I’ve been in a macro mode lately. Sometimes it feels good to look at the little patterns in life’s texture. Look at the ground and see an organic shape or texture that no one would notice and capture it with the camera. I’m shooting with the D70 from Nikon and my “favorite” Sigma 1:3.5-5.6 II Macro set to 80 with the macro switch flipped. I love the $5 lens (current Ebay Value). I want to try a “real” macro lens but for now poverty tells me that this one is OK.
Across the road on the canal side of the house. The Virginia Creeper is doing very well, it’s also quite beautiful as it changes to it’s dormant state.
Shooting some organic black and whites.
Back to some berries growing from the same twisted mess that all of these shots are coming from. Love the angular shape of the stem.
B/W again with the branches of the tree.
And a creepy worm, it’s eating the roses in front of the house so it did not have a happy ending after this was taken.
Miscellaneous berries hanging on a tree.
Back to some pretty leaves or leaf rather in the midst of being red…
Enough for today, it’s late and I doubt I’ll post again for 19 days until my return to Denver.
A few days ago the family went to the zoo/amusement park known as PAL. PAL is about 30 minutes outside of Moulin France and for a zoo/amusement park it wasn’t too bad. Being August and all, it meant that the entire nation of France would descend on the same place at the same time. I knew the day would be full of walking and riding rides so I came equipped with the D70 with the 18-135mm lens, which is my best travel/snapshot set up. I brought along the Quantary 2x converter, which does not work well with the lens but I wanted to attempt close up shots of the animals. I have horrible eye sight and manual focus is not good for the nearly blind but I think some of the photos came out OK. No art will be found here, just snapshots of the zoo and having fun with the family.
Momma elephant protecting her baby from the American paparazzi…
A seal having fun with the little bit of room it has. Difficult shot, the lighting was awful, this is luck and playing with the camera.
Bored kitty cat, hanging out. Shot with the 2x converter on the 18-135mm, good manual focus.
Portrait of an ostrich. Also taken with the 2x converter and not as good manual focus.
Portrait of a cute goat. The petting zoo was completly unattended by any staff, imagine that, an entire population of people who might be killed by a free roaming goat. It could never happen in America.
Enough pictures and words for now. Enjoy and leave long-winded comments about your love of goats.