Friday, June 23, 2017

Cloud Bolts and Swamp Things

I liked the way this cloud struck down from the sky like a fat lightning bolt on the road to my favorite swimming hole.
Okay, my swimming hole is an indoor warm water and lap pool with a parking structure and fancy fruit water, but technically it has holes in which one can swim.
Taking this and a few other field shots reminded me that having a prime lens instead of a zoom might encourage me to carry my camera more.



I think this was taken with my Canon 55-250 STM and doesn't look much better than my kit lens, but I like the sky. I was surprised to see how much we've needed rain. 




After going camera shopping and realizing I couldn't afford anything I looked at, I got an *inexpensive lens at the Best Buy in Brookfield and stopped by Lapham Peak on my way back. I looked at these photos and thought, "No reflection in these shots."




And then I found actual open water. All except the pooch and top photos are taken with my first fixed lens, a Canon EF 40 2.8 STM which I'm loving. I especially love that it's called a "Pancake Lens."



Making a mental note to come back here for Halloween photos.



Bobby Boy (aka Bob Barker, aka Mr. French, aka Sunny Bob) hated his new haircut so much he's been wearing this vest to cover it up and feel something against his skin. Although I think he looks dapper, it reminds me of a devastating haircut my mother made me get that was so bad I covered it up with a hat for the entire summer (much like Roberto here). 

*Got a speeding ticket just as I hit the city, a few miles from home.

24 comments:

  1. Sweet doggie.

    Visiting from BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND.

    FRANKLY MY DEAR

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    1. Welllll, PC, I wouldn't say that, haha. The ginger kitty I post about from time to time is very sweet, and Sideshow Bob's brother, Oliver is very sweet. His cousins Leo, Farty and Bonehead are very sweet. Bobby Boy, however, is a dog of another color.

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  2. I love the first photo with corn field.

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    1. Thanks, I pulled over for that one and it's a better lens. I'm just using the new 40 mm now for awhile to make sure I know the best time to use it.

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    1. It was a week of threatening weather that didn't really rock the area.

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    1. Doesn't make up for the speed trap I hit after, but I was fairly pleased with the new lens.

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    1. He is a great model, I'll say that for the little devil dog.

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  6. The dog is gorgeous! Loving the atmosphere of your black and white - I think Hallowe'en is a great idea.

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    1. He is a dapper fellow but quite distraught over a short haircut (which I kind of liked). I can't wait for Halloween black and white shots.

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  7. Those pancake lenses are fun and nice and compact. I like the B&W shot and yes, it would make a great Halloween photo!

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    1. I'm enjoying mine and having a fixed lens takes one more decision out of it. We've got Halloween weather right now so I'm thinking about all sorts of eerie shots.

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  8. Hello, beautiful views and landscapes. Bobby Boy has a pretty smile, cute dog. Thank you for linking up your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day!

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    1. He knows how to work the camera, that's for sure Eileen.

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  9. 'Fat lightning' made me giggle a little :) Nice shots. I don't do much to warrant new lenses I'm so glad you like your new lens. I'm sure it will get a great workout :)

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    1. It was the price that grabbed me, pretty inexpensive if you don't add the cost of the speeding ticket. I really wanted a new camera so a huge compromise, Betty.

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  10. Beautiful sky and: if I have blended my hair ... I wear also a headband or cloth ;-)

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    1. It was the first drastic haircut I got as a kid and I looked like I had an old lady's wig on, haha.

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  11. it is a nice sky. We could use the rain ove here.

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    1. It seems to be coming here and there, but I love the clouds even when it threatens.

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  12. Love these photos, and love your post title!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/06/shades-of-purple.html

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    1. Thanks for that because when I looked at it again it said "Swamps Things," DOH.

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