Saturday, 20 May 2017

Close Up Shots Of Insect Camouflage On A Flower Bud

I have not been playing with my DSLR for quite some time...just very busy with stuff and today, I just wanna share some of the beautiful sights that I am lucky to have capture through the close up lens. I am not able to indentify the insect at the moment but once I get its name, I will update here for your information. The beautiful part is how it camouflaged itself on the bud which is about to bloom in a day's time. Color is almost the same as the petals of the bud. I find it most exciting and in awe at how great our God is.  Love this picture much even though it might not be a prize winning picture but it shows me an insight on how the insect can camouflage itself so well.  If not for the close-up lens I would have missed this beautiful sight :) My main intention was to take a close up pic of the flower bud .  Texture of the petal is clearly captured and the fine hairs at the base of the bud too.  I am  still playing with the Depth Of Field (DOF) - ( the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that give an image judged to be in focus in a camera ) I hope my photography has improved since I took up this hobby :)  I have all the mentors who have been with me through out this journey :) the constant lecturing and tutoring to thank for. Without them I would not have any knowledge of photography.  I know I have still a long way to go but the distance is shorter by the day :)

I purposely set it to have a blur background which
 photographer called it swallow depth of field

see how well it camouflages itself on the flower bud

The awesomeness of God is shown here :)

I Drool Over This Accoustic Bass Guitar

When I saw this beauty, I could only drool for a minute :) My son would love this electric acoustic bass guitar.  And the newest version (3rd edition has some important upgrades - upgrade from the active amplication system to a Fishman MKAB system, the first pre-amp optimized for acoustic bass. Features  real quilt maple wood on the body and the tone of the maple is brighter, more focused and has added projection. Has hand scalloped bracing, double adjustable truss rod and dual graphite reinforcement rods for added neck stability and longevity. Mind you, it has a 34" scale for the perfect string response and the amazing thing is you get a vine style look and has accented inlay that adorns the fingerboard which is made from real abalone and pearl for the ultimate in instrument extravagance . What a beauty !  And the best best thing is , the price is affordable ! If you have intention to change   You can check it out at acoustic bass .

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Collection Of Precious Water Gem

People collect precious knick knacks for their homes but I collect water gems through my Nikon D7000 with the Sigma 30mm f1.4  :) Sound uninteresting? But to me, water droplets or I named them water gems are interesting if captured with a sparkle.  As shown in the photo above, there was a streak of sunlight caught at the corner of the water droplet which gives it its sparkle. With the right setting and the right angle where the sunlight shines at the right spot, I managed to bring this water droplet to sparkle like a precious gem.  My beautiful priceless water gem found on the stem of a leaf giving me the greatest pleasure ever.  My photography learning journey has given me great pleasure.  Seeing things the naked eyes sometimes can't capture brings me happiness :)  Sharing a collection of  my precious water gem with you guys and hope you too will be inspired by my photography and be able to look at God's creation in an appreciative way.  God bless  you for taking time to  read this post and do come back for more beautiful photos taken by me  which I will be sharing in the coming days.

If you have missed out some of my collection on water gem posts, here is a list that you can click on to see my collections:

Water Gems Taken With My New Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens
My Collection Of Water Gems

Refraction Inside Water Droplets

 My Dazzling Water Diamonds

a water gem so precious with its sparkle
worthless !

Collecting Knick Knacks Is A Time Honored Hobby

Knick knacks, trinkets, baubles, curios. These are just a few names for objects that have no intrinsic value, but that nonetheless have sentimental value to people. Not only do people gravitate to these supposedly “useless” items, some even collect them. Collecting is a time honored hobby, and common collectibles are stamps, coins, action figures, and I ,myself, even collect bottle caps. Collecting things likely feeds the primal instinct in us to hoard food for survival, or it may have to do with our yearning for exploration or knowledge. What we can all agree on is that collecting things makes us feel good. If becoming a collector sounds interesting to you, here are a few examples of collectibles to get you started.

As previously stated people love collecting stamps and coins. The reason for this, besides the fact that coins are a unit of currency, is that stamps and coins are snapshots of a certain point in time. Coin collectors like to collect limited edition coins, for example, because these coins were minted in small numbers and few exist, so they exist as a reminder of the time in which they were minted. Similarly, stamps come in a wide variety of designs, none of which are made in perpetuity, so each design is only manufactured so many times. People collect these unique designs as sort of a reminder of the past.

Another common type of collection is of certain apparel, such as shoes and hats. While I can’t say what it is, specifically, about these items that their collectors value, that’s part of what collecting things is all about. It’s about collecting something you find interesting, whether or not it’s valued by the masses. For example, my collection of bottle caps would be considered litter-al garbage (get it?) by most, but I like them, so I hang on to them. If you’re the kind of person that likes hats and wants to start a collection, or you want to college sports memorabilia, <a href=””> Lids </a> has got you covered.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sigma 30mm f1.4 With Raynox dcr 250 Close-Up Lens Attached - House Fly Mating

I have been playing with the Sigma  30mm f 1.4 lens and trying my level best to improve my photography skill.  As the saying goes, practice makes perfect and finally I managed to get a good one and guess what? This pair of house flies became the subject for my photography lesson . Of course they are mating and this is nature okay :)   I am happy with this shot err...not up to standard yet but I believe they are good for an amateur like me :p  . I have the Raynox dcr-250 lens attached to the Sigma 30mm f 1.4 lens on my D7000 Nikon.  I managed to get a shallow depth of field and the sharpness of my subject. I am proud of myself because this picture is taken handheld. Hand is still quite steady.  Rest assured I will get there soon.  This is a promise I made to myself two years ago when I first bought the Nikon D3200 now using NikonD7000.

There are a couple of common houseflies in my lil space I guess they like to mate on my plants, I don't know why but I read from a forum whereby this participant posted this.....
excerpt taken from here

"Okay, I've been watching these little guys like a hawk. I'm almost 100% positive that these flies are eating the trichomes. I was just in the grow room and there were 3 flies just chilling on the sugar leafs and I watched one with his little tongue gliding over the trichomes. They are not doing any damage to the leafs BUT where I've seen them sitting, those spots have less trichomes "

 Be fruitful and multiply...this is not address to man and woman
but to the insects and animals too :)

Note : the life span of a male housefly is 28 days
and female housefly is 42 -56 days

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bulbul Birds Have Great Team Work Qualities

 Excerpts taken from here

The yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in southeast Asia from southern Thailand and Cambodia south to Borneo and the Philippines. It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. It is one of the most common birds in cultivated areas. They appear to be nomadic, roaming from place to place regularly.

The yellow-vented bulbul builds a well-camouflaged but fragile, loose, deep, cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, and twigs. The nest is untidy on the outside, but it is neatly lined with plant fibers. It may be built in a wide range of places from low bushes to high trees. This is a species adapted to humans and may even nest in gardens. The yellow-vented bulbul lays 2–5 eggs in February to June. The yellow-vented bulbuls eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

Recently, a pair of bulbul birds built their nest on my bamboo plant.  I have lost count as to how many pairs have come to build their nest in my garden. This pair may be the 8th pair thus far BUT they are the first pair for 2017.  They possess great teamwork qualities which greatly amazes me. From building the nest to hatching the eggs, to feeding the nestlings, they really worked non-stop..taking turns to feed the nestlings after they were hatched. Married couples should look upon these bulbul birds as role models for great team work and success !

The moment they have decided which part of the bamboo plant to build the nest, they will be flying in and out of the porch ,where my bamboo plant is , carrying twigs in their beaks to start building the framework for their nest.  Amazing, how they can build a nest in two days.  Here are some pictures I took to show the success of a great team work!

 their nest is untidy on the outside but the inside is neatly lined with plant fiber

this love birds will take turns to warm the eggs
which two numbers each time

by the end of two weeks , the nestlings were hatched and
these are more than 5 days old chicks :)

waiting for the parents to feed them with worms

when they are not feeding the chicks, they were seen perched on the gate,
guarding their chicks from afar and having some loving moments together

under the tender loving care of the parents , the chicks soon learns to
fly....the act is amazing and I was there to watch the whole process
the parents will be tweeting and making a lot of noise to encourage
the chick to fly and the mother bird will show the chick how
to is indeed a joy to witness the chicks taking their first flight :)

 first flight is not smooth, the chick landed on my rangoon creeper
the mother bird will tweet even louder ....encouraging the chick
to try flying again...its like telling her chick not to give up
and finally , the chick manages to fly off and join the parents
and the happy family flew off....the sky is the limit

A beautiful sight to witness......I guess the parents will still be
teaching the chicks how to look for worms and teaching them
about survival :)

Are You Looking For Dynamic Microphones?

Our friend Joe has taken an interest in playing the harmonica. It is easy to play and it is quite cool to watch him play the harmonica besides the keyboard.  Joe is not only a talented singer, he plays musical instruments well too.  His recent addiction is playing the harmonica.  Now he is looking for a dynamic microphone  for his harmonica . He is going to play songs with his harmonica during his performance at the hotel which he is contracted to sing for the whole of 2017.  Something new for him and I am sure the patrons will be happy with his perfomances.  Everyone will be looking for something new and with a dynamic microphone, he will bring out the music to an even greater level.

He googled and found this Shaker Madcat Harmonica Microphone which has fantastic features such as :-
-  exremely easy to hold
-  highly feedback resistant
-  technique senstive
-  wide frequency range, full fidelity reproduction
-  handmade in Arkansas, USA
-  microphone body and grill made of special high strength thermo resin compound
-  has a 42" cord with belt clip adapter
-  wireless system compatible
- has  GNS technology (Good Noise Sampling )
-  great with all genres of music ( blues to bluegrass to Bach, heavy metal to rock )
- weigh 3.5 oz

He loves the color of this Shaker Microphone and he can't wait for it arrives :)