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Lens Artists Challenge – A One Lens Walk

This week Anne wants us to “take a lens for a walk.” I have 3 favorites that I use on a regular basis. First up is the canon 24-105mm. I use this one primarily for family and pet photos.

But is also works nicely for landscape photos.

My next go-to lens is the canon 100-400mm. If I’m trying to photograph birds or distant subjects, this is the lens that I use.

Although the 100-400 is not a macro lens, it works well for close up photography as long as I can maintain the minimum focusing distance. For this reason, I will more often than not take this heavy but useful lens on hikes.

The last lens that I use regularly is my canon 100mm macro which is absolutely my favorite! I love bringing detail to life. Early in my career as a clinical laboratory technologist, I discovered that I loved microscopy. Being able to see red cells, white cells, platelets, bacteria and fungi close up was fascinating to me. Below are 2 macro images with the 100.

The 100mm macro also serves as a great prime lens which is something I need to remember more often.

As my love for macro photography grew over the years, I investigated getting into microscopic photography. Deciding that it might be too expensive, instead I purchased the canon MPE 65mm which is a 1X – 5X macro. It is full manual, requires great light and absolutely no movement of subject or camera. It’s great for rainy days when I don’t want to walk.

Thanks Anne for a great challenge!

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Lens Artists Challenge – Treasures

I am at the stage of life where how I spend my time is my treasure. These are the areas where I like to spend the majority of my treasure of time

In nature taking pictures

At the beach

With family

And with my goofy husband of almost 50 years this September (check out the t-shirt)

If you would like to join these challenges – you can find the info here – https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2022/07/02/lens-artists-photo-challenge-206-treasures/

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Lens Artists Challenge – Going Wide

There are times where some subjects are better portrayed with a wide angle view. Here are a few examples that I have chosen (each one is under 30 mm)

A wide view was definitely needed for this “fog bow” at the beach.

In this next photo, I was attempting to get the entire piano keyboard into view.

The last photo is my first lightning shot. I cropped it quite a bit and wished I had a longer lens on this particular occasion.

If you would like to join these challenges, you can find the information here – https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/09/11/lens-artists-photo-challenge-165-going-wide/

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Black&White vs Color

This week’s challenge is comparing photos that are color and converted to black and white. The first 2 photos were taken at the beach last month. I am a fan of beach photos in b/w or sepia.

The next ones are of a plant. My preference on this one is the color but the b/w brings out the detail nicely.

If you would like to join this week’s challenge – you can find the info here – https://ceenphotography.com/2021/05/18/cffc-black-and-white-vs-color/comment-page-1/#comment-279062

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Lens Artists Challenge – Stripes and Checks

This week in the Lens Artists Challenge, we are sharing photos with stripes and checks. Here are my choices for the week.

Stripes made from protective fencing on the beach

Striped zebra swallowtail

The next 2 photos are of buildings which have checks of various sizes

If you would like to join in on these challenges – you can find the info here – https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/01/24/lens-artists-challenge-312-striped-and-checked/

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Lens Artists #122 – The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

For this week’s challenge, we are invited by Ana – https://anvicaphotos.wordpress.com/posts/ – to share photos depicting this theme. I have to admit that I do not get up often for sunrises. Here are a few of my favorites:

Early morning surf session

Beach walker

Sunrise service on the pier

Cloudy and colorful sunrise

If you would like to join in this week – here is the link – https://anvicaphotos.wordpress.com/2020/11/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-122-the-sun-will-come-out-tomorrow/

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Lens-Artists Challenge – A Quiet Moment

This week we are asked to share photos that depict a quiet moment in our lives. One of my favorite places to go is the beaches on Hatteras Island. Even in the summer – these beaches do not get crowded.

I also love the quiet of the morning where I can go around my yard with my camera and coffee and look for insects to photograph.

We are fortunate to live on a neighborhood lake where we can sit and enjoy the waterfowl go by and hear birds chirping all around us. It’s a huge reason why we have not sold a house that has grown too big for us.

If you would like to join this week’s challenge you can join in here – https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/06/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-102-a-quiet-moment/