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Posted by YL on 09/15/2011 in Nature Images with No Comments

I stopped by Vista View Park early this morning. It was a cool and sunny morning and the grass seemed much greener than the last time I visited this park.

Vista View Park is actually a converted landfill. The Davie Landfill was closed in 1987 and after clean up and restoration of the natural habitat area, it re-opened as Vista View Park in 2003. That is why there is a noticeable elevation in a relatively flat Florida landscape.

Posted by YL on 02/10/2011 in Nature Images with No Comments

Take the front lens cap and the rear lens cap off your lens and look at the base or rear of the lens in a well-lit area. Very likely you will see an opening at the base. That opening is called the APERTURE of the lens.

The APERTURE refers to the opening at the base or rear of the lens that allows light entering the front to pass through to the sensor or film.

The light passing through the aperture can be increased or decreased by changing the size of the aperture. In photographic terms this is referred to as varying the f-stop.

F-stops are numbers – actually fractions – that represent different sizes of the aperture. Common f-stops seen when using a digital SLR are:

1, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22

These values are sometimes written as f1, f1.4, f2, f2.8 etc or f/2, f/4, f/5.6 etc.

It is very important to note that the “smaller” values like f/2 and f/4 represent larger openings or apertures and the “larger” values like f/16 and f/22 represent smaller apertures.


This apparent complexity or confusion is easily solved by thinking of f-stops as fractions, which they really are.

Which fraction is larger: ½ or ¼? A half or ½ is larger than a quarter or ¼. Likewise f/2 is larger than f/4, which is larger than f/8 and so on.

You may wonder why not make life simple by having just one aperture of a fixed size. Well, if there was just one aperture, some of the creative effects you see in photographs would not be possible. The ability to vary the size of the aperture by varying the f-stop gives photographers a creative tool to produce stunning images.

A large aperture (f/4.5) was chosen to create the blurred background in the image below. This prevents objects in the background from becoming a distraction as your eye focuses on the yellow-crowned night heron. Generally, large apertures are used to create blurred background.

Posted by YL on 12/13/2010 in Nature Images with No Comments

We have been experiencing colder than normal weather with temp. dropping below 30 degrees in some locations. As a result some maple tree have gone through a progression of color changes similar to that seen up north.

I saw the most spectacular “red maple tree” while visiting Tree Tops Park (Davie FL) on Monday December 13th. Here are two images of this colorful scene:

Posted by YL on 09/03/2010 in Nature Images with No Comments

While waiting for my son in his school’s parking lot, I noticed a few parents and teachers checking out “something” on the school’s property. It turned out to be a sandhill crane.

I quickly reached for my camera bag and pulled out my Canon EOS 7D fitted with a Canon 70-200mm f/4L lens and steadied the camera on the roof on my car. I was able to get about 7 fairly decent images before the crane was out of sight. The following is the best of the lot:

Posted by YL on 05/21/2010 in Nature Images with No Comments

Most of the parks in Broward county Florida fall under the category of “activity” parks and nature centers. The “activity” parks have facilities for picnics, volleyball, cycling and kids’ rides. The nature centers are great for leisure walks usually on a boardwalk through several acres of woodland. Nature centers such as Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek and Secret Woods Nature Center in Fort Lauderdale have many oak, fern, mangroves, sabal palm and cypress trees.

These nature centers offer views of several birds and butterflies. The image above is that of a yellow-crowned night heron that was spotted at Secret Woods Nature Center.

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