Challenge Accepted!

As I was taking photos of budding cherry blossoms on the tree in the backyard, my Wife came out and told me “I challenge you to make an interesting picture out of the rhubarb plant. I want rhubarb on my desktop this month.” Well, I guess I do requests now 😉

The sun was a little bright on the plant so I dashed off to the garage to grab one of my reflectors to create a little shade. The plant itself had only recently re-emerged after winter’s slumber and the space under the new leaves made for a very alien landscape.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/40th at f /4, ISO 200

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April 2017

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Backyard Safari (Again)

We have a number of pots in the backyard we have used in the past to grow tomatoes. A couple of them have been neglected for a while and one of them is growing a hearty crop of moss. This tiny forest seems to have sprouted and is well on its way to becoming its own thriving ecosystem.

The sprouts in this picture remind me of the rain we’ve had so much of recently – most of it coming down at a similar diagonal.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2, Nikkor 55mm lens, ISO 200, 1/180 second @f2.8

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March 2016

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Unborn

The inspiration for this picture is a little strange. For a while now, I’ve been thinking about x-ray images. Teeth, hands, bones, the transparency of the flesh.

So all of this got to rumbling around in my brain for a bit and somehow ran into the sugar snap peas we have growing in the back yard. Time to make a picture!

So I put my camera on a tripod, and affixed a pea pod to a second tripod with a spring clamp. A shady spot for a background and the sun turned up to full power…

My wife said that the image creeped her out, that it reminds her of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. To be honest, that comment really made my day! I love the veins and the shadows of the peas inside. A little back lighting has made a tasty snack completely alien.

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August 2014

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