Red Pine

Jun. 24th, 2013 09:23 pm
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Pollen cones on a Red Pine, in sunset light.

Another test of the new lens: pollen cones on a Red Pine, in sunset light.

New lens

Jun. 21st, 2013 03:25 pm
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I love my 100mm macro lens, but I've had to admit that it's not ideal for taking pictures of wary dragonflies. Sometimes I just need more working distance. So I sold my old Olympus equipment and bought a Canon 300mm f/4.
Black Locust (20130610-0674-e30b)

Yeah, I think that'll do. Also, Black Locust is considered invasive in the Upper Midwest, but it sure is pretty.

The lens is relatively close-focusing, with a maximum magnification of .24, which means it will focus on something 3.66 inches wide -- about the right size to fill the frame with a Dragonhunter. I considered just living with that minimum, since it's the larger dragonflies I usually have trouble getting close to and I'd often rather have some space around the subject anyway. But next time out I'm going to try it with some extension -- specifically, a 21mm extension tube, which I have scientifically determined to be the largest one I can put on between my camera and this lens and still zip my camera bag shut over them. That will let me focus on a rectangle about 2.5 x 1.66 inches, which is still not going to let me fill the frame with an Autumn Meadowhawk, but is significantly more flexible.

The puffin

Jun. 12th, 2013 03:30 pm
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The Puffin (f1-20130515-0236)

This is the same bud as yesterday, from a different angle, and rotated 90 degrees in post-processing.

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The Screaming Troll (f1-20130515-0258)

Not only does this creature have a fly in its hair, but if you look closely, there's some kind of larva crawling out from behind its eye. I guess that would upset anybody.