This is another post of photos of some things I shot over the past few days. A bit of pretty for your day!
I’ll add, for those interested, the A7RII has proven an excellent and worthwhile upgrade. The Image Stabilization that’s built into the sensor has a made huge difference when handholding macro lenses. I have yet to try out my Minolta 100mm 1:1 macro lens but from what I saw this morning using the Olympus 50mm 1:2 macro, my shot success was much improved with the active stabilization. I tend not to bother with my macro lights setup so I wind up relying on fast shutter speed and high ISO (I ain’t skeered of some noise) to get a sharp image. This morning, it was overcast yet I was still able to get a good shot without boosting ISO much above 1250.
This shot came from a recent trip to Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina. We were heading back to the van after a long hike. There were quite a few thistles in this patch along the woods. I’m not sure why but these two butterflies kept following each other from one to the other. I don’t know enough about butterflies to tell if one is male and the other is female of the same species or it was just a territory dispute they were working through. Either way, it made for a splendid shot.
One of my kids pointed out this little mushroom growing out of a stick out under the trees in the front yard; I did move the stick into some better lighting. Placing it far enough away from anything in the background and exposing for the lightest part of the mushroom, the background underexposed to this solid black. I did have to pull up the shadows on the stick a little bit but even that wasn’t enough to bring any of the background into view. I like the earthy colors and the simplicity of the shot. Mushrooms always amaze me by their delicate structure.
A teeny tiny fly resting on the edge of a leaf from the bushes in front of my house.
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina. An historic homestead site is preserved here. This split-rail fence always draws me in. I’ve yet to take a photo of this place that truly captures the scale of the granite dome or the fields at the base of it. That massive stone is over 600 feet above the surrounding terrain and 2,300 feet above sea level.
This insect -not much bigger than a mosquito – was a lot of fun chasing around the Crepe Myrtles in my front yard. If they were watching, my neighbors probably thought I’d lost my mind.
A thistle in the field beside the homestead site at Stone Mountain State Park, NC.