More of: In My Yard

Place:  My Back Yard

Date:  October 11, 2015

Time:  ~4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

It’s Sunday morning and I’m finalizing this post so I can actually post it on Tuesday using my phone.  Tomorrow my wife and I, along with two other couples, are heading for Orange Beach, Alabama (on the east side of the better know Gulf Shores) for four nights.  I don’t like using my cell phone for anything other than reading the news and blogs, texting (when I have to), and making calls (when I have to).  Hopefully I’ll be able to handle it okay.  I’ve done it once before so I should be able to do it again.

I haven’t decided what camera to take on the trip.  Originally it was going to be the Nikon D7100 with the 24-85 zoom, 105 macro, 80-400 telephoto zoom, tripod, and various filters.  Plans changed and now we’re flying instead of driving.  I’ve gone through all the packing and carry on scenarios in my head and there is no way I’d feel comfortable carrying that equipment around, especially since it is not a direct flight.

I decided I would take my little pocket Panasonic since it has the equivalent of a 24-400mm zoom plus macro and I can carry it in my pocket.  However, I took it to Mizzou’s home coming yesterday and I’m not happy with the picture quality.  I was shooting in bright sunlight and shade.  The lens is razor sharp in the sunlight and probably in the shade too, but noise is an issue.  All the picture look great on my PC’s screen but I think any print larger than 4×6 would start to suffer.  I keep thinking what if I happened to get a really great shot I am due for one) that I would want to print but the image quality is just not there.  So now I’m thinking I’ll take as carry on my Nikon D7100 and the 24-85 zoom lens.  That means no macros and no 600mm telephoto shots for dolphins, pelicans, water spouts, etc.  I’ll probably change my mind 6 more times today before I pack.  Well, lets get on with the Tuesday post that hopefully does get posted Tuesday.

The photos in last week’s were taken in the AM and this week I have pictures from the same day but taken in the afternoon.  In last week’s post I gave a preview of what would be included this week’s post:  cosmoses, so lets start with them.




There’s a lot more where these came from so let’s take a break and look at something different.  This hoover fly was on, what I think is a fairly ugly rose bush, in our front yard.  Since at this point we still do not have many flowers I’ve not replace it yet with something I’d like better, which would be almost anything.


There’s that spunky little shield/stink bug again from last weeks post.  I didn’t see him during this second shot either.


This cosmos is ready to go full bloom.


Thanks for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 DSLR and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

9 thoughts on “More of: In My Yard

  1. I don’t think that you have to worry about your Panasonic, I have used it and I could get enlargements from it fine. Of course if I use a tripod, it is better, but in full sun, you shouldn’t have a problem.
    For noise, I use NIK. The free download from Google. It has a very good noise reduction program, along with a great B&W and several others.
    If you don’t have it, get it. Google bought it a few years ago and they used it to make their Snapseed. Not they don’t need it, so they are giving it away. Of course there won’t be any upgrades, but it is a great family of photo editing programs.

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    • I ended up taking the D7100 and 24-85mm zoom, but as it turned out I had few photo opportunities and didn’t carry the camera around so the majority of my photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone.

      I tried NIK several months ago and didn’t like it because I had to use it as a standalone. About two weeks ago I downloaded it again and figured out how to loaded it in Corel PaintShop Pro X8 to use as a plug in. Haven’t really had a chance to use it yet just played with a few things to make sure the plugin worked. Looks like it might be fun to play around with.


    • Thank you Laura. I keep looking at and drooling over the Panasonic and Sony 1″ sensor cameras but they’re not inexpensive and I really want a D750. I’m hoping they’ll soon come out with a D760 (or whatever they call the update) and drop the price on the D750. Then I might be able to afford it and work out a deal with my local camera store trading my D7100 for a Panasonic or Sony 1″ even if they are a generation older.

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      • I’m always thinking like that too. I sold my D7100 on eBay for a really good price! I was amazed how much I got for it. I did that after I got the D750. I have the A7 which is the “cheapest” sony. The lenses are SO expensive though! It’s why I only have one right now. Good luck on all that and let me know what happens!

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