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Strange Photographer Selfies

Macro photography has fascinated me of late, though I don’t have the best equipment for pursuing it.  While looking through recent photos on my computer, I zoomed in on the “bug traffic jam” in this first picture and realized that my reflection was showing up on the beetle’s shiny black shell.  Can you see me?

millipede walking across a rock in front of a shiny black beetle

The fast-moving beetle was cut off in traffic by the longer, slower millipede. Don’t you just hate when that happens? Lol

reflection of a photographer in a beetle's shiny shell

I saw my reflection in a photo of our resident bunny, too.  It wasn’t very clear, so I grabbed my camera and purposefully captured a rabbit-eye-selfie.

rabbit relaxing in the grass while watching an Easter egg hunt next door

It took me a while to figure out that the fuzzy gray dots all over this photo were caused by a swarm of gnats that flew between me and my nervous subject.

reflection of a photographer in a rabbit's eye

Here’s another from a different day.

extreme close up of a rabbit's eye, showing reflections

You’ll never guess what momma bunny was doing when I took this photo. She was watching dozens of kids across the street having an Easter egg hunt! The dark, curving lines are reflections the of wild green onions that quickly grow tall in our yard between mowings.

Can’t leave out a chicken-eye-selfie!

close up of chicken's face with oatmeal hanging from her beak

Yes, that’s a reflection of me in front of a window — we had the chicken inside our house to do some health maintenance (I’ll spare you the gross details Lol).

reflection of photographer in hen's eye

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This “selfie” was taken on purpose.  I wasn’t going to share it, but I was inspired to add it anyway after seeing a post by Rita Hueston on her blog Tidbits and Tales.

silhouette of a woman, trees, and sky reflected in a puddle

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Have any Strange Photographer Selfies surprised you in your photos?  Please share them or describe them in the comments below!

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Critters and Varmints

critter

/ˈkrɪtər/

noun

1.  (US & Canadian) a dialect word for creature

— Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition

Having family in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks, I’ve learned various “countryfied” words to add to my vocabulary.  Not that I actually use all of these words, but I do know a few funny ones such as:

  • “poke” (n. a sack or bag.  “Hand me that there poke and I’ll stick these taters in it fer ya so you can tote ’em home.”)
  • “sumpin” (n. something.  “Ma, I’m bored!  I need sumpin to do!”)
  • “ain’t”  (v. is not, are not, has not, have not…you get the idea.  “Ain’t you got supper ready yet?”)
  • “reckon” (v. think.  “You reckon we oughta head home?  It’s gettin’ purty late!”)
  • “feller” (n. a man.  “BillyBob?  Ain’t he that feller that bought BettySue’s old place down at Turkey Creek holler?”)
  • “purt-near” and “plumb” (adv. almost & adv. completely.  “I heard you was feelin’ puny.  You back to your old self yet?”  …  “Well, purt-near, but not plumb.”)

The list could go on for miles, but I’ll only mention one more one for you to enjoy:

varmint

[vahr-muh nt]
noun

Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S.

  1. vermin.
  2. an objectionable or undesirable animal, usually predatory, as coyote or bobcat.

— Dictionary.com Unabridged (Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.)

Today I’d like to share recent photos of creatures that those in the Ozarks might label as “springtime critters and varmints“:

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After fencing in the garden to allow us to enjoy the bunnies AND fresh produce, I found out why she hung around the garden so often:  she had five babies hidden right in the center of my garden!  It’s crazy to me how wild rabbits make their nests in open areas; it makes me wonder how many I may have injured while using the riding mower in the yard.

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Photography 101: The Journey of a Girl and Her Camera Manual

Yes, after all these years I’m finally reading my camera’s User Guide manual.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to improve their photography skills.  There’s no need to rush through it.  Digest it a couple of pages at a time — it’s not exactly riveting reading — and you will discover many simple methods to improve your photos.

Through this process of reading the manual (and somewhat randomly pushing buttons on my camera), I’ve produced quite a few enjoyable photos.  Here’s a compilation of my favorite images.  Some you’ve seen if you’ve read my previous Photography 101 posts; others are new.  (You can scroll over or click on the photos for more info.)

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Photography 101: Edge

Day 18:  Today we’re livin’ on the edge in our Photo 101 class!  Lol.  The tip for this assignment was to use photo editing software to make sure the edge we photograph is lined up nice and straight in the photo.

Thankfully, my father let me borrow his camera tripod a couple of weeks ago (he was quite a good photographer back before I was born).  The tripod makes it so much easier to line things up straight and to take macro shots without losing focus due to camera movement.

Once again, I utilized the trusty Aperture Priority setting on my Canon Power Shot camera to capture these images of our Beta fish.  There are plenty of edges in this photo  — the tank, the water, the corner of the room, and the window edges.  When viewed from the edge like this, water refraction and tank reflections make it look like we have three fish instead of one.  (Please scroll over the images or click on them for more info.)

Did you notice the extreme difference in the view out the window?  Shooting photos with and without the flash can cause surprising changes…Well, surprising to me, anyway, since I’m new to photography.  Which photo is more appealing to you?

There was an issue with using the Aperture Priority setting for this photo shoot.  The shutter speed on this setting is slower to let in that rich lighting, which means any motion in the shot will be nothing but a colorful bblluurr.  It’s not noticeable in the first set of photos because the fish was not moving.  Here are some examples of him swimming: one using the Aperture Priority setting and the other using the Sports setting.

I guess that’s why the mouth on my little bunny friend blurred when I used the Aperture Priority setting to take this photo of him licking his lips in the yard today.