I’ve been having fun with my trusty Nikon. Though this was taken with a rather common camera, I was very pleased with the result. The secret? Waiting patiently with the shutter button half down so the little brain inside the camera kept things in focus, and taking a bunch of photos. This is a Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus), photographed in Arizona.
I took this picture a few nights ago – the moon was so huge and luminous as I saw it near the horizon that I just had to grab my camera and get a shot. Postpro was done in GIMP.
These peaceful guys were spending time sheltering on my back fence. I was happy to capture a shot with one of them closing its eyes! Hello, Tucson summer.
Saw this little guy sitting up in a tree near my place – he’s a type of silky flycatcher and I was happy to grab this shot.
I’m making another foray into art photography. Sometimes I find an interesting subject so I decide to go all out with it – make a classic photo frame, add my digital signature, etc. This particular cactus was very patient to work with and I liked the blue stucco backdrop it had. There’s something rather satisfying about looking at a mature, somewhat battered barrel cactus in full fruit on a sunny day. This one lives across the street from where I live. Click on the image for a sharper view.
I took this last night, and did only a tiny bit of postpro to clean things up. I’m still very happy with the fact that my humble little Nikon Coolpix 830 can take pictures like this! I used no tripod, instead bracing in the V formed by two angled fence boards, and relied on nothing but that and my somewhat shaky trigger finger. I must say, I am truly pleased – probably more pleased than I would be if I had a top end DSLR and a tripod.
I have submitted this photo to Pixabay so other artists can use it if needed, however I retain the signed, bordered version of it for myself.
I so enjoyed looking at this great, old tree. This picture was taken on a photo walk, where I took my camera with me on my normal morning route. The shapes in the trunk are amazing, and the way the light might fall under different conditions is fascinating to me.
What story might this tree tell? My partner just saw a group of people outlined in the bark… what do you see?