January can be dreary here in the Pacific Northwest. Today was no exception. It was brightened by having the grandkids with us this weekend.
After our morning walk, Skylar, Parker and Liddy were content to play in the back garden so I took the opportunity play in my own way. I fetched out the camera attached my 100mm Macro and had some fun up close and personal. This was one of my first shots.
Now understand that I haven’t been too productive with this lens. It is fast, the Canon f/2.8. And it is sharp. It is a great
toy tool. The above lichen was shot at f/2.8 which I think now, was not right. I think I should have opened up the depth of field a bit more so that more of the Reindeer Lichen would be in focus. Especially the leaves at the back on the left. I wouldn’t want to overdo it though because I love the way the supporting branch and those lichens fall off so quickly. You get to see what is there, but I don’t feel it distracts from the main event.
After losing interest in the lichen, I moved on to the maple tree that was covered with water drops. When you get things just right, a water drop becomes a lens that acts like a fisheye. This is what I was looking for. A drop that would provide a different perspective on our house. This bug drinking / feeding our of a water drop was not expected. It was fascinating to watch through the live view on the back of the 50d. It was also a challenge to get any shot worth showing. I’m not overly proud of this one, but I think it is kind of unique.
So we may have drab and dreary weather here in the Northwest, but when the mountains are behind the clouds, there are lots of other subjects to explore.
Please enjoy the moment.