I got lucky one day and caught the whole litter of pups (at the time) in one place, being relatively calm. I knew this wouldn't last very long, so I hurried to get as many shots as I could before they started ramping up again, lol! This litter is grown and some gone now but I'm so happy that I was able to preserve this cuteness for all time! Dogs and especially puppies are a real challenge to photograph!
This spring was just a butterfly lovers paradise right in my own back yard. I'm not sure what these white flowered weeds are called, as I've not been successful identifying them with my field guides, but whatever they are, bugs love them. I could tell why, because I have an extra sensitive sense of smell and when the whole yard was full of them in bloom, the sweet smell was almost overwhelming! A perfume very similar to honeysuckle. They were a buzz with bees and all a flutter with at least five different varieties of butterflies, not to mention moths, ladybugs and a whole bunch of other bugs that I'm not qualified to name, ha ha! So needless to say I spent hours with my camera out there happily snapping away and this shot of the beautiful Painted Lady is one of the best of the season! That is really the hardest part of photography, deciding what to keep and what to delete. It's silly I know, but you get attached to your photos and breaking up really is hard to do!
Since dramatic sky shots are favorites on my Instagram page, I figured I better not wait too long before posting one of my Fuji sky shots! This is a winter sunrise shot that I got last year and I must tell you that I don't have photoshop or any other photo editing software on my laptop. The only altering I am able to do to my Fuji shots is in Windows Vista photo gallery, pretty basic stuff. I usually do saturate the color and tweak the brightness and contrast a bit but nothing drastic! So pretty much when you see my Fuji's you know they are honest. That really is what the sky looked like for a brief beautiful few minutes. Well worth getting out in the cold morning air for! I hope you agree!
This macro is of a baby banana spider and the strange face like patterns on his body. He's not as showy as he will be if he makes it to adulthood, but I found him fascinating anyway. He built his web (possibly his first) in a spot where I was able to get the sun behind him to show his details really nicely! I apologize to any of you arachnophobics who thought this was going to be a cherubic baby picture. Lol!
This is one of several trickster bluejays that come to my free winter bird buffet. They are bully birds who try to hog up all the birdseed, push the smaller birds around, scream like demon banshees, and even go so far as trying to steal all the dog food. Very bold, unless you want to take their picture, lol. Then they transform into shy and skittish "chickens"! I can't tell you how sneaky I have to be to get good shots of these beautiful pranksters, so I hope you are enjoying it! Ha ha. When my youngest red headed daughter was about 13 years old we had one who liked to swoop/divebomb her and pull out her copper colored hair! He put the terror in the term "domestic terrorist" lol. Jessica if you're reading this I'm not trying to traumatize you with bad childhood memories :) but it sure makes interesting storytelling! Love you Rosie!
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Living out here in the Oklahoma boonies, we have several dogs, and they are constantly hunting for whatever they can scare up. Most of the time it is rabbits, or turtles, sometimes skunks or porcupines (I hate it when they get into them!) and every so often it is snakes! I can usually tell if it is a bull snake because the dogs go berzerk! Bull snakes like to pretend that they are rattlers, hissing and striking and coiling, and they do a pretty good impression! They are mean snakes when backed into a corner, but not poisonous so I try to save them whenever I can because the dogs will keep at them until they kill it, and snakes help keep the rodent population down. In fact, all my neighbors and family who are afraid of snakes know they can call me and I'll come catch snakes for them and bring them home for releasing. They are the perfect mousetrap, and I'd rather have snakes than mice! This snake was a successful rescue, I'm happy to report, but I did make him pause for a photo shoot, lol!
One day this spring I was at my hubby's parents house with him while he and Daddy were changing the oil in their bikes, when I noticed how beautiful the freshly blooming geraniums were. So I started shooting them from all angles and these are two of the better shots I got that day. I took a bunch of other pics that day too, which you will probably see some of them here in the future. When I first stored them on my laptop I mistakenly named them red begonias, lol. Begonias, geraniums they're all the same, oh did I hear some botanist out there groan? Lmao!
This is one of my first and favorite macro bug shots I ever captured with my Fuji. I saw this bee feeding on these thistle blossoms and he was so into it that he never even realized that I was there, so I got six or seven really awesome shots of him. I love how he buried up in the petals and moved around the flower so I could get different angles and poses, lol. It was really bright sun that day so while I was shooting I couldn't really see the LCD screen and whether or not I was getting what I thought I was, but when I went inside and saw the results I was a shutterbug addict for sure! After that I started going out every day looking for subject matter to photograph and very quickly the hard drive on my laptop started filling up, hee hee.
You have already met this stately bird in an earlier post, titled Instagram pic "The early bird gets the rabbit. " This is one of those better shots I referred to in that post and promised to publish. I was actually about 300 yards away from him when I took this shot with my 18 x zoom lens. It's hard to get much closer than that without spooking him and missing getting any shot at all. He watches me with a hawkeye, lol, and if I get too close he swoops down and is gone before I can change my camera settings. Someday I'll preset my camera for moving targets and spook him on purpose so that maybe I can get a good shot of him in flight. I have two blurry ones, but I'm not settling for them, so stay tuned. It would be a dream to be able to catch an image of him with his prey in his talons but I'm not holding my breath.
Instagram pic "Sunscreen"
Sometimes it is so surprising to me which of my photos will be popular on my Instagram page. I almost didn't post this one because I wasn't that crazy about it. But I've gotten in the habit of trying to start my day with a sunrise shot and end it with a sunset and I prefer them to be shots taken the same day when possible. But this day the sunset seemed kind of repetative because I have so many with this same tree as the backdrop. It has become another habit for me to at least test a photo with the IG filters to see how it will look before I decide whether to keep it or not, and that's what happened here. I cropped it in close to give it a different feeling and put a hefe flilter (one of my favorites) on it and voila, the colors grabbed me even if it was a bit out of focus. So I went ahead and posted it and almost immediately it got over 25 likes and several comments. That will teach me to prejudge what other people are going to like, lol!
Instagram pic "Misty green day"
Last week we had several foggy mornings, which let me know that sunrise photos were not an option. So I went ahead and slept an extra hour. Once the sun was up for a couple hours the fog started to burn off and I was lucky enough to catch it at that " just right stage when everything has that eerie mist hanging low around it. This picture really didn't impress me until I edited it out of curiosity. I do that sometimes because every now and then editing really does make a mediocre photo look great! Normally I only use pics that already look good before an edit, and if I even edit at all I try not to overdo it, just enough to enhance the beauty that is already there. I was playing with the IG filters on this one and about to give up when I hit on the auto enhance/Nashville filter and noticed the pretty green quality it added. It made me think of Scotland and braveheart or Yorkshire England and then I fell in love with it! So I had to post it to see who would agree with me. I had a few other fog scenes that week that were better and more popular but for some reason this one is becoming my favorite!
Instagram pic "The early bird gets the rabbit"
This is a preview of upcoming Fuji pics I will be posting of this red tail hawk who frequently uses the old Dempster windmill to perch above the next door field and hunt. I love to sneak up and watch him and have been successful in taking a few great shots of him with my Fuji zoom lens. All of the good shots I have are of him perched. My goal someday is to capture an awesome shot as he swoops down on his potential meal. Easier said than done!!
Yay! I finally got iTunes installed on my laptop so as soon as I get it set up and figure out how to use it I can transfer my Fuji pics, watermark them and start posting some of them here!! I'm so excited to be able to share them I hope somebody visits here to see them.
Instagram pic "Streetart in B & W"
This is another section of the same mural that I featured in a previous post. ((see September 6th post ig pic "Reserved parking")). I filtered the color out so that I could submit it to the black and white Wednesday forum a while back. Of all the images that I've done in b&w versions this one is up in my top five favorites. It is an example of how b&w can actually enhance and improve the look of an image. Later today I will post the color version so you can compare them side by side, but for now you'll have to take my word that this is the better of the two. ;)
Here is the update I promised earlier of the color version. Seeing them both together really shows what an improvement the decolorizing was!
OMG!! National Geographic liked my photo!! :D
When I started following Natgeo's Instagram account I was as doing it for my own pleasure and inspiration. Who better to inspire me than the photographers who work for the magazine I grew up with as my window to the world? I never even thought to ever see them turn up in my notification feed liking my photo. After all I am following them but they are not following me, so that means they just happened to be browsing a random hash tag gallery where my photo was and picked it out of thousands of others. I must say that it really gives me hope that I might have a chance at being a serious photographer! And as much as I like trying new styles the fact that it was one of my skyshots lets me know that skies really are my specialty niche.
Update Friday 9/21/2012
This picture is definitely my most popular Instagram so far. Today it broke the 100 likes barrier! I posted my very first picture on IG seven weeks ago, since then I've posted 517 pictures, got 348 followers, am following 417 people, made several good friends and had three of my photos featured in daily forums. Oh yeah and last but certainly not least been inspired with a lot of content for this photojournal blog!!
Thanks for visiting and reading this! I sure enjoy doing it! Please return anytime and tell your friends they are welcome anytime!:))
A few days ago natgeo introduced their own hash tag and now I'm tagging many of my pics to this gallery so the chances of getting noticed by them have increased, although I noticed their gallery is filling up nearly as fast as a jj daily forum! LOL! So if I don't keep up I'm still just another face in the crowd;) but that's ok!
Instagram pic "Boundaries"
This is the fence that marks the east boundary of our property. On the other side of this fence is what used to be a wheat field and cow pasture. Because of the past two summers of severe drought, the cattlemen who leased the field sold off most of their herds last summer and the wheatfarmer grew his last crop over the winter. The owner of the field sold it to an oil company and now we are waiting to see what is going to be "next door" to us after they finish "remodeling". This is the spot where we have come to dovehunt every year since we've lived here. It was the best spot because of the field where the dove would go to feed and then they would fly right over our heads on their way to the woods to roost for the night. Now it seems that everything may change except the boundary.
Instagram pic "Closer than they appear"
This IG is an example of a common side effect of being an igaddict. I will call it an #instatwofer, lol, (all you fellow #instajunkies out there will be able to relate). This pic started out as a drive by shot of a highway sign that at first I wasn't even going to keep, but before I had a chance to delete it some IG group had a #signage challenge. So I edited it to make it look as good as possible and submitted it. Now I had to keep it because it is part of my IG feed and I always keep the original photos of all my Instagrams. Ok here comes the " two fer" aspect. About a week later jj forum's daily theme turns out to be reflections, and as I am going through my gallery searching for suitable images to submit, I notice the mirror image in the hwy sign pic. So I crop it in to see if it will work or just pixelate too bad to use, and this is the result. I actually like the reflection version better than the original signage version. Neither one of them got a feature, but then that isn't the only reason to get involved in daily forums and challenges anyway. The main idea for me is getting exposure, meeting kindred spirits, and getting to see the rest of the world through other igers eyes! The down side to a #instatwofer is now you have four files you have to find a place to store as backup.
Instagram pic "Fancy lights"
These are some indoor ceiling lights that I saw at the mall. That is one thing that Instagram has done for (to) me. It has made me start noticing things I may not have noticed before because now I'm always on the look out for something (anything) that might make an interesting picture. Sometimes I am not sure whether that is a good thing or not, lol. Times like when I suddenly notice that I better hurry up and transfer files to an alternative storage or I'm gonna run out of space on my iPhone because I have so many pictures on my camera role. :0
Anyway I thought these lights were worthy of capturing, in fact the mall is almost overkill of potential subject matter. But you have to be careful about taking pics of people! That can be a touchy situation so up until now I have stuck to inanimate subjects, like fancy lights!
Instagram pic "Lava in the sky"
I've been reading a lot of differing opinions concerning Instagram lately. Is it "real photography", square format verses traditional, to break or not to break the thirds rule, etc, blah, blah , blah!! I have spent a lot of time exploring the content on Instagram, commenting on the really great stuff I've seen, making some friends, competing in a few challenges, sharing my best iPhone photography and promoting this blog journal. Here is my take on IG; it is a crazy wonderful alternate world where there are "real" photographers, artists, writers and poets. There are also just regular people who like to share their snapshots, celebrities who like to show off, and entrepreneurs looking to promote their businesses. Much like the real world there is beauty and ugliness, good and bad, amazing and terrible, heavenly and earthly. I think we should quit worrying about it and just enjoy it while we can!!
So anyway, this is one of my favorite sky shots!! These Kind of shots seem to be my most popular, at least so far they are the ones that get the most likes and comments the fastest.
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