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Come Fly With Me


I wasn't gonna post again before I fly out on Friday to Holland, but....
before leaving the States, I gave myself a "treat" for all my hard work:  a macro lens.
This is an image from my first day of trying it out a couple weeks ago.
Needless to say, I still have a LOT to learn...
.

Speaking of before I fly out...this is our common housefly...outside.

NOW I will shut up and see you again on the other side of the Big Pond!
  :)


Come Fly With Me


I wasn't gonna post again before I fly out on Friday to Holland, but....
before leaving the States, I gave myself a "treat" for all my hard work:  a macro lens.
This is an image from my first day of trying it out a couple weeks ago.
Needless to say, I still have a LOT to learn...
.

Speaking of before I fly out...this is our common housefly...outside.

NOW I will shut up and see you again on the other side of the Big Pond!
  :)


comments (70)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Nov 2009, 00:36
Very commendable Ginnie - have a good flight!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chris, on both counts.
Sometimes it is difficult to keep away Ginnie, a fine present,a 100mm macro lens, and you have put it to good use already, caught him just right.
Ginnie Hart: As Astrid said, she knew I couldn't stay away! grin When I thought about it, Les, I decided I could handle one more post before leaving. Thanks.
It is a common fly but so beautifully captured!
Ginnie Hart: Usually we hate flies, Remi, until we see them up close like this and can see their beauty! Merci.
I'm really enjoying the Sinatra salute!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Larry. Thanks. grin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euci0_BBmNE
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Nov 2009, 02:12
Love the sheen on the wings!

Love the detail of the launch pad!

Beautiful macro, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you, Ray, THANKS! smile
Ginnie, just for grins I went looking for "housefly poetry" and turned up a 6th grader's poem for two voices called "The Housefly and the Mosquito".

It's all about a life affirmer and a nay-sayer (!) and the one who says "yes" is, of course - the housefly!

Here's the link: http://www.writingfix.com/PDFs/Pic_Book_Prompt_Worksheets/I_Am_Dog_cat_6th_samples.pdf

Enjoy YOUR flight!
Ginnie Hart: We could spend the rest of our lives Googling for just about anything, Linda...and think what we would learn! I love it. smile Thanks a million.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 30 Nov 2009, 02:26
i thought it was only men who used macro lenses for bugs lol
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Just call me one of the guys, Elaine. grin
Have a safe trip and wow good for you on the macro lens!!! You are off to a superb start on that lens and you know it!!! smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Yinks. It's actually not as easy as you think. smile But I'll have time later to figure it out, I hope. Later.
now how did you get that fly to hold still?
unless you put some sticky on that leaf...
you are a wonderful photographer. awesome, ginny. it really is.
Ginnie Hart: Those flies do stop awhile every so often, Seraphine. smile It was fun. Thanks for your kind words.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2009, 05:27
I really like the way you shot and composed this image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands and counting down
  • 30 Nov 2009, 05:51
......I knew it was hard NOT to post grin, I am glad you did, it is a great picture, the sun on the wings is just great and...erm...please never shut up, than I have to do all the talking wink
KSK........
Ginnie Hart: You were right, of course. I could not stay away! Nor could I ever totally shut up. Dat weet jij! grin You will never have to do all the talking while with me! Punt uit.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Nov 2009, 06:38
a wonderful close-up- and how the wings of the housefly are glistering in the sun- oh, I have also my 'housefly' as true companion during all seasons, esp. during wintertime- yes, Ginnie, "mach ne' Fliege", I wish you a good flight and a better arrival, somebody is still ardently/fervently waiting for you and counting down every day - the best we can experience in life!
Ginnie Hart: You know so well, lieve Philine. Thanks for all your good wishes for us. You are helping to bring this all to pass! Ontzettend bedankt.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2009, 07:05
nice treat Ginnie and what a result, have a safe trip
Ginnie Hart: I went back-n-forth on getting it, Tony, but Astrid was the one who "pushed me over," so to speak. I had the money and decided to just do it. I'm sure it'll be the last lens I'll ever want/need! Thanks.
A very nice start with the new macro lens! Hope you will enjoy it. Have a good flight!
Ginnie Hart: I do plan to enjoy it a lot, Pernilla. Thanks.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2009, 07:32
If there's more to learn Ginnie, then I can't wait to see. I actually don't have a macro lens as I'm not sure ill get the best use of it. This is some serious detail here. Nice smile
Ginnie Hart: I had questions about getting it, SAVO, but Astrid actually helped me decide by encouraging me to just do it. I'm sure I'll have many good years with it! Thanks for your vote of confidence.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 30 Nov 2009, 07:50
Wonderful I like the shadow
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage. Even flies have shadows!
A common housefly here as well Ginnie. Have a pleasant and safe flight on Friday!
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing every country has them, Richard! Merci.
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 30 Nov 2009, 07:58
Musketeer the reflection is fab, and you have capture all the detail of the leaf as well as the fly.smile
Hope you have a safe flight mijn vreind smilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Don't you love how even the smallest of all "creatures" have their own shadow! Thanks, Musketeer. THIS IS THE WEEK.
very nice macro Ginnie wonderful details very impressive
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fabrizio.

But the link to your name/site is not working! HELP!
Safe passage, Ginnie, and Godspeed...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
All good wishes for Friday Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chad. Soon I'll be in your neck of the woods...so to speak...and only an hour's flight away!
Very nice capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, RS!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2009, 09:29
Looks like he is admiring his shadow! Love the shimmering light on the wings. Good luck for your trip on Friday and your new life in Holland.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ingrid. I am so ready!
Well this is very appropriate! Hope to see you on this side of the pond soon.
The fly is well detailed, so the lense must do its job!
Ginnie Hart: I imagine we WILL see you soon, Wim! We still plan to drive to Deventer on Saturday the 19th to see the sights. It would be great if we could meet up with you for a coffee?? Let's do stay in touch! Ontzettend bedankt.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2009, 09:53
Safe journey Ginnie...

...bzzz bzzz.
Ginnie Hart: Tee Hee. I love it, Mike. Thanks.
great DOF Ginnie, also the color tone is very succesful
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Chantal. Bedankt.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2009, 10:20
A Flea and a Fly in a Flue

A flea and a fly in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "let us flee!"
"Let us fly!" said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
--Ogden Nash


this new macro lens will be excellent for making sure the new home is dusted to perfection - i have an image of you suspended over the floor like the character in Honey I Shrunk the Kids movie
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I love it, JIM. I'll never get that image out of my head while I do the dusting. grin
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2009, 10:28
is this a 'horse fly' which has cyberflown from Blackdog's post !
you two seem to have a fly fetish today
Ginnie Hart: That raises the question about where flies come from, JIM!!! Don't you wonder where they've been and where they're going. If only we could be a fly on the wall to find out! grin
Your new lens works very well, enjoy your journey.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Linda, on both accounts.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2009, 10:55
You must be counting down the minutes now. Don't keep asking those flight attendants "Are we there yet"
Ginnie Hart: I haven't gotten down to the minutes or hours yet, Aussie, but the days...YES! I'm still pinching myself. Remember when you said this was my Destiny! I'll bite my tongue not to ask those attendants. The good thing is that I've done this flight so many times, I KNOW what it feels like. But this will be the first time I'll have butterflies in my tummy!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 30 Nov 2009, 11:12
I can imagine you with the macro lens in spring in Holland ;-) I'll would fly too if I could....
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Frida. In the springtime, that lens will have a heyday! Thanks.
The rainbow colour on the fly is fabulous! I think you've handled your new lens wonderfully.

All the best wishes on the move. We may not hear from you for weeks!
Ginnie Hart: Your vote of confidence encourages me, Mary. BUT I am quite sure you will hear from me much sooner than weeks from now. grin Astrid, after all, will go back to work on Monday.... smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2009, 12:33
Uggghh! A hideous subject but it photographs well. I like the texture on the left.
Ginnie Hart: Insects have taken on a new life of their own, Alan, since the macro lens. For sure! Thank you kindly.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2009, 13:12
Exquisite detail. Amazing that you captured this fly sitting still..they are always buzzing about. Happy and safe travels!!!
Ginnie Hart: They do have to sit still from time to time, Marcie, and I was lucky to get one of those times! Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • Germany
  • 30 Nov 2009, 13:25
Beautiful capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoine. Merci.
Hope the time flies until Fridaygrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well put, Bill. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 30 Nov 2009, 14:48
Have a safe trip and I'll be looking forward to images from over there smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri. You know you'll end up with LOADS of images from over there (as there already are in my Archives). smile I will be in heaven.
Excellent start with your new lens Ginnie, I bet I know someone who might want to borrow this lens next week. Have a good and safe journey, give us a metaphorical wave as you fly across the U.K., and, as I'm sure your Dad taught you when you were a little girl, when you take a big step in your life there is always someone special looking after you.
Ginnie Hart: Any time she wants to borrow the lens, she will be delighted, I'm sure, Brian. smile And yes, this Big Step seems to have been orchestrated and watched over carefully from the very beginning. I FEEL it.
Very nice shot Ginnie. I love the details
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Navin!
Something new to play with then Ginnie..Its a good one..crisp and clear.
We shall be waiting for your post once you've got settled. Have a pleasant trip Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Something new to play with for a long time, Ron! smile You will get a post soon, knowing me, so thanks for your encouragement.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 30 Nov 2009, 18:46
I like de shadow of fly... nice, very nice
Ginnie Hart: Even flies have shadows, Oscar, and that's the fun of this for me. Muchas gracias.
Ginnie - I love it!!! I had to laugh so badly...
Ginnie Hart: It was fun, Jen. Thanks! smile
Great shot Ginnie. I like his wings and shadow.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Janet. It was fun to see this on the big screen. It's totally amazing what the macro lens shows...and this wasn't even that close!
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2009, 22:03
Super shot Ginnie - like fine sandpaper gone brittle in the sun. Awesome.

PS > Sorry! My site's comments-less at the mo; but your kind reply here was much appreciated! Bon voyage/bon courage, Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: That leaf did look like sandpaper, Ian, indeed. Thanks. And I appreciate knowing about your site being comment-less. That 'splains it! smile
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2009, 23:17
re your answer of 10.28 - then we'd All be in the sh it
Ginnie Hart: I guess so! smile
I don't know how you find your subjects! Have fun exploring your new macro. I have yet to use one myself.
Ginnie Hart: It's been 4 years since I've really gotten into photography, Heather, so it's a "finally" for me...to get the macro lens. I don't ever expect to be sorry. Thanks for your vote of confidence!

I'm here! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 1 Dec 2009, 03:27
hope you get there safely! smile that's one good treat for yourself.. i see you're doing some shooting with it already.. grin very nice shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm here, Rian! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us! And yes, I do like my new treat. It'll come in handy in the days to come, I'm sure.
c'est fou ce que cela peut finalement être beau une mouche quand elle est prise en photo par toi!
Ginnie Hart: you always say the perfect thing, O-P. Thank you! Merci. smile
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 1 Dec 2009, 06:33
Wow!!! Impresionante macro, me gustan muchisimo las texturas logradas, tanto de la hoja como de la mosca.
Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Alex. Muchas gracias!
learning to fly ...? i'm ok and readyyyyy

bzzzzzzzzzzzz ;-)

ps : beautiful macro
Ginnie Hart: YES! I have flown and I am now here, Jean-Luc. Soon I'll be telling you all about my new Life on your side of the Pond. smile Merci.
  • NaCha
  • United States
  • 1 Dec 2009, 13:56
not bad at all... nice one granny
Ginnie Hart: Granny will hopefully learn a lot more, NaCha! grin Thanks for your vote of confidence.
That is a super shot to fly away on. Enjoy the move and post some shots of the new home.
Ginnie Hart: I'm here, Michael! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us! You know that I will be showing you all about my new world in the days to come.
  • Andy
  • 1 Dec 2009, 16:57
Have a great trip! Looks like you have a great macro lens here!
Ginnie Hart: It's a great lens, Andy, but I will have to learn how to use it the way it was meant to be used! And I am now here in the Netherlands! I have now begun the first day of the rest of my life. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 1 Dec 2009, 20:44
Great capture with your new toy ginnie. although i'm not a fan or flies or insects in general, the quality is nicely captured here. Wish you a safe trip!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Liang. I am now here in the Netherlands and will be so eager to put my camera to good use again. I'll be back before you know it. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 1 Dec 2009, 22:17
Viktor came by my desk and told me you are moving, I guess we'll never meet, neighbor! Wish you all the good luck in Neverland, I mean Netherland. smile

I'll go visit my son in Paris next March, maybe I'll swing by to visit both of you? smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm here, Ti! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us! No, we didn't meet in Atlanta. But you never know when/where we might meet, so let's keep all our oprions open!
How have you been??? This shot reminded me of the fly I was trying to "catch" before i came up to see this photo =P How did you manage to get up so nice and close huh? You've captured some nice details here.
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Brian, because I was sitting on a camp stool outside while I was directing people to my estate sale a few weeks ago. During different lulls in traffic, I was sitting there testing out whatever I saw around my feet. smile So it was easy. I am now in the Netherlands! Soon you'll be hearing all about it.
  • kiji
  • France
  • 2 Dec 2009, 11:39
Hi Ginnie

Nice macro even if I don't like flies. wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have a feeling we like a lot of things better when we can see them up close and personal, Kiji. smile Merci.
talk about detail! Wow!
Ginnie Hart: It's amazing what the macro lens allows you to see, Christopher. Thank you.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2009, 02:28
Great shot Ginnie - and good for you for treating yourself to the new lens.

Happy travels! I can't wait to see you begin to photo-document your new life!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martie! I'm here! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us!
  • david
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2009, 13:08
oh, yes...excellent shot.

best wishes for the move, ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, David. I'm here! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us!
Wow que pasada, una foto realimente bonita, muy bien definida y los tonos preciosos como siempre Ginnie!
Saludos!!
Ginnie Hart: You're always a sweetheart, MA. Muchas gracias.
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2009, 14:50
Very cool macro!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Hoi.
Great how we treat ourselves. I did the same thing and just purchased a 1.4x teleconverter lens. Excellent macro shot with the new lens Ginnie. Know you will put it to good use on the other side. Have a safe trip, looking forward to seeing more of your images after your flight.
Ginnie Hart: I have a 2x teleconverter lens, John, that I have used only once. I want to start using it! I'm here! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us!
Un excelente macro, prefectos tonos con un detalle espectacular.
Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: It's amazing what the macro lens shows us, Bernardo. Muchas gracias.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 5 Dec 2009, 11:48
Ginnie, well done .. the DOF works well .. and have fun with the new lens. Macros a new for photographer world!
Ginnie Hart: The photography world has never been the same since the advent of the macro lens, Klaus! Danke for your comment. Hope you're feeling perfectly well by now.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Dec 2009, 12:42
happy homecoming you two
Ginnie Hart: I'm here, JIM! Here in the Netherlands! This is the first day of the rest of my life. smile Astrid and I were both out walking today all around the city of Gorinchem. Little by little you'll learn all about it from me. smile Thank you for "being there" for me/us! That means the world to us both.
Macroscopically speaking, I can definetely borrow this leaf from you. Great shot. For once, a housefly's not coming across as a nuisance!
Ginnie Hart: For once is right, Ben. Thank you. It reminds me of a pin cushion with that velvety top. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 6 Dec 2009, 09:28
Wow, I just started typing in my info above and I typed "flying"! It's been a long time since I posted there, yet my fingers remembered that blog for commenting here. It's hard to believe it's been that long.

I hope you love your macro as much as I do. It does take some learning. I've found that often I prefer manual focus to auto.

I am going to miss you being on this side, even though we didn't see each other more than once or twice a year in the best of years. Knowing what it would take to get to you makes the distance feel vast. I'm so excited for you.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth, it's been a long time, so thank you for coming here again. I'm not sure I knew you had a macro lens! Wow! I agree about setting the camera to manual focus...and may even set the mode to Manual. I haven't tried that yet. So I know I still have a lot to learn, yes.

Isn't it funny how knowing someone is farther away makes it FEEL farther away, even if we still see each other the same amount of time. BTW, Don just Skyped with Astrid and me, so now we know the Skype is installed. How fun is that! We'll feel closer than ever on Skype, so let's make sure we make a habit of it!
  • PM
  • Philippines
  • 6 Dec 2009, 14:17
god i don't know what i'll do if flies really were that big LOL
Ginnie Hart: HA! We'd all be in a mess, PM! grin Thanks for stopping by again.
Nice bit of near-macro work there! Pretty ugly objects though, aren't they, house flies!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom. It was my first attempt. Next time I'll try to get closer. grin

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