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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My New Baby = Photo overload

We interrupt this post for a very special announcement ... Be sure to check out the giveaway I'm hosting for a great children's book, Bash and the Pirate Pig.  Just comment on that post and you are entered!

Now back to our regularly scheduled post ... :)

On Monday I shared that I was not-so-patiently waiting for a package to arrive via the man in brown.  Well, turns out the man in blue (our mailman) delivered it instead.  While I wasn't home, of course.  :)  

(I had taken Nick to his follow-up appointment regarding his broken toe.  All is well.  No surgery.  No boot.  Not even any tape unless he thinks he needs it.  Apparently 10-year-old boys' toes heal pretty quickly.  And he's only complained about it aching once since breaking it.)

Anyway, once we got home and I saw the box on my front step, my heart started to race.  I was so excited.  I immediately opened the box with my three kids standing around me in great anticipation.  And this is what was inside ...

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My first macro lens.  Oh yeah!

I used some of the money I have gotten from photo shoots and sprung for a 60mm 2.8.  Sweet!

I couldn't wait to throw it on my camera and try it out.  Here are some of my results ...
(If you are a fan on my facebook page - Kimberly Vensel Photography, then you have already seen some of these.  But not all.  So stick around. :)

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I was literally 2 inches from this bee.  He couldn't care less about me - he was too concerned with loving on my flower.

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The kids and I have been collecting milkweed seed pods so we can plant some milkweed soon - hoping to have Monarchs next summer.  This is a close up shot of the seeds.

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Our friendly praying mantis.  Nick has been finding them like crazy lately.  This guy/gal has been hanging around for a while.  We know it is the same one because one of its legs is missing.

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Flies are really gross, I know, but I was pumped that I could get so close to this one.  It was pretty chilly outside when I took this, which is probably why it didn't fly away.

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Not only is this a great macro lens, the reviews say it is also a great portrait lens.  I'm pretty impressed with the sharpness and the bokeh that I am able to get.

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Another one of my flowers.  Anyone know what these are called?  (My husband threw away the seed packet after he planted them.)  They have flowers within the flower.  Cool!

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A black-eyed susan we came across on our evening walk.

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I think this looks like a rose bud, but it is actually a hibiscus bud.  All the other flowers on my bush have died except this one.

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I wanted to try out the portrait ability of the lens tonight so I interrupted Keira's violin practicing to snap a few quick pics.

And last, can you guess what this is?
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Both boys guessed right away but they live here.  Keira watched me take the picture, so she already knew.  Just a hint, I used a really slow shutter speed.  Wanna guess?

I think this new lens might just replace my 50mm as my favorite.  :)

Linking with: In the Moment With ..., Live and Love Out Loud, and NC Sue.



3 comments:

Rainey said...

These are beautiful! Yay!

Mersad said...

This lens is amazing. Love the vivid colors it creates. I saw your blog through Rebecca's blog, and I love your images. Am Following now. If you find the time please come check out my photo-blog too. All the best.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

Okay - like you needed any more help to create CRAZY AMAZING images. These are phenomenal- but you are so incredibly talented that I know that this new lens is just another tool in your arsenal. WOW these are beautiful.