When doing macro photography
there are so many choices, especially what specific area to focus on. There are
many beautiful parts to the orchid, but I chose to focus on the intricate
details of the yellow section.
I go through withdrawal symptoms
when these little guys leave. It does
free up a lot of my time though, and I can begin processing the photos I
haven’t gotten around to.
This shot was taken at the
State Botanical Garden of Georgia in September.It was one of those shots that I did not work on yet.
This immature Ruby-throated
hummingbird loved the branches of the Weeping Cherry tree.As I mention in my writings several times,
the hummingbirds have favorite perches they come back to time and time
The hummingbird loved to
perch in this tree, and a lot of times this branch.I got out my pop-up chair and waited below
the branches.“She” was probably six
Using the process of
elimination, I believe this hummingbird is a girl.The easiest way to differentiate the mature
male from the female is because the male has an iridescent red throat when the
sun strikes it just right.The female’s
throat is white, but so are the immature males and females.
It is very hard to tell the
sex of an immature hummingbird. Slowly
the immature male starts to get his darker gorget feathers and soon gets a five
o’clock shadow.Then is makes it very
easy to tell the hummer is an immature male.
I know it is an immature
hummingbird by the tan color on the edge of the feathers on “her” head.I’ll just call her a girl.
I do know an immature male
hummingbird also perched on this tree. I
guess I will know in the early spring next year whether it was a boy or a girl
by who comes back to return to their throne. This photo was taken at marker # 17 on the hummingbird Trail at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Missing you!!
Just this past weekend as I was
walking out to shoot, a neat thought came to me....I am "on
assignment" for Jesus as a photographer. He just has to show me what He
wants me to shoot! I love when He beings to me or shows me what to photograph!
It is always an adventure, and I
love the excitement of not knowing what I will photograph next. I don’t know
what is just around the corner, so the anticipation keeps me going hours on
I saw this Willet about five
minutes after I got to the beach. I set down my camera and tripod in the
direction I thought he would end up going. Not too long later, he walked right
towards my camera.
I was on St. Simons Island, Georgia for a very brief visit to attend my 30th year high school reunion. My son had his rival football game Friday night, so we stayed to watch his game. We decided to drive straight down to St. Simons and arrived around three o'clock in the morning.
The next day, we had a tour of my high school at ten o'clock, so I had the afternoon to shoot. I did not have a lot of time because our low country boil was at seven p.m.
I knew exactly where I wanted to go - a place where I usually find birds on the beach. When I got there, I walked up on a plover. He did not see me, and I did not see him until I was real close.
I photographed this little guy for an hour. We kind of did a dance. He would walk, and I would follow. When he would have his back to the camera, I would get closer.
In the distance, I saw a very large beach umbrella. The perfect shot would be with the plover in the foreground and the umbrella in the background. Plover's or any bird for that matter are not going to sit still while you put a prop behind them, but the thought of putting an umbrella behind him did cross my mind.
Then the scene all played out. He walked towards the umbrella! I was just excited I got a half decent shot of him with the umbrella in the background.
The bird was very calm and did not seemed stress at all by my presence. I took my camera off my tripod and laid belly first on the sand. At first I placed my elbows in the sand to brace the camera to shoot. I did a military crawl towards the plover and towards the end, I put my lens collar foot on the sand. My camera was about an inch off the ground.
While the shooting is good.....SHOOT! I took about 200 deliberate photographs of the plover, and for 30 minutes did a military crawl to inch closer and closer to him.
While I was photographing him, I either thought to myself said out loud, "That's so you Jesus." I could not have set up the perfect background with the perfect subject if I tried a million times. It would have been comical seeing me running around with an umbrella placing it down behind the plover over and over. But yet, Jesus displayed Himself again to me by orchestrating everything all together!
I knew I was killing my elbows and knees in the harsh sand, but the pain did not matter compared to the shots I was getting.
At one point the plover was so relaxed, he laid down in the sand. He would have laid down longer, but a group of young kids ran past him and made him stand back up.
I had captured my "dream" photo and was finished with my shoot, so I told the plover thank you........a tradition I typically do with the animal I am photographing.
I had no idea how far I had crawled in the sand, so I walked out the distance to calculate later. I crawled over 20 feet. My knees suffered the brunt of the ordeal because the skin on my knees is now peeling off.
I would do it all over again if the situation presented itself. That's so you Jesus!
I love going to the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Centerat Callaway Garden. There are so many different types of butterflies to look at. I could not photograph my favorite one because it was busy fluttering around. This butterfly was kind enough to be still for me to photograph it. I love the pattern on the border of the butterflies wings.
Location: Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia
Normally when I shoot, I am looking for hummingbirds or wildlife, but I love to photograph flowers and nature too. I have to use a whole different set of eyes to photograph the two.
Wildlife is usually on a larger scale except for hummingbirds. When I am photographing hummingbirds, I know right where to go, and I don't stop to look at the tiny details.
I am getting familiar with my macro lens which is a lot different than my long zoom lens. With the macro lens, I have to decide is a small area what I want sharp and what I want to blur.
The water of the leaves stopped me in my tracks. It was beautiful. I chose to focus on the one water drop and leave the rest of the photo darker to draw your eye to the one drop.
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
I have also started a photography blog with Guidepost on Guideposts.org. The title of the blog is, He Created It All. It is an exciting new adventure for me and a HUGE God thing. God opened the door, and I was very excited to walk through it. Click here to see the blog. Thanks for stopping by!