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If you’re ever in the St Louis area, check out The Butterfly House in Chesterfield, MO.

Didn’t realize how hot the temps were going to be in the Butterfly House, it was steaming hot in there so didn’t stay to long as I was drenched in sweat in no time. Shooting in butterfly houses is a challenge as the light blows out the leaves the butterflies land on, and the clutter where they land always makes it difficult to get a clean background. Add those factors to the fact that I have a very hard time getting sharp images when I have to hand hold the camera. Using a tripod when shooting these little guys is tough as they don’t always stay long enough in one place to set up the tripod. Lucky I had my 18-270 with vibration compensation which helped to get sharper image hand holding.

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I got one flower shot.

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Tulip Aglow

Posted: October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Here’s a fun little trick you can do with tulips or any closed type flower. You will need a light source like a LED light used by photographers for video, or a flash light would work. Just aim the light down inside the flower and the light will filter through the translucent petals creating a nice glow.

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Before and After

Posted: October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Posting my before and after shot from the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Processed with Solarization in Nik Software.

The Before Image

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The After Image

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Do People Like Your Photos

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Some singer from back in day, it might have been Sammy Davis Jr, sang a song I think called, “I Gotta Be Me” and when I create my art it has to be me. Doesn’t matter what type or form of artist you are, it has to be you.

Just because you create art that is you, and you like it, doesn’t mean everyone else will like it.

With any artists there are critics who will not care for the subject matter, style, or look of what an artist creates.

That’s gonna happen so we have to know and understand that part of exposing our art to the world.

Lets say we are doing our thing and people are not accepting what we create, do we keep going forward and say I don’t care if people don’t like my art, or do we change what we do to be accepted.

I guess it depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you are running a photography business then you have to somewhat cater to your customers and sell them what they want.

But if you are just having fun and your photography is a hobby, then maybe you don’t really care what anyone thinks of your art.

I think most artist want their work to be accepted and appreciated, that is part of why we share our art, and some just share it for fun and do not worried if they get pats on the back, or tons of “likes” on facebook, Google+, Flickr, 500px, or what ever social media you use to share your art.

I’ve been fortunate that most people like what I create with my macro photography. So I’ve continued on doing what I do.

But if what I created wasn’t getting good reactions or positive responses, I would have to examine what I was doing that people didn’t like about my art.

If my art was not being accepted, is it because of the subject matter, the way I composed it, the processing techniques. I would want to know what it is that is not working.

Many people that don’t receive those good responses for their art will study from other artists that have had success and try and emulate what that artist has done, or take workshops to learn better techniques.

We do this to help make ourselves better at our craft so our images are accepted by the other photographers.

But if we are just copying other artist because they are successful, we may be producing nice images, but we are not really creating our own art, we are more like painting by numbers.

Your work will never be original if you copy other artists styles that have already been created.

We all copy other artists work to some degree. But at some point you need to work to find your own direction and hopefully find your own style that is accepted.

So it’s easy to say that your art has to be you, but what if what you create is not accepted by the community, how do you feel about that, and do you keep going on, or just give up and move on to some other hobby.

If you say I don’t care what people think of my art, then don’t show anyone your art if you don’t care. I think everyone cares what people think, it’s natural for an artist to want people to like what they produce.  That’s why we share our art, because we what people to appreciate what we have created.


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Macro in the Rockies

Posted: October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

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I think the elevation was about 8,000 feet and I was hiking on a trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park looking for macro subjects. This area had tons of giant rocks everywhere, with some the size of cars and covered in lichens and moss. Aspen trees were scattered between the rocks. It was in the fall and the Aspens were in full fall color, which is a bright Yellow. Some of the leaves were starting to fall on the large rocks providing me with subjects to shoot. I’m on the side ridge of a mountain and as I look out I could see another line of mountains across a valley and they are ablaze in bright yellow from the Aspens. I’ve got my tripod set up near the edge of the trail and shooting these two fallen leaves on this large rock and a lady hiking by interrupts me as I’m looking through the camera viewfinder and says “look out there, isn’t it amazing with all that color” and I turn my head from the camera and look at this beautiful scenery and say, “yes that’s nice” and go back to shooting my leaves on a rock. I’m sure as she walked away she thought I was nuts, shooting a couple leaves on a mossy rock when everyone else was snapping photos of the mountains in all her glory. Yes I’m an addicted macro geek and shot not one landscape on that day.

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My Sharpening Method

Posted: October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized