Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Lesson From a Lens Ball

Time keeps on slipping by quickly and I can't seem to get blog posts made.
Trust me it's not that I don't want to or that I don't have any pictures to share.Lots of pictures but too many other things that need my attention.
Well,here I am, with a blog post at long last. I hope that at least a few folks have not forgotten about me.

While driving through a marsh area, this male Yellow-headed Blackbird,was kind enough to pose for me.I find these birds to be very attractive.I can't say the same for their voice,but they are using the talent God has given them.

I have so many sunset pictures, but am always ready to get a few more.Each sunset is beautiful and different from all the others.This is actually not directly into the sunset, but rather the setting sun is painting the clouds a beautiful color to the south and to the east.

I mentioned in a previous post about using a Lens Ball to get some shots.Here are a couple more like that.I did find out, though,that you have to be careful when using it in direct sunlight.While holding this ball and trying to get a shot with the other hand,I noticed a stinging in my finger.At first I thought it was a cramp, but it came back just as soon as I held that ball up again.I finally realized that this ball was acting like a very strong magnifying glass and I was feeling the effects of the sun on my finger.  I realized that I could easily burn myself or start a fire with this ball, if I were not careful.

I do wish I could figure out a way to use the ball without my hand being in the shot.

I love the Irises and used to have a lot of them. Due to cutting back drastically on my gardens,I am down to two Iris plants. I do like this flower a lot.

Something To Think About:
Be contagious with your joy,your positivity and your goodness.
It would be wasteful to not share it with those who need it.


Debby Ray said...

Gorgeous lens ball shots! I haven't had mine out recently but you have inspired me!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, never heard of a lens ball, and love the shots using it. Something I might look into.

Happy summer dear Ruth ~ FlowerLady

Sandra said...

my first ever viewing or hearing about a lens ball. amazing flowers through that lens... that bird at the beginning is really pretty, we have a few birds that their singing is a bit much after a while... I just ran a search and found this on how to use them, wow
have fun..... I want one of course

George said...

You get some gorgeous pictures with the lens ball, but please be careful. I want to assure you that I will gladly look at any sunset photos you decide to share.

LV said...

You always share some of the best shots of anything you take. You have a super camera and know how to use it. Never heard of the lens ball. Of course, with a point and shoot, you would not.

Debbie said...

i have one of those balls and i have never used it. i MUST blow the dust off it and take it outside, thanks for the reminder!! your pictures are beautiful, so unique and i LOVE the yellow headed bird!!!!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

That iris photo is PERFECT.... What a beautiful flower....

I always love your sunset (and sunrise) photos. Keep 'em coming!!!!

I saw a Red-winged Blackbird at our feeders recently. Didn't get a picture --but I think it was a young one... SO pretty... He didn't stay long --and didn't come back (after I got my camera ready)... ha

Have a wonderful day.

Happytrails said...

Forget about your blog.....never!!!!! Your sunset pictures are beautiful and no two are ever the same....love them!!!
That lens ball is quite interesting. Love how it works with the camera!! Be careful you don’t hurt yourself though!!
Thanks for sharing all your joy with us!!!

Rose L said...

Love the bird!
There must be something out there for the crystal ball. Maybe a vase to perch it on??

Debby Ray said...

Me again...did you happen to get a little pedestal holder with your lens ball? I did get one with mine and figured out that you can actually set it on the platform of your tripod in front of what you are photographing, adjusting it according to your shot. Mine looks like a little clear cube about 1 1/2" square that has an indentation where the ball sits.

happyone said...

A beautiful bird!!
Wow pictures through the lens ball are gorgeous. Looks like those round glass paper weights.
Your sky pictures are always amazing and I don't think anyone would tire of seeing them.

E. said...

i've never seen a birdie like that ... awesome coloring. so cool!! what a beauty. hope u r well this day. take care. ( :

Aritha said...

The bird! Totally new for me.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I remember the first time we saw one of those yellow-headed blackbirds on a trip out west. We'd never seen one before and thought it was gorgeous. We don't see them where we live. The lens ball is an interesting object. The photos with it are very nice. I see from the comments of others that there may be places on the Web where you can find more information on ways to use it. Interesting about how it heats things up, though. Be careful.

Debbie Harris said...

Hello! Those photos with your lense ball turned out gorgeous! I may have to put one of those on my Christmas wish list. :}
Irises are my mother's favorite flower and that one of yours is quite beautiful.
Your quote is so very true.

Thank you for your visit on my last post, and yes, should we venture that way again I would love to meet you!

God bless you~