Another Day in the Natural World


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It altogether amazes me that people can walk right past things like this and be totally consumed by whatever device they have in hand to keep them from interacting intimately with the immediate other world around them, be it their companion walking beside them, the child in a stroller, or of sights like these flowers. Maybe the general, developing impression that there is no intelligent designer who sits outside of creation contributes to the lack of wonder at the intricacy that was designed into each of these wonders. They’re taken for granted, and the tremendous leap of faith is launched that requires believing that all this was the result of random, impersonal causes.

On the more mundane side, Nikon D7100 with 36 – 72 Series E Nikon lens reversed onto the camera body. Some were taken with 26mm extension tube, some without.

Mating Damselflies, or Get a Grip, Mate!


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Always exciting anything that promises to add more bugs to the world. Nikon D7100 and just regular old 200mm f4 manual focus Micro Nikkor.

A Multi-Generation Family Portrait


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Nothing outstanding, just something I’ve had in mind to do for a while and finally got bored enough to do it. I’ve been collecting Nikon film SLR cameras off that auction site. These represent what I think is an unbroken chain from the F, front center, of around 1957, to the F6, top center, from around 2004 to the present. Yes, Nikon does still produce two film cameras, the FM10 and the F6.

I have other Nikons not in the line of royalty here:  EM, FM, FM2/T, FM3A, FE, FE2, FA, F100 and a black F2A.

Ironically, the camera used for this portrait was a Hasselblad H5-D 50 with the 50 – 110 zoom used at 110mm. A monolight was on the right about subject level with a silver umbrella reflecting the bare bulb. A large, white reflector did a little fill on the left.

I do use the cameras! They are all quite operational and most in near mint condition. I hope my son will enjoy his inheritance someday…and have the space! Or, maybe they’ll appreciate in value and he can sell them back to where they were found.

The Smithsonian Photo Contest


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I was about to enter this contest, but it was like filling out paperwork to buy a house for each photo, so I decided against the idea. These are the 15 I would have put in the nature division. I’ll post them here. Some are repetitious from this blog, but I really don’t mind if you don’t.

As an update, I finally figured out that since I’m ungainfully retired, why not? So, I jumped through the hoops and have 12/15 in there right now. Some of those below aren’t there yet.

A thought about photo fame:  There are too many photographers in the world, too many who have time and means to travel to Borrioboola-Gha if they desire to take those exotic pictures that so fill the airwaves these days that they’re almost becoming humdrum; still, it’s fun to post the things and have that few seconds of recognition for the efforts made to get the shots even if “winning” is out of the question :=>



Garden Flower du Jour


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With Nikon D800 and 35 – 105 manual focus lens reversed. It was shot at one of the intermediate focal lengths. It’s interesting to watch the ZOOMING change the focus.

Wide open aperture, f3.5, and 50 ISO used at 1/50 or so.

Art in My Camera


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I was driving out this morning to run an errand, not intending to take any photos, no camera along with me. I then noticed that the golf course was white with dew in the early morning light and that the usual Texas wind had gone on holiday for a few minutes, at least. I thought of my new reversed lens mode of photography, so I turned my horse around and went back to put together a macro outfit.

The pictures you see pictured here were all taken mostly at the long end of the Nikon Series E 36 – 72mm lens, reversed on a Nikon D7100. You mostly think of reversed lenses as being used for insanely close work, but I found that backing up a little  gave some nicely blurred backgrounds. This is all in-camera, no post-processing voodoo to get a painterly effect.