monarch-butterly

f/5.6, 1/4000, ISO 2500

I was originally going to post of a photo of a rabbit that was in the front yard yesterday, but instead I have this photo of a Monarch Butterfly from a sporadic trip we took. The family (mom, TJ, and myself) took a trip to Hershey Pennsylvania to visit the Hershey Garden and Butterfly House. It was out first time going, but we had a blast! There were so many flowers to take photos of and not to mention the beautiful butterflies. It was difficult to take pictures in the Butterfly House because I felt like I was in everyone’s way and there were a lot of children running around, so shooting conditions weren’t ideal. I did manage to take a few shots, including this one of the Monarch Butterfly sitting on a pink flower (please don’t ask me what the flower is, I have no idea!). The focus was on the front of the butterfly and the flower so the wings are a bit blurred–especially considering I was using the macro function of the lens. Still, not a bad shot none-the-less.

Day: 2/365

rose-bloom

I have been watching this rose bloom for about a week, maybe two, and taking new photos of it every chance I have gotten. This morning I decided to take a shot while the morning dew still sat on the rose.

Day: 1/365

  • August 15, 2014 - 9:33 am

    AnonymousGorgeous photo! What did you take it with?ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2014 - 9:52 am

    AnonymousI love the little details you captured. Nice job!ReplyCancel

musikfest-crowd-2014

f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 400

Recently, a group of fellow Clickin Mom members decided to participate in a blog circle entitled “Where We Live.” It took me a while to decide exactly what I was going to take a photo of to post. There are so many places and things that represent where I live. But for this month, I decided to focus on an annual event that happens in my neck of the woods. It’s called MusikFest. It’s a week-long event where you can spend time with the different walks of life that visit the city. We come together to eat delicious food (and it is REALLY delicious if I do say so myself) and listen to great music. This is one of the many photos I took while I was at MusickFest and feel it represents where I live very well.

You’re next stop in the “Where We Live” circle is Angelica’s website: Just Simple Pictures. Hop on over to see Where Angelica Lives.

  • August 14, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    AnonymousIt makes me want to go and hear live music (and eat great food)!ReplyCancel

philadelphia-chinatown-note

f/5.6, 1/400, ISO3200

While on my trip to Chinatown in Philadelphia with the Clickin Mom ladies, I took a lot of photos. At one point, while I was watching the other photographers work I was leaning on this brick wall. When I looked at it a bit more closely, I noticed it had writing on it (haha, writing on the wall…random, I know). The writing clearly stated “Note 2” with an arrow pointing down the street. My husband wanted to see if there were more notes on walls down the street, but we didn’t get around to doing that. It just gives us an excuse to go back one day to search for the rest of the notes and where they lead to. Though, I’m honestly not sure how long these note messages go on for or where they go to, but it would be quite an adventure.

phila-chinatown

f/4.0, 1/1000, ISO 125

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to meet up with some local photographers that I had met through Clickin’ Moms not too long ago actually. Despite my shyness, I made the journey to Philadelphia (along with the hubby, of course) to meet up with some lovely ladies. Despite me being intimidated, considering I know how talented they are and I’m still just an amateur photograph, I think I managed to get a couple of great shots that day. The photo above was one of the first photos I took while I was in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. The sun was already starting to set and I think the angle of everything works well together. I’m trying not to look at the photo too critically considering I’m so hard on myself when it comes to how my photos come out, but I think this one is pretty decent. Anyway, I had a fantastic time despite my nerves and hope to get together with the group again soon so that I can continue to learn from watching them–it really is amazing to watch them by the way, I learned so much just from watching it’s amazing.

I am still learning. So feel free to provide me with some constructive criticism in the comments below.

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  • August 11, 2014 - 9:52 am

    AnonymousHow fun that you met up with some CMers! I was in Philly last summer but didn’t spend any time in Chinatown, just saw it from a bus tour I took. I think your picture looks great!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:24 am

      AnonymousThis was actually my first time actually in Chinatown. I did the bus tour too when I visited last and we drove through Chinatown, so it was nice seeing it up close. And it was a lot of fun to meet up with fellow CMers!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Anonymouslove love love, great light capture!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:25 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, Judah! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 11:19 am

    AnonymousHow great that you got to meet up with some CM members! Great shot!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:25 am

      AnonymousThank you for the compliment and it was so much fun meeting up with them! Can’t wait to do it again!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 11:28 am

    AnonymousI just learned something new – I didn’t know that there was a Chinatown in Philadelphia! How fun to meet some CMers on a quasi ClickinWalk!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:26 am

      AnonymousHaha, I was surprised too when I first found out about it! It was a lot of fun getting together with them and hope to be able to meet up again soon!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 11:28 am

    AnonymousWhat a great experience to meet up with fellow CM photographers, I bet you all had fun!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:26 am

      AnonymousI had a TON of fun with the other CM photogs! I learned so much from them in just a couple of hours, it was amazing watching them work.ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    AnonymousLovely evening for having a great time with friends.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

      AnonymousIt was a great experience and I had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    AnonymousHow fun meeting up with other CM’s! Beautiful light that you captured! Great job!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

      AnonymousThank you so much for the compliment, Susy! I had a GREAT time with the other CM’s!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2014 - 11:47 am

    AnonymousWhat a fun get together! I am so jealous that you were able to meet with other CMers!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:28 am

      AnonymousI was so excited to meet up with them! Hopefully you’ll get to meet up with some of your local CMers too, I’m sure they’re out there! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    AnonymousHow fun! Would love to meet up with CM moms! Great picture!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:29 am

      AnonymousThank you for the compliment, Heidi! Meeting up with fellow CM moms is so much fun! I highly recommend it if you get the chance!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    AnonymousSounds like so much fun! I bet you all took over the sidewalks 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:30 am

      AnonymousIt was a lot of fun! We certainly did take over the sidewalks and we had a pretty large audience, haha.ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    AnonymousSo great that you got to meet up with some CMers!! It’s nice to have friends with the same photography obsession!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:30 am

      AnonymousYes! It’s nice to have others who understand your obsession with photography and locally at that!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2014 - 11:47 am

    AnonymousAwesome light – sounds like a fun visit 🙂 I always love meeting up with fellow photography obsessed photographers 😉ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:30 am

      AnonymousThank you, Megan! It was a fun visit and can’t wait to hang out with other photogs. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    AnonymousOh my goodness, how fun is that?! So glad you enjoyed it and made new friends!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:31 am

      AnonymousSo much fun! I highly recommend doing it if you get the chance!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2014 - 12:39 am

    AnonymousGlad you made some new friends!ReplyCancel

wheat-tares

f/9.0, 1/160, ISO 100

While exploring The Steel Stacks, before taking the photo of the bird, I found this patch of something that looks like wheat. I thought it was kind of weird to have wheat just randomly placed, so to Google I went! Well, I asked my mom first and then she went to Bing, which was the first step in finding out what this plant is. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love wildlife photography and macro photography, but when I take photos of plants and animals, I don’t always know what they are. I’m really starting to think I need a book of plants and animals. Anyway! After some further research, it appears that this plant is wheat and tares. What’s the difference between wheat and wheat and tares? I have no idea, but it’s pretty none-the-less!

bird-bush

f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 100

Recently I headed over to The Steel Stacks to catch a movie. Since I was going to be up-close and personal, instead of on the river bank, I decided to take my camera to take a couple of close up shops. No, this picture is not of the Steel Stacks as you can obviously see, it’s a wildlife photography shot of a bird that my mom spotted when I was take photos of other things. Use my awesome Sigma 70mm-300mm, I was able to capture this photo of the bird. Don’t ask me what kind of bird it is, that shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, I’m sure. Despite how much I enjoy wildlife photography, I don’t know the names of a lot of creatures, plants, and flowers. But that doesn’t mean I can’t capture them in photos.

The bird is a bit blurry, I should have increased my shutter speed, But not a bad photo, at least in my opinion.

lone-rabbit

f/8.0, 1/125, ISO 100

The wildlife in my yard is pretty impressive compared to where I used to live. Admittedly, I’ve been trying my hardest to capture a photo of one (or more) of the rabbits that have tendency to run around the yard. I’m almost positive they have their home somewhere near us. Either way, with my kit lens I couldn’t get the range I needed to capture this little critter. With my new telephoto lens, I am excited and happy to say that I was able to take a photo of this little guy or maybe it’s a big guy (or girl for that matter).