The sight of me wandering around with a camera isn’t exactly unheard of. I used to do it quite a bit when I was a kid. I had one of those old cameras that used those flash cubes. (Yeah, I’m showing my age.) Later on I got my hands on a Canon AE-1 with a manual focus 50mm lens. I LOVED that camera. I had no idea what I was doing, but taking photos was fun. I liked to see what sort of interesting perspective I could get through my lens. There are other (better, much better!) photographers in the family and now that I’ve got kids to keep me busy I’m typically content to leave the camera in their hands. But every now and again I get the itch to just wander around with a camera in hand and see what I can see.

Last Thursday I ran off for a bit with my IT staff’s Nikon D700. I started out with the 14-24mm wide-angle lens, but after two photos I headed back to the house for the 70-200mm telephoto. I was really tempted to grab the 24-70mm, since right around the 50mm range is my “comfort zone” because of all those years with my Canon. But I’d never really used a telephoto lens, and I decided to give it a try. I took the last few with a 2x teleconverter, extending the zoom to 400mm. I learned a bit about what works and a lot about what doesn’t with that sort of lens. It was definitely fun and interesting to play around with the perspective that I could get with it.

Still, as my IT staff will tell you, the photo isn’t finished when the shutter clicks! He’s spent the last day and a half editing my photos. It’s almost magical what can be done with photo editing software. I think the photos came out really well, and I definitely have to give a lot of credit to the photo editor for that. I had no idea how time-consuming photo editing can be, but a little tweaking can make a big difference!

The end result is a collection of photos taken around the farm. I particularly like some of the tractor photos. There is just something about an old farm tractor. They seem to have so much character, making them an interesting subject for photographs. Most of the flowers are ones that bloom around our house. One of the things I enjoy the most in the summer is the diverse collection of flowers just outside our home. There always seems to be something pretty blooming during the warm weather!

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