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A Macro Minute – Local Scenery

Some of the most wonderful scenery can be found in our own backyard, if we know where to look.

In my home town, there is a small stretch of public land overlooking the marshes that is home to dozens of little vignettes that were probably seen once or twice in the minds eye when imagining places far away as described in a fairy tale.

When the author describes a clearing in the woods where soft grass grows, fed by a small pond, this scene is pretty close to what I picture.

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Although this is the scene one sees as they exit the property and enter back  into the real world, it is one that reminds me of home, a warm welcome and what I would expect to find in any cottage ever describe in a childhood story.

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This scene is a legend unto it’s self in my home town.  Grass Island is a piece of land that gives the visual perception of being an island, though there is a thin strand connection to the mainland.  One can walk to it.  The shack on Grass Island is the true land mark.  Never inhabited, rustic in appearance and sturdy enough to withstand tides and storms over the decades, it is a sought after image for photographers and painters alike.

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All one needs to do is look up into the sky, where ever they are and at just the right time, to see the warm array of color that comes at the end of the day.  Location, and what stands up against this scene in the sky, are what adds texture to the overall picture.

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Some scenes are elements that are isolated from the whole.  Beauty unto themselves, something recognized with the naked eye but captured, in perpetuity, only by the lens.

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A Macro Minute – Reflecting on Water

A nice gentle rain can bring a change of perspective to garden foliage.  This photo was taken just after rain fall and before the sun came out in force.

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A clear night and calm water can be a canvas for achieving a more artistic effect with sky shots.

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With the right lighting conditions and framing of the shot, water take on a diamond in the rough appearance.

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All photos were shot using a Nikon D5300. Basic photo enhancement was done using Adobe Photoshop.

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A Macro Minute – The Magnificent Magnolia

Through all of it’s stages, the Magnolia offers a variety of hardiness, delicacy, shape and texture in a short period of time.  This is one of my favorite trees to photograph in the spring.

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Photographing Jewelry

There is a bit of a trick to photographing jewelry.  It requires a little more staging and attention to lighting in order to capture sparkle without creating glare or casting distracting shadows.  The video below gives some tips for building a basic setup for photographing jewelry.  The two key ingredients to a decent photo is bright, even lighting of the subject and a neutral background.  This video will show you how to achieve that on a budget.

 

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Photography First Aid

‘Tis the season for photography! Decorations, pets and people! Film everything and be choosy in editing. Here is a little Photography First Aid advice for those pics that walk that line of being OK or a candidate for the delete button.

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Jewel Tones

I know.  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I have been feverishly photographing my garden while it is still in it’s prime.  300 photographs later I am still processing them.  But I’ve been working on some other stuff too.

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I make jewelry.  Like gardening, it is what gets me away from the computer for a little while.  Also like gardening, it seems to circle back to something tech based.  I have been experimenting with different ways to photograph jewelry.  At the suggestion of some of my research I purchased 3 sided display poster board in white to create a reflector.  You can see the result above.   It also worked pretty well on the African Violets (see below).

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I photographed a variety of jewelry with beads that ranged from opaque to more translucent in nature.

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I had greater success finding the balance with lighting and bringing out the color in the opaque beads.  The translucent beads were more challenging.

That challenge was more evident when I began photographing earrings.  I wanted to photograph them in suspension….in their natural habitat so to speak…but not on a model.  I wanted the benefit of a clean background.  I kept the three sided white board up and ran fishing wire across the room and hung the earrings off of that.

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Some of my more translucent beads and even some of the deeper blue beads were challenging to photograph.  After several tries against the white background a clear, balanced image still eluded me.

I have purchased a 3 sided black board and a flat black board for the base of the “box” and will try another round of photography.

Practicing what I teach….getting out there and filming everything….starting with the things that inspire me outside of my trained field.

More to come!

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A Macro Minute – The Red, White and Blues of Summer

Happy 4th of July everyone.

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