Stump Art

Posted: August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
A few years ago I found this old downed tree trunk, and it had this hole with a very cool design in the wood around the opening. I thought it was really cool looking, but on it’s own I didn’t think it had enough going on to photograph by itself. I came up with the idea of turning the hole into a natural flower vase, and inserted these Marsh Marigolds and called it, Stump Art.

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After that first stump shot, I was on the look out for any stumps or downed tree trunks that I ran across that had holes that I could add flowers too. Here is another cool opening I found that worked well with these nice Orange Star flowers I picked up at a flower shop.

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I used the same hole from the last photo and placed these small white flowers and made it a horizontal.

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So keep your eyes peeled for old tree trunks with holes to create your own Stump Art.
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Flower Photography

Posted: August 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
If you own a Tamron 150-600, you are mainly using this lens for birds and wildlife photography.  So I picked up this lens to see if it could also work for my flower photography.  It actually shoots a pretty small area, and does a great job at blurring the backgrounds.  The working distance is about 8 feet from the subject when you’re near the minimum focusing distance, which is going to be great for dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, turtles, and other live subjects that take off as we get close to shoot.  So next time your out shooting the birds and wildlife, take some time to look around you for some flowers or bugs to shoot.

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Think Outside the Box

Posted: August 24, 2016 in Uncategorized
It’s easy to be a photographer that shoots “outside of the box”
Just stop shooting and copying what everyone else is doing.

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Most macro photographers struggle to understand how to control depth of field in macro. I can teach you how to produce nice clean blurred backgrounds with a fully focused subject, soft focus images, and getting it all in focus. This is really simple and I guarantee you will be able to accomplish these simple techniques after viewing this video. Also covered will be diffraction when shooting high f/stop numbers.

How to Control Depth of Field

Length of video, 31 minutes.

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Spider Webs w/the 150-600

Posted: August 24, 2016 in Uncategorized
I was out the other day testing the Tamron 150-600 lens for doing some close-up photography, and I was shooting on a boardwalk running through the middle of a marsh.  The early morning sun was backlighting tons of spider webs in the reeds and most were to far out even my 16-300 lens, so having the 150-600 was perfect to reach way out.  Here are three webs that I liked.

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Tamron 150-600

Posted: August 23, 2016 in Uncategorized
Got out yesterday morning with my Tamron 150-600 looking for frogs and flowers.
Which version of processing do you like best. First is the original and the next two filters from Smart Photo Editor.
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Art From Above

Posted: August 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
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 lens, like the Tamron 16-300mm. 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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