Creative Thinking

Posted: August 21, 2016 in Uncategorized
“Creative thinking is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.”
Edward de Bono
So now get out and practice.

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Tamron Lens Deals

Posted: August 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Tamron will be at Hunt’s Photo, Melrose, MA today.  If you are in the market for the new 90mm macro, 16-300, 150-600 or whatever, check in with Gary Farber at Hunt’s today and see what kind of deals they have going.   email Gary at digitalguygary@wbhunt.com with your contact info and what lens you are in the market for, and he’ll get back to you with a price. He will be in the office Sunday from  noon until 4.pm

Gary Farber

Hunt’s Photo and Video

Phone: 781-462-2332

I have a new opening in my Old Car City workshop. Old Car City – White, Georgia, Cost $299 Nov. 11,12. First to respond gets in. macromadness@outlook.com

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Goatsbeard Portraits

Posted: August 20, 2016 in Uncategorized
Here are two different styles of flower portraits.
This is a standard flower image, with the whole flower and stem in the frame, it’s nice but has been done a million times before. I have shot plenty of images with this style, but I try to find something interesting within the flower for a little more unique or interesting look.

Don’t be afraid to try cropping your flower tight to add more emphasis on a certain part of the flower. To me the most interesting part of this flower is the nice textures in the center area of the flower. I shot in tight to make the flowers center stand out more and pull your eye to the great details and textures. I angled the camera to get the diagonal line in the stem. Try making your flower shots more unique by finding something in a flower to show off, and shoot it tight.
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Manual Focusing

Posted: August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
One of my Facebook friends asked about manual focus, which is a good subject that we need to talk about. Some photographers like to use auto focus when shooting, but in the macro world it’s not a good options in some cases. When setting up a macro image and working with very shallow depth afield which happens when we choose a smaller f/stop number, we will have a small area of the image in focus, and a large areas that will be out of focus. We have to decide what part of the image we want to be in focus, and make sure we get that area in focus by manually focusing our lens on that particular area.

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With this Dragonfly image, I’m using a small number f/stop of 3.5, which will give me very little in focus. Shooting at f/3.5 I may only have a tiny quarter of an inch in focus, and the tiny bit of focus needs to be on the eyes of the dragonfly. If I choose auto focus, it can’t read my mind that I want to pinpoint the head of the dragonfly for my focus, so we need to manually focus our lens till we see the head of the dragonfly in focus.

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Same with this image of flowers in the dew drops, I’m using a small f/stop number of 2.8 giving me very little in focus. I need pinpoint accuracy of my focus if I want it on the tiny flower inside the dewdrops, and I can’t rely on my auto focus to get me there. I want those flowers in the dewdrops to be the only thing sharp in the images, and the rest of the subjects just a soft blur. I need to manual focus till I see those flower inside the water drops come into nice sharp focus.

 


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Topaz Simplify4 Introduction – Remove or soften spots and textures with Simplify4 – Topaz Impression Introduction – Creative Painted Looks with Impression – Topaz Glow Introduction – Brilliant on Black filter in Glow
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Answer to Yesterday’s Post

Posted: August 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
Yesterday I posted an image and asked viewers to guess what it was. The image was from this tree trunk at a local park.  The lines in the wood were created by a chain saw when this tree was cut down.  You can see the pattern that I found in the lower right corner of this large tree trunk.  I’m always keeping my eyes open for interesting abstracts like this one.

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