Spring: Good for what Ails Ya!

I hope Spring  has caught up in your neck of the woods.  It has here in Southeastern North Carolina.  Just in time to provide a much needed distraction from my aching neck and tingling arms and fingers.  It’s all about spending too much time at the computer in an ill advised chair fooling around with photographs. So I did what any photographer would do.  I got outside with the camera and went to work.  These were all taken here in the 75 year old Azalea garden where giant Formosa Azalea’s have the run of the place.

A new chair and a more intelligent location for my keyboard and mouse  no doubt spurred my recovery but I have to believe Spring had more to do with it.  It made me think of the old days with film.  You shot your 36 exposures, sent it off for processing and went on about your business.  Digital photography is marvelous.  Processing pictures is almost, almost as much fun to me as taking them, but somewhere the balance got upended. I’ve been spending more time staring at the screen than out taking photographs. I’m sure winter had something to do with it, but now it’s time to get outside more and limit my time staring at a screen.  If I forget, my neck and aching shoulders will serve as a reminder.  Thanks for the look.  Have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

Surprise Spring

Is it real?  Nature seems to think the time is right.  A handful of 80 degree days has sent Eastern North Carolina into a frenzy of blooms.  From daffodils to Japanese Quince to Bradford Pear Blooms, the annual infusion of color is underway.

I used a 20 year old Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 D lens on all of these shots.  The “D” lenses have no vibration reduction built into them but the auto focus is as fast as any lens Nikon makes today and obviously, it is very sharp.   BTW, The “D” means the lens communicates distance information to the camera in matrix metering mode. More proof you do not need to spend buckets of money to pick up a good lens. Happy Shooting.  See you next time.

Photo Of The Week: Walking to the Sun

Walking To The Sun Posted to Flickr April 16, 2016

Another shot taken on the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.   The island faces almost due south so the sun is always over the beach from sunup to sunset.  I was taken with the three figures walking to the sun on the vast, vacant beach on a very bright day.  Thanks for the visit and have a great week. 

Photo Of The Day: Dogwoods In The Wild

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I spent the better part of a day in a section of the farm I call Dogwood Dell.  About a dozen wild Dogwoods thrive there under towering Lob Lolly Pines feeding on the acid earth which is also home to ancient Azaleas and Camellias.  The late afternoon sun finds its way into the Dell and I’ve found that late afternoon is the best time for shooting.  This view was taken into the sun using a Nikon D800E camera with a 24-120 mm f/4 lens which pretty much lives on the camera.  I think it a good marriage.  I usually take several shots of scenes like this running through different ranges of ISO.   On this one, I settled on an ISO of 400. I found the soft light on the fragile blooms and the warmer light in the bokeh rather pleasing.  I put this shot on my Fine Art America site (click on John Harding Art Prints in the upper right)  and immediately got several dozen hits and one sale of a rather large print so it was a day well spent.  Have a great Sunday everybody and thanks for the look.

 

Photo Of The Day: Return of the Daffys

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I think this little patch of Daffys decided to make a grand appearance now because they sort of knew they would be the star of the show, everything else being so drab, dead and crummy looking.  Even the Camellias seem to have tossed in the towel and wait until next year.  Who knew Daffys were so vain they probably think this blog post is about them.  Of course it is.  I’m glad to see them. They’ve pulled me out of the black hole of winter and given me faith that spring is waiting to make a grand entrance.  So here’s to the Daffy’s!  Cheers!

Keep the faith everybody. Better Times are coming.

Photo Of The Day: Water Logged Fields

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Standing water in the fields tells the story of Spring so far and the rain just keeps on coming.  Nothing but rain in the forecast through Thursday with of course more severe weather likely.  Somebody remarked the other day that we needed to start publishing surf advisories here. Maybe Tide Charts.  As you can see, its great guns for the grass but far too wet to do anything in the fields proper.  Hope your spring is going better.  Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.

Nikon D600. 18mm lens.

 

Photo Of The Day: Spring Sparkle

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Sunrise in a huge, bright red, formosa Azalea.  The days are tick tocking by very quickly and soon the Azaleas and the Dogwoods will be at their peak.  Thanks for the look and have a great evening.