Week 49 – Becky

ArtistNamedBec | Nature Photogrphy
Ambush Bug (cousin to the Assassin Bug)

Decided to unwind (creatively) by walking around my yard to see if I could find another new insect.  I was not disappointed.  I thought this was a dead leaf on this white flower.  I was taking photos of it to practice taking macro shots hand held.  Needless to say I need to just use my tripod.  I can’t be still.  I zoomed in and realized this was not a dead leave but some insect with claw-like front legs. Would not budge even when I poked it with a pine needled.  Searched on google and found this to be an Ambush bug, which the smaller, heavier-bodied cousin to the assassin bug.  The ambush bug waits patiently for its prey to get close while the assassin seeks out their prey.  Shot with my Nikon D300s, 1055mm lens.

Settings iso1600, 1/80sec, and f/8.

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Week 49 – Robin

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Blue Screen Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas!!
At work we were asked to make an ornament for our tree that represented our job. I made this using a doll’s laptop and wrote silly, alternative lyrics for the song ” Blue Christmas”and printed them to look like the blue screen of death. Something I deal with regularly on my job. Sung from the point of view of one of my users while I am on vacation. 🙂

Blue Screen Christmas (Sung to tune of “Blue Christmas”)

I’m having a Blue Screen Christmas without you.
You warned me last week, I decided to doubt you.
Affirmations of backups, but none could be found.
I’ve lost all my data and now your not around.
And when those Blue Screens keep on flashing,
That’s when I know my computer is crashing.
Now I can’t do my work and I’m going berserk!
I’m having a Blue screen Christmas.
🙂

Used the Canon 6D and 50mm f/1.8.
Settings were 1/50s, f/2.2, ISO 400

Week 49 – Judy

 

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Merry Christmas!

Was wrapping some Christmas gifts and took this photo of my box of bows.

Taken with my iPhone. Applied Topaz Adjust 5’s Psychedelic filter. Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

Week 48 – Becky

ArtistNamedBec
Teeny Tiny Ants

My son received an olloclip for his IPhone recently.  You know what that means. Mom has to try it out.  This is some teeny tiny ants feeding on some Terro.  I was hoping to catch a ring of ants around the Terro but they all went home after a long night of feasting.  The olloclip macro lenses are pretty neat.  This was the 15X lens.  I cropped a little and sharpened a little.

Week 48 – Robin

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Weary

Our chickens will be 4 soon and they have stopped laying for the most part. 😦 We love them, so we will keep them as pets. This one… I call her Prissy, always looked a little worn out as she is at the bottom of the pecking order. I think she ready for retirement! 😀 They have given us many eggs and deserve to enjoy the rest of their lives.

Settings were 1/125s, f.2.0, ISO 160.

Week 48 – Judy

 

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Pink Simplicity

These are Desert Rose buds with morning dew on them. I love my Desert Rose plants…I have several. They bloom almost all year round and are easy to care for.

My settings were ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/250 sec at 160mm (70-300mm). Applied Topaz Photo Pop filter to just the plant and a little saturation.

 

 

Week 47 – Becky

ArtistNamedBec
Sleep Head (Monet style)

Just love this little girl.  I was looking at her as she was looking at me.  Her eyes started to slowly close.  It was too cute to pass up.  Shot with my Iphone6 imported into PhotoShop and applied Topaz Impression Monet.  Have a good one!

Week 47 – Robin

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Blackbirds and Dead Tree

Some blackbirds in the late afternoon that made an interesting silhouette in a dead tree.

I brought up the contrast and color. Settings were 1/3200s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Used 7DMII and 70-200mm f/2.8L USM.

Week 47 – Judy

 

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Shriking a Pose  🙂

I’m pretty sure this is a Loggerhead Shrike taken at Viera Wetlands. Sadly, this little bird is becoming highly endangered.

Settings were ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/640 sec, at 300mm (70-300mm). Cropped a little. No other editing applied.

 

Week 46 – Becky

ArtistNamedBec | Nature Photographer
Nature’s Jewels

That is what I think of water droplets.  Droplets look especially cool with some bokeh behind them.  I never get tired of this closeup world.  Happy Sunday everyone!

Used my Olympus TG4 on microscope mode.  Cropped in tight and gave it a color boost with Topaz Adjust.  Settings were f4, 1/250sec, iso400, and 13mm.