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In The Blink Of An Eye: John Stone's Photography Journal

Discussion in 'Media Threads' started by John Stone, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    I've been out back with Lisa doing some light gardening and taking photos. Nice morning. :)

    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.


    Button the squirrel is far more trusting than Frightful. He let me get within 2 feet of him, and that made for some very nice photographs!
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    Button grabbing a snack from our squirrel feeder.
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    Button actually inside the squirrel feeder.
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    A Brown Anole sitting on the Cascade Rose bush by the pond.
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    This is our first water lily bloom of the season. The lily flower is floating beneath Pontederia Cordata. Hundreds and hundreds of Southern Toad tadpoles are swimming just below the surface of the water.
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  2. John Stone

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    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.

    A couple of Brown Anoles. He is looking at me like, "Really dude?!"
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    We have a pair of Mourning Doves that we've named "Fred" and "Ginger". This is Fred... I think. He's about to drink from the pond.
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  3. Ectomorphic

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    This is exactly what I mean by needing to stop being lazy and work on my technical skills, because I don't see a darn thing wrong here. :p Please, enlighten me! What flaws do you see here?

    Personally, I love the interior shots. What is it that you don't like about them? They're very shadowy and dark in, what I feel, all the right ways. The lights and shiny, reflective objects all glowing in the darkness give it this awesome look that I can't quite find the right description for. Again, like a brochure, or a cockpit, or something.


    You've got quite a little wildlife sanctuary in your backyard don't you? :) Might have to charge people admission and give them tours of the local fauna. The kind of backyard you have, with lots of plants and wildlife and nature-y action, are what we are aiming for someday. What you have constantly inspires us. :nod:
     
  4. John Stone

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    Don't get me wrong, I was pretty happy with the compositions and the lighting, and overall I feel the photos are pretty decent (some better than others).

    I mentioned a higher f-stop might have helped on some of the interior photos. Let's take the final photograph (an interior shot) as an example. You can see my focus point was the steering wheel, but everything behind the wheel is slightly out of focus (the center console is particularly blurry). Sometimes blowing out the background is what you want, but in this case I feel the shot would have been much better with the background stuff (which I intended to be part of the main subject of the photograph) would have looked much better in focus. A higher f-stop would have accomplished that.
     
  5. Ectomorphic

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    Okay, I can see what you mean then with the higher f-stop. You would have had a deeper DOF and that would have been able to get everything in focus. Just making sure you didn't mean getting rid of the glowing and shadows. :p

    Higher and lower with aperture still makes me take a second thought, even after all this time. My mental model is higher == wider opening == more light, when it's actually higher == higher actual f-number == smaller opening == deeper DOF.

    We're headed to our favorite local Japanese garden today with the shiny new T3i I got a few days ago (the 18-55 mark II IS is so many worlds better than the 18-55 that came with the XTi back in '06...), we'll see if I've learned anything since the last time I went. :p
     
  6. John Stone

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    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.

    The big tadpole is a Southern Leopard Frog tadpole. He was actually born last summer, and hibernated in the pond over the winter. The smaller tadpoles are 1 week old Southern Toad tadpoles, and give a sense of scale. These Leopard Frog tadpoles are HUGE right before they leave the pond (at least 2.5" in length)! As you can see, this one has his back legs and will soon be a young frog. There are a total of six mature Southern Leopard Frog frog tadpoles in the pond that we have visually verified, and one that just completed metamorphosis within the past two days.

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  7. John Stone

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    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.


    April 21, 2012. The backyard pond.
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    April 22, 2012. There are now at least four squirrels frequenting our feeders. They are becoming very trusting: I could have reached out and touched this one!
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    April 22, 2012. The Asiatic Lilies are in full bloom.
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  8. John Stone

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    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.

    Magura Storm Rotor on my Trek Fuel EX 8.
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    Louisiana Iris ("Black Gamecock"). This is one of our pond's marginal plants. This is the first bloom from this type of plant this season!
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    Nymphaea Sulphurea water lily.
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    Strawberries!
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    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.


    Bird crazy today. :)


    This is a Mourning Dove we call Fred (the mate of Ginger, of course). He let me get within a few feet of him tonight!
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    Male Cardinal. This is the mate of the female I posted earlier today.
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    Tufted Titmouse grabs a snack!
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    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.



    This is the row of Spring Song Roses behind the pond's waterfall berm. They are in bloom right now, and many more are on the way.
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    This is the Firecracker plant that I planted to the left of the path that ends at the pond. I love these showy plants, and have several of them throughout my landscapes.
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    This is the area to the left of the pond's waterfall. In this shot: African Bulbine, Red Cascade Roses, African Iris, Louisiana Iris (Black Gamecock), Society Garlic and Asiatic Jasmine.

    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.

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    The first Southern Toad tadpoles of the season (conceived on April 6, 2012) have begun to leave the pond. Here is one of the first to leave. He's taking his very first steps on land. He's smaller than a dime.


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    Another set of great shots. I'm liking the tighter perspective. :tucool:
     
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    Thanks Paul. The one I'm happiest with, despite being the weakest of the bunch from a technical standpoint, is the hummingbird photo. I've been having a really tough time capturing this bird on film! They are crazy fast, and so shy! I only had a second to grab my camera, guess at the settings and then take the photo I posted--and the photo was through my sliding glass door.
     
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    Some people don't like crows, and I don't get why. They are one of the smartest creatures roaming the planet, and fascinating to watch. This crow is about to take a drink from the pond, and is pretty much letting the whole world know about first.

    Canon EOS 60D with the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF.

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