Category Archives: General Photography

Highbush Blueberry flower bud

Last Thursday (3/8) with temperatures hovering around the low 70’s here in the Washington, DC area, I noticed a bunch of highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) bushes beginning to awaken from their winter slumber. The highbush blueberry is a native of eastern North America, growing to about four feet tall. The one pictured is about two feet tall.

In this sample, the flowers buds are turning a bright pink, as they swell and absorb water. Their winter condition is more of a dull greenish-crimson color. As the weather warms and the availability of water increases, the buds should begin to open in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned to future postings as I chronicle the  progression of the highbush blueberry from flower bud to fruit.

The image was captured with a Panasonic GF3, using a Leica 45mm F2.8 macro lens.

f/9 @ 1/30 sec ISO 160

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Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Road and pedestrian bridge spanning the northern end of Burke Lake.

Burke Junction train station. A functioning replica from the days of the steam engine, complete with a wind-driven water well.

This past Saturday, 3 March 2012, having noticed the sun coming out after a cloudy morning I decided to use the opportunity to take a trip out to Burke Lake Park for some photography. Here are two pictures from this excursion. Each picture is actually a composite of multiple images taken with exposures optimized separately for the sky and the land areas. The sky exposures were also taken with a polarizing filter with the sun at approximately 80 degrees left of the camera. The multiple exposures were then combined in Photoshop Elements 9 and Lightroom 4 to achieve the final results.

Woodland Phlox

The Woodland Phlox is a perennial, growing about 1-1.5 inches tall, with purplish flowers. Although Woodland Phlox is an early Spring bloom, this year, because of the warmer winters, they have started appearing even earlier than usual. The photo above was taken on 24 February 2012, in northern Virginia. They were in full bloom. A week later the blooms have started to wither, as the flowers become fruits. [Nikon S8200, f/3.5 @ 1/800 sec, ISO 800]

cK one

Calvin Klein’s iconic perfume, hitting the scene in 1994, brought sexiness to the unisex fragrance. With its light, citrusy notes, ck one reminds me of those earlier care-free days of youth. This has become my favorite fragrance. Take a time warp back to those frolic-filled days of playgrounds, water fountains, neighborhood parks, and musical ice cream trucks.

I made the above image with the Panasonic GF-3 mirrorless camera with post production processing using PhotoShop Elements 9

140 mm
3.2 sec @ f/8 ISO 160

The Meteoric Rise of Mirrorless Cameras

Here is a humorous video comparing DSLR’s with the meteoric rise of mirrorless cameras.

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