Archive for June 2015

20150630 Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter   Leave a comment

A good test for the night mode of my Sony A33. Venus and Jupiter were about 1/3 of a degree apart.

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Posted 2015-06-30 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20150623 After the tornado   2 comments

On June 23rd, we had some fantastic weather (it was fantastic because nobody got hurt and there was no damage). We saw plenty of action, and some conical clouds that did not touch the ground; but a couple of towns over, in Wrentham, there was a documented tornado at around 6 pm. Sunset, around 8:30, was spectacular.

This is a good time to remind everyone that I try to minimize the photo processing on my photos, because in the end I want to go back to nature and see the patterns where they live. This particular set has no post-processing at all. (An exception, of course, is black and white photos, where I feel justified in playing with the contrast — it’s an honest form of lying.)

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Posted 2015-06-29 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20150620 King Phillip’s Cave   2 comments

Cast the photo black and white, crank up the contrast, and pray for atmosphere:

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Love Odonates! Especially love to get them flying, which is tough.

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It was a big day for beetles, too:

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Ground beetle? Tiger beetle? This seems an awkward angle:

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This is genus Calosoma, ground beetles (Carabidae). Looking at this shell with and without flash was interesting — see where the color comes from?

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What a gorgeous scarab beetle (June bug, Phyllophaga nebulosa?).

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I turned over a rock, and saw a sowbug killer spider (Dysderidae); in fact, I’ve pretty much only seen these spiders when I look under rocks. Also some interesting unidentified ants.

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And finally, plenty of very mysterious insect signs:

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Note that in this next photo, the twigs were only on top and did not pass through the leaf. Perhaps from the bagworm, Psychidae.

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A very shiny egg sac for somebody:

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This is the cocoon of a parasitic wasp. There is a shrivelled caterpillar somewhere in this mess that has been eaten away by the wasp larvae.

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Posted 2015-06-22 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20150616 droplets   4 comments

A wet morning. The droplets on the grass and bushes were too inviting, so I took some time to take some photos.

I find it tough to properly frame and crop photos like these, as they are composed of an accumulation of lots of small but interesting elements. There’s not always a well-defined focus or flow to them. When you see an opportunity for a good photo then, go and grab it!

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What I’ve noticed about photographing water droplets is that it’s critical to consider what’s behind the droplet, in terms of both background (flowers and leaves are nice!) and sunlight. Still trying to get better at this.

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Finally, this one is the one that got away. I was really looking forward to showing the blades of grass skewing in all directions, each with its strand of droplets — unfortunately, I didn’t calculate for the foreground piece out of focus.

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Here’s the best crop I could recover from it:

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Posted 2015-06-16 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized