Daily Archives: March 11, 2012

Go Green On The 17th, Baby!


Ok, I lied.  To myself.  I told myself I would wait until Friday the 16th or Saturday the 17th of March to post these images.  Then I realized that I will, on the 17th – hopefully despite the forecasted weather – be out somewhere like Brazos Bend State Park, or even in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, taking photos of birds/wildflowers/whatever catches my camera’s fancy.

So, here are some photos I took recently with the upcoming St. Paddy’s Day in mind.   I used my Canon 5D Mark II and either the 50mm f1.4 lens or my favorite all-purpose lens the 24-105mm (which does a much better job at capturing macro-like images at full-zoom). I increased the ISO between 640 – 1000, depending upon the light source at the time, and I actually used my tiny little Canon Speedlite 270EX, which I bounced off the ceiling – for the horizontal shots – it’s limited in its positions so it doesn’t work for verticals.

My themes were green and alcohol (the meds I take for my rheumatoid arthritis prohibit me from overdoing, but a drink or two now and then is a very nice thing in which to indulge) Smile

My Irish Whiskey of choice is Redbreast.

2602_Irish Whiskey

2413_Irish Whiskey

2454_Irish Whiskey

2339_Irish Whiskey

2650_Irish Whiskey

My mother and father collected Depression and Elegant glass.  This lovely lady is called a (an?) ivy bowl and was my father’s favorite glass possession.  When he died, I asked Mom if I could have it, and she said yes.

2733_The Lady and the Whiskey Glasses

2723_The Lady and the Whiskey Glasses

The “Greening” of the beer (ok, not an Irish beer  – in this case, I used Coors Light because there was no Harp’s around at the grocery store, and you need a pale beer to get the green coloring to really show up).  And that glass beer stein has special meaning for me – I received it from some good friends on my 19th birthday – some 32 years ago (we went to a pizza joint in Tennessee because the drinking age was 19 back then).  The stein has accompanied me through all of my moves – one of the few items not lost, broken, sold, or given away.  Thanks guys, for the gift and the memories Smile

2756_Greening Of The Beer

2787_Green Beer

2834_Green Beer and Whiskey

3537_Green Beer and Irish Whiskey

2866-2_Irish Whiskey

Did I drink the contents in the glasses when I was finished with the photography?  What do you think?

Here’s from me to all of you:  Go Green on the 17th, Baby!

And have a Designated Driver.

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