We have arrived. A very long day but what a wonderful day ending with 4-course dinner at Casanova's in Rome serenaded by wonderful opera class singers and not enough very good wine. A short stop at St. Peters's Basilica after dinner for some lovely night photos. It still seems like a dream. We are staying a block away from the Tiber River and I am just about to head out for some night photography -- if I can stay awake.
iPhone 1/4 second at f/2.2, ISO 100, 4.5mm
We witnessed at least four new Robins come to life this spring. In a few weeks, we will miss the attack of the blueberry conducted by the robins in our yard. Our blueberries are just beginning to ripen. When they do, it is the robin that will get to them first. Great fun to watch! Notice that this photo was taken with ISO set to 3200. Amazing how the noise can be cleaned up.
1/125 second at f/27, ISO 3200, 300mm (28-300mm) - 9946
In preparation for a three-week trip in Italy, we are required to comply with International restrictions for baggage. Carry on is limited to 21.5" x 13.5" x 9" and 17 pounds. Really? I think there should be a technology exception. I am in a quandary as to how to fit camera, extra body, lenses, batteries, computer, 6TB of external disk, SD cards, cables, chargers, converters, tripods, GPS (with Italian maps), remotes, triggers, iPad, iPhone, external speaker, glasses, sun glasses and little bags of miscellaneous essentials. As thrilled as I am to spend the time traveling the back roads of Italy, and I am, next year will be a road trip!
iPhone 6 Plus, 1/4 seconf at f/2.2, ISO 125, 4.15mm
The power of solar lights is compounded by a 4 second exposure. Your eyes can never capture what the camera can because the camera remembers the entire exposure whereas your eyes catch fleeting moments. It is hard to fathom. It hurts the brain to think about capturing light over time. But it is evidenced by the power of the camera at night. These are simple solar lights in our back yard - only the camera moved.
Nikon D610, 6 second at f/4.0, ISO 3200, 32 mm (28-300) - 9915
People celebrate Independence Day in many different ways. There are parades, fireworks, music, picnics, travel and family gatherings. I have participated in all of those at one time or another. On this day, at home, we celebrated quietly and thoughtfully with the appreciation that we are free to do as we please - even nothing of consequence. Woefully, like the beauty of the afternoon sun carving a path through the trees in the lush forest, it is something we take very much for granted.
Nikon D610, 1/45 second at f/8, ISO 1600, 122mm (28-300mm) - 9872
Our little hand-crafted brook has been part of our back yard for near on ten years. The moss is permanent as are the laurel, iris and fern that adorn it. The trickling stream is frequented each year by unnatural creatures of all sorts, dead and alive. They watch over our slice of utopia as the birds bathe, chipmunks drink and frogs hunt. To spend a few minutes with them is one of the more rewarding things to do in life. Take heed.
Nikon D610, 1/90 second at f/8.0, ISO 1600, 135mm (28-300mm) - 9855
This morning, in my trek to take some pictures, I never arrived at my destination. I happened by a wonderful stretch of the Quinapoxet River. The river meanders from the Quinapoxet Reservoir in Princeton to the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston. Turn around from this view and there is a wonderful view of some mild river rapids. The sound is hypnotic. What a treat to explore the meandering waterways of Massachusetts.
Nikon D610, 1/60 Second at f/11, ISO 1600, 85mm (28-300mm) - 9813
Count the little frogs in this picture and consider what kind of democracy exists among these amphibious marvels. I count nine. How do they decide who goes where and how long they can stay? The squirrels bicker constantly, the birds have a pecking order, the chipmunks chase each other around like kids on a sugar high, but these little guys provide us with a lesson in meditation and sitting, watching them is as instructional as listening to Deepak Chopra.
Nikon D610, 1/180 Second at F5.6, ISO 1600, 116mm (28-300mm) - 9785
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts. I take photographs almost every day. I will post my favorites here.