June 24, 2010
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POTW Thursday: Summer
This week’s POTW theme is SUMMER. I really struggled with this week’s theme because I feel like summer has just begun…that, and I don’t get to really enjoy my summer until July when we go on vacation. I also envy all the fun pool and sprinkler shots from my photography friends with children.

Nonetheless, I started scrolling through some of the photos I took over the weekend to find something that said “summer.” Dragonflies say “summer,” right? I took the shot below by leaning into a fountain at the Rose Garden to get a closer shot – I nearly fell in. Oh how I wish I had my new macro last weekend. The shot below would have been ultra close.
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 ISO 100, 75 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec (taken on my Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8)

So, I mentioned the new Macro…my sweet husband gave me a gift card to Peace Camera for my birthday. This store has EVERYTHING, including a nice selection of used lenses. I decided that I would go to the store yesterday afternoon, before meeting up with my girlfriends. They had a great deal on a used Sigma 105 mm EX Macro f/2.8. Since Tuesday night, I’ve been itching to share a few new macro shots. Then yesterday afternoon, on my way home from work…it rained. 

SUMMER RAIN!!! As soon as I got home, I whipped out my new lens and started looking for bugs. That’s weird, huh? Even though this photo isn’t in perfect focus, you can see this bug’s eyes. I love it!
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 ISO 400, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec.

I love the raindrop on this one.
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ISO 200,  105 mm, f/3.2, 1/80 sec.

I took this shot inside my car as I was waiting for the rain to lighten up enough for me to run into the gym. It looks kinda cool, right?
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 ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/200 sec.

And finally, raindrops on a newspaper. I am loving this lens! If you have a chance (and it’s within your budget), the Sigma 105 mm EX Macro f/2.8 is an excellent alternative to some of the more expensive Macro lenses out there. Check it out!
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ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/1000 sec.

Check out some of the other entries HERE. Next week’s challenge is SHUTTER SPEED.