Goatsbeard Portraits

Posted: August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Here are two different styles of flower portraits.

This is a standard flower image, with the whole flower and stem in the frame, it’s nice but has been done a million times before. I have shot plenty of images with this style, but I try to find something interesting within the flower for a little more unique or interesting look.

Don’t be afraid to try cropping your flower tight to add more emphasis on a certain part of the flower. To me the most interesting part of this flower is the nice textures in the center area of the flower. I shot in tight to make the flowers center stand out more and pull your eye to the great details and textures. I angled the camera to get the diagonal line in the stem. Try making your flower shots more unique by finding something in a flower to show off, and shoot it tight.

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Photographing Macro in the Home

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Fun With Webs

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Most shots of these dew covered spider webs that you see are shot straight on, but I’ve experimented with some angled shots shooting wide open to produce a little more abstract look. Most of them don’t work out well but once in a while you get something interesting.

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This is a common Black Eyed Susan that grows in abundance in the fields of southeast Michigan where I live. There is nothing very artistic about this shot, just documenting here.  99 percent of flowers in the fields have this kind of nicely balanced arrangement of petals around the center.

As I walk the local wildflower fields of the metro parks, I slowly study every flower for any unique characteristics. Something that makes it different from the standard looking flower like the one in the above photo.

I found this Black Eyed Susan (shown below on the right) with one petal in an interesting position. This type of unusual occurrence is what I am looking for during my photography outings.

This flower had something I have never seen before; one petal was curled over the top of the flower’s center. I composed this shot with a tight frame in order to emphasize the overlapping petal. I shot this image with an aperture setting of f/16 to obtain sufficient depth of field that would ensure most of the flower would be in focus.

At the bottom of this same flower was a petal that wrapped itself around a second petal adding even more character to its appearance.Again, as with the last image, I wanted a tight shot to show off the unusual natural characteristics. This is the stuff that “makes my day” when out looking for character in nature.

 

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Don’t Forget To Look Up

Posted: August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

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If you would like a few unique close-up images, just keep your eyes looking upwards into the leaf canopy of the trees on a sunny day. Most macro photographers are to busy scanning the ground for subjects while all kinds of these macro shadows are waiting to be photographed over head. Because many of these subjects are fairly high up on the trees, you will need a longer focal length macro lens, like the 180mm range or you can even shoot these with a normal zoom lens like my Tamron 18-270, or a 70mm – 300mm. At 300mm you will be able to reach out a good distance. While your out walking through the woods searching for your macro subjects on the ground on a sunny day, keep scanning up into the tree watching for shadows.

This first image is of a nice alignment of Sycamore leaves. I spotted the shadow on the large leaf, and then looked up a little higher and saw the small leaf that was creating the shadow. The small leaf also had some nice backlighting which made the veins pop.

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I was walking a trail one early morning and the low angle sun created this silhouette of a fly sitting on this leaf.

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Here is a great abstract of two “Birds Of Paradise” leaves that was produced by early morning sun creating highlight and shadows from one leaf onto the next.

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Here is a nice shadow of two Palm leaves.

So keep an eye out for unique shadows

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