February 7, 2008
Another orchid photo from my visit to the Niagara Falls Greenhouse with my father.
September 10, 2007
Though we though bug season was over, we lucked out and found this guy not too long ago. This is the same dragonfly I posted here.
I really like this image. I think it is the background that I like the most.
August 8, 2007
August 1, 2007
01. Hollyhock - Again
This is the last Hollyhock photo I am posting, for now anyway. John and I had been driving down the road when I saw this stand of hollyhock being back lit from the sun. My original image of how I wanted to capture them flowers was not working out, so I settled for some macro photos of the flowers with the dew on them.
July 31, 2007
31. Morning Dew On Hollyhock #2
Another photograph of a dewy hollyhock
July 30, 2007
30. Morning Dew On Hollyhock #1
Morning dew on Hollyhock
July 29, 2007
July 7, 2007
July 5, 2007
05. Dragonfly and Daisy
July 3, 2007
Wild Geranium shot the past spring.
May 18, 2007
18. Whatcha Staring At?
I shot this toad in my back yard. Poor little guy almost got bisected with my shovel!
May 10, 2007
10. Dutchman's Breeches
April 27, 2007
27. Green and Purple
Early leaves growing out of moss on the side of a rock. I don't know for sure, but the purple on the end of the leaf may be frost damage.
April 26, 2007
According to Movable Type, today's image is my 800th posting. This is small fern by the looks of it I shot last weekend.
April 25, 2007
25. Hepatica #2
This is another photo of Hepatica similiar to yesterday's.
April 24, 2007
Out on the weekend and was able to get a few shots of some of the years first wild flowers. This is hepatica.
April 5, 2007
05. Crocus and Snow
We had a light snow fall last night that blanketed one of my last blooming crocus plants in the yard. I took a few minutes to document the snowfall.
April 3, 2007
03. New and Old
New and old growth. Spring shoots poking out of last years dead leaves.
March 17, 2007
My last shot of my now dying tulips. I wish I had composed this photo better than I had.
March 9, 2007
I like both the softness and texture of this photo. Again, another picture of the tulip I bought last week.
March 8, 2007
08. Spring Tulip
The small flower pots I bought last week have started to bloom. I was shocked that the tulips actually bloomed, there are 3 bulbs crammed into a four inch pot. As you can see in this photo, the tulip is just starting to bloom.
February 20, 2007
Another Out of Bounds image. The photo is of two skippers I shot last year. I entered this into competition on Monday night and received a score of 14 out of a possible 15 for the photo. That is a Diamond award in the club.
February 16, 2007
16. A Rose by Any Other Name
One of the most common ways to photograph a rose. Probably with good reason.
January 31, 2007
31. Morning Mayfly
This photo of a mayfly was shot 18 months ago (July 31, 2005). I came across this photo while reviewing some of my older work which happened to be the subject of my latest tip.
You can read it here.
January 30, 2007
30. Nuts. Black and White.
Another shot similiar to yesterday. This was going to be the shot I used for the competition but ended up liking the warm tones of the yesterday's better. Well, until today. So it goes.
January 29, 2007
29. Aww Nuts
This is one pretty self explanatory.
For the JorjDotOrg PhotoHunt
January 22, 2007
22. Do You Eat the Red Ones Last?
The chocolately goodness of a Canadian sugary treat. This is my latest entry in the Photo Hunt contest I mention a while back.
January 20, 2007
My second competition image for this month. This is a Showy 's LadySlipper.
January 19, 2007
19. Yellow Slipper
Yellow lady slipper. This is one of my competition images.
January 18, 2007
Macro photograph of a twig covered in ice.
January 17, 2007
17. Berries in Ice
Another shot showing the area around my home covered in ice. This one shows berries on bushes with their ice blanket. Leanne had just pulled in and I liked the way the brake lights illuminated the ice in this shot.
January 16, 2007
16. Budding Leaves in Ice
The weather has been so askew, my daffodils had begun to bloom and I started to get leaves on my hedges in front of my house. With the recent coating of ice on everything, I am sure that my daffodils won't survive and can only imagine the hedges won't be very strong this year.
This is one of the leaf pairs from the hedges coated in ice.
October 28, 2006
28. 12 Spot on Thistle
12 Spot on thistle. This is obviously not a new shot, but it was taken this summer.
October 11, 2006
11. Crab Spider
This is a different crab spider than the one I previously showed. They are both on the same flower, birdsfoot cingfoil though in a different location.
October 1, 2006
01. Dew Drops on Leaf
September 24, 2006
Macro shot of a maple leaf, back lit.
September 23, 2006
23. Cell Structure
September 15, 2006
15. Crab Spider
September 11, 2006
11. Striped Coral Root
Striped Coral Root shot in the Bruce Penninsula this summer.
August 27, 2006
27. Cabbage White on Clover
August 23, 2006
23. Ring and Rose
This is the second shot I did for Leanne of her engagement ring and a rose.
August 22, 2006
22. For Leanne
Leanne asked me to take this photo for her. She has been watching a lot of wedding websites looking for photo ideas for our wedding and this was something she liked.
August 20, 2006
20. Eastern Tailed Blue
This is another Eastern Tailed Blue. These are very small butterflies, maybe the size of my thumbnail. They move their wings up and down a little and while they do, the tails resemble antenna so that if a predator takes a bite, the only get the wing, not the head.
August 19, 2006
Well, he is really a grasshopper, not a cricket. But I don't know any grasshopper names.
August 18, 2006
A pair of Eastern Tailed Blues mating.
August 17, 2006
17. Mating Blues
August 4, 2006
04. Black and White Butterfly
Shot at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory
August 3, 2006
August 1, 2006
01. Beetle on Butter and Eggs
This spotted ladybug was not my intended focal point for this photo, but once I got closer to the flowers, decided she should be in there.
July 22, 2006
July 21, 2006
I shot this saddleback last weekend. Like the Monarch, it was done later in the morning. Unlike the Monarch however, it flew to me, I did not have to chase this one.
I processed this image in the new Adobe Lightroom beta. The software looks nice, but I will need to do some more testing with it to see how the image quality is. It is a little slow though. Beta sofware...
July 17, 2006
17. Crab Spider and Fly
This shot of a crab spider and fly was taken a few weeks ago. I originally set up to shoot the bird-footed cingfoil (trefoil?) and after my first shot notice a blur in the photo. Zooming in to identify the blur I noticed the crab spider. I photographed the pair for a little while after that.
July 16, 2006
July 15, 2006
Monarch Butterfly. Stalked.
Our usual method of shooting these insects involves finding them in the morning when they are still fairly dormant from the overnight cold. This monarch was shot a little later in the morning and I had to stalk it, moving slowly. It was quite co-operative though and allowed me to get closer than I needed to be.
July 14, 2006
14. Orange Veins
This is a close up of a 12 Spotter Skimmer dragonfly. Scott originally pointed out the orange colour in the larger veins in the wings.
I am still fairly new at photographing these insects so I rely a lot on John and Scott for names and searching the Internet when I can. I identified this based on what I found at http://www.dragonflies.org
July 13, 2006
Two skippers covered in morning dew.
July 3, 2006
03. On top of a Flower
Dragonfly perched atop a purple flowering grass.
July 2, 2006
This Cabbage White is resting calmly on clover, basking before flying for the first time in the morning.
July 1, 2006
01. Smiling for the Camera
This dragonfly seems to be smiling for the camera.
June 30, 2006
30. Curl and Slipper
This is the final image I am posting from my recent trip (at least until I need to dip into the archives) up to the Bruce Peninsula. I have so many more, but need to move on.
June 29, 2006
29. Spotted Tongue
This is the second of three yellow lady slipper photographs I am posting. Tomorrow's will be the last before I move on to other subjects, even though I so many other photgraphs I could post.
June 28, 2006
28. Hat and Curls
This orchid seems to be wearing a hat and curly locks.
June 26, 2006
26. Not Your Ordinary Portrait
Ha ha, this is definately not your normal portrait! This is the same dragonfly that I posted yesterday, only this time I shot the front of him. I definately like yesterday's shot of his back better than this one though.
June 25, 2006
June 24, 2006
24. Ram's Head
This was found purely by chance and was likely one of the last of the flowering Ram's Head orchids. We found it under the low lying branch of a cedar tree. It was not really accessible, and sensitivity of the area surrounding it, shot it where it was, from where we were. Really not ideal conditions, but you make do with what you have.
June 21, 2006
21. Yellow Lady Slipper
The yellow lady slipper is one of the orchids we took our trip to photograph. The yellow lady slipper is fairly common where we were. Last year, we found one stemless yellow lady slipper here in the Niagara Region.
June 15, 2006
15. Showy (Queen's) Lady Slipper
The Showy Lady's Slipper was just at the very beginning of it's blooming season and we were fortunate to find a small patch of them flowering. We did see others that had not even developed the buds yet. We photographed these on two occasions during our trip taking advantage of different lighting at different times of the day. The Showy is Canada's largest orchid and these were about 20" high.
I will post my original image I had planned for today, tomorrow, and then will post some of my shots from my trip in the days following.
May 31, 2006
Another macro photograph of morning dew resting on geranium.
May 30, 2006
30. Drops of Water
Drops of dew on the petals of a wild geranium.
May 29, 2006
29. Dewey Purple
Early morning geranium in a coat of dew.
I posted a couple other geranium shots (from another shoot) a few weeks ago.
May 18, 2006
Columbine shot while on a walk this past Sunday. There were several plants in the area, but they were growing on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, and it was a 15 foot drop just on the other side. I would have liked to have been able to shoot a a few other angles. Maybe this weekend.
May 13, 2006
13. Jack in the Pulpit
Jack in the Pulpit.
May 12, 2006
The geranium in flower.
May 11, 2006
11. Morning Bud
Another macro photo of a wild geranium bud.
I can't believe for the second day in a row, I have left my post as a draft! Here it is though.
May 10, 2006
10. Geranium Bud
Back to the wildflowers. This is a wild geranium bud. It was a frosty May morning, and as the frost melted created the great droplets of dew. I wish that I had photographed the frost on the leaves. There was some wild strawberry plants nearby as well that we covered in a beautiful frost.
May 7, 2006
07. Spring Buds
While out with Scott and John last weekend, I shot these small beauties. Under the canopy of the growing forest, the light was fantastic, allowing for this wonderful, soft photo.
May 6, 2006
06. Trout Lily
This is the bud of a trout lily. This wild flower will open up and resemble a day or easter lily, though I expect it would be smaller.
April 30, 2006
The same tulip as yesterday, only in a different angle.
On a differnt note, last night I attended the Niagara Falls Camera Club annual awards banquet. I received a number of awards, including the McGarry Photo award for Slide of the Year for my shot of an Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly. I also received honour awards in the slide of the year, colour print of the year and monochrome print of the year competitions as well as top in the Gold division for both slides and monochrome prints. Finally, I was installed as the new President of the Niagara Falls Camera Club.
April 29, 2006
29. Garden Tulip
This is my first Tulip to blossom in my garden. The small joys of home ownership.
April 26, 2006
26. Dutchman's Breeches
I was out Sunday with Scott and John in a light rain. Once we decided that conditions were favourable for shooting some spring wildflowers, we walked back to get our equipment. That is when is started to rain harder. We shot for a little bit anyway before it got really bad. This was about the best shot I could get off before things became too wet to continue without proper rain gear.
March 18, 2006
March 17, 2006
Water drop on a wire fence
March 12, 2006
12. Twig and Frost
This is the last shot I am posting from last weekend. This weekend was drastically different. Winter is really over. This is hore frost on a twig poking out of a blanket of snow.
January 27, 2006
Three stone diamond engagement ring, illuminated with strobe bounced above with pin lighting from fiber optic strands. The white gold band is thrown out of focus by the shallow depth of field of the macro lens at f5.0.
January 9, 2006
09. Snow Texture
The texture of snow shot with my macro lens.
January 2, 2006
Macro image of a computer (CRT) screen.
September 15, 2005
I started my class last night. I am not sure why I had the impression, but I didn't expect it to be so much like school used to be. But, it is class just as I remember them being (it's only been 5 years).
Tonight I am heading out with Dave to do some shooting. It'll be the last digital shooting I do for a while as I have to take the camera in for repairs tomorrow. Canon has told me it could be up to 6 weeks, even though this is a known issue. I am very unhappy about that. So, I'll be going back to film.
September 14, 2005
14. A Rainbow of Colours
This is another shot of the Sulphar I posted on Monday. I find it amazing just how much colour is really in these butterflies. When I first looked at it, it was a pale yellow, almost brown, but this image shows its true colours, yellows, greens, reds, blues plus some purple and brown.
Tonight I start a 12 week portraiture course. I have to say that it is my weakest photographic technique and I have always thought people are the hardest subjects to shoot.
September 13, 2005
13. Eastern Tailed Blue
This Eastern Tailed Blue was in excellent shape. Often they have nicks out of their wings from attempts from being eaten. The small tails are actually a diversion. They will move them up and down to mimic their antennae so a predator may only nip the back of the wing, rather than a more critical near the head nip!
September 12, 2005
12. Early Morning Sulpur
As I mentioned yesterday, the season is about over for the insects. This is one of two butterflies I shot yesterday. We were at the Wainfleet Bog on Erie Peat Road in Port Colborne where we have had some pretty good luck over the past few weeks. I have a couple different shots of this butterfly and one more of an Eastern Tailed Blue to post.
September 7, 2005
07. Dewy 12 Spot
September 6, 2005
This is one of the meadowhawk dragonflies I mentioned last week. As this is the first year I have started shooting insects, it was an exciting find. The first dragonfly I posted back in July I did not actually find, but as my eyes are becoming tuned to what to look for, these creatures that camouflage themselves so well now are appearing to me.
September 5, 2005
05. Eastern Tailed Blue
The Eastern Tailed Blue is only about the size of a nickel, so they are quite hard to find in the grasses.
September 4, 2005
This was shot later in the day. I had to hunt this one down, and then slowly move up on it to keep it from flying away.
September 3, 2005
03. Pearly Crescentspot #2
This is the same butterfly as yesterday, only with it's wings closed.
September 2, 2005
02. Pearly Crescentspot
A Pearly Crescentspot warming itself before it's first flight of the day.
August 24, 2005
24. Golden Cabbage White
This Cabbage White appears to be seemingly made of gold. This little guy is seemingly enjoying basking in the sun, judging by the size of his smile!
Tonight is the Picture The Cure Exhibition and Auction for Breast Cancer and the Princess Margaret Hospital. The event is being held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. I cannot be there tonight because of some work commitments, but I would have liked to have gone. My best to the photographers who are supporting this worth cause.
August 20, 2005
I have not had much chance to shoot this week... pulling from the archives instead.
Yesterday marked another milestone, image 200!
August 18, 2005
18. Bee on Black Eyed Susan
This is a photo I shot last year (I have been busy the week or so and haven't been out with my camera) that has done very well in competitions. I received a Diamond award for it in competition at the Niagara Falls Camera Club and and honour awards at the Rainbow Competition; a yearly competition between the Niagara Falls Camera Club (Niagara Falls, Ont) and Twin Cities Camera Club (Tonawanda, NY). It also received an honourable mention at this year's Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs Annual Convention.
Remarkably, for this magnification, I was able to shoot this hand held.
August 16, 2005
16. Stained Glass?
Butterfly Wings... like stained glass.
NOTE: The service I have been using to send out daily email updates had a problem over the past few days. It looks like the problem was resolved this morning, but I have already written most of the code to send out the emails myself. I hope to have it working in a few days. I look forward to any feedback on the change when it happens.
August 6, 2005
I am not as happy with this shot as I am with the Lacewing from Thursday. I would have like to have bounced a little more light back into the body to illuminate the from wing a little more.
August 5, 2005
05. Morning Mayfly
I am really happy with this shot. I went out Sunday morning though I had thought about cancelling after having had a very long day at work the day before. Conditions were perfect and John has a very keen eye for finding these small critters.
August 4, 2005
August 1, 2005
01. Waiting to Harden
This butterfly had recently emerged from it's chrysalis. They emerge and sit for about an hour while they wings inwrap and harden before flying off. In the background you can see other chrysalis' from the hatchery at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
On another note, yesterday was the last day of my sixth month of posting. So far, 182 days, and 182 photos. It's been tough to keep up with at times, but I am still enjoying it so I will continue. I am putting together a selection of my favourite images from the past 6 months. I have 22 selected now, I want to whiddle it down a bit before I post the link.
UPDATE: I have come up with my favourite 15 images from last month.
July 31, 2005
Another butterfly from yesterday's shoot. With so many butterflies at the Conservatory, it is a very great experiance to be there first thing in the morning, but really lacks a lot of the thrill of the hunt of going out and finding them on your own like this shot of a Saddleback Dragonfly, or this one of damselflies mating.
July 30, 2005
One of many butterflies shot this morning at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
July 27, 2005
27. Time for a Snack
While Dave and I were in the Niagara Gorge the other day, these cabbage whites were very abundant. Dave was able to get some nice shots in and I was able to get this female resting on this plant having a snack.
July 21, 2005
21. Forget Me Nots
I found these forget-me-nots in my backyard earlier this spring. Leanne loves these so I know she will be happy about this posting. They are very difficult to shoot well though.
July 20, 2005
I found this caterpillar last week having a snack while out with Scott and John. While not as exciting as the damselflies or dragonflies we were looking for, I still thought it might make a nice shot.
July 14, 2005
This is another shot from Casino Niagara that I took with Dave the other night. I envisioned these photos as Black and White when I shot them, though I still really like the various colours in the rust.
Yesterday's shot from the same location.
July 12, 2005
This pair of Damselfies are in a mating position. National Geographic has published an article which discusses the mating of can be found here.
July 11, 2005
This was shot yesterday along with my first dragonfly. I am working on my technique. Each week is a little bit better.
July 10, 2005
Saddleback Dragonfly. This was posted late...busy day for me.
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July 4, 2005
04. Blue Damselfly
This was the only salvageable shot from yesterday. Manual focus and a diopter adjustment our of whack do not play well together. I am very disappointed as the sunbursts coming off of the water drops on both the grass and the damselfly are amazing.
June 20, 2005
When I was out at Mud Lake with Dave yesterday, I did not find what I was looking for, so I was left to shoot some abstractions, pattern shots and this daisy. Wildflowers are usually not pristine and as such, often have spots on them, pollen littering their petals or even broken petals. All in all, this was was fairly nice.
June 12, 2005
12. Goat's Beard
I went out this morning looking for some more damselflies. We found many, but the conditions were not good for shooting them. We did find a few of these flowers that we shot, and also some daisies (rather common, but nice none the less).
June 5, 2005
A Viola from my garden.
June 4, 2005
04. Ready To Fly
A dandelion gone to seed. i hope this is the last one for this year so I can get the rest of my yard looking nice. Shot early this morning.
May 29, 2005
I was out this morning with a couple of my friends bug hunting. This was my first trip out with them for this purpose though they are experienced at shooting them. The morning was pretty uneventful as this Damselfly was the only one that was found, and not by me. I really do not how they expect me to find an insect that blends in with it's environment, buried in grasses, when it is only 3/4 inch long!
We are out most Sunday's so I am sure I'll be posting more Damslefies and dragonflies, maybe some moths and butterflies as well. The detail has really been lost in the conversion to websize, but the full version is really quite remarkable.
May 15, 2005
15. Grossius Insectus
I believe that Grossius Insectus is the official name for this. If it is not, it should be. The insect was about 2 inches long in body and close to 5 from tip to tip of his feelers. I trapped him in a glass and tried to get a few shots of him. Hard to see in the smaller version of the image, but the individual ommatidium are visible in the compound eye.
In case anyone hasn't figured it out, I don't particulary like bugs. Another view of the insect can be found here.