Thank you, Dante and Aaron, for giving me a wonderful Mother’s Day! We visited Logee’s Tropical Plants (my favorite nursery/garden center) and then went on to Providence, RI since we were so close.
I enjoyed using my macro lens. Actually, I had a lot of fun with the macro and got some nice shots. Sometimes I surprise myself!
I finally shot with Vermeer, my brand new Pentax K-1. I got out to the greenhouse this morning, watered the plants, added some mist, and away we went. I was using the 100 mm macro lens and the Pentax 540 flash. It might not be purple, but what a great fucking camera. Also, I really like succulents and have about 20 of them.
I visited Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains, NY yesterday with my son and boyfriend. The foliage is just coming back and everything was pretty green so it was quite beautiful. I swear the place is enchanted by fae. I highly recommend visiting soon, once the leaves pop and it’s a bit warmer. It’s one of the area’s nicest attractions!
I shot with the steampunk Pentax K-x. The K1 came in today so I haven’t shot with that yet. The nice thing about shooting with the punked-out Pentax is that it has no LCD screen. I bought it knowing that the LCD didn’t work. What I like is that it forces me to rely solely on my knowledge, not what I see on the screen. That way I’m not lazy and it honestly makes me a stronger photographer.
I highly recommend taping over your screen once in a while, especially if you are just starting out. Set your ISO and white balance and just toggle the aperture and shutter speed. You might surprise yourself. 🙂
On Thursday I visited Magic Wings, a butterfly conservatory out in MA. Although I retired the purple Pentax while there, I luckily had a backup: the Pentax K-x with the broken LCD screen, that I’d recently “punked-out”. In other words, I have a steampunk camera that functions flawlessly, except for the LCD. I know it’s on ISO 200 and I can control the shutter speed and aperture. I hooked up an external flash and away we went! It looks cool as shit and here are the photos it took when the purple camera failed.
I’ll be mourning the purple one for a while. Maybe until the K-1 comes in.
Tried to do some isolation shots using the 50 mm fixed lens. I like how these came out, particularly with the backlighting of the window. Snow can provide some lovely indoor opportunities, in addition of course to outside. Using snow can provide some great highlighting and isolation opportunities. The snow offers great reflection and the bright white can really bring out the colors in foliage.
The plants featured are my diviner’s sage (Salvia divinorum) and weeping pussy willow/kilmarnock willow (Salix caprea).
This one I call “Yard Art”, but really it’s a broken down tractor in my grandfather’s yard that’s been there for years.
This one is just the greenhouse. It looked so pretty in the snow, especially being that it’s about 60 degrees in there and full of green, thriving plants.
First snowfall upon Nimham Mountain. The one word that came to mind while standing in the midst of all this beauty was, “enchanted”. Went up there around 8:30 AM right after the snow had stopped. I was with a couple people and we were lucky enough to get snowed on while we were there. What’s incredible is how a beautiful, familiar place can suddenly take your breath away, as though you are seeing it for the first time.
Last Saturday I had the amazing opportunity to photograph the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. I live five miles from this hidden gem and I can say that I’ll be visiting here more often. Have a look at my nicest shots and if you can, definitely check out the wolf center for yourself!