Just Buzzin’

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Busy BuzzerI’m not really sure what type of Bee this is. Is it a Bumble Bee, or Bee Fly, or something else? He/she got an early start to the day along with the Honey Bees, and me on this particular morning.

Taken in May 2014.
Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4 lens w/Nikkor 14eII 1.4x Teleconverter| Hand-held

All Dressed Up

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All Dressed Up

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm micro @ f3.2| 1/500s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held| Developed in CS6 and OnOne Color Efex Pro 4

San Jose, Ca. USA

Gaillrdia- Arizona Sun

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Early one recent morning I took a walk around the neighborhood looking for flowers to photograph. I found a few patches of Gaillardia. I love the cone in the center with all that texture, and the bright colored pedals. Gaillardia-Arizona SunI spent a lot of time with these flowers. I shot it from several different angles, getting closer,

Gaillardia-Arizona Sunand closer,

Gaillardia-Arizona SunThis is my new favorite flower! I like it so much I’m going to purchase some and plant them in my yard, and hope they survive. I don’t have a green thumb.

Have a great week-end everyone!

Nikon Df| AF Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro| Hand-held| Lexar Professional Digital Film

Developed with CS6, Nik Viveza 2, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4



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Roses by George Eliot

You love the roses – so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Rose Soft PinkI added a Hoya Softener(B) filter to my macro lens to give this Rose a dreamy look.

Rose Pink VariegatedThe side morning light on this variegated pink rose I thought was really nice. I love white picket fences. Don’t you?

White RoseThis rose-bush was huge and had big clusters of white roses slightly tinged with pink.


I found the majority of Roses in my neighborhood just about done. Is it me or did they have their season early this year?

Nikon Df| AF Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D micro| Hand-held

Hoya Softener(B) filter| Nik Viveza 2| Nik Color Efex Pro 4| CS6



Spring Colors

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Butterfly Iris (Moraea iridioides) Thank you Barbara for the ID!xx

Spring Whites
All flowers were taken with a rented Nikon Df in the last golden light of day, before the sun slipped behind the Santa Cruz Mountain Range.

Initial thoughts it is so quiet, and very light weight compared to my D700, and D300s. Image quality seems fine, the colors are really nice and seem right on. I didn’t need to correct anything in ACR for this image. Finding the shutter button is a bit challenging now. It’s not where my finger naturally is going due to the smaller size of the body I’m sure.

Spanish Lavender

Spanish LavenderGaillardia Arizona Sun…I think.

Gaillardia Arizona Sun

I’m looking forward to spending time with this camera and trying my favorite lenses on it.

Nikon Df| AF Nikkor 105 mm micro lens | Manual Priority|Hand-held

Rhododendron-Berkeley Botanical Garden

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Rhodedendron Pink

My friend Dali and I made an impromptu stop at the Berkeley Botanical Garden one morning last month and we found the Rhododendrons in bloom. I was hoping for Butterflies too, alas, no joy there.

It’s a lovely Garden. I hope to go back next year and spend more time wandering around the different regions.

Playing with my macro lens quite a bit this Spring has shown me its limits, and not being able to get closer than a foot has been the biggest disappointment for me.

I could add an extension tube or two, but then I’ll be struggling with Depth of  Field issues so, I think I’ll rent a Lens Baby Composer Pro and see if that doesn’t help me make the images I have in my head when shooting flowers.

Nikon D700| AF Nikkor 105mm D micro @ f4| 1/1600s| ISO 320| Manual Priority| Matrix Met| Tripod