Getting up close and personal with nature.

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Good morning from a crisp but sunny Hastings.  It must  have been cold overnight or at least early this morning as I woke up to the sound of the drone of helicopters over the orchards and vineyards.  Apparently they hover just over the plants while the rotor blades prevent the frost from settling on the buds.  It can get really loud so no need for an alarm this morning.

I want to wish all Team New Zealand and Dean Barker the best for today.  The America’s Cup fever is gripping New Zealand.  So close and yet so far.

Every day I try to get out for a walk.  I plug in my head phones and go into my own little world but my eyes are always scanning around looking for new photos.  I try to get a variety of photos just working on improving my technique.  Here are some of my macro shots I took yesterday.  Dandelions are quite tricky for the depth of field.  Where do you focus?

Hanging on by a thread

This photo was taken with f.4 1/160.

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This is f.4 1/170

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This image and the first image was f.4 and 1/320.

I did use the iPhoto editor to sharpen these up a smidgen.  Just to really define the different lines.

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I am a big fan of penstemmons.   They make a great show in spring.  I leaned over a fence for this photo which I call Open Wide.

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The bees are getting more active with the warmer weather.  I am a bit weary of  getting too close to them as I am allergic to their stings.  I had the camera back a bit more for this image.  This is taken at 32.3 mm f.5 and 1/450.

This image is called ‘The best is always at the top’.

I do have to have an alarm on my phone as I could stay out all day just looking for photo opportunities.  It is like going into a Tardis – hard to keep track of time.

Happy photo hunting

Cheers and have a nice day.

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