Saturday, April 24, 2010
I haven't gone on a nature walk in a while. So, when it got to be about 6pm and I still hadn't taken my picture of the day, and I noticed that the pre-sunset light was looking pretty good, of course I grabbed my camera and headed out into the woods behind my house. Now that I'm back home in Texas, I have access to my most versatile lens: my Bigma (Sigma 50-500mm). The sucker weighs a couple of pounds, but I've gotten some pretty good hand-held shots with it over the years.
I was only out for about 30-45 minutes, but I ended up getting a couple of pictures that I actually liked. The one above with the agave plant and the pink/orange flowers is probably my favorite. It's the type of shot I probably wouldn't have too much trouble convincing my wife to frame and put up in the bedroom or something.
I also enjoy shooting (with my camera), wildlife and insects. I didn't run into any interesting wildlife this evening, but I did get a few decent insect shots. Something to keep in mind with these, is that I don't have a macro lens, and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure that taking pictures of insects like moths and dragon flies would necessarily be easier if I did. When I'm shooting this short of shot with my Bigma, I'm usually at least 10 feet away, so the bugs don't even notice me.
This first one is a little moth that landed on a daisy. If you look real close you can see that he's actually enjoying a meal:
This last one is just sort of a "so-so" shot of a dragon fly, but I thought the purple flowers in the background made it a bit more interesting.
Thats what I got for now.
til tomorrow ...