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Bike in to Shoot

Posted: April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized
I shoot in four different parks near my home and one park is very large and there are areas that I have never explored because of the distance it would take to walk there and back. With limited time in the field I can’t waste the time it would take to venture into these area on foot, as I would spend more time walking there and back then I would shooting. So it hit me one day, why not bike to these areas as there are trails that will get be into these back country areas, and my bike would get me there in no time.
I don’t carry much in the way of camera equipment when I go out to shoot, so I don’t use a photo backpack,  so I went to the local bike shop to see if they could set up a carrying bag and rack system that would attach over the back wheel. If you use a photo backpack you could always just strap it on your back and ride and not purchase the bag and rack.  They had a nice size bag that would hold my camera, extra lens and a few accessories, and had a shoulder strap so I could carry the bag off into the woods to explore. The bag has a track on the under side that allows the bag to slide onto the rack and lock in place.
To carry the tripod I attached it to the top post on the bike with a strap and a bungee cord.
I will also carry a locking cable in case I want to leave the bike and head off into the woods. I can lock the bike to a tree off the trail.
Here is a picture that shows the bike with the bag and the tripod attached.

Here is a shot of the bag and you can see plenty of room for the camera, and room in the front area for a extra lens and things.

Here is the tripod strapped and bungee on the top post, or you can buy a tripod strap and sling it over your back
This new set up will get me to new areas in a fraction of the time it would take me to walk, giving me more time to shoot.
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Places to Shoot

Posted: April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized
Wayne Bennett of Orlando took me to a cool junk/antique place in Mescotte, Florida.  The place is called Jot ’em Down Store.  Check it out for a fun time shooting.  The owner is accepting of photographers coming in to shoot.

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In Search of Character

Posted: April 25, 2017 in Uncategorized
Finding Character In Nature
The word character is often used to describe a person who is a little different from the general population. People who dress in a flamboyant manner, act different, have a unique style; they stand out in a crowd and are noticed by others. Photographic portraits often reveal a person’s individual character in the irregular features of their face and body. In the same way, photographic images can also highlight the distinctive qualities of subjects in nature. Finding the features that reveal the unique character of a flower, leaf, rock, or pattern in the earth will cause your images to stand out as distinctive artistic expressions of the natural world.
Here is a great example of a Purple Coneflower that has character. The way the petals artistically flow and the big hug it’s giving this seed head makes this flower very unique to all the other Coneflowers in the field. This is the character that I am searching for when I go out to shoot.

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I was in Florida and went down to a beach on Anastasia Island to find things to shoot and came across these fences that the sun was creating some shadows off the fence, and I liked the lines that were being created. So shot some different comps, and haven’t decided yet which one I like the best, so I’m on the fence with these shots. 🙂 Used my Nikon D7000 and the Tamron 18-270.

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Best to always shoot a lot of different compositions, and decide latter which one worked the best.
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The Wizard Behind Wand

Posted: April 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
It’s not the magic wand, it’s the wizard behind the wand.
I’ve seen every brand of cameras and every DSLR model that each manufacturer makes in my workshops, and each camera will do a great job capturing a photograph for macro photography.
There are lots of functions and things we need to control on our cameras, and those photographers that understand and know how to properly work all those controls and functions will get the best photos.
To become a “wizard behind the wand” you have to spend time learning and understanding all the controls and functions of the camera, and the more you shoot the better you will become at working the camera to produce the best photos the camera can deliver.
I’ve talked about people that will admire your photos and say “you must have a good camera” and you cringe knowing that the camera doesn’t take the picture without your help, so you would really like the viewer to give you a little credit for knowing how to work that camera, finding a good subject, and composing that subject properly.
Being a “wizard behind the wand” is not only about knowing how to work the camera, we also have to know about finding good subjects and composing those subjects well.
So being a “wizard behind the wand” also requires that same commitment to learning about the subjects in nature and studying composition, and then lots of hours practicing to become the best photo wizard you can.

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I was down in Georgia at Red Top Mountain State Park and while searching for subjects to shoot, I found this group of tiny oak leaves on a dirt trail, and decide it would make a nice subject to photograph, but just needed a better background than the dirt trail. Found some nice textured moss, and also used a couple large oak leaves as a background. Shot with the Nikon 5200 and the Tamron 90 macro lens.

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My eyes are wandering everywhere when I’m out shooting. Even a mud puddle gets my attention.
Most macro photographers would walk right by this and never consider there may be something to shoot.

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I like to look for leaves in these puddles. You can find some cool art work as the leaves get swallow in the mud.

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