Daily Photo – Black Grasshopper

Black, Lubber Grasshopper.  Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus M. 40-150mm F/4-5.6 R

Black, Lubber Grasshopper. Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus M. 40-150mm F/4-5.6 R

Shot this the other day during my daily walk to the bushes. This is a Lubber Grasshopper, these grasshoppers are eye catching because of their large size and dark colors.  They are unable to fly and as I have notice,sluggish and doesn’t jump away unless they are threaten. Continue Reading

Daily Photo – Bee On The Job for Bee Thursday

Canon EOS 60D and Tamron SP 180mm F/3.5 Macro Lens

I shot this in one of my daily hikes. Spring is just an exciting time for me, this is when our buggy friends come out to enjoy the weather and feast on different kinds of flowers and plants. Like this Bee who was really working on that flower. Continue Reading

Daily Photo – Alligator for Wildlife Wednesday

Canon Rebel XS and Sigma 70-300mm, F/4.5, 1/100, ISO 100

This one is from my archives. I shot this at the National Zoo with my old Canon Rebel XS and a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6. I shot this behind a glass cage, there was a little bit of glare and the image appear soft.

When Lightroom 5 came out, I revisited my 2009 Catalog and reprocess some of the photos. This is what I came up with. See the before and after below. Continue Reading

Calamansi shot with the Pen-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1 with Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F/1.7.

I shot this one with my very first pen camera, the OLYMPUS 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera  and with the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz LabsTopaz Detail. I use Topaz Detail to extract the details from the photo. Continue Reading

Praying Mantis for Buggy Friday

Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 85mm F/1.8, Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube

Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .

Since I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube, help me get close to my subject  by cutting the minimum focus distance of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM   .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz LabsTopaz Detail.

I wrote a review of the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension tube that you can read here. Continue Reading

Crocodile for Wildlife Wednesday

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM

This one is from my Archives. This was shot from the National Zoo back in 2010 using a Canon EOS Rebel XS and the beautiful Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

Added the moderate diffusion using the photoshop plugin Topaz Lens Effect. Continue Reading

Daisies for Macro Monday

Olympus PEN E-PL3 and M.Zuiko 45mm F/1.8

I shot this one with my little Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Black) and with the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 (Black) Lens .

In post, I use the usual, Lightroom, Photoshop CC and my favorite plugin from Topaz Labs, Topaz Detail. I use Topaz Detail to extract the details from the photo. Continue Reading

White Pollen

Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 and Pro Optic Auto Extension Tube.

 

Shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .

Since I don’t have a dedicated macro lens, the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube, help me get close to my subject  by cutting the minimum focus distance of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM   . Continue Reading

A Really Busy Bee for Bee Thursday

Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 85mm F/1.8 and Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube

This one was shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM , and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .
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Fly and Stink Bug Dynamic Dou

Canon EOS 20D and Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6

This one was shot with my old Canon EOS 20D, the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, and the Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube Set .
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Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 by J.B. Camera Designs

Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 by J.B. Camera Designs

Today’s feature gear in What’s in My Bag, the Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 – Made in USA by J.B. Camera Designs. This is an add on grip and based for your OM-D EM-5.

Some em-5 owners like me wanted a larger grip for their em-5, and this is the answer. This is a cheaper alternative to the more expensive HLD-6 Battery Holder/grip made by Olympus. If you are not concern about the vertical grip button and the additional battery this Grip Base for Olympus OM-D E-M5 by J.B. Camera Designs is the perfect choice.

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Flower and the Fly

Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 AF and Raynox DCR 250

 

Shot with my Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 and the macro Lens adapter Raynox DCR 250. Shot at  75mm F/9, 1/400. I wrote a review on the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 and the Raynox DCR-250. You can read the Tamron review here and the Raynox here.

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Lady Bug this Thursday

Canon EOS 60D. Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 and Raynox DCR 250

 

Shot with my Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 and the macro Lens adapter Raynox DCR 250. Shot at  75mm F/9, 1/400. I wrote a review on the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 and the Raynox DCR-250. You can read the Tamron review here and the Raynox here.

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Flamingos for Wildlife Wednesday

Canon EOS Rebel XS with Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L IS USM

This one is from my Archives. This was shot from the National Zoo back in 2010 using a Canon EOS Rebel XS and the beautiful Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

Added the moderate diffusion using the photoshop plugin Topaz Lens Effect. Continue Reading

Roses for Macro Monday

Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 Pancake Lens.

 

Shot with the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 Pancake Lens. Shot at 125, F/2.2, iso 800.

The moderate Diffuse effect on the image was added using my favorite photoshop plugin Topaz Lens Effect. Continue Reading

My Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Mini Tripod Kit

The Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom and my old FotoPro Arca Swiss type ball head

When I started this blog back in 2009, I used to feature a photography gear every friday which I call gear Friday. But because of my busy schedule I wasn’t able to keep up with it.

I’ve decided to bring it back under a different category, “What’s in My Bag”. And this Friday’s feature gear from my bag is my Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod with my old Fotopro 51-G Arca Compatible Panning Tripod Ball Head Pan. Continue Reading

Floral Friday

Canon Rebel XS and Sigma APO 70-300mm Macro. Shot at 150mm, 1/400, F/9, ISO 100

Here’s another one from my archives. Shot with my Canon EOS Rebel XS 10.1-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera and the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens  a great lens for the price with close-up capabilities, not bad at all. This one was done in photoshop cc using two plugins, Topaz Detail and Topaz Lens Effects. From photoshop,  first extracted the details using topaz details and then I used Topaz Lens effects to add a little of diffuse effect to the photo.

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Add a Little Drama to the Scene

The Old Excecutive Bldg also known as the Eisenhower Executive Office Bldg. Canon Rebel XS and EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-4.5 IS Kit lens. Shot at 18mm, 1/200, F/10, ISO 100

This one is from the archived. This was an old photo I made back in 2009. It was shot by my first DSLR, the Canon Rebel XS with the EF-S 18-55mm Kit lens. I used my all time favorite photoshop plugin, Topaz Detail, to add drama by extracting more detail from the original canon raw file. After extracting the detail, I then proceeded and process the photo using Topaz BW effects to come up with this black and white tones.

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USS Drum (SS-228) At Battleship Memorial Park

USS Drum (SS-228) at Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Al. PEN E-PL3, Olympus 14-42mm F/3.5-4.5, 1/1000, F/10, ISO 200

USS Drum (SS-228) is a Gato-class submarine of the United States Navy, the first Navy ship named after the drum, any of various types of fish capable of making a drumming sound. Drum is on display as a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama, at Battleship Memorial Park.

I shot this with my beloved Olympus PEN E-PL3 and 14-42mm 12.3 MP Lens .

Masterlock – Black and White Photo

Shot with the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Tokina SZ-X 630 60-300mm f4-5.6 for Canon FD

I was cleaning the cabinet at the office when I saw these pile keys on a small container. What a great time to test the so called macro capability of the Tokina SZ-X 630 60-300mm that I just bought.  Using  the FD to micro four thirds adapter, I mounted it on my OM-D EM-5 and took a couple of samples, but it’s not true macro, I can’t get close enough, so I use my Raynox DCR 250 and attached it in front of the Tokina 60-300mm and came up with this . (You can read the short review I did on the Raynox DCR 250 a while back.) Continue Reading