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Monday
Nov222010

Cheating

41.365 135mm f5.0 1/200 ISO 800I always feel like nature shots don't really count if you're shooting animals in captivity.  I mean, I know there's still some skill involved in composing and exposing your image but it hardly seems sporting.  But then it's a cold winter day and you need to do something cool with your two-year-old so you go to the Butterfly Pavilion.  And once you're there it seems like it would just be rude not to shoot all these beautiful insects.

So no, it's not as cool as if I was stalking butterflies in a rain forest in Central America.  But in truth this environment does allow me to indulge my love of shallow depth of field.  And it invites me to work on precision focus and to shoot at faster shutter speeds than I would normally choose. 

Plus, watching your two-year-old chase butterflies is priceless.

Sunday
Nov072010

Transformation

26.365 55mm f5.6 1/100 ISO 200My family and I spent the past week together on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, which is a lovely place to have some chill out time with a group of people you really like.  It's also a good place to completely forget about the stresses of your job or the sound your iPhone makes when a new e-mail comes in, and depending on your timing, it's a great place to ignore election results you don't like.

I found that not having the distraction of my J-O-B also meant having the time to notice some shooting tricks I had never really dialed in, like how to make the most of the light in the middle of the day (since I'm usually in my office at noon I avoid high contrast situations most of the time) and how to stop worrying and love my  wide angle lens.  

And of course, Costa Rica is chock full of strange and interesting flora and fauna, including -- last week -- my family.  So I did my level best to try to do them justice.  I'll be posting last week's 365 photos as well as a small album of some of my other favorites from the week, but in the meantime I leave you with this caterpillar which was roughly the size of my index finger.  He visited us before we left yesterday morning, much to the delight of my two-year-old. 

My husband, with his ever-searching scientific mind, wondered what kind of winged creature this amazing guy would become.  I never would have thought of that but I like it.  And it made me think about how we're all transforming all the time.  I wonder what I'll become too.

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