A Very Early Spring

It’s early February and while the Camellia Japonica’s are moving into prime blooming time, they are joined in the landscape by the first flags of spring, Japanese Quince and, of course, Daffodils.

At this rate, the Azaleas and Dogwoods will be blooming before March. Don’t blink, you might miss it.  All shots taken with a Sony a7III and a Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro. Thanks for your visit and have a good week ahead.


Never a lot to be seen in the fields this time of the year, other than late season soybeans but the dawn skies have been nothing short of spellbinding.  All shots taken with a Sony a7 with either a Zeiss f/4 16-35mm or a Sony f/4 24-105mm. No filters. Thanks for the look-in and have a good week ahead.  Happy Shooting.

Using a Warming Filter

I was looking through one my camera bags I use solely with film cameras recently.  Back in those days, when you bought a 35 mm film camera, you were pretty much set for life.  I still have several of my Nikons from those days: an FT-2, a classic F3, and an F-100 from the ’80’s.  And,  filters galore!  Magenta, yellow, red, warming filters, cooling filters and so on.  One I used a lot in the film era was the 812 Warming Filter.  I’m quite sure Tiffen still makes it.  It was a must have when shooting with Ektachrome slide film which was always rather cool compared to Kodachrome with its flashy, bright, brilliant colors.  Today, you need a filter, you just find it under filters in your adobe software.

I was out the other morning at daybreak firing off some shots with my new Sony a7 Mark III when I came across my old Tiffen 812 warming filter tucked away in its box in the back of my bag.  The morning was all grays and blues, hardly a  pixel  of warm color in the sky.  So I screwed the 812 on the Sony 24-105 mm f/4 and composed a couple of shots.  I should have taken a few shots without the filter, but alas, I did not.  Just these two with the filter on the lens.

The pink you see in the sky was barely visible to the eye but the 812 brought it home. Not bad for old tech. A side note: That’s not snow on the ground but the residual cotton left on the field after the harvest.  It added a rather interesting texture I thought.

The hint of pink was not visible at all to the naked eye in this shot; neither was the yellowish hue below the cloud line on the horizon to the right of the grove of trees, but here again, the 812 brought a whisper of it  into play.

Back at the computer, I tried adding the number 80 warming filter in the adobe software I use and it did well, but you know, I much prefer the 812.  Maybe its nostalgia for the days gone by, maybe it’s the fact that I just don’t like messing with color much in post, but whatever the reason,  the 812 won me over again.

Thanks for the look.  Hope you had a marvelous Christmas.  Hope to see you again next year.

45 minutes In The Camellia Patch

I used a Sony a7 Mark III mirrorless camera fitted with a Sony 90 MM f/2.8 G OSS lens on all of these shots.  I’ve used a lot of Macro lenses over the 50 plus years I’ve been shooting but this Sony 90mm is without question the sharpest lens I have ever had my hands on.  All shots were  RAW files processed with Adobe’s Camera Raw conversion panel.  Thanks for your visit.  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous, healthy and prosperous 2020.  Happy Shooting.


Glorious Morning

All shots with a Sony a7 and a Carl Zeiss 16-35mm lens.

A side note.  As you may have noticed, I’ve stopped with the weekly posts  going with an every other week or so post.  It seems more in line with the dwindling views I get on wordpress. For those of you who do take a look now and then, thanks. I appreciate your eyes. See you down the road.