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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Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Playing in Traffic

Spent part of a day hanging out in Seattle looking for a scene that was inspiring photographically, and I have to admit, I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. Having had enough, we headed back to the bus stop for the ride home and while waiting, I wandered out into the street to take this shot. I particularly like the closed in feeling the tall buildings give.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/200th at f / 5.6, ISO 200

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February 2017

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The Business End

A couple of months ago, I started seeing posts on Instagram of these beautiful warbirds. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has squadrons all over the US dedicated to the restoration and demonstration of these aircraft. Only after we loaded up and hit the open road to visit family for Christmas, did I realize that this particular squadron lived just a short distance from my in-laws, and that meant hangar tour!

This particular aircraft is a North American SNJ-5 “Texan” carrying the markings of a training squadron. You can read more about this particular aircraft on the CAF’s website, and be sure to follow @cafsocal on Instagram.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Fuji 18-55mm lens. 1/180th sec @ F5, ISO 5000. (I think it holds up pretty good at ISO 5000)

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January 2017

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Again with the Mushrooms?

I was lazy this month, didn’t get out to shoot at all, so here’s another shot from last’s month’s safari.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Exposure 1/8th @f2.8, ISO 200.

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December 2016

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The Great Mushroom Hunt

Quite predictably, the Fall weather has filled the small corners in the woods with these denizens of decay. I went to the Arboretum looking for mushrooms and was not disappointed. I found several that were easily photographable and spent some time playing with compositions.

This month’s wallpaper is the one that I spent the least amount of time setting up, but I like it for the delicate gills on this group of mushrooms. They were so fragile that it looked like rain and falling leaves were damaging the caps.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Exposure 1/60th @f4, ISO 200.

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November 2016

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