Two rounds of images for today, starting first with the Catherine Adams Arboretum in Crystal, MN. Actually, it’s just Bob and Catherine’s backyard, but it feels like an arboretum to me.
Some of the multiple flora. This image might be a bit cluttered but I like the colors. I’m just happy no killer bees were around.
Kind of a neat pattern. I got the idea from a John Shaw image. The problem here is I should have used a higher aperture setting; maybe more like F8. All the leaves should be sharp and they are not.
I really struggled with this flower, mostly because (once again) I had too wide of an aperture. I wanted to blow out the background but I needed more depth of field to get all of the flower sharp. It’s still a neat shot, and darkening (burning) in the background with Photoshop helped. That background, by the way, was the subject of the previous image.
The reason for my trip to National Camera Exchange was to purchase a Tamrac Aerospeed 85 photo backpack. Sales rep Steve Gordon expertly guided me to it and I wanted to give it a field test, so that evening I drifted over to Rice Creek Park in Arden Hills/Shoreview.
Nothing special here, but the lesson is to have just a slice of the blue sky in there. John Shaw says if you have a boring sky, don’t include too much of it in your shot. He’s right.
I wanted more rocks in there, but it was not possible without falling into the creek. I used my circular polarizer filter here.
The juxtaposition here was the dead and live trees. I’d like to have had more separation between them, but that was not possible.
I saw a neat moon just above some dead branches as the sun was low in the sky, so I fired away. I tried to choose a hyper-focal length to keep both sharp, and cranked my F-stop all the way down to increase my depth of field. It worked, but I was not prepared for the problem that created; sensor spots. The D7000 has a known issue of putting oil deposits on the sensor, and that became really evident at F/45. I had to put Photoshop’s healing brush on overtime to clean them up. The spots really don’t show at F-stops under F20, so I’ll need to remember that until I have the sensor cleaned. Anyway, I like the late evening mood of this shot.
Obligatory sunset shot. Missing here is the obnoxious bird that was agitated by my presence. At one point it was following and hovering over me as I walked around looking for a better angle. I couldn’t find one. The tree to the left of the main tree was the biggest culprit here; I wish it wasn’t there. Same thing with the bird (I threw a stick at it).
At the local Holiday gas station I found this to be a fitting closing shot for the day. One wonders how long it will be until this sight is a thing of the past?
The shots here are decent, but more importantly, the new Tamrac backpack worked really well. My camera bag is really heavy and difficult to lug around, but the Aerospeed 85 allows me to bring my essential gear, and be far more mobile with it. I was in the park for well over 2 hours and that would have been a real struggle with my standard bag.
all images © Scott Woelm – May 2012