Places to Shoot

Posted: May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized
Check out this driftwood beach on Jekyll Island in the south end of Georgia. Very cool little island, and glad I stopped to check it out.
The driftwood beach has tons of old tree trunks to explore for abstract patterns. After I shot these two beach scenes, my little Canon point and shoot died, so now I have to go buy another one.

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Here my camera is set up to shoot, and I use a 12″ diffuser to cut the harsh sunlight. I’m using my Tamron 90mm macro.

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Two images from my shoot, processed with Nik Software, I used the Low Key filter on the first image and the second image I used the Solarization filter.

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Before and After

Posted: May 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Here is the original. I was testing a green fabric background to see how it worked out, but it had a little to much texture.

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I did a little crop and cloned out the extra stem and a few dust spots. Then went into Nik Software’s Viveza and dropped a control point on the background and slide the Structure slider to the left which took out most of the details of the texture from the fabric background. I also played a little with the brightness darkening it just a little.

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Last I took the image into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 and click on the Low Key filter. It added a nice dramatic look darkening down the background and pulling out the highlights on the stem and flowers.

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Chasing Dragonflies

Posted: May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
The title is chasing dragonflies, but I have to confess I quit chasing after them a long time ago. It’s much simpler to just go out at daybreak on cool mornings and find them cold and covered in dew, and unable to fly. When their body temps drop down after a cool night, or the wings are covered in dew, they stay still until they warm up and dry out. This makes it much easier to set up your tripod and search for the right camera angle to get the best background. The tough part is finding a field where they settle for the night and finding them. I found an area that they seem to like a particular plant that they land on for the night. Every time I go to this spot they are there. So check the local fields where you see lots of d-flies flying around and go there in the morning and move slow and look carefully.
Here is a shot of one on their favorite plant to land for the night.

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Spring Reflections

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
Before the leaves pop out and the trees are still bare, I search out the edges of ponds looking for abstract reflections from the trees. If the water is calm, you would see the trees and branches clearly reflecting in the pond, but with a little slight movement in the water from the wind, the water creates this distorted effect of the trees reflection. When shooting these images, I set my aperture to f/22 to maximize the focus of the whole image. If you need a little more speed to stop the action, you can raise your digital camera’s ISO. This was shot on an overcast day so the water has a milky look. If shooting on a clear day the sky would reflect a blue in the water.

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Success for Stu Frohm

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
One of my past workshop participants had some success and I always like to give them a plug.
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Hi, Mike. I hope you’re fine.
I’m pleased to report that the Midland newspaper today published three of my close-up photos of raindrops on flowers.

 

The images were captured in my front yard — not some distant, exotic site — with consumer-grade equipment (a Pentax K-x camera I bought used), that camera’s kit lens (18-55mm), and two Raynox add-on lenses, stacked with a 49-43 mm step-up ring. The Raynox lenses are the DCR-150 and DCR-250. (Both pieces of Raynox equipment can be bought from Hunt’s Photo & Video and other vendors.)
The newspaper’s headline for the photos is May shower, May flowers. The caption says Saturday’s raindrops enhance the beauty of tulips and wild geraniums.
Best wishes.
Stu
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