September is here and it is bearable outside in the day now. I go out hiking and often bring my camera to see what I can get. None of these photos are stunning, but nice enough to hit the shutter button I think. All of these photos were shot with a Nikon Z50, which is a light-weight and portable crop-sensor camera that I use for casual hiking. The photos aren’t as good as with a full-frame DSLR or similar, but this camera is half the weight and size as that so easier to carry around.
There was a butterfly hopping around from flower to flower seldom sitting still long enough for to get a photo, but I got a few. This one turned out best.
Next is just a close up of a purple wildflower that I like. It was very shaded here and I had to do a lot of work with noise reduction in this image. The focus depth is quite shallow so the greenery kind of blurs out, which I like.
There was some long grass catching the late afternoon sun and really picking up that golden light. I spent some time experimenting with the right angle to shoot this so get the golden glow in the grass and this was the best that I got. I was also trying to avoid shooting directly into the sun, which is just out of frame to the top. I have also tried to capture this effect on prickly pear cactus spines without much success. The yellow fence line in the background is a baseball field wall.
An interesting wildflower that I see every year about this time is the Leavenworh’s Eryngo, though people often call them purple pineapple because of the shape of the blooms. These look particularly nice at golden hour. On this day the sky was quite hazy due to the west coast wild fires I think, so the sunlight was kind of filtered by that.
And this bird catching a little late afternoon sunlight on his breast. It is a mockingbird, I think, but I could be wrong. I just liked the way it looked in the short tree catching the available sunlight through the hazy sky.
There is supposed to be a lot of rain coming this week so I don’t know when I’ll get to get out and shoot again. If I didn’t have this lighter weight camera, I probably wouldn’t have taken any of these photos because I usually only grab the DSLR when I am serious about shooting something. So, I am getting my enjoyment out of the Z50. Thanks for reading.