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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Anyone who’s ever tried to photograph wild rabbits knows it ain’t easy. They are skittish creatures (to say the least) and when they are out and about, all they want to do is eat. Getting a shot where (a), the rabbit is looking at you, (b), the rabbit isn’t chomping on grass and (c), both ears are facing forward is quite rare.

“I’m All Ears” (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit) Nikon D300, 420mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/80s, -0.7EV, ISO 320, SB900 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

I actually had a little bit of help achieving this image from a rather unexpected source. As I watched and photographed this rabbit for some time (getting only the usual shots), an Eastern Grey Squirrel entered my frame and began chasing the rabbit.

‘Great…there go my chances today’.

Or, so I thought.

As the chase continued, the rabbit ended up closer to me and was also facing my direction! I zeroed in, gave a quick whistle to get the ears forward and boom! There’s the shot. Thanks much, Mr. Squirrel! 🙂

I am  pleased to report that day 2 of the art show went much better! Beautiful weather combined with a steady stream of visitors was a needed relief after the tragedy that was day 1. Phew! 🙂 Let’s hope the weekend finishes strong!

Remember those rose buds from yesterday? Well, here is the largest one less than 24 hours later:

"My Sweet Rose" (English Rose, 'The Shepherdess') Nikon D300, 380mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/50s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

"My Sweet Rosie" (English Rose, 'The Shepherdess') Nikon D300, 380mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/50s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Not quite yet fully open, the shape is bordering on peony-like in appearance (and you all know how I feel about peonies…). This girl’s soft, peachy-pink petals are a perfect complement to her delicate, fruity fragrance.

Mmmmmm, so sweet indeed!

"Peach Promises" (English Rose, 'The Shepherdess'), Nikon D300, 65mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400

"Peach Promises" (English Rose, 'The Shepherdess'), Nikon D300, 65mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400

Awoke to blue skies and sunshine – hooray! Not much time before the show (and I expect it to be a long day) so this will have to be quick!

The roses were the first thing to catch my eye and I just loved how the morning sun set the inside of the largest bud aglow.

Somehow, I am feeling renewed and have high hopes for today! 🙂

Well, day one of art show weekend was a complete bust on account of the weather. 😦 We faired better than many, whose tents either collapsed or blew over in the Nor’easter that swept through the area last night and this morning. A Nor’easter! In summer! What a day!

We managed to get everything set up last night before the rains came and our tent held up just fine. Bright and early this morning, we were ready for all the patrons to oooh and aaah (and, hopefully part with some moolah), but the weather kept most everyone away. When the winds picked up (again) and the drizzle turned back into rain, we decided it was best to shut down and hope for better weather tomorrow.

Back at home, I ventured into the yard to see if I could capture the Yellow Daylilies that I knew were nearing the end of their bloom time. With my tripod perched rather precariously on a sloping rock ledge, the drizzle momentarily subsided and even the sun peeked out just long enough to snap a few.

"Like Buttah" (Yellow Daylily) Nikon D300, 420mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 400

"Like Buttah" (Yellow Daylily) Nikon D300, 420mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 400

With how this day went, I’ll take it!

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