Dogstar Thursday – Vol 9

A dog of kings

One of the really fun things about photographing agility, is that I have had the opportunity to capture a large variety of breeds over the years.

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Stepping Saluki

This wonderful saluki strides across the dogwalk with the great elegance that is inherent in the breed.  These hounds are built for speed and run with a grace that is amazing to behold.

Saluki are a breed that you don’t see that often, even though it is a very old breed.  The breed dates back about 6,000 years from the Fertile Crescent.  Salukis and greyhounds can be seen depicted on the walls of the tombs of ancient Egypt.  According to legend, the saluki was introduced to Europe by returning crusaders.

This dog was the favorite of kings across the ages, showing up in portraits over more 1,000s of years.

Hope you enjoy this image of a wonderful dog!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/400 second at f/6.3 and 400 ISO.

Three Line Tales – Week 8

Pennant chase

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TLT photo prompt by Liam Desic – click here for full res version

Colorful breezes,
Hornblast heralds battle’s hue.
Blood flows in the sand.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Eight for detailed instructions.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 9

The tide is out

My apologies for having been a bit sporadic in my posts over the past couple of days, as I was on the road for a new job.  This Wednesday, we’re back to one of the regular features.

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Bay of Fundy

 

Natural forces can come together to create some amazing effects, which is what happens with the tidal forces in the Bay of Fundy.  The difference between high and low tide can average as much as 14.5 meters (47.5 feet) in locations.  As you can see from this image taken at low tide, the high water line on the wooden dock is well above these little boats that have settled in the sand.

This shot was taken in 2007 in the town of Digby (if memory serves me), Nova Scotia.  Nova Scotia is a province that is just filled with natural wonder, where I certainly hope to get back at some point for some additional photography.

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/11 at 640 ISO.  This is a shot that never really did much for me, until I decided to use Photomatix Pro and give it a bit of single-shot HDR treatment to get the clouds more dramatic and a couple of other minor enhancements.

 

7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 4

Light wings carry us

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

On this third day of Spring, I want to bring you something to look forward to…

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Tender-winged beauty

This beautiful creature posed for me during a trip to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  A small group of us were lucky enough to get this delightful conservatory to ourselves before the general public was admitted.

As the building was still warming up, butterflies were still slow in gearing up for their day, which resulted in gorgeous poses, such as this one.  If you are ever in the area, I’d recommend a visit wholeheartedly, as it is such a peaceful location.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/125 second with f/5.6 at 640 ISO.

The Rules

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

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  This is Another Story‘s Yinglang has a beautiful blog that covers many interesting topics with stories, wisdom and photography.  Go check out this talented, creative blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

Monday Food Moment – Tomatoes

Fruit or vegetable?

This Monday will be a short post, as I’m on the road in sunny North Carolina at New Hire Orientation for my new job.  So, I bring you some lovely tomatoes, which are a wonderful addition to everyone’s diet.

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Bowl of goodness

The tomato is the edible, often red berry-type fruit of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. The English word tomato comes from the Spanish word, tomate, derived from the Nahuatl (Aztec language) word tomatl. It first appeared in print in 1595.

The tomato belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae.  The species originated in Central and South America and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates. The plants typically grow to 1–3 meters (3–10 ft) in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants. It is a perennial in its native habitat, although often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual. An average common tomato weighs approximately 100 grams (4 oz).

While tomatoes are botanically and scientifically the berry-type fruits of the tomato plant, they can also be considered a culinary vegetable, causing some confusion.

Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their concentration of lycopene.  This has been found to have a significant impact on bone health, which should be good news to all of us.

No matter how you say it, go have a wonderful tomato!

Technical Details

This image was captured in my studio, with a single softbox and  reflector.  The cmaera used is a Canon EOS 5D Mk II with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.

7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 3

Trees keep our history and tell…

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

On this second day of Spring, I want to bring you something a bit more abstract…

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Re-Radiate

This shot came from a trip to one of my favorite places: Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.  As happens quite often, my mind starts looking for something a little different to shoot,  which is where this shot came from.

Re-Radiate is all about recognizing the power that resides in trees.  Trees store up energy and release it back to us, denizens of the planet Earth.  In the process of doing this, they learn about what goes on in the world around them and store up a history of their environment.  If we listen carefully, they may even tell us about it…

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/3 second with f/18 at 160 ISO.  A zoom blur technique was used to get the effect in this image.

The Rules

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

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  1/100 Sekundy‘s Jolanta runs a blog full of amazing photography!  Go check out this talented photographer’s blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 2

Trumpets herald Spring!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

In this second post in the series, let’s celebrate the Vernal Equinox!!  Yeah, it’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (don’t forget to say hi to Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere).

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Daffodil Time!

Today’s nature photo is one of my favorite flowers, the Daffodil.  Their design makes for such an inviting, pleasant flower, calling all pollinators to come in from the breeze.

In terms of color varieties, I prefer the yellow-petalled with the slightly orange trumpet over the white-petalled or overly ostentatious orange trumpets.

Which varieties do you like best?

Technical Details

This is an iPhone 5S generated image using the standard Camera app and minor tweaks with Instagram.

The Rules

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

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Aspire To Amble‘s Kia runs a blog filled with tales of travels all over the world.  Go check out this talented photographer’s blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!