Thursday, May 26, 2011

Photo 79 - 365 American Flag

Once again, the photos of the machines on the ground were mostly close-up photos. I tried to make the composition interesting.

Photo settings are: f/10, 1/250 sec., ISO 100

Photo 78 - 365 Snowbird Preparation

This photo was taken early in the Airshow. They were prepping the planes even though the Snowbirds were not to fly for at least 4 hours. The planes were parked right in front of our seats and when I saw him standing on the wing, I couldn't resist taking a photo.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/2000 sec., ISO 100

Photo 77 - 365 Air Force

As we walked around I took a lot of photos of the display planes and helicopters. I love close up photography so most of the ground photos do not show the entire machine. I like the perspective of this shot, right down the side.

Photo settings are: f/10, 1/250 sec., ISO 100

Photo 76 - 365 Snowbirds

The Canadian Snowbirds were at the Airshow this year. They put on quite a show. I don't think I've ever seen a group like this with so many planes involved. Their precision was amazing. It was like watching one big plane fly instead of 9 small planes.

Photo settings are: f/9, 1/640 sec., ISO 100

Photo 75 - 365 Four Planes

Ok Folks, get ready for some Airshow Photos! I took quite a few (about 150) but I won't be showing them all here, don't worry! It's so easy to take so many photos when you have a digital camera. I don't think I've been to an Airshow since I got my new camera... We had a great time. I got sunburned but oh well. Yes, I know, I should have used sunscreen. You don't know how many times I heard that the week after the Airshow!

So, this photo is one of my favorites because the planes were close enough for my long lens to capture. I was afraid most of the flying would be too distant for my lens. But my long lens did well and was perfect for many of the photos.

Photo settings are: f/9, 1/640 sec., ISO 100

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photo 74 - 365 - Bench

Another Airlee Gardens photograph. This bench sits in front of the church. I couldn't imagine a more peaceful place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the Gardens.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 200

Photo 73 - 365 - Birdhouse

While at Airlee Gardens, I photographed this birdhouse. It is nailed to a tree just off the path next to the cemetery. I would love to go back and take more photos. The place is just amazing!

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/80 sec., ISO 200

Photo 72 - 365 - Moth

I am always amazed at the variety of insects we see here in the Spring. This moth was hanging out on our house and I just had to get a photo of it. I am guessing that from it's legs to the tip of it's wings measured 3 inches. Not a small moth by any means.

Photo settings are: f/3.5, 1/80 sec., ISO 100

Photo 71 - 365 Another Flower Photo

Yes, I love taking photos of flowers... This is another group of flowers from the bouquet from my co-workers. I just loved the color of these!

Photo settings are: f/11, 1/20 sec., ISO 200

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Photo 70 - 365 Mum

My co-workers bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Administrative Professional's Day last month. I took quite a few photos of the flowers. This is one of my favorites. A beautiful mum.

Photo settings: f/8, 1/50 sec., ISO 200

Photo 69 - 365 - Pumpkin Plant

This is is a pumpkin plant that I was very surprised to find one day. I had purchased some small pumpkins before Halloween to paint and display during the season. One of the pumpkins I just left as decoration in my kitchen and finally set it outside. It started to decay and instead of picking up and tossing out a gooey old pumpkin, I just left it there. And the seeds germinated and what a nice surprise for us this Spring! I wanted to show the old and the new but for some reason the old pumpkin just wouldn't focus. Anyway, I think you get the idea.

Photo settings: f/3.5, 1/80 sec., ISO 100

Photo 68 - 365 - Colorful Bug

Another wonderful Macro lens opportunity! This bug was on the side of our house. I love how colorful it was. It let me take three photos before I got too close for comfort and it flew away.

Photo settings: f/3.5, 1/60 sec., ISO 100

PS: For my critics out there... No, I don't know the name of this insect and I am not going to spend my time searching the internet for a name. If you know what this is and want to enlighten me, please feel free, but don't call me names. This applies to any and all future posts of  photos of insects, plants, and so on. Thanks!

Photo 67 - 365 - Fire

Last night we were just relaxing by the fire. It was a quiet, calm, relaxing evening. I took a few photos of the fire, playing with the settings.

Photo settings: f/5.6, 1/13 sec., ISO 1600

Format Change

Ok, well I am changing the format a little bit. I am sure you all know that I am not taking a photo everyday. That was never my plan. There are many days when I just can't take a photo so I have been taking photos when I can and showing you my favorites. So, from now on my titles will be "Photos X - 365 - Name". I've been doing this for 3 months and I am enjoying it so much. It is giving me a chance to really look around and notice things differently. So, enjoy the next 300 photos!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 66 - Church Door

May 2, 2011

Just a different angle on the church door at Airlie Gardens.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/10 sec., ISO 200

Day 65 - Keyhole

May 1, 2011

At Airlie Gardens there is a little church. The congregation still meets there every week so it was locked but we got a good look at the outside. I wanted to get a very close shot of the keyhole. I actually wanted to focus on the inside where you could see a cross on the wall, but the cross was just not quite in the right line to see it clearly through the hole. I still think this is a neat shot.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/25 sec., ISO 200

Day 64 - Green Lizard

April 30, 2011

This photo was not planned. It's just one of those shots that happens when you least expect it. I had been photographing a black lizard coming out of a hole in the tree just above this lizard. Once I took the shot the black lizard ran up the tree and disappeared. My daughter and I were discussing it because we both thought it was a snake at first. Then I look back at the tree and see this little guy there so I took a quick photo of him before he ran down the tree. I think this is one of my favorite shots of the trip. The composition is great.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/400 sec., ISO 200

Day 63 - Blue Heron

April 29, 2011

I caught this Blue Heron resting on a little "island" of logs and brush in the lake. Nearby were 5 or 6 turtles sunning on a log. Funny thing is when we went to Airlie Gardens in November of last year, I took a photo of a White Heron in the exact same spot, also with 5 or 6 turtles nearby on the log.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/400 sec., ISO 200

Day 62 - Macro Flower

April 28, 2011

I don't know what kind of flower this is but I included the full photo of the flower as well. I am sure someone out there knows the name of this pretty flower. I could not resist taking a macro shot of it. The colors are amazing. The focal point is very small so a lot of it is blurry. I didn't take the time to adjust my settings, just clicked it and moved on.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/20 sec., ISO 200

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 61 - Holding the Butterfly

April 27, 2011

At Airlie Gardens there is a wonderful Butterfly House. It is early in the season so there were not a whole lot of butterflies but my daughter had no problem catching this one. In fact, the Monarchs really seemed to like her.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 200

Day 60 - The Archway

April 26, 2011

This is the vine covered archway leading to the fountain. What you can't see at the end are rows and rows of white chairs that have been set up for an wedding.

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/20 sec., ISO 200

Day 59 - Fountain

April 25, 2011

At Airlie Gardens there is a beautiful fountain right next to the lake. There were swans swimming in the lake and herons standing by. And to get to this fountain you can walk through a long vine covered archway. Perfect setting for a wedding.

Photo settings are: f/5.4, 1/250 sec., ISO 200

Day 58 - Purple Flowers

April 24, 2011

At Airlie Gardens these flowers really caught my eye. So pretty!

Photo settings are: f/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 200

Day 57 - Old Tree

April 23, 2011

My friend Heather and I went to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington with our kids and had a fantastic time taking photos! We were there for 3 hours and the time just flew by. And we took a LOT of photos! This photo is of the Airlie Oak tree that is over 400 years old. You can read more about the tree and the gardens here.

Photo settings are: f/8, 1/80 sec., ISO 200