Brookside Gardens

My girlfriend and I took a stroll around a quiet neighborhood in Maryland this past Saturday.  The following day, we took a trip down to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Maryland —


The gardens are absolutely gorgeous.  The most impressive attraction is the butterfly exhibit.  For a small entry fee, $6 per person,  you can spend some time in an enclosed area with dozens of butterflies (both exotic and domestic).  Highly recommended.


Here are a few photos from the weekend.  All photos were taken with my om-d and either the 60mm macro or the panasonic 100-300mm.  Enjoy.





The Summit



Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Concentric Colors



Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Eyeing a flower



Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD




Blue Morpho in Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Blue Morpho



Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Hello there…



Gaithersburg, MD




Gaithersburg, MD

Water Strider



Gaithersburg, MD

Caught in the vortex


Jellyfish at the National Aquarium

I recently went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore with a friend.  It was a ton of fun and I managed to get a few decent photos out of the visit too.  My favorites from the trip are the four jellyfish photos below.


Each photo was taken with my om-d and new 60/2.8 macro lens.  The autofocus performed quite well given the challenging lighting.  I wish that there were a way to have a little window in the viewfinder showing a magnified view.


I experienced some frustration with the autofocus when it was in manual override mode — it seems as if one has to keep the shutter half pressed while manual focusing.  Otherwise, the camera refocuses.  Rather frustrating, but I guess I could go to full manual focus.  I don’t own any other autofocus lenses anyway so it wouldn’t be much of an adjustment.




Floating through the stars




Jellyfish – Abstract






The RX100 Goes Flying

I recently went on a short, but absolutely awesome vacation with a group of close friends.  We went to Las Vegas and, it goes without saying, that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so I won’t be sharing any photos from the city itself in this post.  That said, I think it would be fine to share some photos from the return flight.


All of these photos were taken with the Sony RX100 compact camera.  This really is a very impressive little camera.  It is tiny.  It fits in a front pants pocket easily (or dress shirt pocket) and has a remarkable sensor.  To be sure, it is rather expensive for a compact camera, but I think it has no competition in its class as far as image quality is concerned.  Enjoy!


Larger versions may be viewed in the portfolio.







Lonely Wandering Cloud





Golden Cloudy Sunrise






Incoming Cloud Tide






Coming and Going






Gray Clouds Go Streaking






Cloud Floes












Walking on Air





The Perfect Sky





Just After Dawn




Incoming Cloud Tide







Hello and welcome to Rendered in Silver.


I hope and trust that you will enjoy your stay.  Stay tuned for regular photo updates and also, hopefully, equipment reviews and the occasional philosophical thought.