Photography: Unexpected Captures (Bugs!)

Zinnias With Dragonfly

On the drive to/from Bonfante Gardens, we passed through farming country (including a couple of road side stands, one at which I bought 4 pounds of garlic to in my dehydrator). Amongst the acres of vegetables, there was one huge field of marigolds and another of zinnias.

I, of course, had to take pictures. Huge fields — football field sized areas — covered in millions of flowers in full bloom.

I stopped and took about 30 to 40 captures of each field, varying the angle, aperture, shutter speed, etc… for later comparison in Aperture.

While sorting through the photos, I noticed that the capture to the left had something in the upper left corner. Zooming in reveals that it is a dragonfly that just happened to be flitting over the flowers at nearly the correct depth of field.

Cool! Gotta love it when that happens!

Roger in Marigolds

Roger happened to have a bright orange shirt on that day. So, of course, I had him walk down a row of marigolds and stand in the middle of the field for a few captures. Unfortunately, the sun was really bright and Roger is quite sensitive to it, so most of the pictures came out with him having quite the scrunched up fast.

I did get a couple of good captures and he was quite the good sport about it.

That’d be his “Dad! Why the heck am I standing in the middle of a field again?” look.



2 Responses to “Photography: Unexpected Captures (Bugs!)”

  1. Jake says:

    These are great photos. What kind of camera do you use? I’m thinking of getting my first digital SLR and I’ve been looking at the Nikon d50 – would you recommend it – or is there something else at that price-point that is a better first digital SLR?

  2. bbum says:

    I’m using the Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D). It is the 8MP generation (the 400D just came out). Now? I would either go with the 400D or a 5D (full sized sensor and a bit more flexibility).

    Both Canon and Nikon make great bodies. You certainly won’t go wrong with the d50.

    It really comes down to lock-in. Canon and Nikon have different lens mounts. So, whatever camera you get now, you’ll be buying the same brand as upgrades over many years — decades, even — to come. For Canon, that also means generally buying non-EF-S lenses as they are designed for the compact sensor size). The “normal” lenses work fine on lenses with the compact sensor and, even, there are some advantages to the combination.

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