Creating Rain Effect

Posted: August 29, 2016 in Uncategorized
I’ve seen this idea done before but never tried it myself.  I set up as the sun was coming up so it would backlight the water spray to make it stand out.  I positioned one of our potted flowers in front of a little pine bush.  Got out the hose and sprayed water on the flowers.  Set up my camera on the tripod and set the composition.  Set the self timer on my camera to 10 seconds, giving me some time to pick up the hose and spray the flowers.  I varied the f/stops, shutter speeds, and ISO which created a different look in the water.  Using a longer shutter speed gave the water a silky smooth feel, and a fast shutter speed stopped the rain creating a harsh look.  I liked the silky look of the water and ended up with this one.  Nikon D7000, Tamron 16-300, Exposure 0.3 sec, f/32, ISO100

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Waiting for a Better Background

Posted: August 28, 2016 in Uncategorized
If you like chasing dragonflies in the fields, it takes a lot of patience to find the subject on the right perch with a nice clean background. Sometimes a dragonfly will like a certain perch and keep coming back to land there. If you find that special perch,  you can set up your tripod and camera and wait for it to return.
I was using the Tamron 18-270 lens. With the lens set in the 270mm range, it allowed me more working distance between me and the subject so the dragonfly wasn’t spooked as easily. I set my f/stop at f/5.6 to help blur out the background.
On this overcast day I followed this little guy around the field waiting for it to land on a perch that would allow me a camera angle with the least distracting background so the dragonfly would standout.
This was the first perch I found the subject on. The background was a bit close to the subject causing my image to look cluttered. So I will follow it until I have a better background.

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So it moves to another plant, but this time I have a seedheads and stems in the frame, so not good.

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I keep following and finally it gives me something to work with. Now with the clutter a good distance away from the subject, I can get the nice solid blurred background and nothing competing for attention except my D-fly.

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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.

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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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