I visited Pineland Farms this past weekend and I must say their flower garden has a profusion of blooms. Every where you turn there are splashes of color.
As you can see I tried isolating single or small groups of blossoms. For anyone who has never been there it’s worth the visit and a good place to practice your flower and close-up photography. I would say the garden area is at least an acre or more in size and the best part, it’s free to get in.
Obviously these aren’t wildflowers and usually I try to keep photos I post more on the wild side but I had to show these and let folks know about the photo oppurtunities that are available in the area.
This baby seal was on Willard Beach in Portland on Saturday and we almost walked into it before spotting it. The mother wasn’t around but hopefully it wasn’t abandoned. The weather wasn’t very sunny so there weren’t too many people wandering about so the little guy wasn’t being harrassed and it seemed like all he wanted to do was nap. It was tough getting a photo with the eyes open and all I had with me was my point and shoot camera.
After a long hiatus it’s time to get back to posting on a regular basis. The local apple orchards are in full bloom right now so I took a ride Sunday afternoon to one of them and photographed the blooming trees. One of the more enjoyable experiences of this day was the sweet, spicy aroma of the apple blossoms filling the air as I wandered the orchard.
Here’s a photo I took after last weeks ice storm. Also this is the first time I tried using photo stacking. I took four different photos at different focus points and blended them together in Photoshop. The advantage of this is it increases depth of field. I took this on Christmas day and it was a little breezy so I used a fast shutter speed to stop the movement of the berries but that gave me a shallow depth of field. All the berries would not have been in focus, combining the four images took care of the problem. There are many tutorials on Youtube that explain how to do this technique.