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Yellow Trailing Gazania & the Ant

Gazania & the Ant

This was a rushed shot as we were heading out today.  I could have spent another 30 minutes on it, but what are you going to do if you have places to be?  This ant, and one other were climbing around in the Gazania flower.  Once again, using the reverse-lens macro, this time dropped down to 28mm, I was able to get quite close.  There are still focus issues since it was breezy and everything was handheld.  I do however, like this little guy, especially since he’s just a tiny black ant and shows up decently here.


Better to Post Something?

I haven’t been out shooting recently since my schedule has been pretty impacted.  You know, late nights at work and all.  I have a couple of images that I have been sitting on.  Both of which I was happy with while I was shooting, and neither of which did anything for me once I got them on the computer.  They made my “don’t delete” cut, but I didn’t post them.  Since I haven posted in a couple days, and I’m not really doing a 365 project, I wonder, is it better to post something than nothing?  Probably.

The first image is from my last time shooting which was last Sunday.  In the same little flower garden that the last posts have come from.  The second image is from my outing a few weeks ago in San Francisco.

Through a Child’s Eyes


This is not my photograph. It’s my six-year-old daughter’s!  On Sunday, during our walk to farmer’s market, she was very interested in shooting her flowers.  This is one of the images.  I think she chose a great subject and a killer background for it.  It almost looks like a studio setup.  Rather, it was in someone’s yard.  I better look out, that kid will be passing me up soon enough. 🙂

No Extensions, No Problem

White Clover

Encouraged by Tracy and Michaela discussing lens extensions, I thought I’d give it a go.  Only, I don’t have any, and I don’t have a macro lens.  To top things off, I want to experiment with light leaks.  So why not make the best of the situation?  Reverse lens macro on the 135mm lens, hand-held, about 3/4″ away from the body.  Perfect!

This is a white clover flower.  You know, the little white flowers in the grass at the park.  For this shot I laid down in the grass on my stomach and used the ground to place my elbows on while holding the lens and the camera body.  I love the light leak colors from this technique.  The challenges here are the razor thin DOF and the moving parts — The lens, the flower, the body.  Sharp focus is something I haven’t quite mastered yet, but this one is pretty good.

Magnolia in Bloom – Daily Shoot 97

Photowalks have been eluding me lately.  The flowers are in bloom all around and I haven’t been stopping to capture it.  The magnolias near my office are blooming and the trees are short.  I can actually get shots pointed down.  This shot took some time as I am not quite tall enough to frame it with either the viewfinder or live view.  I was shooting by feel mostly and have lots of throw aways.  On this shot I used a mild flash to bring out the detail inside the flower.

#ds97 – An old adage in photography says if you want to improve your photographs, move closer. Fill your frame today!

Curse of the Golden Flower – Daily Shoot 82

Experimenting with different development techniques today.  This flower was shot with a flash which really brought out the texture detail which also made it look very plastic.  Some adjusting with a high-pass filter combined with a color-burn in Photoshop gave it a metallic look.  Back in Lightroom, I did some final adjusting to match it to the Daily Shoot movie theme.

#ds82 – More fun on a Friday: Make a photo that goes with the title of a movie you’ve seen, interpreted any way you like!

Budding Flowers on Tree – Daily Shoot 64

Budding Flowers on Tree

A quick find today during a break in the rain.   These brightly colored flower buds are opening on a small tree outside my office.  The glass of the office building provided the nice dark tones to really highlight the colors here.

#ds64 – “Practice the art of simplicity today by making an interesting photo from a minimalist perspective (@domingocaceres).”

Catching up in photo assignments

Starting from later in the game doesn’t make it easy to do all of the Daily Shoot assignments.  I took some time over the holiday to try and catch up on a photo-walk around town.  Here is what I came up with for a few of the assignments.

Clockwise from the top left:

#ds9: “You might not be next to an ocean, but surely you can find some water around you to take a photo of.”

#ds14: “Sunday challenge time! Pattern is built on repetition, like a rhythm. Make a photo of a regular or irregular pattern.”

#ds16: “Doors can have a lot of character, be it in the hinges, knob, or style. Make a photo of a door you pass through today.”

#ds17: “Let’s play around with contrast today, to help train the eye for it. Make a photo that has contrasting colors.”

Daily Shoot #37: Hands

Nothing better than little hands with a flower.

#DS37: “Hands can tell a lot about a person: smooth, rough, dirty, or wrinkled. Make a photo of hands that tell a story. (@cogdog)”