This is the scene in our front yard from about 10 minutes ago.  We had a pretty hard thunderstorm roll through about 30 minutes ago.  We even had hail, which I don't recall having seen here before in Balch Springs.  So, instead of photos of the cool clouds and all, look at the incredible reflection my Nikon D-40 with a 55-200 lens was able to snag!  You can see the other branches, inverted, in the shot.  What did we do before Nikons?  What did we do before digital photography?  What did we do before digital photo editing?  And what did we do before blogs?

 Jan 2010 Storms 16

And as I sit here in the kitchen posting this, the sun now is shining through the kitchen windows as though it never rained.  I must go now.  Perhaps there will be rainbows.  With the way life has been going lately, I'm due to see one.




  1. Sarah

    NICE!! I have the same camera, same lens!!
    Check out my bokeh light effect I pulled of in full manual here: http://tiny.cc/bM7x3
    and my icecicles that I captured here: http://tiny.cc/dXhI4

  2. Donny "Daddy" Claxton

    Great pics Sarah. I’ve got some icicles that look just like yours. Very cool. What are you using to edit your pics? I first load them all into Aperture 2, then when I want to play with them even more, pump them into Photoshop CS4.
    DC

  3. Sarah

    I use picnik alot – sometimes I use photoshop CS4… picnik is quick, and with the Nikon, there aren’t a ton of edits to do since it produces such a crisp photo!

  4. Donny "Daddy" Claxton

    I agree about the crispness of the pics. That’s a given, particularly with the good lens the Nikon D-40 uses. It’s very cool to me that the camera that essentially is the beginner tool from Nikon is so very powerful.
    I used @mommybrain Monica Brady’s Nikon 5000 in LA and it’s all that, but on a limited income with seven kids, for now, I’m left dreaming.
    It was a total shock to see the reflection of the other branches in the water drops I shot last night. I know my camera is powerful, but holy moly! I shoot everything in RAW so I’ve got greater flexibility when it comes to enlarging a picture like the one above. If it was a jpeg the results would not have been the same by any stretch of the imagination.


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