Pasque Morning

I have been wondering if the Pasque flowers were still in bloom along the foothills so today I was able to get away and go in search of these little beauties. Yes they are still in abundant bloom (at least in my spot) and to my amazement, my daughter Sofia expressed interest in going shooting as well! A Win-Win situation!!


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Pasque 20160424 102


I’m anxious to load up my daughter’s captures from my Sony a6000 to see how she did…. Time to upload that card now….


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Loving my new Sony a6000 Camera!

First real shoot using my new Sony a6000 camera today. I’m telling you, this thing is a beauty! Even just using the kit’s 16-50 lens, I am really impressed with this camera. I brought along my Nikon DSLR just in case, and I have to tell you, the Nikon stayed in the truck.

I did have a couple moments where I had to sit back and really think “How does this camera operate in X mode?” but that was just a minute or two and I was back at it. Amazing camera overall. The one drawback I experienced today was the battery life. I brought the camera down to <10% in a 2-hour shooting window – less than 150 shots. But this trip wasn’t on a fully charged battery. Something I’ll have to experiment more with though.

Close focusing I’ll leave up to the viewer. The image below was shot about as close as I can get using the stock 16-50mm kit lens. I have extension tubes and an adapter that allows me to mount my Nikon glass on this Sony, but that wasn’t used today. This lens did pretty well all by itself.

The next test is to see how well this camera works with by studio lights – if at all!


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Pasque Flowers 20150329 118


I welcome thoughts, questions, insight, and comments on this camera (or the image above!). Thanks for reading!

#SonyA6000 #a6000 #alpha6000


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A Pasque in Black and White

I was out shooting the Pasque wildflowers a couple weekends ago and had a fairly good overcast morning of it. Pasque’s are like the wild version of a Tulip, and only about a quarter of the size. These flowers have something in them that, when ingested, makes the heart rate of the animal slow way down, so most animals avoid them. (Don’t know what they do to humans though.) But it turns out that wild turkeys are immune to the Pasque’s influences, so they dine on them like a dessert buffet. In fact while photographing them that morning we could here a couple turkeys gobbling just over the knoll from where we were shooting. I was hoping and being really still, just hoping they would wander over to us….


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Pasque BW 279


These flowers are a light purple, almost lavender in color and grow to be about 5 to 6 inches high. When they open, they’re beautifully colored inside with yellow and white stamen. And the inside of the lavender petals are white. Beautiful.


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