Week 17 – Judy


Week 16

Two Blacks in Black and White

Was trimming some palm trees and ran across these two Black Snakes all curled up into each other in the top branches. It was interesting to watch them gracefully untangle. One of the good type of snakes to have in your yard.

My settings were ISO 1000, f/6.3, 1/400 sec. at 260mm (70mm – 300mm). I converted it to B/W and applied a low strength of Topaz Adjust 5’s Photo Pop filter.



Week 16 – Becky


Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly away home

Wow I always thought lady bugs had spots or not spots.  Never seen one with stripes until now.  Searched on the internet and saw they can have other markings.  How very cool!  Shot with Olympus TG-4 on microscope mode.  Cropped, boost contrast and sharpened. Settings were f4.9,iso640,1/400sec.

Happy Clicking!


Week 16 – Judy


A Quiet Lunch

Had lunch with the NWGs this afternoon at what was once an old general store and post office built in the late 1800s. It has recently been converted into a restaurant. I took this photo thru an antique post office letter box cabinet of an elderly couple having lunch.  Love the cut out heart in the chair!

Applied some cropping and a rounded corner frame. Taken with my Olympus TG-4. Had the camera on auto mode,  but the settings were ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/100sec.


Week 16 – Robin

Another ugly bug for your enjoyment! 🙂 I wasn’t able to ID it. It looks a little like a rhinoceros beetle, but it was only 1/2 inch long. He was sitting on a piece of screen and you can see his legs poking through it.

Used the Olympus TG-4 on microscope mode. Settings were automatic. 1/320s, f/4.9, ISO 800. Desaturated part of the photo to give it a more uniform look.


Week 15 – Becky


Shedding some skin!!!!

My son found the snake skin in our garden.  It is amazing you can still see such detail where the eye, mouth and scales were.  Nature and all living creatures are amazing.  Shot with DSLR Nikon300s and 105mm.  Boost contrast and cropped along with some sharpening.  Settings were ISO400, f3.5, 1/40sec, Aperture Priority and handheld.

Happy Clicking!!!


Week 15 – Robin


Yellow Marshmallow Family

These apparently are very common to potted plants. Leucocoprinus birnbaumii.
They were growing in a potted fig tree. I liked the shape, like a marshmallow, and vivid yellow color. They only lasted for one day and then turned an ugly brown and dried up.

Use the Olympus TG-4 on Microscope mode. Settings were automatic but were 1/400s, f/3.2, ISO 100.


Week 15 – Judy


Drops of Sap

My friend had a large pine tree cut down in her yard.  I noticed the shiny drops of sap coming thru the tree stump and the cool tree rings. This tree had been thru lots of history. You can see a very distorted reflection of the camera and some palm tree tops in the sap.

Taken on microscope mode with my Olympus TG-4. Edited on the iPad. Used Snapseed to enhance detail, and applied the glamour glow filter. Settings were f/4.9, ISO 800, 1/160 sec at 100mm (downloaded Photoshop Fix App on my iPad…it shows settings…yeh!).