Mossy Stumps

Posted: April 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

I always like to create some nice abstracts with these tiny stems that grow out of green moss on old decayed stumps in the woods. I used the Bi-Color Userdefined filter in Nik Software’s, Color Efex Pro 4. Shot with a wide open f/3.5 aperture for the shallow depth of field. Use the 180mm macro on this one.

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Black Backgrounds

Posted: April 19, 2015 in Uncategorized
Occasionally I like to create a flower image with a black background, and my material of choice to do this is black fleece of some call it felt, which has a texture to it that helps to diffuse any glare or shiny spots.. You can get it at your local craft or fabric store. Don’t use smooth or silky fabrics as they tend to cause some glare.

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Before and After

Posted: April 18, 2015 in Uncategorized
Here is the Before right out of the camera.

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And here is the After with Nik Software’s Detail Extractor applied.

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I shoot in three 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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Image Poll

Posted: April 16, 2015 in Uncategorized
Please tell me which image you like best.
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Our friends at Think Tank Photo, who are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, just announced a special offer.  Whenever you order one of their Urban Disguise Shoulder bags between now and May 15th you will receive a Shoulder Harness V2.0 backpack harness by mail for free.  This harness is pretty amazing for it easily converts your shoulder bag into a backpack.  It’s great for freeing up your hands to sprint through airports for flights, for example.  To partake of this special offer, simply order the Urban Disguise bag of your choice and download and submit the online form.  Think Tank will ship your new harness right out.  And, don’t forget that by using my special URL you will receive a free gift from Think Tank with your order as well as free shipping. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/shoulder-bags/urban-disguise.aspx?code=WS-367

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I am honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the Mid-America Photography Symposium, held in the historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas, May 16th and 17th.  I will be presenting on Saturday night.  Lots of other great pro photographers will be teaching so don’t miss out. Here is the link to the website if you are in the area and able to attend.

http://www.mapsym.org/

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