I’m a Kid in a Candy Shop!

I love tax season. Granted, I probably wouldn’t if I owed the IRS, but (knock on wood) that hasn’t happened yet. Every year I file as soon as I get my W2. This year, the IRS started processing returns on January 20th. I filed on the 19th.

I got my refund on Friday, WOOHOO!!!

My first purchase was a new lens for my camera that I’ve been drooling over for the past year. If your new to the blog, you probably don’t know that I’m absolutely in love with my camera. It’s a Nikon D5100, and it was the best money I’ve ever spent.

I love to photograph nature, dragonflies specifically. I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with getting the clearest images of these little guys that I can, and my camera is amazing, even with the stock lens. But I had to get within inches of the little guys to get close enough images (it’s a 55mm lens). Not all dragonflies are cooperative enough to let me get that close, especially the rare ones. You know, the ones I really want to get shots of like the huge darners that never land.

The lens I finally purchased is a 55mm – 300mm lens, which means I can be four feet away from my dragonflies and still get those incredibly close shots that I want. I received the lens yesterday and of course went right out to play with it.

I started taking shots of flowers, trees and other flora.

Canada Toadflax Flowers

 

Canada Toadflax Flowers

After a several shots, I thought to myself, I really need a dragonfly to see how this lens is going to perform. Not 30 seconds later, this little guy landed right next to me.

A male Blue Marle Dragonfly. Look for him in the shop soon!
A male Blue Marle Dragonfly. Look for him in the shop soon!

Male Blue Marle Dragonfly

I know these probably aren’t as impressive to you as they are to me, but keep in mind this shot was taken from over four feet away. Needless to say, I’m psyched about this new lens, and I can’t wait for spring!!

After taking shots of the dragonfly, this cute little honey bee decided he wanted photos taken of him as well. I’m allergic to bee stings, so having to get super close to them to take clear shots with the old lens was terrifying to me. But now I can’t shoot away!

Honey Bee on Canada Toadflax Flowers

 

Honey Bee on Canada Toadflax Flowers

 

Honey Bee on Canada Toadflax Flowers

Caught him flying around in this one, an awesome shot!
Caught him flying around in this one, an awesome shot!

The only problem with the new lens is that I need to find the sweet spot. All camera lenses have a sweet spot where images are the most crisp and clear. But each lens is different, so the sweet spot is always in a different place, and it’s not necessarily the center. I’m going to have to practice with this lens to get the clearest images, but for having the lens all of 45 minutes, I think these came out amazing!

If you like these photos and want to download them, they’ll be posted in the Blue Dasher Crafts Etsy shop this week. They will all be instant downloads and not watermarked like the ones above.

There are more up and coming changes to Blue Dasher Crafts. I’ve ordered new beads and other jewelry findings to make a new line of jewelry, and I’ve also ordered some new yarns for scarves, hats, boot cuffs and a number of other new crochet items. Don’t forget to stop by and see what’s new!

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