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Alien macro photos

We picked up this really neat flower on sale. One of those end-of-season things. It is a slow bloomer but the flowers that come are awesome. The other day I took to it with my X-T1 and 60mm macro lens. Here are a couple shots. Without context, it looks like something from another planet. Or a Dr. Seuss book.

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Shoo Fly

Trying to keep the photography going. Again, an evening outside after work, a fly landed on the chair next to me and was eating away at something. Probably Chipmunk poop or something. Enough that it didn’t care I was there. I had the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm lens for the birds. As a bonus, its a macro lens. So I was able to get really close.

This is a fairly extreme crop, but still, cool how close I managed it.

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Old Wood

Spring is arriving and temperatures are above the freezing mark. It makes for a lot of melting, water and slush. But, it also drives one to be outside in the fresh air again.

Yesterday I went out with my X-Pro1 for a walk. I haven’t used it in a long time, as the X100T has become my go-to carry around camera. But, with all the recent activity about the X-Pro2, I decided to reacquaint myself with this camera.  While waiting for a train to come by, I spotted a fence that has been there a while, and took a few shots.

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Its still a fine camera. The only thing really desirable to me with the “2” version, is the weather sealing and the newer film simulations. Not worth the upgrade though, as between my X100T and X-T1, I have all I need. Sadly, I waited a bit long to sell it on ebay or online locally. I suspect now that the “2” variant is out, there will be a glut of “1s” on the market. However, it is still fun to use, so its not all that bad to have some choice.

The Meeting

While raking the leaves and getting ready for Halloween, I noticed around the lamp in the front yard, a group of Ladybugs. I ran inside and grabbed the tripod, Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm macro to shoot a few shots of them.

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Obligatory Flower Shot

when you gat a camera, and start making images, one thing you do is make images of flowers. As a matter of fact, some nine years ago, when I bought my first dSLR – a Nikon D50, my first shot when the battery had charged was a flower on the Clamatis in the backyard. I’ve taken many a flower shot since.

But I haven’t for a long time, deciding to not go for the trivial.

However, this shot breaks that. It wasn’t on purpose. I was shooting the bees on the Sedum plant (photo to come soon) and I just pointed the camera a this flower and pressed the shitter button.
Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 60mm f2.8 Macro. No post processing. What you see is what I shot.

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Tiny Bubbles

XT013300Inspiration comes from from anywhere. This was a glass of water on the bedside table. The water had little bubbles in it, and the light from the sunshine outside gave it a nice backlight. I grabbed my X-T1 and used the 60mm macro.

 

Bunny Kisses

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My walk around, everyday camera is a Fuji XPro-1. I have a couple of prime lenses for it, and although it took some time to get used to the quirkiness of it (being used to using a dSLR), I have come to love the camera and its quality.

Recently, Fuji announced a new 56mm f1.2 lens (85mm equivalent on a 35mm camera). Ooooh! I thought, that’s one of my favourite focal lengths. Well, at a price tag of $1300 after the Canadian government has its “fair” share, its a bit steep. I then had a second look at the existing 60mm (90mm equivalent) lens at f2.4. It is currently on sale, and at half the price, seems like something interesting. But, I thought, its only 2.4. But then I thought about it. My main Nikon pro lenses are maxed out at f2.8 (save a couple of primes). So, it is actually faster. And again, half the price. 

I spent a week looking at reviews and mulling it over, only to have the price win out, and picked one up. I can say I’m totally impressed and happy with it. I mean, just look at the photo above. That’s at ISO 3200, no crop. Looks great. And I noticed the catch light in the rabbit’s eye. I zoomed in, and I can see not only the lamp in the reflection, but my laptop as well.

The detail is in the eyes.

The detail is in the eyes.

 Yeah it hunts a bit on focusing in low light. In normal light its fine. I can live with it.

Mini Mandarin

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You’d never guess to look at them, but these are mini mandarin oranges. How mini? They are less than an inch in diameter. Each wedge of fruit is the size of a finger nail. They are so cute yet so flavourful; I had to make some photos of them for my iStock photo portfolio.