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“You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.”  William Albert Allard

Well . . . today I got out and started shooting with my new Nikon D800!  Hubby and I went to a local park just around dinner time, that we haven’t been to in years.  It was fun to try out the new lenses on both the D800E and the D7000.  The D7000 is a great camera and will continue to be my go-to for portraits and kid shots.  The files are more manageable considering I take so many pictures of the little ones.  The D800E will be my workhorse for Stock and Fine Art Photography.  I’m so excited after seeing the results from the shoot today . . . some really awesome nature shots that will soon be up on my Smug Mug site.    

This was taken with the D800E, and the 70-200mm 2.8 VRII.

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“Revered for its beauty, the stunning dahlia flower comes in diverse shapes, sizes and colors. The dahlia blooms for extended periods of time, surpassing most other garden flowers, and many gardening enthusiasts refer to it as the “Queen of the Autumn Garden.” The dahlia’s allure has a far reach: it is San Francisco’s official flower, an official emblem of Mexico, and is considered in Japan to be a sign of good taste.”  Michelle Fortunado, eHow Contributor

Canby, Oregon is known as the Dahlia Capital of the World.  We were lucky enough to be in town for their annual Dahlia Festival.  I have never seen so many Dahlia’s in one place, fields and fields of them!  And so many different shapes, colors, sizes . . . absolutely amazing!    It actually became a bit overwhelming . . . we spent a couple of hours there in the morning and then went back in the early evening so I could get some pictures in the “golden light”.  

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“Earth laughs in flowers.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

I picked out some dahlia tubers at the local nursery in the spring, and planted them in a nice sunny spot.  They seemed to start off slowly, but suddenly I look out and here is this massive flower on one of the plants!  It’s just gorgeous . . . I just love it when my garden surprises me like this . . . 

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