I'm thinking I really need a dedicated macro lens. My 18-135mm zoom is what they call a "fast" lens because it has a wide opening to gather light, but it's not really a close-up lens.  Even with the macro setting on my camera, I'm still not getting the results I really want.  It's not just bees and flowers, it's coins as well. Little things in closeup.  Having said that, I'm quite pleased with my recent bees. Get the focus, go out on a sunny day, and wait for serendipity.

I'm thinking I really need a dedicated macro lens. My 18-135mm zoom is what they call a "fast" lens because it has a wide opening to gather light, but it's not really a close-up lens. Even with the macro setting on my camera, I'm still not getting the results I really want. It's not just bees and flowers, it's coins as well. Little things in closeup. Having said that, I'm quite pleased with my recent bees. Get the focus, go out on a sunny day, and wait for serendipity.

Having a bit of fun with this shot. Got in real close with the macro setting to embiggen the lens.  And then plaid around in software to punch up the colours and contrast.  This is a good all-round lens. 18mm to get in close for snaps of bees and flowers, and the 135mm zoom goes out quite a respectable way for the long shots. In between there's a very useful range for portraits and general photography.

Having a bit of fun with this shot. Got in real close with the macro setting to embiggen the lens. And then plaid around in software to punch up the colours and contrast. This is a good all-round lens. 18mm to get in close for snaps of bees and flowers, and the 135mm zoom goes out quite a respectable way for the long shots. In between there's a very useful range for portraits and general photography.

I knew the balloon festival was in Canberra, and I meant to get up early to go photograph the things, but Sunday I rolled over in the half dark, looked out at the overcast sky.  And rolled back. I had better things to do on a Sunday dawn.  Later, I got up to get the paper. Morning coffee, a shortbread biscuit, a fresh newspaper and the dregs of the Saturday broadsheet edition. It doesn't get much better than this.  Oh, a rainbow, I thought as I glanced up at the sky.

I knew the balloon festival was in Canberra, and I meant to get up early to go photograph the things, but Sunday I rolled over in the half dark, looked out at the overcast sky. And rolled back. I had better things to do on a Sunday dawn. Later, I got up to get the paper. Morning coffee, a shortbread biscuit, a fresh newspaper and the dregs of the Saturday broadsheet edition. It doesn't get much better than this. Oh, a rainbow, I thought as I glanced up at the sky.

Sparked by a glass of cider outside last night, just relaxing in the garden.  My wife said, oh, there's the first crocus! I looked around for the animal, but couldn't see it, not until I followed her gaze to a yellow flower.  What, is it near the flower?  No, you silly, it IS the flower.  Well, what do I know?

Sparked by a glass of cider outside last night, just relaxing in the garden. My wife said, oh, there's the first crocus! I looked around for the animal, but couldn't see it, not until I followed her gaze to a yellow flower. What, is it near the flower? No, you silly, it IS the flower. Well, what do I know?

Here's Misty on my lap, every whisker sharp. At least in the small depth of field my 22mm prime allows. My life is a continuing battle with Misty, who would love to curl up on the laptop's warm keyboard, and while she's thinking about how to achieve that, she prowls around, trying one side or the other, hoping for an unguarded moment.

Here's Misty on my lap, every whisker sharp. At least in the small depth of field my 22mm prime allows. My life is a continuing battle with Misty, who would love to curl up on the laptop's warm keyboard, and while she's thinking about how to achieve that, she prowls around, trying one side or the other, hoping for an unguarded moment.

Of course, what I live for are smiles, and there were smiles galore at the YMCA fun run. Here's a happy crew in front of the Carillon.

Of course, what I live for are smiles, and there were smiles galore at the YMCA fun run. Here's a happy crew in front of the Carillon.

On Sunday I took my camera down to the lake to photograph the YMCA fun run. This was the annual Women and Girls event from Commonwealth Park, along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin round the Carillon on Aspen Island and back again.  Hundreds of women of all ages from under one to over eighty, all out there doing their best to raise money for ovarian cancer.

On Sunday I took my camera down to the lake to photograph the YMCA fun run. This was the annual Women and Girls event from Commonwealth Park, along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin round the Carillon on Aspen Island and back again. Hundreds of women of all ages from under one to over eighty, all out there doing their best to raise money for ovarian cancer.

Right. Anyone have any idea where this is?  Quite a famous place, and this is supposed to be the iconic photo of my travelling companion in front of the famous monument, but well, it's lacking something.   This one's a bit better, yeah? More of an idea what it might be and where it is?

Right. Anyone have any idea where this is? Quite a famous place, and this is supposed to be the iconic photo of my travelling companion in front of the famous monument, but well, it's lacking something. This one's a bit better, yeah? More of an idea what it might be and where it is?

When I first moved to Canberra, back in the mid-Eighties, it was a very exciting place compared to suburban Brisbane. Quite apart from the thrill of being in the national capital, along with all the iconic buildings and institutions, the fact that Canberra was home to a hundred embassies added colour and diversity.  Not just to the sight of people in the street, clad in unfamiliar apparel, but also the variety of food options.

When I first moved to Canberra, back in the mid-Eighties, it was a very exciting place compared to suburban Brisbane. Quite apart from the thrill of being in the national capital, along with all the iconic buildings and institutions, the fact that Canberra was home to a hundred embassies added colour and diversity. Not just to the sight of people in the street, clad in unfamiliar apparel, but also the variety of food options.

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