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Before and After

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized
Here is the original out of the camera.

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For this effect I used the Solarization filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro4.

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Flowers – Less is More

Posted: March 23, 2017 in Uncategorized
At Longwood Gardens the rule is tripods can only be used indoors from 9am -12pm.  After 12pm you have to hand hold your camera if you want to shoot.
My hand holding skills with a camera is very poor.  I just can’t hold the camera steady enough for sharp images.
So my only option to get something sharp is to shoot with a very fast shutter speed.
So I lower my f/stop on my Tamron 90mm macro lens to f/2.8, and raise my ISO up to 1600, and with the very shallow depth of field at f/2.8, I can produce these interesting soft focus flower image.
If you have ever heard the phrase “less is more” that kind of describes this style of shooting, as we are revealing just a very small area of focus, and a nice softness through out the flower.

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I was heading to Old Car City in Georgia from a weekend workshop in New Jersey, and had an extra day in my schedule where I could swing by Longwood Gardens and do some shooting.
Longwood is located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and is one of the best indoor gardens in the whole country,  and I believe they claim they have over 20,000 plants.
I was fortunate to be there when they have the very special “Blue Poppy” flowers planted.
They were a little past their prime, so I wasn’t really seeing anything that I got excited about, but I got a couple of average images.
One thing I did learn is don’t get their early in the morning to shoot them.  There are two sections of flower and each sections is maybe 15 feet long, and both sections were mobbed by photographers, making it very tough to get in to shoot.
I didn’t bother at that time and went on shooting other subjects.  I came back through the area at about 1pm, and there was no one there shooting them,  so I got a chance to shoot a couple shots.
Only problem at that time of day, is that you can’t use a tripod after 12pm.  I had to hand hold my shots, so not as easy for me to do without my tripod.  Here are the two images I shot.  I will post some more images from my day at Longwood over the next couple days.

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Read my latest interview for Tamron with tips on macro. Written by Jenn Gidman
http://tamron-usa.com/enews/archives/2017/mar217_moats.html

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First Day of Spring

Posted: March 20, 2017 in Uncategorized
Looking forward to new life emerging from the earth.

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In October of 2004 I discovered “naturephotographers.net” on the web. I was so excited that there was this place for nature photographers to post images and have people give help with critiques.
I built up the courage to post my first image, and I thought that I was doing pretty good stuff at the time, and that the people on the site were going to be really impressed with my skills.
I thought my first images was perfect, but found out the error of my ways after posting on NPN. One of the mistakes that I see all the time is the same mistake that I made with many of my images. By posting on this site, the more experienced photographers had helped me to become a better macro photographer.
A common mistake is to allow the edge of a subject to touch the edge of the frame and not allow spacing. Here is that first image I posted and in the upper right, the tips of the flower are touching the edge of the frame and cropped to tight. You don’t have to leave a lot of space, but you need to have some breathing room. Many of the images that I had planned to post on this site never got posted as they also had this same problem, but I learned and never cropped to tight again.
It’s okay to have a portion of a subject leaving the frame, just make sure there is enough of the subject leaving to show that you intended the subject to leave the frame, rather than just have the tips of the subject touching the edge of the frame, showing you just cropped the subject to tight.

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