Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fruits of May

Sweet Onion





Cherry Tomato!


The final act for Broccoli

Every year I allow a couple of my broccoli plants to flower and seed.
Frankly, towards the end they look like hell.
The delicate yellow flowers turn into green seed pods and eventually turn brown.

I fill my wheel barrow with the branches of pods, gab a fist full and twist.
The seed pods burst open and little round brown seeds pop out.
In November I will plant these seeds and start the process all over again.
I can't wait till the fresh broccoli returns.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Moment with Dragonflies

Here is a quick video I made of dragonflies visiting my garden.
These little guys are only about three inches long, and they are fast.
The video was shot using a Canon EOS 7D with an EF 100 2.8, 720p at 60FPS.
For one shot at the end I used a EFS 10-22 3.5.

Now, I need to practice trying to get them in flight!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pineapple Dragonfly

No, it's not a new exotic drink. Maybe it should be?
This week we had two new arrivals in the garden.
The dragonfly's are back after the coldest winter in recent memory.
And my six year old pineapple plant that i planned on pulling up has
popped out a baby.
I remember reading that pineapples only produce two heads per plant.
A year after sticking the top off a store bought pineapple in the ground
we got a small but very sweet pineapple.

That was five years ago. WOW.

I bet its gonna taste great.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tampa Lightning with a Sony DCR-SX83

Tampa Florida is the lightning capital of North America. This is test of the Sony DCR-SX83. For this test I did not increase the lux, I set it for normal daytime shooting. The camera recorded for about two hours. I edited all of the good strikes together then slow-moed all of them in the second half of the video.

The horizontal lines during the brightest parts of the video are generated in the camera, I don't know if its the CMOS sensor or the camera's compression.

I've been shooting with this camera for about two months.
So far its been good not great, I don't like the mpeg2 recording format.
It does not play well with most editing programs.
Also, those horizontal lines mentioned above are not great.
For general sunny day shooting the kids .... very good.

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