Ice Photography- Frozen Holly Berries

Living here in the South I don't get too many opportunities to practice my ice photography skills. Well, today was the second "major" winter storm here in Atlanta/Georgia in just two weeks. This is a pretty rare occurrence for us. As a result, our office was closed and we all telecommuted as we watched the freezing rain/sleet/snow fall. The upside to this was that the ice made for some interesting ice photography opportunities. I stepped out into the driveway during my lunch break with the goal of getting some shots of the ice on one of our Holly bushes. This was one instance that I wished I had the Tamron 90mm Macro Lens but I haven't purchased it (yet). So I used my 15-85mm lens on full zoom and tried to get the best shot possible of the few "frozen berries" that were on the bush. Here's the best result I got out of about 15 images:


Berries On Ice

Focusing on the small berries was a challenge, especially since there was a fair amount of wind. I wanted to get closer to the berries but the 15-85mm doesn't allow super-close focusing distance. Even with that, I was able to capture some of the crystal-like detail in the frozen droplet.

July 18 Photo Share and Discussion

Last night, I hosted the July 18th edition of the "Photo Share and Discussion" on Google + Hangouts:  

Remember to join the Mark's Photography Spot group on Flickr to submit your images so we can talk about them.

I am also working on a film-related project that I hope to be ready to reveal in the next week or two. So dust off those old film cameras and stay tuned for more details :-)

Friday Photo Share For January 11

Welcome to the first official Friday Photo Share! This week we'll review the results of the photography poll question "How long have you been into photography", discuss a few images I uploaded to the flickr group and reveal next week's poll question.

Remember to join the flickr group and share your images. I'll discuss some of the images each week as well as every once in a while post one here on the blog. I will link back to your flickr account which could get you more views. You can find the group at:

There is a new photography poll question over on the sidebar, so check out this week's question "Do You Own A DSLR?" and cast your vote!

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Red Maple Leaves

We took a long weekend trip to Pittsburgh to visit family. We had a great time. The leaves were approaching full color and I got a few good images of them. Here's one that I took in the front yard of my parent's house:

The afternoon sun was highlighting the beautiful red color of the leaves as they sat on the grass.

The trees here in Georgia are starting to change so I hope to get out and get some nice images of them in the next few weeks.

Project 365 Day 282-Courtyard Tree In Black And White

Today was a busy day at work. As I was heading out of the office I figured I better find something to take a photo of for my project 365. It was kind of a cool, gray day her in Atlanta so I was thinking about shooting something that would look good in black and white. That's how I came to photograph the tree in our office building courtyard. It looked better to my eye in B&W than color. Here's the result: I ran the image through Silver Efex pro and once again I was very impressed with the results. I think it's getting easier for me to "see" in black and white and I'm looking forward to it.

Day 102-A Little Yard Work

There's never a shortage of stuff to do in the yard: Today I got home from the office, put on my other work clothes (the ones with holes in the knees) and headed out to the back yard to do some work. We had a large bush that had died last year that needed to be removed. I cut off all the branches, chopped them up and put them in several lawn bags. Two hours later I was finished.

Next up, trim some more bushes, mow the lawn and pickup a bunch more pine cones.

Day 94-Anybody Want To Buy A Pine Cone

If you are looking to buy some pine cones, I have them by the bucket-full: Our yard is full of pine trees, Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda if you speak Latin)  to be exact. All these trees generate a tone of pine cones. I spend a fair amount of time picking them up out of our yard. So, if you need a few thousand pine cones for some reason, let me know. I'll make you a great deal on them :-)

By the way, this is one of the 1st images I captured with my new to me Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 lens. I haven't had too much time to use it yet but so far I'm impressed. I'll be doing a lot more shooting with it in the next couple of weeks and then I should be able to do a proper review of it. Stay tuned...


Project 365 Update Day 68 to Day 80

Yes, I'm still alive, just extremely busy. Between work, life and spending time demoing the new Adobe Lightroom 4 (which I'll post more about here very soon), I've been lax in posting to this blog. Well, time to catchup a bit. Here are the last 10 days or so of my project 365 images from newest to oldest. I should be back on track with more regular posting here very soon. Day 80-Backyard Azaleas in Bloom

Day 79-Snorting Pollen

Day 78-Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Day 77-Mourning Dove

Day 76-Spring Colors

Day 75-Time For A New Refrigerator?:

Day 74-Red Azalea Bloom:

Day 73-White Azalea Bloom:

Day 72-Avocado and Shadow:

Day 71-Is Lightroom 4 The Answer:

Day 70-Sushi Lunch:

Day 69-The Circle of Life:

Day 68-Ginger Snaps: