Distant memories

I am glad that August is over - it was hot.  We are still in for some hot times but getting to September means we are getting closer to those crisp, wonderful days in late Fall! I can't wait!

I shot this with my Hoya macro filter, which you can read about here: http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/hoya-macro-filter-review/

I intentionally went a little soft on the focus, and definitely wanted the aged/weather look, as I thought it was fitting considering the subject.  Stay cool out there!

Fragile

I do love shooting macros and continue to experiment with this photographic style.  I have found that I can get pseudo-macro results with my 18-200 lens by putting it in manual focus, instead of auto-focus.  For some reason I can get closer to the subject in manual, within 12 inches or less.  On auto-focus I can only get within 18 inches or so, which just doesn't cut it for a macro.  I am sure there is some technical explanation for that but I don't know it!  In this case though I used my Hoya Macro Filters, which I enjoy quite a bit and you can read my review of them here:  http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/hoya-macro-filter-review/

Spring

Well it seems Spring is here, at least here in Austin.  Things are in bloom and it seems like we are getting really close to the big wildflower explosion that happens here every Spring.  It is an awesome event that unfolds slowly and then one day *BAM* there are wildflowers everywhere.  It is awesome and I will have some shots coming soon!

Single exposure taken at f/6.3 and 0ev.  I made some minor adjustments in PSE and that's it!

White blossoms

Well it seems spring is trying really hard to make an appearance here in Austin.  We have seem some warmer temps and even the flowers are starting to bloom.  I found this in the backyard, while I was just poking around.  I had my Hoya macro filters on my camera, but this thing was out of reach.  So, I literally just held up my camera at arms length and tried to get a decent shot.  I though it came out alright.

Single exposure, f/5.6, 0 ev.  Also, I took this in Aperture mode, which is where I spend most of my time.  I then made some minor adjustments in PSE around Contrast and gave it a little pop in Topaz Adjust. 

Collecting evidence

Recently we had a little family get-together at my mom's house, which is always fun.  When you are there, you can always count on great hospitality, veggies, cheese and crackers to snack on, and of course some wine.  She does like wine and it seems I have come by that trait honestly.  I had my camera there, like I always do, and after a while decided to get out my new Hoya Macro Filters and give them a try with some different subjects.  Apparently my mom has a whole collections of these corks, so I rooted around in the box and found a few that I liked, stacked them up, and started shooting.  She came up and asked me:  "What are you doing, collecting evidence?".  In fact, yes I was.  And that got me thinking...  

I guess in some ways that is what photography is all about to me - collecting evidence. Evidence, in a good way, as in:  yes, I saw that sunset - I climbed that mountain - I went inside that famous church - I saw my child ride his/her bike for the first time - I stared into the depths of that river - I married that beautiful lady. Evidence, not for bragging rights or anything boastful, but for memories.  Memories last forever and small mementos, like a photograph, can bring them flooding back.

This is a single exposure, taken at f/4.2 with an exposure bias of -1 EV.  I made some adjustments in PSE around Contrast and a light touch in Topaz Adjust.  This photo was taken with my Hoya Macro Filters, which I wrote about in a review that you can read here.  They are a wonderful tool to have in your possession.