Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
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Hi all, today's assortment is a mess of stuff I took with varying levels of skill, and requiring equally varying crops. First up is the cicada I transported home in my water bottle from my weekly Sunday Tuesday ride with a friend. It survived the trip & subsequent photography, flying away, perhaps to lay eggs in one of my maple trees:) Who knows, I might still be in this house in another 17 years to greet its progeny...

17 year cicada, with the lens cap from the 90mm macro lens I used to shoot it for scale. sony ILCE-7C, 1/800s, f/2.8, ev-0.7, iso 100, daylight balanced. Cropped & scaled jpeg.

The rest of these were shot on our daily walk of 16Jun, with the tamron lens, from about 8:30–9:15pm; I was so impressed with the weird composition with the milkweed at the top & butterfly at the bottom (which I cropped more tightly to emphasize this quality) but it looked way better in my imagination than it does on the screen. I think the butterfly is some sort of skipper, perhaps a mulberry wing; and I'm sure the flower is some sort of milkweed, possibly white swamp milkweed.

1/200s, f/4.0, ev -0.3, 180mm, iso400, cropped and scaled down to 1000 pix, because the butterfly is not real sharp at larger magnifications.

Next up a couple of canada nodding thistles[1] , because I simply can not resist photographing flowers...

tamron 70-180 (at 180) sony ILCE-7C 1/200s, f/2.8 ev -0.7, iso 320 daylight balanced, cropped.

I'm including this pic of a robin because I like the way the setting sun coloured the tree trunks the same as its breast, plus, contrasty bokeh.

tamron 70-180 (at 180) sony ILCE-7C 1/200s, f/2.8 ev -0.7, iso 640 daylight balanced, cropped.

I didn't really think I could get any of the moon's texture with just 180mm of lens, but actually, it's not too bad, with sufficient underexposure:

tamron 70-180 (at 180) sony ILCE-7C 1/200s, f/2.8, ev -2.0, iso 100, daylight balanced; cropped at 100% (512 pixels, i.e., roughly this size, but you'll still get a better image if you click on it) lightened, colour adjusted.

However, to get the craters, you pretty much have to make the sky black, or at least deep indigo, regardless of what it actually is, so despite this being shot in bright light with a blue sky, the original looks like night-time.[2] I didn't wholly bring it back to azure—think I'd wanna work from RAW to attempt that—but you get the idea.

[1]Still aliens, tho’

[2]I mean, the robin was shot about 10–15 minutes before, and note the lightness of the sky, despite its also being a bit underexposed.