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Simple Clicks – iris in color vs black & white

A short carry-over from my previous post on photographing iris blossoms with my old Takumar manual lens; when I started working through them in post, I made copies…

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Iris macros

I’m not much of a flower guy, when it comes to photography.  It’s a popular subject for many, and there’s certainly a beauty in it, but it just…

BRENT PENNINGTON Hyacinth blossoms photographed with a macro lens after blooming, 19 April 2015.

2016 Update

It’s been a long, snowless winter here in Northeastern PA.  As in, really no snow – not a single day that I could grab the camera and head…

BRENT PENNINGTON Hyacinth blossoms photographed with a macro lens after blooming, 19 April 2015.

Hyacinth Macro

I have an old Takumar 50mm f/4 macro lens.  It’s an m42 mount lens from the 1970s or thereabout, that I picked up used for a great price…

BRENT PENNINGTON Sunrise amid the fog on a 34* morning on Lackawanna Lake, 24 May 2015.

GMPE: Part 5 – Lackawanna Lake

The final morning of my Great May Photo Expedition dawned sunny, but cold.  As in, really-goddamn-34-degrees-in-late-May cold.  I dragged myself out to Lackawanna Lake and launched from Bullhead…

BRENT PENNINGTON A Great Blue Heron hunts in the reeds at Lackawanna State Park on the evening of 23 May 2015.

GMPE: Part 4 – Lackawanna Lake

Saturday evening I drove up to Lackawanna State Park with the little red Impulse, really more interested in paddling for the sake of paddling, but with the camera…

Simple Clicks – spring wildflowers

Okay, I’ll admit it – sometimes I take flower photos.  The internet may be filled with them, but now and then nature puts on a display that I…

BRENT PENNINGTON At the far north end of Bradys Lake, PA, the lake narrows as it turns to marshland, the channels often blocked by beaver dams such as these. Afternoon of 22 May 2015.

GMPE: Part 3 – Bradys Lake

As I was leaving Tobyhanna Lake I glanced at Google Maps on my phone and remembered that Bradys Lake was only about 10 miles away, and figured that…

BRENT PENNINGTON Kayaking along the northern shore of Tobyhanna Lake, Tobyhanna State Park, on the morning of 22 May 2015.

GMPE: Part 2 – Tobyhanna Lake

The second stop on my Great May Photo Expedition was Tobyhanna State Park, where I launched the kayak for a windy late-morning paddle.  I’m normally a on-the-water-at-dawn sort…

BRENT PENNINGTON A female Baltimore Oriole carries nesting materials in her beak at Sapsucker Woods, part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, NY, on the morning of 21 May 2015.

Simple Clicks – Baltimore Oriole

A few more from my visit to Sapsucker Woods last weekend.  There’s no doubt that nesting season is here – the Yellow Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in my…

BRENT PENNINGTON A Gray Catbird perches at Sapsucker Woods, part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, NY, on the morning of 21 May 2015.

GMPE: Part 1 – Sapsucker Woods

Each May I embark on my Great May Photo Expeditio (GMPE), which is a fancy name for what really amounts to my wandering around the region for a…

BRENT PENNINGTON A female Yellow Warbler hunts for insects in the brush around her nest at Sapsucker Woods, part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, NY, on the morning of 21 May 2015.

Yellow Warbler

For me, one of the sure signs that the spring/summer birding season has begun is my first sighting of a Yellow Warbler.  These bright, active, and sometimes cheeky…