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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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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Bloomin’ Onion

Between the lavender, onions gone to bloom and other flowers in the yard, the bees have found our backyard.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikkor 55mm macro lens. 1/180th sec @ F2.8, ISO 1000.

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September 2016

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Closing the Door

So that’s it. I’m officially out of the Nikon DSLR club. Traded in my D-90 kit and ordered the Fuji 55-200 lens. It’s not in yet so I’m hovering over the phone, waiting for it to ring.

Meanwhile, I’m still happily shooting Nikon glass. The Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 macro lens is just amazing, and seems to be the one lens I am using the most.

This month’s wallpaper is a couple cherry blossoms. Fujifilm X-E2, Nikkor 55mm lens, ISO 200, 1/240th @f2.8. Enjoy.

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April 2016

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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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