Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wrapping up the Dragon Season

As the dragon season winds down in Massachusetts I find that I didn’t get as many species as I usually do. I missed out on a lot of the early season bugs. But last Sunday I did find a late season Twelve-spotted Skimmer. She gave me a few scenes to chose from.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Darners can be particularly difficult to photograph unless you happen to be good a catching them on the wing, which I am not. I saw this Lance-tipped Darner land in the shadow of a Wisteria arbor and I was lucky enough to get a shot off.

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Later on the walk, I saw another land on a dead tree on the edge of the swamp. Getting two opportunities to shoot these darners is quite fortuitous.

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Be sure to check out Camera Critters this week.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Forgotten Photo Friday, Wine Photography

smellslikegrapJust for fun, I dug way deep into the hard drive today. These are photos that I took for our old wine blog, Smells Like Grape. What I really want to point out that I took all of these photos with a PowerShot A70 point-and-shoot and many of those shots went up on SLG straight out of the camera…no Lightroom, no Picasa, no Photoshop…nothing. What’s the point am I really trying to drive home? It’s not the camera that makes an image. It is the photographer.

There is a story behind the photo below. Click the photo to get the back story.

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Oh, by the way, I’m really not a Beaujolais fan. I should have put on my glasses before I picked up the bottle.

Ah, I remember setting up this photo. I spent all Saturday afternoon futzing with the angles and getting the reflections under control. Now mind you that I don’t have big shadow boxes, key lights, high lights, strobes or any of that cool stuff. I had a kitchen, a table cloth and a 3MP camera.

Bartholomew Park Merlot with apples and avocado

Below was a post about “Old Reliable”, my favorite cork screw. I freaked one day when I couldn’t find it. No kidding, I went absolutely NUTS! I turned the kitchen upside down. Two days later I still had my attention stuck on it. I decided that I’d apply a little known law in this universe. Call it Steve’s number one law: If it isn’t where is supposed to be, then it is somewhere it is not supposed to be. This is based on the law of the conservation of matter. At this point I was getting desperate. I went digging through the garbage the night before the garbage dude came. It was nasty. I found it. Like they say, and mind you I don’t say it, but “they” say it, “It’s always in the last place I look.” Well, if they would stop and think about it, wouldn’t it be silly to keep looking once you have found it? Just saying. Yah, I always find stuff in the last place I look because I stop looking. Duh.

Now why would I go digging through the garbage for this old cork screw? Well, click on the picture and find out.

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A little bit of fun food and a nice pairing with an upstate New York Riesling. Again, shot with a PowerShot A70. Kid you not.

 

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Oonapais 2005. Totally freaking awesome. So isn’t this shot. I used a little LED spot to highlight the bottle. Now that I know a little more about studio photography, I would call these last two low key shots.

 

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So throw your D800s in the trash. You don’t need them. Go get an old school point-and-shoot. I’m serious. Email me, I’ll come and haul your D800 away for you. If you have a 600mm F/2 lens, throw that out too. I’ll come haul that away for you too.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meadowhawk photo study

Dragon season is winding down here in the Atlantic North East. Most of the big bugs are gone. We have a great deal of Blue Dashers and Slaty Skimmers left. This time of year we start seeing a lot more of the Meadowhawks.

 

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Eastern Phoebe and Great Crested Flycatcher

We have quite a few Eastern Phoebes in the area. Here are a few that I found last weekend. This time of year the Eastern Phoebes have a bit of a yellow wash underneath.

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Next up is one of my “almost” birds. Great Crested Flycatchers are our largest flycatcher in the area. I see them from time to time. I even have them in the yard. They do not stay in one place for very long and getting a good shot has been challenging. I think that they are stunning birds, I’ve just been having a difficult time getting a good shot of them.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Giant Swallowtail

This is the third and fourth Giant Swallowtail that I’ve been able to photograph this year. They are getting to show their age. The first on was very faded.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday Evening Creature Feature, Purple Loosestrife

Today, it’s all about the color purple. Not the movie, but Purple Loosestrife. It’s a bit of a weed here, being introduced and all. It grows in our swamps and wet meadows. But is makes for some fun bug shots. Here are some bees.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Sometimes it is hard to find dragons on Loosestrife. The stalks are a bit floppy in the breeze. I did fid a Blue Dasher that seemed to prefer it to other perches.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Today, I’m hooking up with Today’s Flowers and Camera Critters. Have a good weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Forgotten Photo Friday, Monarch are having a tough time

It’s rather odd that I would post forgotten photos of the Monarch. Here in the Atlantic North East, the Monarch is usually quite common. However this year, I’ve only seen a couple and I haven’t gotten off any shots.

Here’s the deal. The Monarch has had a rough time last year, and word out on the street is that the storms during the Fall migration last year were particularly hard. Additionally, the drought conditions in Texas and Mexico along a vital migration route made it extremely difficult to cross. Throw in last year’s Texas wild fires and you can see that this has been a struggle for these bugs.

Here in Essex county, folks that I’ve chatted with are also noticing that the monarch sightings are down. I hope that if you have milkweed plants on your property, you can see fit to let them grow as this is the Monarch’s larval food plant.

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©2011 Steve Borichevsky

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cedar Waxwings sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

No kidding, late August is a bit late to be doing the birds and the bees thing. Nevertheless, I saw a pair of Cedar Waxwings in the act on August 16th.

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©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

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