I though a gust was trying to mess me up.
Why include near-duplicates in the gallery? Why not? They are still decent photos.
One of the small shrubs has already gone all red . . .
The Yarro I planted earlier in early Summer is doing pretty well, and it even had a visitor.
Of course, this being a wide-angle lens, it did not matter how close I got . . . I was not going to get a true macro of the fly. Still, I like the composition.
I also like the flowers themselves.
Aside the festive colors, they remind me a bit of broccoli. Not a fan of broccoli, I, but I like these flowers.
The Black-eyed Susans are late bloomers, and they’re still fairly photogenic.
Of course, I had to shoot my favorite showy flowers. They are taking over their little flowerbed, and I will likely split them up once they go dormant.
If you want to spot the Harvester lurking in the flowers you’ll have to click on the photo for the larger version.
So, having done the wide-angle bit, I went in and exchanged lenses . . . put on my 105mm Macro , I did. I then headed out hitting the same spots as the wide-angle photos.
As it was cloudy, and as I was shooting free-hand, I shot as wide as I could, hence the shallow depth of field. I understand some people like that.
That last shot reminds me of tormented souls forced to watch reality television while eating broccoli, their silent screams not echoing in the vast emptiness of the ether.
Really do like these flowers a whole lot . . . oh, and here is the Harvester . . .
These flowers can really be diverse in their presentation . . .
There are a few stragglers – flowers who do better during the summer, but are hanging on even as the season is closing in on them.
Most of the Daisies have died, but a few are putting up the good fight. The coneflowers once again failed to deliver. They must have been hurt more than I suspected as this is the second year they underperformed. The above were two of the better ones.
How about some leaves? OK.
I’m actually pretty pleased with these shots as the wind was picking up, and moving stuff about . . .
. . . including the Yarrow, now with a different fly paying a visit. Never seen such a shameless, two-timing Yarrow before.
There are more shots in the SmugMug gallery HERE, but let me show you some I like. Keep in mind the wind was moving these a bit, so I am very pleased with these shots.
The Sedum Autumn Joy is in flower, but they are already turning . . . winter’s coming.
Remember the little red bush?
Some may wonder why I came out again with the macro lens . . . it wasn’t my intent, but I had seen the following, and hoped the grass would keep from blowing them away.
I had started to shoot some of the Black-eyed Susans when my eye caught a movement.
I have no idea what it is, and I am too lazy to look it up. At first glance it looks like a miniature spider, but wrong number of legs.
This thing was small, but moved very fast, making it difficult to get a clear photo of it. It was a crawling in and out of what to it must have looked like canyons, and based on its behavior, I’d say this little fellow is a hunter. Right after the above shot, I lost him; he must have gone to the underside of the flower.
Speaking of which, the flowers themselves . . .
And then, on another flower . . .
I tried to get as close as I can as the flower and the creature both moved about with wild abandon.
It went into one of the mini-canyons, and I did not see it again.
I waited there, kneeling in the grass . . . I must have looked weird to my neighbors, but that’s nothing new.
I went to the last pot I was going to photograph, and found another bug.
This guy watched me for a bit, and then went on the move.
You know what? It started to look a bit unfriendly, like it was going to pick a fight. Mind you, I was pretty confident I could have taken it in a fair fight . . . but I did not know if it was planning to fight fair, so I went back in.
Time elapsed between the first and last photo of my impromptu shooting spree, 29 minutes.
It was a fun 29 minutes. I should do it more often. Beats eating broccoli.
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