New Camera Lens

Now I can get those action shots:
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We went to Best Buy to look at stuff.  Lo and Behold they had a 55-200mm lens "out of box" so it was less than half price.  Now I can try for hummingbird photos.  Puppy action shots are far easier at 200mm...
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I can get close-ups of flowers too far away for the kit lens.
Clematis 'Huldine'
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Clematis 'Etoile Violette'
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Easy blurred out backgrounds now.  Yay!
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Clematis 'Wisley' has flowers down to the ground this year.  For some reason Photobucket makes the flowers look blue.  The original photo shows the flowers with their real purple color.  Just this cultivar, for some weird reason. 
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Didn't need the new lens for the first Dahlia of the year.  I hope subsequent flowers of this cultivar are a little more regular.
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'Jude the Obscure' managed to deal with the brief but brutal heat wave.
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This Day Lily was a freebie with a name I have forgotten.  It was long under the Avocado tree, where I never saw the flowers.  I moved it last year, and it's blooming again this year.  It has a wine-type of name--Cabernet something?  I can't remember.
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And the 'Meyer Improved' lemon I was going to throw out, but couldn't bring myself to trash, is alive and resprouting!
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I'm already enjoying the new lens, and hope to get some great pictures eventually.  This weekend was quite breezy and not great for photographing anything outdoors, except maybe puppies.
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  1. Stumming pictures of your roses and clematis. The Tradescant rose is gorgeous, but........these puppies playing, I do love them. I cannot get enough of these dogs, such fun.

    1. The puppies have brought us so much joy!

  2. What a deal! Adding a long lens (200mm) to your lens collection opens up as many possibilities as adding a macro lens does, I think you'll find. :)

    1. I love it already. Kit lens is already gathering dust.

  3. Great puppy and flower images, you really have some beautiful plants, the colour of the daylily is amazing. I have often wondered how those blurred backgrounds are achieved in photos, so is it all to do with the lens on the camera?
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. You either use the depth of field setting on the camera, which is the "aperture" setting, to blur out the background. or a telephoto lens which (I think) has a shallower depth of field from the get-go, to blur the background, or both. (I think)

  4. A new lens is exciting. I've been wanting to get a "better" camera, but then I'd need to commit to studying how to use it. Since the learning curve always seem steeper these days, I've held off so far. The coloration in the center of 'Jude the Obscure' is unusual and attractive. As are the pups, of course (attractive, that is!)

    1. I'm still learning stuff on my camera, after more than a year. There's so much there to fuss with!

  5. I have a 55-185 and love the bokeh.

    1. Well i just learned a new word today. Thanks, greggo! :)

      bokeh--"a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image."


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