Wordless Wednesday

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Garden, July 20

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I’ve haven’t been making my usual garden posts this year because our wet spring dampened (literally) ambition for the yard. Now that conditions are more favorable for the flowers, I’d thought I’d offer some mid-season images.

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Friday Evening in the Garden, June 28

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This evening I used another neglected lens, my Nikkor f/1.8 D. It’s the only prime lens I own, and I imagine that mastering it is akin to learning how to baby an old tractor to life. The focus on this lens is manual-only on my Nikon D5200, and it is fairly useless in auto mode. I’ve had this lens for a decade, yet I’ve barely tapped its potential. That’s a good thing about the craft of photography: there’s always something new to learn if you’re willing to give it the time.

This evening I offered it some time. I crouched around the ditch and took over 150 shots, only 10 of which I liked. The photo above is the one I like best.

I like it enough to offer the option of buying photo prints and other items printed with it on Redbubble. I have a few images available through that print-on-demand site because I’ve actually ordered a couple items (a tote bag and t-shirt) from them for my daughter, and we’ve been very pleased the quality of the products. I’m proud of this photo, and I think it would look beautiful as wall decor.

First Daylily


Our daylilies are starting to bloom. The setting sun and some negative exposure compensation conspired to create the above image. I then cloned out a few of the stems that remained in the background.

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