green, we could all use some green in our lives right now

Sony CyberShot DSC-W170

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday!

Ready for Spring to spring!

Early Gerber daisy.
Our mighty front yard oak.
Just needs a plant, but which?
Maidenhair ferns in the afternoon sun.

Camera – Fujifilm FinePix JX250 (from 2010).

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Earth Day 2021

Happy Earth Day! Be safe, respect the Earth and one another.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Looking through vintage glass – fun with classic lenses.

Maidenhair ferns at f2.8 – soft non-distracting background

This stunning image (above) was taken through a lens that was made in Japan in the 1950s. What I love about using these well-cared for bits of photographic history is that they produce a level of clarity and sharpness but without the razor sharp and sometimes unnatural look you get with today’s best digital cameras and modern lenses. In my opinion, vintage glass mounted on a mirrorless digital camera is the best of both worlds.

Japanese garden lantern shot at around f8 – nearly perfect focus of the entire roof
Azalea blossoms shot at about one meter at f4 – soft circular highlights and gorgeous bokeh
Shot at 135mm at f5.6 – here the background is not pleasing as the sky is bright blue and cloudless – see image below
Better – shot at f16-f22
Nice separation and spot on focus of the top of the flagpole – 135mm at f8
Fujifilm X-A10 digital mirrorless camera with Fotodiox M42-FX adapter. The T-mount is changeable and in this case I’ve mounted an M42 screw-in adapter. M42 bodies are typically found on older Yashica, Pentax, Fujica, and many other 35mm SLR cameras.

Let me introduce the star of this post. A wonderful 135mm short telephoto lens made by Sankor for Spiratone. It’s a fast f2.8 lens of a sonnar design with multi-coated surfaces (Tc).

If you own or have been thinking of purchasing a digital mirrorless camera then definitely look into shooting with these classic lenses. I think you’ll find its an interesting diversion from the world of autofocus (and image stabilized) modern lenses. It tends to slow you down and makes you appreciate the photographic process.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Friday Fotos! – First leaves of… winter?

Eastern redbud with the first signs of life in this (so far) mild winter here in extreme northeast Florida. Still a lot of winter left but hopefully we’ll avoid a hard freeze before spring.

Have a beautiful day and stay safe!

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Happy Thanksgiving! – turkey and deck cleaning?

Before and after

This wood deck in my backyard is 17-years-old – I built it back in 2003 as an enjoyable spot to connect our house with the wooded back areas of my yard. I love trees and I love the shade they provide during the hot summer months here in North Florida. The downside of having a wood deck in a forest is that it tends to get dirty quickly – really quickly. Algae, mold, dirt, leaves, and grime combine to turn the wood black.

I started cleaning the deck with my pressure washer (electric 2100 psi) last weekend and I’ve still got a long way to go but I thought I’d share a before and after picture of just how nice it’s coming along. No chemicals, just water pressure (and time).

Pressure washing can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. I tend not to think about anything while I’m doing it. So its kinda peaceful during these frightening times.

Speaking of peaceful. I want to wish all of my friends and followers here on WordPress a wonderful Thanksgiving day and that you’re able and sit back and enjoy spending some time in person and virtually with the people you love.

Thanks for stopping by – peace and love y’all! – Chris

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wordless wednesday

Thanks for stopping by and remember to thank a veteran today (and everyday) as today is the official observance of Veteran’s Day in the United States. – Chris

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Happy SUNday!

With our planet seemingly under siege from uncontrolled climate changes and the pandemic (not to mention political nonsense) here’s a simple way to take back a small chunk of sanity.

By providing a place within your property for wildlife and native plants and trees to flourish not only do you do something nice for the Earth but also for your mental health and personal well-being.

Visit https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/certify to find out how you can help wildlife to thrive instead of just surviving.

Have a beautiful and peaceful day! – Chris