Basic Guidelines: Nature based subject matter. Please, declare captive subjects. Keep your image at/under 700 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing and try to keep file size under 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc. Feel free to link your image to a larger version. In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include hand of man elements. Please refrain from images with obvious buildings or large manmade structures like roads. A bird on the fence post or bug on your finger is fine. Try to minimize man made features, keep the focus on nature, and let common sense be your guide. Let's post 1 image per week. More details please check here.First Cup of Coffee Morning Greetings, What were you thinking? No, no, not THAT what were you thinking. Not the one that you ask whoever's listening when you forget the back-up batteries for anything. And certainly not the one that you ask someone in the rear view mirror when you realize that the thermos of coffee is still in the kitchen and you're miles from nowhere down a dirt road. What were you thinking when you chose the gear that you took out on either of those days? Why that lens? What will it let you do that no other will? The query is in response to a comment over in the Canon forum by one of our contributors here. There is often a desire to talk tech. So, in the spirit of that desire, add some of your own process with your post. You're already getting down and dirty in nature, so let's get technical. For me, the growing season means loading up the Canon ef-s 60mm 2.8 macro lens. It is light, fast, razor sharp, and 1:1 when I want it.. The photo of this lovely Cortinarius iodes is a good example of why I use this lens. ISO 400, f10, .3 sec exposure, evaluative metering, ambient dappled light with a 12" reflector to bring in a bit more light. It's supposed to be a good portrait lens. So, for this first in September Monday in Nature, what were you thinking?