Insects a Challenging but Rewarding Subject

posted on 7th of may, 2009

Insects are an especially challenging subject to photograph for several reasons. They're small and flighty, which poses a need for balance between depth of field and fast shutter speed while trying to get close enough for a full-frame shot without startling the subject out of its momentary repose.

For the butterfly pictured, a Zephyr Anglewing (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus) subspecies of the Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis), I found such a balance by taking advantage of the bright midday sunlight. I set the ISO to 400 and used a 75-300mm telephoto lens fully-zoomed to 300mm. I set the camera to shutter-preferred setting with a shutter speed at 1/320 second, which maintained an aperture around F/13. A faster shutter would have necessitated a wider aperture that would result...

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Volcanoes Dominate the Central Oregon Skyline

posted on 9th of may, 2009

At left: Three Fingered Jack and Black Butte

From Bend, Oregon, the Central Oregon Cascades dominate the western horizon with eight major mountain peaks visible from the city of 90,000. Termed stratovolcanoes, they span from Mount Hood (visible on clear days,) near the northern Oregon Border and Columbia Gorge, Mount Jefferson 50 miles farther south, Three-Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, the Three Sisters (Faith, Hope and Charity,) Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor.

At right: Mount Jefferson provides a spectacular view for this Redmond, Oregon, neighborhood on Forked Horn Butte.

The spectacular skyline takes in a 100-mile vista of dormant stratovolcanoes. Smaller mountains, like Black Butte and Tumalo Butte, fill in the gaps between the major peaks....

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Posted by Toynutz on May 09, 2009
Thank you for your compliments. The Cascades seem to have a hold on me since I suffer anxiety and depression when I have to travel away from them.

P.S. The average height of these peaks is 10,000 feet above sea level.
Posted by Noonie on May 09, 2009
Beautiful mountains, I love them! I don't have any stratovolcanoes to play on!
Posted by Marilyngould on May 09, 2009
Very impressive images of these volcanoes -- especially "new homes, old mountain"

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