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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2006
4:48 AM

Post #2802646

This shot is almost a dream for me. I dreamt of taking close-ups of insects. Here I was in the right position, squatting on the edge of the pond, waiting for this lovely insect to pass by, stop over and provide these shots.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2006
4:49 AM

Post #2802650

Came again after a while to the same flower.

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2006
4:49 AM

Post #2802652

From another side.

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irisloverdee
Lebanon, OR

October 11, 2006
12:53 AM

Post #2805208

great pictures, thank you for sharing
jmf_sofla
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 11, 2006
10:45 PM

Post #2808270

Dinu: what a gorgeous lilly, waterlillies are royalty. Thanks.
KatyMac
So. Puget Sound, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 12, 2006
12:49 AM

Post #2808556

Such a cooperative little bee. And the lily is breathtaking!
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2006
9:25 PM

Post #2832739

Dinu you are talented!! These are great pictures!!
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 22, 2006
11:58 PM

Post #2841125

Those are breathtaking shots! It looks like the lily is lit from beneath. Beautiful! I know how excited you must be.
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2006
11:59 PM

Post #2841129

Wow. And I do mean wow!!! Fabulous shot.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2006
11:57 AM

Post #2855031

Nice shot!
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

October 29, 2006
1:36 PM

Post #2861824

Ah Hah!

So it's true! The Lumination Lily really does exist! (hee)

A sublime capture, Dinu!!

- Magpye
Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 29, 2006
11:08 PM

Post #2863308

What I love so much about the second one is that you can really see the blue-colored lines on the bee...AND the lavender piece of the lily (sorry I don't remember parts of plants from high school!! :) that intersects his body makes for photographic ART!! :)

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 30, 2006
6:13 AM

Post #2864240

Thanks. What I'd have loved is the lines on the bee's wings. That would have given me an even better shot. I hope I will get it some day.
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2006
9:16 PM

Post #2866238

Wonderful photos Dinu. The bee is very exotic with its striped abdomen, and pollen encrusted legs, but I am blown away by the water lily. I've never seen anything so bright and vibrant, like a floral volcano afire in the midst of erupting. Your photographic skills are great. Is there a name for that water lily ?

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2011
9:48 AM

Post #8495073

Now, this is with a Canon 550d. I'm amazed at my older pictures with the Fuji FinePix A120.

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 15, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8497417

Dinu, I too am amazed at the quality of the Fuji pictures. I just got a new Canon and it takes pretty good pictures. I still like my Kodak point and shoot.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8499736

It is such a basic camera, the Fuji, which is malfunctioning now and so not in use. The FZ8 too is doing really well with macros.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2011
3:36 AM

Post #8501209

Dinu, lately so many people have had their cameras in the shop. Some of us went ahead and got a second camera. I went with a Canon SX 30 and really like it. It's a bit heavier and larger than the Kodak, but it fits my hand well and I like the newer features such more pixels, wider angle and a much larger zoom. Zoom is what I did all my research on.

I haven't done much with the Macro yet. I got the camera after Christmas and ended up sick in February and March. Add that to snow that wasn't pretty and no sun most of the year, I haven't taken many nice pictures, LOL!

I can't wait to re-shoot all my flowers this year :o)

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8501576

Oh Billy, hope you are in your normal health now. Sun! Only a few days in a year that the clouds come in between Him and us here in Mysore and all the rest he is available. He supplies so much energy. We have in our home a small unit that gives solar power to a few lights which we use at nights for a couple of hours to save on electric power and at times when load shedding is on, it is very handy.

We look forward to your pictures, whenever you take. Sometimes it is fun to redo the work! Every new day is a fresh day!

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8502145

Billy - I got a canon 3100 last year. I really love mine. I do think it takes better pictures than my Kodak Easyshare took - I cannot wait to take pictures of the flowers this year too! I hope you are feeling better...

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8505866

Dinu, we have had more clouds since January than I ever remember. It also seems to be windier and I hear that from others all over the states. Iowa does have a lot of wind turbines and I'm glad someone is using them. When we do have sun, we also have a lot of airplanes and the contrails will act just like a cloud. I hope we see a lot more sun this year, even if it does get hot. Lucky you to be able to use solar power!

Carolyn, I still like my point and shoot for some pictures, but I look forward to really using the Canon! So far it seems true on color.

Thanks to both of you. I am finally getting back the muscle I lost from laying around for two weeks at a time. It's amazing how fast you can lose it! I mowed the high spots in the yard the other day and wasn't tired, so I think I'm cured!

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

April 27, 2011
2:17 AM

Post #8523400

Dinu
Your photos are excellent and the bloom is really so pretty. Wish to grab it

Kaleem

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2011
9:02 AM

Post #8528333

Carolyn, hope you have shared your 3100 pictures.

billyporter, Renewable energy, rainwater harvesting are words that we often hear but practised less, despite new laws. It is now compulsory to install both (solar water heater/light) in new homes otherwise they will not issue the completion report (CR) that is an essential document in cases where the house is to be further sold. For our new house, we have to make it, but many people use underhand methods to get the CR.

Kaleem, Nice to hear from you, thanks. Hope all is well with you - it's been a long time since I saw your posting! Am sure you are all well and safe.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8529765

Dinu, I think it's great that new homes have to have these things. It's a shame people don't care to think about how important these things might be in the distant future. I wish they would make decisions like that here in the states.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

April 30, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8530227

billy, people in many places are not aware of the potential dangers that would befall on earthizens if we continue to disregard Mother Earth like that and squeezing all natural resources like this. Things have to happen from grass-root level.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2011
3:28 AM

Post #8533780

Dinu, and water is the most important thing to save right now.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 2, 2011
8:33 AM

Post #8534434

This time it is an Eleutherine flower that opens in the evening that attracts this blue banded bee.

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8536504

Dinu, such a pretty little bloom.
That is another a fantastic shot! I can even see the blur of wings. I am so amazed at the detail we can capture with our own cameras. I wish it would warm up. I'd like to get out and try the macro on my new camera.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 4, 2011
3:48 AM

Post #8538688

Thanks billy, it was with Canon 550d using macro setting, auto focus. Waited for it to arrive at that flower!
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2011
4:08 AM

Post #8538708

Wow Dinu!!! That is an AMAZING shot! Definitely belongs in a magazine!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2011
5:19 AM

Post #8538802

Dinu, I was thinking about my camera this morning and realized I need to review the booklet. I've forgotten how to macro with it already, LOL!

Even with the autofocus, you still had to ''pull the trigger'' and your ''shot'' was well timed!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 4, 2011
9:11 AM

Post #8539151

Yes, I really enjoyed that shot. I have cropped it a bit to bring out the blur of wings closer for view! I wonder how you can forget the basic settings of your camera!

Thanks avianut. That's a genuine inspiration and I'll try to better it!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2011
3:41 AM

Post #8540795

Dinu, LOL! It's brand new and has a lot more bells and whistles than the little Kodak! I actually had to Google the manual because the booklet that came with it was no help at all! I need to be on the computer when I want to play with the settings.

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

May 5, 2011
4:09 AM

Post #8540826

I don't think they would make it so complicated. Those 'bells' would drain out batteries faster with every beep. I have muted those sounds in both my cameras - the Sony W150 and Lumix FZ8.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8540872

Dinu, there are so many options. If this camera lasts as long as the Kodak, and I'm still using that camera, I may be glad I have all of them.

Actually, I left a few noises on, like when I snap the picture. I kind of like it. With the new big batteries, I don't have to charge it so often.

These pictures amaze me. I took them both right after the other and they ar almost identical in color.

This is with the new camera, Canon

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8540873

And my old camera, Kodak

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2011
4:44 AM

Post #8540882

Billy -

I love my Canon. I have a battery charger that I just pop the battery out of the camera and into the charger and then plug the entire unit into the wall. Everything is charged in an hour or two. The charger unit came with my camera. Do you have one?

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8540898

I love mine too! Even tho it's bigger, I love how it fits in my hand. I feel more like a pro, LOL!

We ordered a second battery and have a small unit that plugs in. In two hours I have a new battery, as opposed to the 6 hours it takes for the Kodak's double A's. I have to set the timer so I don't forget about it.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2011
11:54 AM

Post #8541699

I keep four sets of batteries, double A's, all charged so I can quickly switch out the dead ones and keep on click'n. they do take forever to recharge.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8541726

So do I. I've had the Kodak since 2006 and I am only up to 8 batteries. The first 4 finally wouldn't hold a charge anymore.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8542103

Yeah. I think two of mine have finally given up also.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8543323

At least they will hold a charge longer than a regular battery. Boy does it eat them up!

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