Ceiba speciosa is blooming!


So alfred talked me into using a point and shoot camera.
I have never been a fan but he always has one with him, even in trips with full load of equipment. Lots of candids and behind the scenes he had.
So he got me the Sony RX-100 mkIV, really small and powerful. A real pocket camera, but it sits in a velvet pouch on my purse and goes with me anywhere now.
The last two photo expeditions, it is what I’ve used, fir the sake of portability. The sensor is a 20 mgs CMOS, and lens equivalent of 24-70, with a wide aperture of f/1.8-2.8. Even if it is a relative small sensor, you can get great bokeh.
Ceiba Speciosa-3

Ceiba Speciosa-5

Ceiba Speciosa-4
I have the feeling I will be using this a lot!
The ceiba is a beautiful tree with personality problems. It blooms in the fall instead of the spring. Creative little thing LOL
But it is refreshing for us in South Florida, where we don’t get fall colors for the most part, to have something beautiful to photograph, plant wise, this time of the year.
Although there is a Royal Poinciana in fresh bloom around Ponce and Alhambra. Another one with timing issues.
Ceiba Speciosa-2

Ceiba Speciosa-1

Ceiba Speciosa-6

So those are a few from yesterday, processed in Lightroom. There are some more, but not worked on them yet.
Have a great day y’all!

Rainy Day Flowers


Yesterday was a cool rainy day, and we headed to Fairchild again. Butterflies were not in the best of moods. We got some, but spent more time with the flowers, since it was cloudy, we could work longer than we usually would.
 the beauty of decay
In this case, I sussed the Leica 35 Summilux ASPH FLE, with a close up filter. I have found this to work very well for me vs a macro lens. I’m not aware of an f/1.4 macro lens, and if there is, I’m sure it would be really big. So happy camper with my combo, that coupled with the mirror less Sony a7 mkII is now my favorite macro rig.
Slipper slice
Tomorrow it is supposed to be record cold here, low of 37F, praying for cloudy skies to go out again. In the meantime, here are some from yesterday.
 Inner beauty
FC orangeorchids
FC Chastity
FC littleorchid

Phaleanopsis Study


Due to a surgery I had two weeks ago, my field mobility has been somehow impaired temporarily. But the photographer in me is always there and my house orchids proved to be patient and cooperative subjects. The light comes in fully around 8AM, so I took advantage of it and captured and edited these, warming up for the field days. God bless all of you! Life is good 🙂

Leica D-lux 6, tripod, against window light. Edited in RadLab.
Leica D-lux 6, tripod, against window light. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux 6, against window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.
Leica D-Lux 6, against window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux-6, window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.
Leica D-Lux-6, window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux 6, hand held, against window light.
Leica D-Lux 6, hand held, against window light.

Leica M, 90 Elmar macro, edited in Rad LAb
Leica M, 90 Elmar macro, edited in Rad LAb

Leica M, 90 macro Elmar, window light
Leica M, 90 macro Elmar, window light