Monday’s Food Fix – Margaritas!

Salt or sugar?

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Mmmm…Margaritas!

Hold on for a moment, you say! Margaritas aren’t food!  I beg to differ with you, as a margarita without salt on the rim and some lime, just is not a complete margarita.

So, on this Monday, please enjoy yourself a margarita on me!

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

This image was lit in my studio with a single strobe in a softbox, and a reflector to reduce the shadow a bit.  The ice is fake… in a comfortable studio, ice just melts way too fast!

Winter’s Beauty – pt 3

Cool morning beauty

Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty, as tomorrow’s temperature might be positively Spring-like!

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Winter on Rocky Pond

This image goes back to 2010, as I decided to take a little detour during my daily commute.  The sky was doing beautiful things, and it came to me that there might be an opportunity at Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, to get something worth shooting.

Luckily, I had my tripod with me, as I wound up shooting a series of 5 shots around a mid-level exposure to combine them into this HDR image.  This allowed me to get the drama in the clouds clearly translated into the image.

I hope that you enjoy this cold shot!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.  The middle exposure settings were 1/30 second at f/22 at 160 ISO, and 4 additional shots were taken at -2, -1, +1 and +2 EV (Exposure Value).  The images were processed in Photomatix Pro.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 3

Canis lupus walks with us

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

 

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Denahee, our Ambassador

Today’s image is from a wonderful experience that I had in 2010, when I had the privilege of walking with a wolf, Denahee.  This was at an education-oriented wolf sanctuary not far from home.

Denahee walked with us through the woods and would wander off on her own from time to time, but always come right back to our group.  At one point during the walk, she walked up beside me and leaned into me, which was an amazing moment of bonding.

This image was taken at about eye-height for Denahee, from a distance of approximately 5 feet.  You can see that she is listening to the photographer in background.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk II and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.3 at 1/160 second at ISO 1250.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Michael of mlambertsphotography has a beautifully organized photography blog, which is well worth checking out!  If Michael accepts the challenge, I look forward to the results!

Shot of the Week – vol 9

Simple tulips for today

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Think Spring!

Some weeks high-technology work can be soul-devouring to the point of leaving precious little time for any other creative expression.  Given that I barely got time to escape the office this past week, I present to you an image of tulips to help us employees lift our spirits.

Please accept this with a promise that soon, not nearly soon enough, I will get additional time available to get some real photography in… Stay tuned for the announcement!

The image is not re-cropped, as I shoot mostly square with my iPhone 6S; it’s an aspect ratio that forces my eye to observe things just a little different.

What do you do when you can’t get away from it all?

Winter’s Beauty – pt 2

Follow the fence line

Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty that gives us in the northern hemisphere  a chance to look back at the season that is giving way to warmer days.

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Cold Morning

This is another image from last year’s outing with John Slonina Photography along the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast.

This was during the earlier part of the outing on Plum Island, Massachusetts.  The wind was still blowing and the sun was well-filtered by the heavily overcast sky.  As you might guess, I laid down in the snow to get this angle on the snow fence that is well buried.

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and a EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.  Exposure settings were 1/25 second at f/5 at 125 ISO.  A circular polarizing filter was used.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 2

Rosy-fingered dawn

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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ρόδoδακτύλos Ηως

This image came from arriving at a golf course, as the sun was still making its presence felt.  What came to mind was Homer’s oft-used epithet for Eos, the goddess of Dawn, the rosy-fingered Dawn.

This image also gives me a sense of the cycle of death and renewal, as petals are dying on this rose-bush, while buds are showing the promise of new growth.

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard camera app and treated through Instagram.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  gottatakemorepix runs a blog full of amazing images, many of which are nature at its finest!

WPC – Harmony

All is good

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to focus on Harmony.  Of course, the Yoga Tree is always in harmony with the universe, but I present you a different image..

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Peaceful Pond

This photo was taken overlooking Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, on one of those mornings when all is tranquil: not a breath of wind to ripple the pond and disturb its perfect reflection.

Autumn’s colors provide the perfect backdrop for this moment, when all is in harmony with the universe and we don’t have to be concerned about a thing.

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – Harmony