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If you have never seen a spotted salamander you should really try to see one. They are phenomenal creatures. Salamanders are usually thought of as tiny little things. But these spotted salamanders are as big as your hand. I was fortunate enough to see these creatures right in my own yard. This image was created in the spring of 2009 during April. The camera body I used when creating this image was… Read More

Over the course of the last several days of my one photo a day challenge that I completed in 2021 I was waiting for a flower to bloom. I had moved my annuals from outside to inside hoping they would survive the winter. One plant in particular, a gerbera daisy, was doing quite well. It actually seemed to be thriving inside. The Gerbera daisy plant had actually developed a flower blossom. My… Read More

In this image there is a tiny salamander crawling through some synthetic mulch in our yard. I found this salamander to photograph in the spring of 2017. It was during the month of April. The camera body was Nikon D300S. And the lens I used was a Nikon 60mm macro lens. The camera setting when the shutter button is pressed was ISO 640, 60mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec. I used Lightroom for post… Read More

A tiny little newt walking in the sunlight The sunlight is so bright it almost washes out the newts entire body. Only the newts head is in the shade enough to allow for much detail to be captured in the image. This image was created in the summer of 2017 during July. This image was created using the Nikon D300S camera body and the Nikon 60mm macro lens. Camera settings on this… Read More

Creatures to photograph can be found anywhere. This tiny salamander was found right outside my house. The photo in this post was taken using my Nikon D300S camera body and 60mm macro lens. To create this image the setting in camera were: ISO 1250, 60mm, f/3.3, 1/100 sec. Then for this blog post I selected a Lightroom preset in post processing. The preset I chose creates a spotlight effect on the salamanders… Read More

Close up photo of a toad featuring they eye. Not every photo requires a great adventure. This little toad was found right outside our house. This image was captured in June of 2017 in upstate, New York. The tools I used to crate this image include: Nikon D300S camera body and Nikon 60mm macro lens. For this image the camera settings were: ISO 400, 60mm, f/3.5, 1/125 sec. For this current iteration… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 365. Well We did it. 1 photo a day for 365 days. That was quite an experience. I was hoping that this Gerbera Daisy would be in full bloom for the final photo of this project. And while it wasn’t quite in full bloom I was able to create some interesting photos. The petals had opened up farther than they were previously. I was able to… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 364. The other day I shared a photo of a Gerbera Daisy I was growing. The flower blossom was jus tin the beginning phases of blooming. Today I have an update to that photo as the flower continues to develop. The flower petals are starting to open up. It is possible to look in and see the yellow center of the flower now. Maybe by tomorrow… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 361. As fall and winter progressed her in upstate, New York I decided to move some of my potted perennial flowers indoor to try to preserve them for next spring. The hope was to at very least preserve the plants in a dormant state over the cold months. Then assuming they would still be alive, put them back outside in the spring for them to return… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 360. Having a macro lens is great for exploring small objects. I also love it for exploring textures. I am not sure there are more interesting ways to explore texture than with a macro lens. Especially if you shoot with the macro lens set at an aperture as wide open as it can be. This really sets the focus on the subject of the image and… Read More

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