If it weren’t for a friend’s gentle push, I would have gone back to the car and swapped out my macro lens for my walk around lens. I’m so glad she persuaded me to use the macro. It’s a great lens: 105 mm, 2.8, Sigma; and I hardly use it because there’s always a slight breeze.
Karen taught me to increase my ISO so I could shoot at a faster shutter speed, and I got amazing results. I’ll be using that lens more because I do love macro photography. Although the WPA Rock Garden is a small area, we were shooting for about 2 hours!
This was my last time out shooting because we needed to prepare for our trip to Glacier National Park. Right now I’m exhausted. We packed the trailer today, except for refrigerated food in triple digits. I did try to do a lot during the morning. This is our first vacation since our 2013 cross country trip. We’re also going to be in Idaho for the solar eclipse, and in a great vantage spot. We’ll be attaching my D3100 to a small telescope, so wish me luck. I have a couple of days to practice. Richard will be using his sun scope to capture images.
After that, we’ll head into Oregon to visit my older granddaughter. I’m so looking forward to this trip. And, yes, I’m bringing my macro lens with me.
Images from the WPA Rock Garden.
Inside the flower.
The lens can get a nice shallow Depth of Field.
My only California Poppy for the season.
An unusual tree by the pond.
The back of a flower.
I was experimenting with depth of field. How much sharpness could I get.
Crisp and clear. This was a tiny flower.
Daisy in detail.
A rose bud.
Water drop, shadow and reflection.
I don’t know what this flower is, but it’s beautiful.
Another shallow depth of field with a water drop.
I loved the color in this plant.
I’m guessing purple was the color for the day.
As the heat continues, we look for places to shoot that are open early in the morning to avoid the rising temperatures. We chose Effie Yeaw Nature Center for a recent Tuesday shoot. This is a nature preserve along the American River in Carmichael.
Typically the deer are out in the early hours. When I took my young grandkids there, we saw a full herd in the first meadow, and we found bucks on the other side. Marlene and I had the joy of walking (on a path) through a heard one time. But, this time we didn’t see a deer–not one. I wondered where do they go to hide? It’s not a large preserve. One was spotted near the pond at the entrance.
So, without our dear deer, we looked for other things to shoot. Lesson learned: there’s always something to shoot. It’s what you make of it! We walked and shot for a couple of hours and then went for an early lunch.
After lunch, we went back to the Vedanta Society’s pond to see if the Hyacinths we in the pond. There were some but not a lot. During lunch we talked about what other outings we could schedule with this summer being so hot. I think you’ll have to wait to see where we go next!
This frog welcomed us.
This is the small pond at the entrance.
Near the American River.
Is this tree really eating a log?
A busy spider adds texture to this tree.
The whole lizard.
A log that captured my attention. I love wood and its texture.
At Vedant Society.
Some flowers were in the pond
There weren’t many.
Another case of having to make do!
I got my sought after shot this year–a sunflower field so dense that when you shot over the top, all you can see is yellow. Thank you Karen A. for scoping the fields out. And thanks to a step ladder! Yes, I’m sort–too short to have gotten the image without a little help.
I remember in past years going crazy to find sunflower fields, only to be there too early or too late. This year things were different in Yolo County.
I’ll make this a short post so you can see them. Oh, what did I learn? Patience prevails and always have a step ladder in your car trunk!
Hope these make you smile!
Bees were busy.
Getting in the middle.
These fields are large.
Shooting over the Sunnies.
From the side.
They are beautiful no matter how you shoot them.
There were wheat fields opposite the sunflower fields.
Trees planted in a pattern.
Just taking in the sun.
Members of the Camera Totin Tuesday group.
You know what happens when one photographer posts a picture of something that doesn’t, last too long–we all go to shoot it.
That’s what happened with the Lotus located on the grounds of the Vedanta Society Sacramento in Sacramento. They were so nice to let us go to their pond and shoot these beautiful flowers. I had never seen lotus in person. They are stunning.
We were back yesterday to check on whether the hyacinths were in the pond, and we found the seed pods that were left from the lotus. We also found some hyacinths, but that will be for another post.
So please enjoy these beauties. I’m so glad one photographer shared her find.
I’m not sure whether all lotus are pink, but these were!
I tried to capture them in different ways.
I came up from underneath this one.
This one is opening up and starting to drop petals.
The light was changing fast on this one.
Shot from a distance.
The bridge going over the pond.
Not a lotus!
Again, the whole flower.
Another “Not a lotus,” but pretty.
The lotus seed pod captured a couple of weeks after the other images were taken.
This is de’ja vu. When these pictures were taken, we were trying to escape the heat by shooting inside. As I type this, it’s about 107 degrees Fahrenheit! It’s going to be a long hot summer.
Since our Tuesday group shoots each week, we try to find indoor places, go on a road trip to the bay area or get up very early to beat the heat. A few times, we’ve called a virtual trip, asking members to shoot something and post it. It’s amazing what photographers come up with. But this particular Tuesday we were inside.
Alpha Fired Arts, in Sacramento, is a creative outlet for hobbyists, professional artists and teachers who shop for supplies. They even have paint your own ceramics available where you purchase anything from pre-made mugs to more elaborate items, and paint them. They are then glazed/fired. This is a perfect place for kids’ parties.
With triple digits outside, we were delighted to be invited inside by Ray’s wife, Sally, who is a pottery artist. When you enter, you’re inside the store, the painting room is to the left and small gallery to the right. Beyond the double doors in the back the creative work area lies. And, beyond that, are the kilns. We could not escape the heat in there!
I’ll show you pictures of it all. While the pottery was beautiful, it was a challenging shoot. I wanted to shoot from different angles and remain true to the artistic intent. All images were handheld and without flash.
I’m hoping it’s not a hot summer, thinking maybe some cooler temperatures will prevail–SOON!
This cube was in the gallery.
This artist created many shapes.
This one also.
I’m not sure whether the same artist did this.
I liked the colors in this one.
This bowl is one of my favorites.
This is the paint job on a dish. I liked it.
I’m not sure what this is, but it needed to be shot!
This is the work room behind the double doors.
This artist is creating flowers out of left over clay.
This man is painting the bottom of a vase.
Our hostess, Sally, is painting her vase.
One of the kilns
The paint room.
Shelves of paints.
A colorful piece.
There’s nothing like fireworks and photo buddies to get you out of a funk. We’ve all been there. You know, you feel blah. It was a 2-week funk for me. I went shooting and tried to process the pictures. I was almost caught up!
During the summer, our local minor league team, the River Cats, shoots off fireworks after every Friday night home game. I probably would have skipped the fireworks so close to July 4th, (especially since there would be other evenings of fireworks) but my All About Photography Toastmasters Club was going, and so was I. We met many photographers from the Sacramento Photographers Facebook group too. Actually it ended up being a fun evening.
I was going to try shooting with two cameras. One would be set up on bulb and the other to shoot regular. But, at the last minute I decided to shoot with one. I tried putting it on bulb with a remote trigger, but didn’t like the results. I took it off of bulb and took out the trigger, shooting individually.
I have some of those shots to show you today. Yesterday on July 4th, we had our usual block party, and I was wearing my camera. One of the guests asked me if I was a photographer, and I said, “Yes, I finally feel I can say I’m a photographer.” That was a defining moment for me. I’ll show you some of those too, but they are not super since we were losing light, I didn’t have a tripod, etc. Also, I didn’t shoot the small fireworks because my dog is totally afraid of the sounds. So we watched TV while the others watched the fireworks show.
And, I’m out of the funk!
We never know when the game will end, so we have to be ready.
I think the two fireworks displays on the left each look like the Statue Of Liberty.
I was disappointed that there weren’t many with red, white and blue.
The bridge is the Tower Bridge, a Sacramento landmark.
The field is in West Sacramento, and the best viewing is in Old Sacramento.
Almost the finale. The actual finale had too much smoke.
The July 4 block party. The games begin.
There were games for all ages.
And games for the young at heart.
I’m not sure whether we declared a winner in the Piccolo Pete race.
Here’s a car in action.
The last game before fireworks. The egg toss.
Egg toss in action.
Yes, we use real eggs. This one dropped right near my foot!