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Posted By: foxglove, 06-04-2007, 09:59 AM

I'm supposed to be counting blackfly larvae in photographs, but I'd much rather look at something pretty. Like the Rhodora (a native rhododenron relative) that's blooming in our back yard!

unopened blossoms:


open:


And some lovely horsetails for good measure.


All with the new Sigma 17-70, yes, I'm really enjoying this lens!

Julie

(sigh... now I guess I'll have to go back to the blackflies... )
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06-04-2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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I really like the lighting. What time of day were these taken? Morning around 8-9 I'd guess. Seems like a very sharp lens with good color and bokeh. Thanks for sharing.
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Some great shot's - lighting is gorgeous, like nr3 best.
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the second one is my favorite. nice shots.

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Three very nice photos Julie, thanks for posting them. Counting blackfly larvae might be a pain but consider the alternative, like counting actual live blackflies, LOL,

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Hi Julie,

Hah! At least you can see them. I used to have to do drosophila counts and gradings

Glad you had a moment s weakness and decided to do something important like documenting these azaleas

Now, focus... and back to the books...err....flies...

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Procrastination is great! #3 is my favorite.

BTW - I keep thinking of you when I see the foxglove in bloom.
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I really like the lighting. What time of day were these taken? Morning around 8-9 I'd guess. Seems like a very sharp lens with good color and bokeh. Thanks for sharing.
You're off by nearly 12 hours! It was just after 7 pm, just before we went on an after-supper stroll. The light's pretty similar at either end of the day, though, so it's an easy mistake to make. Glad you enjoyed them. And yes, it's a nice lens, I'm having a lot of fun getting to know it.

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Hah! At least you can see them. I used to have to do drosophila counts and gradings
Ah, the famous drosophila. I've never done genetic work with them, but I did spend a summer counting out drosophila larvae into little dollops of brewers yeast medium and then putting tiny parasitic wasps in with them. Fascinating to watch them laying eggs in the larvae, which they can't even see because they're in the medium.

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Procrastination is great! #3 is my favorite.

BTW - I keep thinking of you when I see the foxglove in bloom.
Thanks, #3 is my fave too, but I also needed some colour on a grey day!

Maybe this will be the year I get a decent picture of foxglove for an avatar or sig. I tried last year, but I never got anything I was happy with. They're surprisingly difficult to photograph! An entire spike is awkward, and I was never near any in good light to get a single blossom well. I'd never really thought about photographing them until I chose the nickname.

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Julie, I love the foxtail's image. I am glad you are enjoying your 17-70. I love the focal length options of that lens and find I use it a lot too.
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